2013 TOYOTA MOTHER OF INVENTION

Tina Hovsepian

Cardborigami

Growing up in Los Angeles, Hovsepian always had an interest in helping her city' homeless. In 2007 as student at USC, she built a prototype of a temporary shelter made of folded cardboard, called Cardborigami. Its purpose was simple: give privacy and weather protection for those who have none. For her innovation, Hovsepian received second prize for "Most Innovative" at the 2009 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Creative Work.

Within months of Cardborigami going public, Hovsepian received interest from 92 different countries and was featured on CNN.com, LATimes.com and other media outlets.