Fairfax Area High School Student Shark Tank Technology Challenge — 2017

2017 Shark Tank Winners

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The 2017 Shark Tank Finalist Competition was held on Friday, March 24, and a cash award of $1,500 from IntegrityOne Partners and Refraction was provided to each of these projects:

  • The CarePear Team from Chantilly High School received an Excellence in Software Development Award. They developed CarePear, an app that connects an adult or caregiver in need of a specific service to reliable, short-term services such as grocery pickup, yard work, or changing a lightbulb. One judge compared this concept to Uber! This prototype wants to make the vital connections that help the older adult or adult with disabilities maintain their independence.

    • Team members: Kaitlyn Cheng, Meriel Chang, Kartik Chugh, and Pradith Santapur.

  • The Assistive Stability Bar (ASB) Team from Chantilly High School received a Maker Award. This hard-working team actually brought a stairway that they built to the judging event to demonstrate their device which is meant to prevent falls on stairs. It is a significant and innovative first step in the design of what could be an important safety device.

    • Team members: Alex Hargett, Khai Nguyen, and Kenny Catubig. 

  • Ishaandeep Lubana, an individual competitor from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, won an Excellence in Software Development Award for creating an app called Kane. In this new world of electronic health care information, this app puts information in a convenient format that's easy to share and maintain. It also includes a novel benefit of maintaining a personal playlist or media list for the enjoyment of the user.

  • The Motorized Walker Robot Team from Chantilly High School received a Maker Award. The design of this robot allows persons with mobility limitations to independently "carry" items like a dinner plate or glass of water to another place in the home. This innovation has promise to greatly improve the lives of those with mobility limitations.

    • Team members: Arad Maghouli, Jareth McAlister, Omer Duale, and Joshua Steffen.

See What Happened in 2016!

Watch this video on last year's competition!

Flickr icon See last year's finalists and their project descriptions.

INTEGRITYOne Partners of Reston provided $5,000 in cash prizes. 

Contest Details

Fairfax County staff specializing in aging services were available to brief students on aging issues.

Finalists in each category had opportunities to test their products with Fairfax County senior center participants.

Students demonstrated their projects before a panel of judges. 

The experience taught students: 

  • How to analyze the needs of a specific population, and       
  • How to use technology to address specific needs 

Find more information. 

Watch this year's promotional video!



  • High school students (grades 9-12)
  • Residence in Fairfax County or the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church
  • Individual students or student teams 


  • American Therapeutic Recreation Association
  • Department of Family Services, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging
  • Department of Neighborhood & Community Services
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital Medical Library
  • INTEGRITYOne Partners
  • Refraction
  • The Center for Innovative Technology
  • The InovaCares for Seniors™ PACE® Program
  • The Kellar Institute, George Mason University
  • Tysons Corner Microsoft Store
  • Virginia Assistive Technology System


The Tech Challenge is an initiative of the Fairfax 50+ Community Action Plan which was passed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2014.

The Tech Challenge also supports Fairfax County's Economic Success Plan that seeks to grow and diversify the economy through innovation, social equity and expanding science, technology, engineering and math education.

Go to Fairfax County's Older Adults Page to find services, recreational activities and community engagement opportunities for older adults.


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