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Clinton Family Hosting Innovation Events at Arizona State University



Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton will be at Arizona State University next week for the family's annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University.

According to an announcement from the Clinton Global Initiative, more than 1,000 college students from around the world are expected to attend the meeting, which revolves around education, climate change, human rights, poverty, and public health.

From the announcement:

These undergraduate and graduate students will engage in developing solutions to some of the most pressing concerns of the Millennial generation, including human rights, women's social and economic empowerment, and combatting HIV/AIDS in the United States. They will be joined by experts, entrepreneurs, and civically engaged celebrities such as Bill Drayton, Chief Executive Officer, Ashoka; Gabrielle Giffords, Former U.S. Representative and Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions; Mark Kelly, Former Astronaut and Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions; Jimmy Kimmel, Host and Executive Producer, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"; John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona; Cindy Hensley McCain, Founding Member, Eastern Congo Initiative; Reeta Roy, President and Chief Executive Officer, The MasterCard Foundation; María Elena Salinas, Anchor, Univision News; Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia; and Lauryn Williams, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist in Sprinting and Silver Medalist in Bobsledding.
In addition to celebrity speakers giving insight on those topics, the students are competing over more than $750,000 for "new, specific, and measurable plans to address urgent challenges."

In previous years, a Harvard student created the Soccket, a soccer ball that acts as a power generator to be used in places without electricity. Another creation, a text-messaging system called Sproxil, was made by a Dartmouth student to verify authenticity of prescription drugs in areas where counterfeit medications have become a problem.

A similar competition is held in which student teams compete to raise the most donations for their ideas. An ASU student won that competition last year with "DREAMzone," a workshop at the University that deals with the challenges of undocumented students in college. (You can click here to see all the proposals in this year's competition.)

There are several other events and speakers during the three-day meeting, which runs from March 21 to March 23. Click here for more details.

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