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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 2019 Winners

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to every participant!

Winners

  • Oorja:  Oonnati PAYG Community Solar Pumping Systems
    $100,000
    Grand Prize

    Oorja: Oonnati PAYG Community Solar Pumping Systems

    Oorja deploys and operates PAYG Community Solar Pumping Systems to provide affordable pay-per-use irrigation services to smallholder farmers.
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    100 million farmers in India depend on expensive and polluting diesel pumps for irrigation. Solar pumps are a cost-effective and sustainable solution, but 90% of farmers cannot afford them. Oorja deploys PAYG Community Solar Pumping Systems for groups of smallholder farmers. Digital flowmeter and payment technology enable a pay-per-use model without upfront cost to farmers. They access affordable water services year-round, reduce irrigation costs, grow high-value crops and double their incomes.

  • Solar Freeze
    $75,000
    First Runner Up

    Solar Freeze

    A one stop turnkey portable off-grid toolkit for localized rural food.
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    Food losses amount to roughly US$ 310 billion in developing countries. Estimates from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank show that up to 47 per cent of the $940 billion needed to eradicate hunger in sub-Saharan Africa by 2050 will be required for the post-harvest system. Fruits and vegetables, dairy products and tubers have the highest loss rates of any food in developing countries at 45-50% occurring at post-harvest level.

  • Calla Imaging
    $25,000
    Second Runner Up

    Calla Imaging

    A patient-centric cervical cancer screening technology with mHealth communication, patient data storage and artificial intelligence capabilities.
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    Cervical cancer affects the lives over 500,000 women annually, with over 80% in low-and middle-income countries, and 50% of these women die. This is due to a lack of affordable, accessible, and accurate screening. Our vision is to democratize screening through 1) imaging technology that community health providers or women themselves can use for screening; 2) automated algorithms for accurate diagnosis without an expert; and 3) mHealth app for patient data storage and communication for follow up.

  • Illuminum Greenhouses: Smart Greenhouses for Africa
    $25,000
    Second Runner Up

    Illuminum Greenhouses: Smart Greenhouses for Africa

    Providing smallholder farmers with affordable greenhouses equipped with solar powered sensors enabling IOT penetrate and reach the base of pyramid.
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    Use of outdated farming technologies coupled with the frequent attack of pests and diseases while depending only on rain for water for crops greatly affects 93% of farmers in Africa. By providing affordable greenhouses and drip kits equipped with solar-powered sensors that automate irrigation, we are able to protect crops while increasing yield by data analysis through the wireless sensors, enabling the internet of things to penetrate and reach the base of pyramid farmers.

  • TrashCon: Automated Zero Waste Technology
    $25,000
    Second Runner Up

    TrashCon: Automated Zero Waste Technology

    Automated Waste Segregation System and Value generation of waste enabling an Integrated Zero Waste Solution.
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    TrashCon is solving the waste menace by our invention - The World's first completely automated Municipal Solid Waste segregation technology - TrashBot. A one-stop solution to segregate any kind of mixed municipal solid waste automatically into Bio-Degradable waste and Non Bio-Degradable waste upto 99% efficiency thus enabling Zero Waste. The Bio-degradable is converted to compost, Bio-gas and the Non Bio waste is recycled thus providing a complete end-to-end integrated solution.

  • BlakBear: Soil Sensing Platform
    $10,000
    Third Runner Up

    BlakBear: Soil Sensing Platform

    New sensors and machine learning that increase the yield farmers can get from their land, to feed a growing world sustainably.
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    Intensive agriculture is necessary to feed a growing world, but it is destroying our farmland. In this project we will use novel sensing technology and cloud intelligence to increase the yield farmers can get from their land, using no more fertilizer than is necessary. We achieve this by combining electrochemical sensing innovations with statistical algorithms to measure and understand soil nitrogen levels instantaneously, and provide optimised nitrogen fertilisation instructions.

  • Neurobots: Exobots
    $10,000
    Third Runner Up

    Neurobots: Exobots

    We offer a treatment capable to recover 30% of hands movement in 2 weeks in stroke patients training the source of the problem: The brain.
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    Stroke is the disease that causes most motor disabilities in the world, 16 million cases each year, 1 each 2 sec., and 87% of survivors are unable to perform daily activities. Common methods has low efficience to treat stroke patients, mainly when they have more than 6 month since stroke (chronic stage), when recovery its almost imperceptible. With Neurobots Method its possible reabilit even the chronic patients with a average hand recovery of more than 30% in just two weeks.

  • Reeddi
    $10,000
    Third Runner Up

    Reeddi

    Reeddi innovatively provides affordable, reliable, and clean energy to individuals and businesses operating in the energy poor regions of the world.
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    Over 600 million people presently live without access to electricity in Africa and data from the UN shows that over 70 million Nigerians live without steady access to electricity. 

    However, affordable access to clean and reliable energy will unlock national and global opportunities to millions of Nigerians currently living without power.

    Through our proprietary energy and IoT system, Reeddi sustainably provides clean energy at a price point that every African at large can afford. 

  • REALDRIP by TREPLABS
    $10,000
    Third Runner Up

    REALDRIP by TREPLABS

    REALDRIP is a low cost infusion monitor device for simpler and safer blood transfusion and drip treatment.
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    Manual infusion treatment leads to the death of 500,000 babies and 76,000 pregnant women annually. 1 in 4 people dying from conditions caused by blood clot. Also, 1 in 5 people on blood transfusion and drip have suffered complications because they were given too much or too little fluid, with hundreds potentially dying.

    REALDRIP device monitors blood transfusion and drip to prevent blood clot and complications during drip treatment by continuously monitoring flow rate and automating the process

  • Banoo
    $10,000
    People's Choice

    Banoo

    By integrating microbubble, IoT, and solar panel, we provide smart aquaculture technology to help people in rural areas boost their food resilience.
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    Two main hindrance of aquaculture productivity are land availability and pond quality. The land available to cultivate freshwater and brackish water fishery is diminishing because of rapidly growing population and land conversion. Low pond quality, mainly caused by the lack of dissolved oxygen in the water, kills fishes which will create serious losses for fish farmers. Seeing this, we, Banoo Project, create tools to make smarter fish farms using microbubble generator, IoT, and solar panel.

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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