Nucleik, a student team that developed software to reduce paper work for law enforcement officials, is the grand prize winner of the Harvard University President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship, Harvard president Drew Faust said Wednesday in a statement.
Faust developed the challenge last year to encourage university students to devise entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s most important social problems. In the challenge’s second year, 127 student-led teams entered the competition.
Nucleik will receive $70,000 to support its emerging business.
The team is made up of Scott Crouch, Florian Mayr, and Matthew Polega, all Harvard College seniors.
“The system Nucleik developed provides instantaneous access to accurate and organized data to help law enforcement officers tackle gang violence, murders, and violent crime,” a Harvard University press release said. “It has been employed by the Special Projects Team of the Massachusetts State Police in Springfield, helping slash the time spent on office paperwork by 90 percent.”
In a statement, Faust said of the members of Nucleik, “They’ve built a tool that will help law enforcement professionals better serve and protect communities across the country, and their inspiring work is something I will follow with great interest in the months and years ahead.”
Nucleik was the subject of a Boston Globe story in March.
According to that story, the team set about to create a single platform for multiple uses, whether as a mobile app used in the field for street-level info or as a powerful desktop tool that could sift through mountains of data.Chris Reidy can be reached at email@example.com.