WEST LAFAYETTE - Global Sign, a student-run Purdue University startup has won the eighth annual Schurz Communications Innovation Challenge. The team operates a platform that uses sign language to make video content more accessible to those with hearing impairments.

The winners were determined by a panel of five judges. Global Sign team members Yasmeen Hafeez, Seba Kaakeh and Heya Kaakeh previously won first place in the social entrepreneurship category in the Burton D. Morgan Business Model Competition. Their company works to encourage governments, schools and companies to make their video content  more accessible through the use of sign language.

“The Schurz Communications Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue to test their creativity and skills in the area of online and mobile media technology,” said Arnold Chen, managing director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, in a news release.