HEYA KAAKEH
Purdue University
Undergraduate - Mechanical Engineering
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A senior in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Heya Kaakeh is one of the founders of Global Sign – a consulting agency that helps mainstream organizations become accessible to the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Global Sign won Purdue’s Burton D. Morgan Center’s Business Model Competition in the Social Entrepreneurship track as well as the Schurz Innovation Challenge. Recently, the startup placed as a semifinalist in the International Business Model Competition held at Brigham Young University. The award winning platform aims to make content easily accessible to people who are deaf or have limited hearing through use of American Sign Language.