Below are the student ventures competing in the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge for the 2020 cohort. These teams hail from every continent and address all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Take a look at these student leaders and learn more about how they are changing the world for the better.
Hailing from Rollins College in Orlando, Aquaculture is a unique venture that features a floating garden housing native plant species that cleanse water bodies from toxic fertilizer runoff.
Representing the University of Texas at Austin, Arboretyx delivers untapped insights into the health of plants and resiliency of ecosystems by leveraging cutting-edge genomic and statistical techniques.
Winner of the Moonshot Award.
BCM from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Spain has created an innovative modified bacteria that eats water contaminants in order to clean dirty water. Winner of the Instagram Challenge Award.
North Dakota State's Be Bold team is leading the charge in fostering and providing mentorship to children of disadvantaged backgrounds and allowing them to see the world through a different lens.
bentbox comes to us from Haverford College, and this team has created a reusable container that disassembles to fit in our lives and aid the transition to a plastic-free world.
Team BIOMILQ from Duke University has developed a way to produce breastmilk from mother-cultured cells to create a product with the nutrition of breastmilk but the practicality of infant formula that protects moms, babies, and the environment. Winner of the Women Innovator Award and the First Place Prize.
A team representing CETYS has come up with a way to re-design the coffee life cycle to recover energy and replace charcoal.
In the true University of Kentucky fashion, Bluegrass Biogas will take food waste that would otherwise sit in landfills and process it into biogas that can then be used as energy.
Representing the University of St. Thomas, the BraillEazy team has created an innovative smartphone case that allows blind people to learn and use braille from the comfort of their palm. Winner of the Qualcomm Wireless Reach Impact Award and the Most Socially Innovative Award.
BrilliantBiome from UCSD has proposed a solution to eliminating the risk of opioid abuse from the inside out. Winner of the Qualcomm Wireless Rech Impact Award and the Second Place Prize.
IESA's (Venezuela) Clarity team has created an easy-to-access platform that will help people to geolocate and denounce their local problems such as the lack of electricity, water, and gas failures. The main idea is to provide a secure way to denounce, validate, and expose failures in local governments.
Crecerás is an outstanding team from the University of Texas at Austin. This venture is a tech-based platform focused on creating stronger advocates for children by facilitating access to developmental diagnoses within the Latinx community. Winner of the Social Change Award.
Hailing from the University of St. Thomas, We are a social venture looking to bridge the digital divide by utilizing a new, ground breaking technology called TV Whitespace.
Duke's D^3 (Design Cube) has proposed a maker space inside a shipping container to improve educational experiences for engineers and stimulate technological innovation in low-income countries.
The S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research is represented by Dr. Nanoxa, which is an antimicrobial formulation developed to restrict microbial infections via Human - Surface - Human interactions. Winner of the COVID Innovation Award.
This team from the amazing Davis College Akilah Campus has created a social venture that tackles the health risks resulting from electronic waste by collecting them from homes and be refurbished to be reused again.
Future Innovative Network (FIN)
FIN is a venture representing Thammasat University, School of Global Studies. FIN aims to bridge the relationships between corporate clients and youth through consultations and hostings of impact workshops.
Representing the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Goldmine aims to improve the quality of and access to breastfeeding.
Ewha Women's University is back with Hanguler. This innovative solution creates a decent job for the visually impaired by providing online Korean education on the phone. Winner of the Social Change Award.
Heard is the debut project representing the University of Michigan in the Challenge. This is an on-demand, positive, peer-to-peer support for people with chronic illnesses.
ITZTIC HELADO NUTRIVO
This team of changemakers from Australian Catholic University has created ITZTIC HELADO NUTRIVO, which is a venture dedicated to fighting undernutrition in developing countries through icecream based nutritional supplement made out of superfood.
Leather Heart is the first B Corporation in Venezuela, with a value chain that adds positive value to people, society and nature. Winner of the Instagram Challenge Award.
Masks for Health
Masks for Health, or Ethos Masks, come from a student team at UCSD. Ethos Masks are safe, comfortable, customizable, and reusable masks for reducing both transmissions of COVID-19 and PPE waste. Winner of the COVID Innovation Award.
Hailing from Thammasat University in Thailand, Mudra helps international students with financial difficulties to enable full accessibility of their education in Thailand.
Representing the University of Kentucky, PhilUp is addressing the technological needs of the charitable sector. When it comes to donating money to charity, there is a growing gap between current methods of collecting donations and the development of technology.
One of our Latin American powerhouses, ReciclandoAndo is representing Universidad del Pacifico. This is a sustainable business model that addresses the mismanagement of resources, while it provides an extra income to Peruvian recyclers.
Universidad del Desarollo's Reco Boards team is addressing the overwhelming problem of waste. They changed the way disposable food and beverage packaging ends up on the planet, transforming them into boards and accessories for extreme sports.
Hailing from the University of Minnesota, ShaqoSearch is a tailor-made job connection platform matching young adults to employers in Kismayo, Somalia.
Coming all the way from the University of Michigan, SIFT aims to establish to reduce textile waste generation and empower local businesses impacted by cheap exportation of donated clothes.
Davis College Akilah Campus's Smart Agriculture team is working on delivering better farming skills to farmers through smart Agriculture tools such us App, USSD code, and notifications to boost their crop productivity.
A graduate student at the University of San Diego, Brittany Kirk's venture Sunlight U teaches survivors the science of trauma to begin the healing process. PTSD does not have to be a lifelong diagnosis. Winner of the Most Resilient Award and the Women Innovator Award.
TeachHope is a student venture from Rollins College that is a self-care subscription box that gives back and funds a mental health program in schools to provide hope for kids.
One of Australian Catholic University's finest, Technology Teachers is a digital literacy program that addresses digital inequalities.
Tegat Community Learning Center
Kennedy from Haverford College has created Tegat Community Learning Center, which is a set up that provides a safe comfortable space with books, computers, internet, mentors, and tutors for students.
Representing UFV in Spain, Thermoplastiks offers Sustainable and efficient PET plastic degradation using thermostable enzymes at an industrial scale for bioremediation in the Asiatic textile industry. Winner of the Audience Choice Award and the Second Place Award.
San Diego State's own till is a group of students who aim to reduce food waste and hunger by providing an opportunity for restaurants to sell surplus food.
Representing S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Trimaya Traditionals is a two-stage cooperative of rural artisans, that remodels the survival strategy of aboriginal trades using environmentally sustainable technology to tap demand.
This team from Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia has created Tuti Tech, which aims to enable unbanked communities to join the opportunities of the digital economy. Winner of the Audience Choice Award.
This University of Minnesota venture is a medical device organization dedicated to innovating simple, quick, and affordable early diabetes screening device for the underserved population.
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Wubbie is an online communication platform that connects kids with medical conditions to their classmates and teachers. This team hails from San Diego State University.
A team of remarkable undergraduates, Xatalyze, is representing the University of San Diego. They have created an energy storage solution that accelerates the development and implementation of renewable energy. Winner of the New Product Award.