What a year for IDEAS Global Challenge!
We had 41 teams enter our final round of submissions, and we had an exciting evening last week at the 2013 Awards Celebration. We were joined by 300 people to celebrate the work of this year’s teams and to announce our awards.
This year, we awarded a total of $67,500 to ten teams recommended by our judging cohort, composed of leaders around the world representing organizations like Oxfam, MIT, Bose, Liquidnet, and much more.
We also awarded $1500 each to three teams for winning the Community Choice Vote. They were selected by over 8,000 people from around the world.
Here’s what the MIT News Office had to say about last night’s celebration: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/ideas-global-challenge-awards-celebration-0503.html
We’re thrilled to introduce you to the 2013 IDEAS Global Challenge Award Winners!
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$10,000 Award Winners
Love Grain — Ancient grains for modern diets.
Augmented Infant Resuscitator (AIR) — Save infant lives through better training and instant feedback on resuscitation technique.
$7,500 Award Winners
ReFresh Water — Two-way vending machines that provide convenient, sustainable, and flavorful alternatives to bottled water.
BioBatts – Creating microbial power generators for small-scale lighting/phone-charging applications for off-grid villagers in the developing world.
Hope in Flight — Using Black Soldier Fly larvae to efficiently process waste into economically-profitable animal feed.
BlueLight —Innovative consumer finance for the base of the pyramid..
The Universe and More — What Harry Potter did for literacy, we're doing for science education.
Increasing Rural Farmers Income — Increasing the earnings of rural paddy farmers by 40% by paying more for their produce.
PolymerGreen — Convert waste plastics into green oil in Chengdu, China.
Bounce Imaging — Remote imaging and sensing technology for first responders.
Community Choice Winners - $1,500 each
Lab-X – Promoting socio-economic growth in developing countries through incentive based educational programs.
EducateSyria – Syrian children have been through unconventional circumstances, so why educate them conventionally?
Aasadeep Projects – Providing employment opportunities for both uneducated and educated challenged people through eco-friendly paper product manufacturing Industry and employability skill training program.
Throughout the next fifteen months, we’ll provide funding, mentorship, and a winners’ retreat to help the grantees hit the ground running.
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all of this year’s teams!