Every day, students bring their passion, creativity, and ideas to Syracuse University—and they inspire us all. As part of Chancellor Syverud’s inauguration, the Fast Forward Competition asked students to share ideas that would showcase how Syracuse University and its students can have a positive impact on the world. From nearly 70 entrants, 13 finalists were selected for funding to help bring their ideas to life.

The response to the Fast Forward Competition epitomized the vision and energy that is Syracuse University. Now, the Fast Forward name describes the transformation program that will ensure the University’s standing as a place for future innovators and continued excellence. For an overview of the winners, check out this compilation video:

The winning entrants made their presentations to the Chancellor and the University community on Inauguration Day on April 11. See their pitches in this video of the Fast Forward Student Showcase:

Fast Forward Project Winners

Amanda Canavatchel ’14, Phillip Groden ’14, Yan Mei Jiang ’15—Community Ambassadors Bench Project: The student Community Ambassadors’ program through the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services seeks support for a permanent installation and community beautification project to provide seating for commuters on Euclid Avenue.

Andrew Lunetta G’14—Tiny Homes, Big Hearts: The proposal involves building a viable “tiny home,” designed by School of Architecture students, on one of Syracuse’s vacant city lots to provide a home to an individual transitioning from homelessness and kick off even more projects.

Ryan Pierson ’15 and Sally Zheng ’15—Park Bar: The two industrial and interaction design students propose modular designed seats on the Quad to provide more working, thinking and relaxing spaces.

Madelyn Minicozzi ’18—Mural on the Mount: Minicozzi wants to “reinvent the Mount steps” by refurbishing the stairway and allowing a group of students to create a mural that stretches the length of the stairway.

Timi Komonibo G’15—Style Lottery: Style Lottery promotes sustainable fashion and fashion philanthropy by providing clothing swaps and donating leftover garments to women in the community. With extra funds, the organization will purchase racks and other materials to be able to hold closet swaps more efficiently.

Ruo Piao Chen ’17, Jonathan Anthony ’17, Tiffany Pau ’17, Armand Damari ’17,—Westminster Church Ramp: Architecture students involved in Freedom by Design, which designs construction solutions to people with disabilities, propose building a ramp to help the historic Westminster Church. The design would provide shelter from ice and community seating.

Brian Cheung ’15—Swipes for Syracuse: Cheung proposes that students who have a meal plan have the option of donating one meal on their dining plan to the local community in some form, which would provide food pantries with supplies.

Jerry Gomez ’17 and Sierra Pizzola ’17—P.I.N. (Power in Numbers): Power in Numbers seeks to educate people on homelessness and hunger in the Syracuse Community through volunteering and events. In their proposal, students seek funding for transportation for volunteers and assistance with events to educate others on issues of homelessness, hunger, and poverty.

Alexandra Curtis ’14 and Adrianna Kam ’15—Leading Ladies: Curtis and Kam want to empower young women on campus and in the community to run for elected offices on campus and off after graduation. The funding will help with creating opportunities, such as workshops and speakers, to educate and train women in preparation for political office.

Nicholas Ferreiro ’15—Cuse Comedy Collective: Ferreiro proposes the Cuse Comedy Collective, a website that would channel all the content from the various comedy groups on campus. The website would help build a stronger sense of community among groups, increase viewership, and allow for scheduled programming.

Melissa Anne Bassett ’14 and Lisa Kranz ’16—Update the Live Stream Technology in Setnor Auditorium: These School of Music students seek funding to update the streaming technology in the auditorium that would help attract students, make for a better viewing for family and friends, keep alumni connected, and invite in worldwide audiences. Read about their progress.

Jacquie Greco ’13, G’14 and Rachel Samples ’14—TOCK: The students propose an anti-social mobile application that promotes talking face to face, instead of face to phone. “Tockers” invite others to put down their phone and earn points, possibly worth coupons or some other value, on their profile if they don’t swipe their phones.

Arland Whitfield ’16—The Skyworks Project: The Skyworks Project is an initiative to bring students and faculty together to explore what is possible, technically and socially, with drones. The grant would help enrich learning on drones and enhance R&D projects.