Illumiloon started as a project with Design for America (DFA), an undergraduate organization that forms interdisciplinary teams to create solutions to community problems. Originally as a team of six Yale undergrads involved with DFA, we were grouped into a team to focus on our common interest in natural disaster management.

DFA oversaw the evolution of Illumiloon throughout its first year, from preliminary research about natural disaster response to nascent prototypes. In May 2014, we displayed our idea at the DFA East Coast meet-up, which was attended by DFA members from campuses across the east coast as well as by DFA headquarter leaders.

In August 2013, DFA awarded the Illumiloon team with the "Inspiring Future" Award.

Image: Kamya and Jane looking sassy at the DFA East Coast Meet-up with a preliminary mockup