Winners will be announced on June 29, 2021!
Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021

$1 Million USD in Prizes

Calling All #TechForGood Startups

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

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021 Finalists.  

Register to see the winners revealed live on June 29th at 7am PT.

  • .lumen - glasses for the blind
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    .lumen - glasses for the blind


    Currently, there are 40 million blind individuals, increasing to over 100 million by 2050. However, with all the technological advancements, the only two solutions when it comes to the mobility of the blind are the guide dog and the walking cane. The guide dog is unanimously seen as a great solution, but due to multiple drawbacks (high training cost, very difficult maintenance), there are only 28 thousand guide dogs to 40 million blind. .lumen builds technological glasses that replicate the main advantages of a guide dog, and then some, in a package that can easily be replicated, maintained, and used. A solution for the other 39,980,000 blind individuals who can't benefit from enhanced mobility. 


  • Aeloi Technologies
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    Aeloi Technologies

    Aeloi Technologies


    In the informal sector in emerging markets, audits on microentreprises are nearly impossible. As such, microfinance business loans and personal loans often have the same interest rate. Aeloi Technologies is one of the first digital innovations to tackle this problem. We are a software for financial institutions to disburse digital loans that can only be spent within an ecosystem of accredited vendors. An agriculture loan can only buy from agriculture related goods and services providers. The monitoring of loan end-use provides real-time insights, like an automatic audit. With Aeloi, the microfinance is assured the loan is used towards productive assets. The repayment probability is higher and thus interest rates can be lower. 

  • AgServer
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    In spite of producing about 70% of the food that world consumes, most smallholder farmers go to bed hungry, are poor, and are among the most vulnerable. In order to earn more and bolster productivity, they need to access information and extension services which are in critical shortage. For instance, in Nigeria, the extension worker to farmer ratio is 1:8500! Most of these farmers also live in isolated rural areas so do not have access to internet to source information to improve yield. AGSERVER is a peer to peer knowledge sharing platform that enables farmers to ask questions and get answers from one another or extension agents via any simple mobile phone with or without the internet, at no cost and without leaving their farms.


  • CervAstra
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    Aindra Systems



    A 2008 report by GLOBOCAN, International Agency for Research on Cancer, indicates that India has more than a third of the global incidences (~140,000) as well as mortalities (~74,000) of Cervical Cancer. 365 million women in India over 15 years are at risk of contracting cervical cancer. 70% of Indian population residing in rural India have limited or no access to quality healthcare. These statistics indicate the need to solve the problem of cervical cancer at a nation’s level and create point-of-care systems which are affordable and easy to screen, making it convenient for women to get screened. The solution should be: a simple, affordable, reliable and accessible point-of-care system, + portable and scalable for large scale deployment.

  • Angaza Elimu: Elevating the Classroom Experience
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    Angaza Elimu

    Angaza Elimu: Elevating the Classroom Experience


    Traditional learning and teaching models have failed to cater for students' learning needs. Teachers are overwhelmed by routine administrative tasks and large volumes of classes. Emerging technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered eLearning models have proved to be of great help in meeting students' specific learning needs and supporting teachers to spend more time providing personalized instruction hence helping each student achieve their full potential. Our AI powered interactive eLearning platform delivers personalized and mastery-based learning experiences to students and amplifies teacher student engagement.

  • Aquaponics Social Franchising
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    AquaFarms Africa

    Aquaponics Social Franchising


    70% of food on the African continent is imported and 72% of young people are unemployed meaning two things: we don’t own our food, and our economic growth is stalled. AquaFarms Africa’s mission is to address the problems of food sovereignty across Africa by making urban agriculture broadly accessible through our unique social franchising model, unlocking the wealth opportunity in the food space for young entrepreneurs. Our low-cost, locally-made, 12m x 12m aquaponics systems, use renewable energy for climate-controlled farming in proximity to our customers, facilitating year-round harvesting of fresh, niche produce atypical to tropical climates, enticing importers to purchase locally, repatriating funds back to the local economy. 

