2011 Alaska Marketplace Banks on Innovative Ideas

The 2011 Alaska Marketplace Competition brought 21 finalists from around the state to compete for $200,000 in funding their ideas for economic development. Hosted at the BP Exploration Alaska Building on October 19th, the public exhibition featured a Peoples’ Choice Award in addition to the Judged competition. Featured here is an interview with Tessa Baldwin, a 17-year-old Mt. Edgecumbe High School student whose “Hope4Alaska” idea took one of the top prizes of $25,000. Other exhibitors pictured include Edmond Apassingok with Detachable Heater Fins, Michelle Scannell for Tundra Toys, and  Kate Rich with a Nome Yurt Camp.

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Erik Judson is a Journalism and Public Communications major at the University of Alaska Anchorage and current intern with APTI. A lifelong Southeast Alaskan, Erik is equally at home on the water as on the ground.

He enjoys many aspects of media production, from writing and reporting to photography, videography, and editing. Because of this broad range, journalism has been a natural fit for this pursuit of knowledge and his hopes to share that knowledge with those around him.