Ivy Tech Alumni receives portion of $25K prize through Techpoint’s “S.O.S. Challenge”

Ivy Tech alumni, Merouane Baoch, was a part of the winning Transportation App team in Techpoint’s Summer Opportunities for Students (S.O.S.) Challenge. As a reward, Baoch will receive a portion of the $25,000 prize.

Techpoint’s S.O.S. Challenge was a replacement activity for the Summer Xtern program that Techpoint sponsors every summer. Students were grouped into teams supported by local businesses, and for 4 weeks worked on elaborate projects that aimed to provide solutions to this years themed obstacle: COVID-19.

The various teams created innovative solutions for Indiana businesses, nonprofit, tourism, sports, transportation and health organizations. Baoch’s team tackled a transportation issue, limiting the risk of viral spread while travelers navigate the security process at airports.

Their solution? NoQ, “An optimized time-scheduling application to prebook TSA slots to enable airlines and airports deliver travelers a no-hassle, COVID-safe, flying experience.”

The teams with the highest evaluation point totals – including Baoch’s transportation team – presented their proposed solutions to Governor Eric J. Holcomb via Zoom on July 31. The projects, he said, “reinforce Indiana’s place in the world where Indiana stands for Indiana but also innovation.”

For more information about Techpoint’s S.O.S. challenge and an overview of all of the amazing projects, visit https://link.ivytech.edu/SOS. To check out the NoQ App, click here.

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