  • Beamlink
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    Natural disasters can cause up to $1 Billion in cellular infrastructure damages and cripple country-wide cell networks, but the true cost can't be measured in dollars; it's measured in how many survivors trapped under a fallen building can't call first responders, or how many worried mothers can't call their children. Additionally, refugee camps and other last mile populations lack coverage because it's simply 'too expensive' to cover them. Beamlink tackles these problems by deploying mesh networks of small, portable cell towers that are affordable, power-efficient, easy-to-setup, and automatically connect to one another, providing an alternative to bringing in cell towers on trucks or sending in engineers to build/repair existing towers.

  • RespirAID
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    Biodesign Innovation Labs



    Respiratory illness is one of the major reasons for mortality around the world. One in six deaths is due to respiratory illness. Due to shortages of ventilators, low resource healthcare conditions, and high healthcare costs, patients do not get access to ventilators. During the ventilator shortage, manual ventilation for prolonged periods of time leads to mortality and morbidity. RespirAID is a safe, reliable, affordable alternative for prolonged manual ventilation. It is a mechanical ventilation that provides intermittent positive pressure ventilation for patients in ER emergency care, ambulances and post operative care. RespirAID reduces treatment cost and saves life.

  • The Blue Tap Chlorine Doser
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    Blue Tap CIC

    The Blue Tap Chlorine Doser


    30% of the world still don’t have access to safe drinking water. Globally, diarrheal disease is the 2nd leading cause of death in children under 5. Many people now have access to “basic water services” but can’t drink their water as it contains pathogens. This means people become ill, boil their water, or buy bottled water. Blue Tap has designed a simple Chlorine Doser. It inserts the correct amount of chlorine into a piped water system to make it safe to drink in line with WHO guidelines. The simplicity of the design makes it easy and cost-effective to produce, install and maintain. Our rigorous training and monitoring process (enabled by IoT, conducted by local plumbers) ensures consistent, high-quality water.

  • Clearbot
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    Current industry solutions for the global marine trash crisis are painful, slow, dangerous, and extremely expensive. Right now, the method used is with paddle boats and nets which takes 4 days to collect just 3km of trash but the trash flow is 4-5 times that capacity. Such mismanagement of trash disproportionately impacts vulnerable communities and the ocean ecosystems that are in desperate need of a solution that is effective. Our solution, Clearbot, is a swarm of trash collecting robots that is 15x cheaper, has 5x more reach, and removes 2x more trash daily. To boot, ClearBot also detects and classifies trash into 64 distinct categories making it easier to assess the impact and improve data generation practices.

  • Continuum Ag
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    Continuum Ag


    Modern agriculture treats soil like dirt. Current farmer practices utilize heavy fertilizer and chemical application to grow their crops, causing larger carbon footprints than necessary. Although farmers care deeply about soil health, their profits are slim and they cannot afford to risk lower yields by using less chemicals or fertilizers. Continuum Ag seeks to change this by incentivizing farmers to modify their practices to a regenerative process that will get farmers paid to lower carbon emissions. Continuum Ag works directly with farmers and recommends new practices proven to work with biology – overall increasing soil health and facilitating a profitable transition to regenerative agriculture.  

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    Envisionit Deep AI



    Health care services in Africa are under-resourced & overused. There are only 20 pediatric radiologists in Africa, where pneumonia is the #1 cause of death in children under 5. Covid-19, tuberculosis and cancer are an increased burden on doctors globally and is another threat to our already fragile healthcare system. Misdiagnosis is common and human error can result in increased medical legal exposure to doctors. RADIFY, our AI solution, addresses these challenges in medical imaging diagnosis. RADIFY for chest x-rays detects 20 different pathologies including Covid pneumonia. RADIFY AI for mammography assists with early detection of breast cancer. Radify AI for ultrasound is a point of care solution for detection of chest & breast diseases.

