Judges & Hosts

Judges

 

Jasmine Burton

Jasmine Burton attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was a President’s Scholarship Award recipient and Honors Program participant throughout her collegiate career. Burton had a host of professional points of growth while in college during her 2012 internship with Chick-fila-A corporate, 2013 participation in the CDC’s Summer Public Health Scholars Program, 2014 fellowship with Humanity in Action in Warsaw Poland and her 2015 fellowship with Global Health Corps in Lusaka, Zambia. Burton graduated with Highest Honors from the Georgia Tech School of Architecture with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial/Product Design. Prior to graduation, Burton founded Wish for WASH, LLC, a social impact startup intended to bring innovation to sanitation after her senior design team was the first all-female team to win the GT InVenture Prize Competition for their invention of the SafiChoo toilet in 2014. Wish for WASH has since conducted iterative toilet innovation pilots and research in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia and in an Atlanta-based resettled refugee community and is now working towards scale. Burton continued to pursue her passion for hygienic, equitable, and sustainable sanitation as a 2016-2017 Rotary Global Grant Scholar and MSc in Public Health graduate student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine while representing Wish for WASH in a number of media outlets including CNN, Inc., WIRED, Fast Company, WSBTV and TEDxAtlanta. An avid speaker and writer, Burton identifies as a social impact designer and storyteller who seeks to utilize design thinking and business acumen to advocate for universal health.

Rachel Ford

Rachel Ford began her journey into Atlanta’s entrepreneurial ecosystem while an undergrad at Georgia Tech, co-founding a connected car startup, FIXD Automotive, in parallel with her biomedical engineering studies. Prior, she cut her teeth in product development working within DowDuPont's R&D arm launching a commercialized non-woven product line. While at Georgia Tech, Rachel was an instructor within Georgia Tech’s Venture Lab, teaching both evidence-based entrepreneurship and design thinking. Named one of Atlanta’s “30 Under 30” in 2015, Rachel has since become the Director of Techstars Atlanta, held in partnership with Cox Enterprises, establishing the first global startup accelerator in the southeastern United States.

Partha Unnava

Partha Unnava was born and raised in Columbus, OH. After graduating from Dublin Coffman High School, he attended Georgia Tech to study biomedical engineering. During college, he broke his ankle and spent six weeks on crutches, leading him to found BWHealth to create better products in the most overlooked areas of sports medicine, specifically with bracing and medical equipment. BWHealth is extremely patient focused in their design, and is able to maintain this focus by emphasizing direct-to-consumer sales channels. 

Since founding the company in May 2013, Partha has been invited to the White House to present to President Obama, been named on the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 and selected as a Kairos Fellow, been featured on CNN and Inc., and received numerous entrepreneurship awards. He is also well known as a public speaker, having spoken at dozens of conferences and events, where he shares his story, while educating audiences on fundraising, product development, and business strategy and mindsets. With a passion for fashion and culture, Partha has also been featured in several fashion magazines, including Elle Magazine and Jezebel, as well as in several runway shows, and has recently been selected as an influencer to represent the city of Atlanta by the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce. He spends his free time listening to hip hop music and playing basketball and club-level ultimate frisbee.

Hosts

 

Ashley Mengwasser
Ashley Mengwasser

Ashley Mengwasser is a six-time Emmy-winning lifestyle host, writer, and producer. She is best known as the quirky, daredevil co-host of Georgia Public Broadcasting's local travel series Georgia Traveler. Recently, Ashley was handpicked to host Lowe’s Home Improvement’s hilariously explosive YouTube series DIY-No-Mite, premiering in February 2018. Having watched wonderful hand-made creations blow up unnecessarily on DIY-No-Mite, she is happy to co-host The InVenture Prize, where inventions live to see the light of day.

Behind the camera, Ashley enjoys writing and producing enriching health and cultural content. From 2015-2016, she served as Writer, Co-Director, and Co-Executive Producer of the hour-long documentary Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient. Ashley won her first solo Emmy for the project in the writing category. Today, she shares useful tips and tricks for health and happiness on her blog Laughter’s What We’re After.

In 2016, Ashley expanded her professional title to include Emcee and Live Fundraiser for non-profit and community events. Since, she has led gala attendees in raising more than $150,000 to benefit organizations serving women and children. Her clients include Childspring International, Earth’s Angels, The Nurse Link, and BeLoved Atlanta.

A Buford, GA, native, Ashley acquired her passion for people and communicating their stories during undergraduate study at Agnes Scott College. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Agnes Scott in 2009, where she holds a B.A. in English Literature. 

When she isn't hosting, writing, producing, or Instagramming (let’s be honest), she enjoys luxurious baths, lengthy naps, and quality time with her zany basset hound Rosie.

Faith Salie

Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and host of the PBS show Science Goes to the Movies, now in its 5th season. She’s the author of Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (and Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself.  She’s delighted that she’ll be performing Approval Junkie as a one-woman show for the Alliance Theatre’s 50th anniversary season in 2019. Faith grew up in Atlanta and received her BA from Harvard, aka “The Georgia Tech of the North.” She earned an M.Phil from Oxford University. While her fellow Rhodes scholars went on to become governors and Pulitzer Prize winners, Faith got herself beamed up on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and landed on a collectible trading card worth hundreds of cents. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, two littles, and her husband’s dog.