2022: Top 3

These ideas were selected by our Idea Review Committee to advance to scoping sessions led by Social Contract for the chance to advance to the six-month development phase.

Delaware Creative Economy – Championed by Angela Wagner, Esq.
The vision is to establish a creative economy in Delaware that attracts filmmakers to the First State and replicates Georgia’s success of the past 30 years. A creative economy would provide quality, stable employment for residents; attract top talent and keep current talent; and build part of the economy that reaps a larger dollar percentage than agriculture and construction.

To encourage the growth of the creative economy, they will build on the momentum of Akima Brown and Friends of Delaware Film, an organization that has lobbied for the passage of a tax incentive program and redesign of the Delaware Film Commission.

DWS Drone School – Championed by Theo Nix
DWS Drone School is an idea that combines technology and entrepreneurship to answer two of Delaware’s most pressing social issues: lack of activities for teens and gun violence.

The DWS Drone School will help teens develop job skills and financial freedom by focusing on technology careers. They aim to educate and employ 1,000 Delaware teens, offering technology certification, internships and job experience, and expand their business nationally.

TRIC Robotics – Championed by Adam Stager
With engineering, robotics and data, Adam and TRIC Robotics want to improve the future of agriculture. Farmers, especially organic farmers, contend with pests and pathogens in their fields, including mites, mold and mildew. Pesticides and herbicides carry environmental and health risks.

TRIC Robotics uses a patented robotic design with UV-C light to control pests and reduce the use of chemicals to treat them. With Adam’s background in mechanical engineering, combined with U.S. Agriculture Department research on UV-C light as an alternative to pesticides, TRIC Robotics is the solution for this problem.