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Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019

$300,000 in Prizes • Calling Students and Recent Grads

How can your innovative technology solution solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems?

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018

Winners

  • CareNX Innovations
    $100,000
    Grand Prize

    CareNX Innovations

    Feton is portable, IoT-based fetal heart monitoring.
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    Access to quality care during prenatal period can save 60% of deaths. Fetal health assessment is very important and lack of facilities leads to complications lead to more than half a million still births. Feton a portable IoT based fetal heart monitoring solution enable fetal heart assessment anytime and anywhere. Portable and affordable nature of solution will increase accessibility of test by 10X and improve health seeking behaviour with positive experience of test at home.

  • Jara
    $75,000
    First Runner Up

    Jara

    The Jara Unit is a personal crank+solar powered tablet that teaches geographically custom education.
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    Jara empowers refugees & those in disaster/conflict affected regions to continue their education through our technology - the Jara Unit - a low-cost personal crank+solar powered tablet that teaches geographically custom education without requiring access to a classroom. We teach through traditional education, such as maths and sciences, all the way to practical curriculum, such as 'how to build a clean water system with the resources around you in Nepal', while preserving cultural roots.

  • Flux
    $25,000
    Second Runner Up

    Flux

    Flux is a smart water system that reduces water loss and increases transparency through better data management.
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    Due to the aging analog water service system in Kenya, water utilities lose up to 50% of delivered water to untracked leakages, theft, and corruption that causes regular interruption of service, water scarcity and severe rationing. Our solution is Flux: an easy-to-install smart water meter engineered to work within Kenya’s unique infrastructure. Our metering and analytics system affordably tracks water consumption data critical for efficient water management and planning, while creating transparency between consumers, governmental agencies, and water suppliers.

  • M-Shule
    $25,000
    Second Runner Up

    M-Shule

    M-Shule provides SMS-based personalized educational support.
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    In Sub-Saharan Africa, less than 7% of students in late primary school are proficient in reading and only 14% in mathematics (World Development Report 2018). Personalized educational support for every child could help them gain the skills they need to achieve, but the majority of students do not have access to the right tools. M-Shule closes this gap through personalized learning delivered to students through SMS.

  • TeamPowerstove
    $25,000
    Second Runner Up

    TeamPowerstove

    Powerstove is a smokeless, clean cookstove with cloud-based remote monitoring.
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    About 3 billion people rely on traditional cookstoves to prepare their food each day. To fuel their hand-made traditional stoves, they burn biomass like firewood inside their homes. This practice harms the families who live in these households and our planet as a whole. Powerstove is the first smokeless clean cookstove with a self-powered cloud-based remote monitoring system for improved cookstoves in rural households. It uses 70% less biomass, cook food 5x faster with a payback period of 3months

  • Flux Marine
    $10,000
    Third Runner Up

    Flux Marine

    Flux Marine is developing zero-emissions electric boat motors.
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    There are 150 million gallons of unburned gasoline released by pleasurecraft in the United States annually. In comparison, boating is far more pollutive than automotive travel. Operating a family sized gas boat for one hour releases the equivalent pollution of driving a car for 800 miles. Conversely, Flux Marine has set out to design and manufacture zero emissions electric boat motors with increased performance parameters compared to industry standards.

  • Strados Labs
    $10,000
    Third Runner Up

    Strados Labs

    Strados Labs has a wearable smart sensor and application to help people monitor lung health.
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    Strados Labs is developing a wearable smart sensor and connected application to help the 500 million people living with respiratory conditions easily and automatically monitor lung health with our patent pending, always on health technology. Strados Labs aims to reduce the $100B of economic burden of asthma and COPD hospitalizations with real-time monitoring of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.

  • Innovex Uganda Limited
    $10,000
    Third Runner Up

    Innovex Uganda Limited

    Remot enables Pay-As-You-Go and remote monitoring services to solar contractors.
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    1.2 billion people worldwide still live without access to the electric grid and by 2030, 700 million people in Africa will still live in off-grid areas. Off-grid solar electricity is an immediate solution though it’s growth is stagnated by the high initial cost and the poor aftersales support. Remot technology makes energy accessible to low-income earners and rural communities by providing Pay-Go and remote monitoring services to solar contractors.

  • UjuziKilimo Solutions
    $10,000
    Third Runner Up

    UjuziKilimo Solutions

    UJUZIKILIMO SOLUTIONS collects and analyzes data to help farmers make precise decisions.
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    UjuziKilimo Solutions collects and analyzes farm data using sensors, GPS, satellite and mini weather stations to help farmers and agricultural stakeholders make precise decisions. The UjuziKit is a GPS and internet enabled device with sensors that is installed in farms to monitor the levels of nutrients, weather, soil PH and moisture content which directs water, lime and fertilizer nutrient application rates based on the local requirements.