  • Frost Methane
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    Frost Methane Labs

    Frost Methane


    We hear a lot about CO2, but methane is responsible for 20% of global warming and is 28x more potent than CO2. Frost Methane deploys and operates a fleet of low cost methane neutralizing devices around the world. We find high impact locations to install our hardware, remotely monitor it, and then issue high-quality methane based carbon credit offsets. We first installed a device on a concentrated methane vent in the arctic and have now expanded to methane from active and abandoned coal mines. We have an audacious plan of mitigating 500 MT of CO2 equivalent - equivalent to taking 100 Million cars off the road.

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    GIC Space



    Over 400,000 women in Sub-Saharan Africa die yearly from breast and cervical cancer, the two most common cancers in these women, because of lack of access to screening and diagnosis services, absence of required diagnostic equipment, and a great scarcity of qualified Medical Specialists. To solve this problem, we have developed a series of proprietary technologies comprising a telemedicine platform, a smartphone digital microscopy system, a smart speculum, and a simple biopsy device, to remotely screen and diagnose these cancers with real time pathology confirmation at the point of care even for women who live in the most remote and enclave areas, and early-stage cancerous lesions are further treated onsite through a mobile treatment unit. 

  • GramHeet Mandi
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    GramHeet Mandi


    Agriculture in India faces a plethora of problems such as high cost of cultivation, poor post-harvest infrastructure, exploitation by intermediaries, low price discovery, and lack of market linkages. These factors have made farming an unviable profession, compelled more than 300k farmers to commit suicide in the last two decades, and pushed 62M farmers into a vicious debt cycle. GramHeet, a social enterprise, is committed to a 'farmers first' approach and addresses issues of agrarian distress. Through our mobile app, we provide integrated services of storage, credit, market linkages, agri-inputs and primary processing facilities at the village level to secure 118 million smallholder farmers’ livelihoods, by increasing their incomes.

  • Smokeless Briquettes
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    Green365 Energy Solutions Ltd

    Smokeless Briquettes


    80% of Kenya's consumed energy source is firewood and charcoal. Although Kenya is an agricultural country, at the present time Kenya's cooking sector remains dominated by traditional biomass fuels that have significant negative impacts. Charcoal production is a main contributor to GHG emissions in Kenya. The growing population demands more charcoal, exerting increasing pressure on forests, farmlands and community rangelands from where it is sourced. Biogas is a clean alternative but not affordable since most Kenyans live below a dollar per day. This clean cooking energy crisis can only be solved by a clean and affordable source. We convert agro wastes into smokeless briquettes which burn three times longer than charcoal and firewood.

  • HITCH Smart Community Hotspot
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    HITCH Smart Community Hotspot


    Learning has been disrupted for millions of students. Research shows student educational development & performance is significantly impacted by missing 3 days of school per month. Main source of educational content is from local textbooks in underserved communities. It’s challenging & time-consuming to find/use reputable locally-relevant digital resources, given need to search on unreliable internet connections, across multiple web platforms & content providers. Our software transforms $20 KaiOS mobile phones into application & content server CPE, to create autonomous affordable, secure, & resilient mobile personal/community networks that operate online or offline; turning street-level retailers into mass-market smart community hotspots.


  • MyHand System
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    IRegained Inc.

    MyHand System


    Globally 15M people sustain a stroke each year - or every 2 seconds. Currently 100M are forced to live with a paralyzed hand for life, due to brain damage from stroke. Lost hand function makes basic tasks such as eating & grooming impossible to do, increasing the care burden on society. Currently no affordable & effective rehabilitation intervention exists to help regain the lost hand function.  Furthermore with ~50% of global population living in rural areas, accessibility to rehabilitation poses a huge challenge. IRegained MyHand System offers a new paradigm in hand function rehabilitation which leverages neuroplasticity, the human brain’s ability to ‘reprogram’ its neural pathways to help recover motor control through telemedicine & IoMT.

