The Billion Bottle Project presented the first OSPRI prototype during the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University Conference (CGIU) at Northeastern University in Boston this weekend. Throughout the weekend, nearly 1,2000 undergraduate and graduate students engaged with and learned from inspiring leaders from around the world, such as President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Madeleine K. Albright, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, Dr. Paul Farmer, and others. According to President Clinton, there were 750 new Commitments to Action, including new projects in policy, healthcare, and technology. Moreover, many of the students were international, giving us all a brief glimpse into the culture, ideas, and motivations of those from other parts of the world.

As a team, BBP was able to present the device prototype to hundreds of other CGIU participants and mentors. We had our own booth at the CGIU Commitment Fair and shared our idea - and lots of stickers - to anyone who walked by. The conference was full of working sessions and other activities targeted towards improving entrepreneurial skills and strengthening our commitments. We will definitely be applying much of what we learned when we get back. We are grateful for the opportunity to meet countless motivated, like-minded young entrepreneurs and really enjoyed our time in Boston. However, we know we could have never achieved this without our team back home!

Right: David Pfau, Sanjit Datta, and Annika Sinha at the BBP booth during the CGIU Commitment Fair.