  • Inventum - Pukio
    $10,000
    People's Choice

    Inventum - Pukio

    Inventum–Pukio has developed a clean energy powered atmospheric water generator.
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    Water scarcity is soon going to be a worldwide issue while the growing population will require larger food volumes, resulting in increased hunger, poverty and migration rates. Thus, the need to boost agriculture with efficiently grown crops. Our team has developed a clean energy powered, atmospheric water generator, attached to an IoT weather and soil monitoring system. It will compliment natural water sources and enhance productivity with smart farming to face global water and food challenges.

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2017

Winners

  • Project Vive
    $100,000 Grand Prize

    Project Vive

    Project Vive's Voz Box: There are approximately 4.5 million people with cerebral palsy and ALS who cannot speak. The Voz Box is an affordable and wearable device that can give a voice to the voiceless.
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    There are approximately 4.5 million people with cerebral palsy and ALS who cannot speak. The Voz Box is an affordable and wearable device that can give a voice to the voiceless.

  • DOT LEARN
    $75,000 First Runner Up

    DOT LEARN

    Technology for creating low-bandwidth educational videos: We make video-based online learning work reliably and affordably on cheap smartphones and 2G connections, thereby expanding educational access for people that need it the most.
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    We make video-based online learning work reliably and affordably on cheap smartphones and 2G connections, thereby expanding educational access for people that need it the most.





  • PathVis
    $25,000 Second Runner Up

    PathVis

    Viratect: PathVis is a smartphone-based disease detection platform that can quantitatively measure the level of pathogens in environmental and patient samples with real-time location data.
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    PathVis is a smartphone-based disease detection platform that can quantitatively measure the level of pathogens in environmental and patient samples with real-time location data.





  • Solstice Energy Solutions, Inc.
    $25,000 Second Runner Up

    Solstice Energy Solutions, Inc.

    For millions of people globally who struggle with backup or alternative power sources, SHYFT by Solstice is a hardware/software platform enabling the next generation of distributed energy management.
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    For millions of people globally who struggle with backup or alternative power sources, SHYFT by Solstice is a hardware/software platform enabling the next generation of distributed energy management.





  • Smart Bandage
    $25,000 Second Runner Up

    Smart Bandage

    SmartBandage aims to improve the lives of people suffering from chronic wounds through inkjet printed patented sensors that provide real-time data to monitor early warning signs of chronic wounds.
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    SmartBandage aims to improve the lives of people suffering from chronic wounds through inkjet printed patented sensors that provide real-time data to monitor early warning signs of chronic wounds.

  • BYU Village Pump
    $10,000 Third Runner Up

    BYU Village Pump

    Village Pump: NGO’s don’t realize that, after 10 months of service, the water pumps installed in developing nations go out of commission. Our solution will permanently provide water to the villages that need it.
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    NGO’s don’t realize that, after 10 months of service, the water pumps installed in developing nations go out of commission. Our solution will permanently provide water to the villages that need it.

  • Forest Devices, Inc.
    $10,000 Third Runner Up

    Forest Devices, Inc.

    Forest Devices, Inc. is developing AlphaStroke, the first stroke screening device that can be used by all medical personnel in any environment.

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    Forest Devices, Inc. is developing AlphaStroke, the first stroke screening device that can be used by all medical personnel in any environment.





  • myBalanceSens
    $10,000 Third Runner Up

    myBalanceSens

    Fall prevention through smart glasses: Falls among older adults are one of the leading causes hospitalization, and death. We seek to create smart glasses that will enable users to improve their balance to reduce fall risk.
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    Falls among older adults are one of the leading causes hospitalization, and death. We seek to create smart glasses that will enable users to improve their balance to reduce fall risk.

  • Baby Bloom
    $10,000 Third Runner Up

    Baby Bloom

    Boost Smart Milk Bottle and Mobile Application/Web Platform: Baby Bloom provides simple and effective lactation management. We are an IoT lactation tool that automatically tracks pumped milk production and uses machine learning to personalize lactation plans.
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    Baby Bloom provides simple and effective lactation management. We are an IoT lactation tool that automatically tracks pumped milk production and uses machine learning to personalize lactation plans.

  • ODA Systems
    $10,000 People's Choice

    ODA Systems

    Amadeus-ODA: We're developing a service that efficiently measures lubricant oil quality in machines. Timely oil changes and failure prognosis decrease pollution and economic waste, while boosting productivity.
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    We're developing a service that efficiently measures lubricant oil quality in machines. Timely oil changes and failure prognosis decrease pollution and economic waste, while boosting productivity.

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