Leading Tech Mogul Justin Kan, Founder of Twitch, joined IVY to celebrate the winners and finalists of the 2015 IVY Innovator Awards in Tech, presented by Cadillac. As a part of our national search for the next generation of leading minds, we held the 2015 Tech awards ceremony at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, bringing together IVY members, select media, and inspiring guests.


Justin is best known for founding the live video platform Twitch.tv, which he sold to Amazon for approximately one billion dollars in 2014. In addition to Twitch, Justin invented the term “lifecasting” with Justin.tv and currently is a partner at the venture capital firm Y-Combinator.

The recipient of the 2015 Tech Award was Jessica Richman, the Co-Founder and CEO of uBiome, a startup that enables individuals to sequence and understand their own microbiomes. uBiome has also been shortlisted with three other finalists for the MedTech Innovator 2015 competition.


“Itʼs an honor to win the IVY Innovator Award, and to also know that uBiome is a finalist alongside three other worthy businesses in MedTech Innovator is the icing on the cake,” Jessica commented. She thanked her entire “talented, devoted” uBiome team as well as all the citizen scientists, who have been enormously supportive.

uBiome has demonstrated innovation not only the field of microbiomes but also in robotics, DNA sequencing diagnostics, and big data. Jessica’s extraordinary work will play a pivotal role in encouraging the average citizen to take control over his or her own health and participate in citizen science.


Out of hundreds of inspiring applications, five finalists were also honored for their impressive ventures: Shradha Agarwal (Co-Founder and President of Context Media), Amar Bakshi (Founder of Shared Studios), Moawia Eldeeb (Co-Founder and CEO of SmartSpot), Timothy Hwang (Founder and CEO of FiscalNote), and Arshya Vahabzadeh (Director of Digital Health for Brain Power).

The IVY Innovator Awards, presented by Cadillac identify individuals who are changing the world through their work in film, technology, and design. Our winners and finalists are passionate entrepreneurs and visionaries with a strong mission to make a positive impact on their community.

Applications for the 2015 IVY Innovator Award in Design presented by Cadillac are open now—don’t miss the deadline on October 19!


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