OC Student Wins Oklahoma Innovation Prize

OC senior Yves Iradukunda (13) won the Oklahoma Innovation Prize from Creative Oklahoma and Sandridge Energy at the State of Creativity Forum in November.

Last year, Iradukunda worked with other students in Rwanda to build water wells, which helped spark his idea for ELE Rwanda - Rwandan Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs.

The organization seeks to inspire youth-led innovation and entrepreneurship to grow Rwanda’s economy.

“This award is amazing because it helps myself and my colleagues complete what started as a dream - to provide access to clean water to people in Rwanda,” said Iradukunda, a mathematics and computer science major. “I’m so thankful for OC because it’s a place that connects you with the real world so you can find yourself and make a difference.”

This is the second straight year for OC innovators to win the award. Wishing Well earned the honor in 2011 for its continuing work to provide sustainable water wells in poverty-stricken areas around the world. Ryan Groves, a 2011 OC graduate, is chief executive officer of Wishing Well.

In addition to Groves and Iradukunda, OC alumni David Bowden (10) and Ken Parker (83) also presented at the forum. “We are proud of Yves, Ryan and all of our students and

alumni who are innovators,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “That’s an integral part of our creative culture here at Oklahoma Christian, and I’m excited to see their passion for service celebrated by other leaders in our city and state.” 

Spring 2013

View more stories from the Spring 2013 issue of Vision magazine.