AllStars 2017

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AllStar Finalists 2017

Dan, Felecia, Jeremy, Kelsey and Trisha are using technology to solve some of America’s greatest challenges. Watch their stories below.

Special congratulations to Kelsey who is the 2017 AllStar Award winner! She will receive a $10,000 grant from Comcast NBCUniversal to further her important work.

Dan Rhoton

Hopeworks N’ Camden

Dan is revitalizing his community through education, technology and entrepreneurship partnerships with adolescents as they identify and earn a sustainable future.

“Every opportunity, every chance they’ve had, gets snatched by violence, by circumstance.”


Watch his story

Felecia Hatcher-Pearson

Code Fever

Felecia is on a mission to rid our communities of innovation deserts by creating inclusive and diverse startup ecosystems.

She took an unusual path from popsicle businesswoman to tech advocate.


Watch her story

Jeremy Peskin


Jeremy is working to eliminate the cost barrier to obtaining legal status in the US.

After experiencing the U.S. immigration process firsthand, he wants to make it easier for others.


Watch his story

Kelsey Rae Foster – 2017 Award Winner

Big Easy Budget Game

Kelsey is using a game – The Big Easy Budget Game – to give New Orleanians a voice in their city budgetary process and policy.

Call this mobile game the candy crush of democracy.


Watch her story

Trisha Prabhu


Trisha is working to stop cyberbullying before the damage is done.

This teen developer built an app that gets users to stop and think prior to sending hateful messages.


Watch her story

Technology for Good

Technology is at the forefront of solutions in almost every major sector: healthcare, food security, government, education, national service, environment and beyond. It is changing the way we approach and solve age-old issues.

Together with Comcast NBCUniversal, we are on a mission to find the innovators behind these solutions and help them move the needle forward.

NationSwell and Comcast NBCUniversal both believe that innovation is good for communities. Our partnership is supporting diverse startups, social entrepreneurs and nonprofits using the power of media and technology for good.

Previous AllStars

We’ve had the honor of working with some amazing AllStar innovators over the past three years. Visit our AllStar Archive and learn more about the extraordinary work of AllStar Alumni.

2016 | 2015

All 5 AllStar Finalists receive

One 3- to 5-minute video about their incredible work, made by our expert story producers.


An all-expenses-paid trip to New York City in November, 2017.

One 700- to 900-word feature article to accompany the video spotlight on


A speaking slot at the NationSwell Summit on Solutions.

A chance to win the AllStar Award, a $10,000 grant to help further their important work.


Marketing reaching prominent media outlets, bloggers, influencers & more.

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