  • IRIBA Tap&Drink “Safe Drinking Water for Job Creation”
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    IRIBA Water Group Ltd

    IRIBA Tap&Drink “Safe Drinking Water for Job Creation”


    Safe drinking water is a luxury that most low-income Africans cannot afford. Worldwide, millions of school days are lost each year due to water-related illnesses in school children. Additionally, disposable plastic water bottles are what most people use for water packaging which greatly harms our environment. IRIBA Tap&Drink innovation is a solution that exists to provide affordable and reliable safe drinking water to low-income people in urban communities and in schools while promoting reusable water containers to protect our environment. The water ATMs installed in urban suburbs are managed by youth and women through a franchise model, hence creating decent jobs to eradicate poverty.

  • Jangala - internet access for life-changing projects worldwide.
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    Jangala - internet access for life-changing projects worldwide.


    Internet access is a lifeline. It enables individuals to communicate & use vital services, and empowers organisations with access to powerful tools, global supply chains and knowledge networks. With COVID-19 and climate change placing unprecedented strain on individuals & systems worldwide, being online has never been more important. Many of the most vulnerable people, and organisations delivering public services to them, remain unconnected - exacerbating global & national digital divides. Jangala creates technologies that provide internet access in these critical settings. Our systems are effortless to use and easy to scale, enabling access for refugees, schools, clinics, and other humanitarian & development projects worldwide.

  • Rapid pathogen detection
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    Kraken Sense

    Rapid pathogen detection


    Every year food waste contributes nearly 6 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions. Hundreds of billions of pounds of food are wasted and billions of dollars are lost to recalls and spoilages.  Nearly half of all food waste is due to the pathogen contamination. Hundreds of thousands of people become sick and often hospitalized due to exposure to harmful bacteria. The reason for this is that we still rely on decades old method of cultured bacteria detection that can often take up to 3 days to provide results and is simply too slow for our modern just-in-time logistical network. We have developed rapid pathogen detection methodology that can provide real-time, accurate and specific pathogen detection on-site. 

  • Leaf Digital Wallet
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    Leaf Global Fintech

    Leaf Digital Wallet


    Nearly 2 billion people around the world are unbanked and lack access to formal financial services. For refugees, migrants, and cross border traders, this is particularly challenging because they have no safe or reliable way to bring their money across borders or an affordable way to send and receive money, leaving them vulnerable to exploitative exchange rates and theft. With Leaf, users can travel without cash and rest assured that their money will be safe and accessible no matter where they go. Friends and family around the world can also deposit into a refugee’s account, regardless of location. Backed by blockchain technology, Leaf ultimately creates an economic identity that customers can use to establish themselves in a new country.

  • LIMBER Unibody Prosthetic Leg
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    LIMBER Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc.

    LIMBER Unibody Prosthetic Leg


    Only 1 in 10 people in need has access to prosthetic and orthotic devices, due to their extremely high cost and the lack of access to skilled physicians. The result? Millions of people are denied the basic quality of life because they can’t walk, take care of themselves, or participate in society. LIMBER uses novel 3D printing and digital design techniques to create affordable, unibody prosthetic devices. The LIMBER process starts with a scan of the amputee’s limbs.  Next, using digital design, the scans are transformed into a personalized prosthesis that we manufacture using our in-house 3D printers. 3D printing allows us to reduce the cost of our limbs to less than one-tenth of the cost of comparable devices.

  • Litro de Luz
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    Litro de Luz

    Litro de Luz


    The number of people living without access to electricity is 770 million (equivalent to the population of all EUROPE) and today, 3.7 Billion people have no internet access. Currently in Colombia there are 1710 villages that are still lit by candles in 2020. On top of that, more than 22 million Colombians do not have access to the Internet, this percentage rises to 40% of the population. Litro de Luz is a decentralized solar energy company that operates in rural areas and conflict or post conflict zones in Colombia and LATAM. We are the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to bring public lighting with WiFi internet to any place in the world. We are strategically aligned with sustainable development goals 7, 9, 10 and 11. 


