Top Honors

Two of five League of Amazing Programmers teams took home top honors at the inaugural Design for San Diego (D4SD) competition in October, including the $5,000 grand prize. The competition, launched by University of California San Diego’s Design Lab, focused on the issue of mobility, asking participants the question, “How might we create a San Diego where all move more freely?” and challenged them to solve this complex city-wide problem through design thinking and crowd-sourcing. The League’s grand prize-winning team, Cycle Detection, addressed the specific question: “How can we make bicycles more visible to cars of the future?” Team members include junior Savera Soin (CCA), sophomore James Maron (CCA), freshman D.J. Nelson (Francis Parker), and mentor Stephen Cerruti. In addition to $5,000, the team earned the opportunity to work with venture capital and private equity firm SCALE SD, the UC San Diego Design Lab, and the San Diego Association of Governors to implement their idea.

Another League team, San Diego Parking App, was recognized as a finalist for their work on an app that shows available parking within downtown San Diego. Team members include senior Thomas Twomey (Cathedral Catholic), senior Tyler Reinecke (Del Norte), sophomore Jangwoo Lee (CCA), eighth grader Adrian Derderian (Escondido Christian School), and mentor Dave Dunn. The League’s students were the only high school-aged participants who entered the competition alongside design professionals and college and graduate students.

The competition drew 50 applications, with eight finalists selected from 23 completed submissions. Finalists then presented their projects to judges in front of a live audience at the Design Forward Summit at Liberty Station. Learn more about Carmel Valley-based League of Amazing Programmers at For more information about the competition go to