  • Mini City
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    Mini City

    Mini City


    Chronic homelessness is a major problem in the US. A US study determined that over 50% of homeless citizens were denied specific benefits because they were unable to produce ID, with COVID this is greatly exacerbated. This issue is detrimental to the citizen but also to homeless care providers, clinics, and cities. The United States spends over 10 billion on public costs related to homelessness (Forbes). Chronic homelessness is a major problem in our nation; with lack of ID being a major contributing factor. Mini City is utilizing smart tech to address an exorbitant need that has existed for centuries (direct quote from our first customer, the Former Grants Manager for the Salvation Army Melinda Allen).

  • Integrated Telehealth solution to improve access to primary healthcare in Africa
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    Mobihealth International

    Integrated Telehealth solution to improve access to primary healthcare in Africa


    Ninety-five of Africa's 1.3B people lack access to basic healthcare due to poor infrastructure, long distance, high treatment cost, widespread counterfeit medications and critical shortages of medical experts compounded by “brain drain” of African medical professionals who migrate to the big urban cities in Africa and Western countries for better quality of life. Mobihealth's integrated telehealth platform leverages technology to connect users in urban, rural and hard to reach areas to a large local and global network of experts who offer medical care remotely assisted by AI powered diagnostic services via smartphones, solar and internet powered modular clinics thus addressing multiple pain points that will help leapfrog the continent.

  • M-SCAN
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    16 mothers die every day in Uganda due to complications related to pregnancy. Most of these complications can be detected using ultrasound. However most of the complications go undetected because the traditional ultrasound machines are very expensive, they use a lot of power and are bulky to use. As such, M-SCAN is a low cost portable ultrasound device that works on laptops, tablets and mobile phones to detect complications arising in pregnancy with mothers intervened early hence saving their lives and those of their babies. In the wake of Covid-19, we have launched a home to home ultrasound model to further scan mothers stranded in homes and those fearing health facilities in worry of contracting Covid-19.

  • NABU Inclusive Literacy Project
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    NABU Global Inc

    NABU Inclusive Literacy Project


    Globally over 250m children are illiterate despite attending school. In developing countries books are extremely scarce, and most kids don’t have access to culturally relevant children’s books, which is a major cause of illiteracy. This global literacy crisis is only being exacerbated due to COVID-19. To solve this problem we built NABU.ORG, a free tech platform providing culturally relevant mother tongue books, with the goal of bringing literacy tools into the homes of millions of children. We work with local creators to rapidly produce culturally relevant children’s books, using AI to level the stories in any language. In the last 24 months we have achieved proof of concept with an active reader base of 50,000 readers in Haiti and Rwanda.

  • Alfred
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    Globally, it is estimated that there are nearly 1B people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), dementia or are an informal caregiver for someone who does. In the UK, ABI and dementia cost the economy £68B annually. These conditions cause severe and permanent physical, cognitive, behavioural and mental health problems and have profound effects not only on individuals, but their families, communities and society as a whole. Given our ageing society and new need for remote care, there is an urgent requirement for innovative technology. Alfred is our cognitive prosthetic smartphone app designed to support cognitive functioning and allow individuals to live a more independent, functional and fulfilling life.

  • Second Life Batteries
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    Second Life Batteries


    India aims to be a 100% electric vehicle (EV) nation by 2030. Home to 14 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, EVs that use lithium-ion batteries (LIB) would reduce emissions from the prevalent internal combustion engine powered vehicles that cause two-thirds of air pollution in urban India. The EV-driven transformation would however result in a large volume of used LIBs. Nunam offers repurposed LIBs that come with high energy-to-weight ratios, low self-discharge rate, no memory effect, and reduced storage costs by 30-70% with overarching contributions to a circular economy, while subsidizing vehicle cost, expensive mineral recovery and reducing pressure on need for virgin minerals.

  • RespiraDX
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    National Cancer Institute research shows that liquid biopsies (blood tests) can complement current standard-of-care screening. Liquid biopsies hold tremendous potential to transform the diagnosis & treatment paradigm for cancer. But, the first generation of liquid biopsies currently rely on dead cellular material. In contrast, our platform detects material from living cells. We examine the couriers carrying cargo between cells. Cancer cells produce 10x more couriers than normal living cells, making this cancer biomarker easier for early-stage detection before cell death. NurLabs is a patent-pending materials science + bioinformatics approach to detect cancer early when it’s most treatable. We bring a fresh perspective to an old problem.

  • Positive Carbon
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    Positive Carbon

    Positive Carbon


    Food Waste is one of the biggest problems facing the world today. 1/3 of all food produced globally is wasted, costing $1 trillion globally & contributing to 10% of all Greenhouse gases. The foodservice industry is aware of the impact & cost, but without data to show how to cut down their waste, it's difficult, time-consuming & even risky to try it. We changed that! We have developed a fully automated food waste monitoring system. It consists of an IOT scale & camera; which tracks the weight and identifies the food type of all wasted food. This info is viewed on live reports - where they can see what food they are throwing out & why, so they can make changes to their purchasing & production decisions & save thousands of kilos of food & CO2.

  • Individualized System for Augmenting Ventilator Efficacy (iSAVE)
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    Project Prana

    Individualized System for Augmenting Ventilator Efficacy (iSAVE)


    The existing practice of sharing ventilators between patients has serious safety concerns. We have overcome these problems with the iSAVE, a system of tubing, sensors, filters, and valves to provide individualized volume and pressure control to two or more individuals from a shared ventilator. The iSAVE was applied to open- and closed-circuit ventilators provided temporary respiratory support to two artificial test lungs or pigs with differing pulmonary compliance and resistance, measured pulmonary mechanics, and accommodated sudden flow changes or the addition or removal of an individual from shared ventilation. Through a partnership with an Indian manufacturing company, we are in the process of testing and rolling out to nations in need.

  • Remora
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    Electrification won't work for long-haul trucking. Even with big battery breakthroughs, electric trucks will have far less payload capacity and hundreds of miles less range. And it will take decades to overhaul the grid, build an entire new network of charging stations for trucks, and replace every truck on the road. That's why we're building a device that captures at least 80% of the carbon emissions from a semi truck. We permanently sequester the carbon dioxide deep underground in depleted oil wells, helping companies meet their climate commitments and earn credits for the carbon dioxide we capture. We've already signed up seven different >$100B companies for pilots starting in October, including two of the Fortune 10.

  • Takachar: decentralized and smart trash-to-cash operations
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    Takachar: decentralized and smart trash-to-cash operations


    Biomass (crop/forest residues) represents a $120B/year missed opportunity for conversion into fuels/chemicals because it is often loose, wet, bulky, and difficult to transport/collect in rural areas. The biggest limitation biomass conversion technologies face today is that they often are too large-scale and operator-intensive to be deployed in decentralized areas where there is large variability in input characteristics. Using MIT patents and an IoT control system, we enable small-scale conversion of biomass into high-value, carbon-negative bioproducts such as biofuels, fertilizers, and chemicals, bringing 40% increase in income to rural farmers, and preventing air pollution and carbon footprint associated with open-air biomass burning.

  • Prev leak smart manhole covers
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    Technological plumbing solutions

    Prev leak smart manhole covers


    South African Townships and Informal settlements suffer from repeat sewage blockages that produce excessive overflows of raw sewage that bring environmental pollution, health risks and contamination of fresh water resources. TPS offers smart polymer manhole covers that are fitted with an ultra sensor, sigfox module and microcontroller to detect and report sewage blockages on our progressive web application. This allows communities, businesses and municipalities to have an early detection system that notifies them of sewage blockages that cause pollution, health risks and contamination of water resources as a result of overflow.

  • 4G Community Network
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    Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias, A.C.

    4G Community Network


    Meaningful access to communications and connectivity has never been more important. However, many rural and indigenous people around the world are unable to access the online world and are therefore left out of the benefits of connectivity such as economic development, access to information and emergency response. Since 2015, TIC has developed an innovative approach that combines open-source technology, community participation and ownership and regulatory advocacy, which has brought thousands of people cellular service in previously uncovered places. This network is now looking to provide 4G/LTE services paired with a novel local content sharing platform, allowing community users to get the most out of their online experience.

  • High efficiency and broadband Ambient RF energy harvesting
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    High efficiency and broadband Ambient RF energy harvesting


    Billions of IoT sensors are expected to be deployed in the near future for smart buildings/cities, wearables and industrial IoT applications. However, IoT sensors are mostly powered by batteries, which leads to high replacement cost and huge battery waste, and limits their wide adoption. Our breakthrough solution is based on patented invention of a novel, Metal-Semiconductor-Metal (MSM) diode to achieve ultrahigh efficiency (100+x higher) and unique broadband capability (up to THz). Our MSM diode-based RF harvester works like a solar panel for ambient broadcasting RF signals (Cellular/WiFi/TV) and can generate electricity to replace (AAA/AA) batteries for powering battery free IoT sensors, wearables and implanted active medical devices.

  • Vectech
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    Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world. Vectech empowers health systems to fight mosquito-borne diseases, through the generation of reliable detection and monitoring data. Currently, these practices rely on the manual collection and visual inspection of mosquito species, an arduous task. Vectech has developed a novel method utilizing standardized optics and computer vision methods to provide rapid, high-accuracy detection and monitoring capabilities to smart devices. Our first product, a device for public health technicians to conduct surveillance with the rigor and quality of an expert entomologist, will be followed by smart traps and citizen science applications that will exponentially expand environmental health data for all. 

  • Virtualahan Inc.
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    Virtualahan Inc.


    Virtualahan started in 2015 when our Founder, Ryan, experienced employment discrimination because of his chronic disease; an everyday experience by thousands of People with Disabilities. This is also evident for single mothers, out of school youth, among others. The two root causes of this problem are the outdated labor practices & inaccessible training programs in the Philippines. Virtualahan is solving this using an impact formula that combines digital skills training, employment & entrepreneurship support, life-coaching & community building through our inclusive, cost-effective, & transferrable virtual platform. Our community have always been left behind; the impact of COVID-19 & 4IR could push us further down unless we act now.

  • WaterScope, enabling simple, rapid bacterial testing for drinking water
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    WaterScope, enabling simple, rapid bacterial testing for drinking water


    Globally, over 2.2 billion people lack access to a safe water source in which more than 2000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases. Existing field testing methods are complex, prone to error, and slow. WaterScope is developing a rapid, simple, digital, bacterial testing kit to enable anyone to conduct a test in any location. The WaterScope kit consists of a disposable cartridge to allow for easy sample collection and preparation, and a testing system which includes a microscope and uses machine learning to quantify bacterial microcolonies. Data is automatically uploaded for real-time mapping and intervention. Our approach enables data-driven decision-making while empowering communities to bring about sustainable change.

  • Eradicating Malaria
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    Eradicating Malaria


    Malaria is one of the world's biggest solvable problems, annually killing over 400K people. Many countries eliminated it decades ago via massive treatment of stagnant water bodies. However, similar attempts in Sub-Saharan Africa have generally failed to detect and treat a sufficient percentage of often small water bodies. Zzapp has developed an artificial intelligence-based system for planning, executing, and monitoring of large-scale, cost-effective malaria elimination campaigns. It has been working in several countries, providing protection for more than 200K people, and is now launching an operation in São Tomé and Príncipe to fully eliminate the disease–if successful, this will be an unprecedented achievement in Sub-Saharan Africa.