2X3 was formed out of a necessity to help small cities in Latin America create financially sustainable recycling solutions. By conducting an extensive assessment of the local urban landscape and environmental features, the company is able to form a custom-tailored recycling program that couples sustainable design principles with a specific societal need. 2X3 is guided by maintaining a triple bottom line, and bridges the gap between the public and their government. 2X3 helps overlooked communities turn a waste stream into a resource.
Amenawon Solar School
Life in Lagos, Nigeria is characterized by limited access to potable water and electricity. While open sewers flow through most streets, the access to inbuilt space and the possibility to cultivate food is limited. Working with the Amayo family, community members, and organizations, Amenawon Solar School will retrofit the compound of the late Mrs. Amenawon Amayo to implement a hybrid model combining rainwater collection, solar energy production, food cultivation and community stewardship. The ‘solar school’ will be a model for low cost, healthy and sustainable life in Lagos, and will serve as a space for cultivating sustainable practices through workshops on rainwater harvesting, solar energy, and permaculture principles.
Bugs On Purpose
Eighty percent of the world eats insects, yet in the U.S. we rarely hear about this healthy and sustainable cuisine. Bugs On Purpose will launch the first insect sampling product, a subscription club that will deliver monthly edible insects in a box to your doorstep. Bugs On Purpose will bring entomophagy into the Western discourse so that one day, bugs can be served as a main course.
GrantAnswers is a social enterprise that aims to disrupt cycles of poverty. GrantAnswers improves the educational outcomes of underrepresented students by helping them secure scholarships, grants and admissions through expert services, digital tools and media campaigns. GrantAnswers was inspired by its founder’s previous work at the City College of New York, helping over 150 predominantly low-income, first-generation NYC high school students attend college and earn over $1 million in scholarships and grants.
More than 8000 cyclists traverse NYC streets daily to deliver our food. Unfortunately, the current delivery system is incredibly inefficient and exploitation is commonplace, including illegal pay structures and unfair labor practices. However, inefficiency creates opportunity and Homer Delivery can create a massive social impact by reorganizing the structure of the delivery industry. Homer is an outsourced delivery service with an optimized routing platform. We can deliver the same number of orders in fewer miles traveled, provide regulation for the delivery workforce, offer higher wages to low-income labor, all while benefiting restaurants by saving money, expanding delivery zones, and removing the costs of managing delivery staff.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are the cornerstones of an advanced and sustainable society. We have established IEEE Haiti, a branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, for the Republic of Haiti. IEEE Haiti seeks to promote the STEM fields and advocate for research by engaging, supporting, and encouraging students and professionals in developing innovative ideas for Haiti’s future.
We aim to change the face of innovation. Right now, just over 1% of American entrepreneurs are of color. In response, Kuumba Academy will foster a new generation of innovators, thinkers and leaders. The Academy is a youth leadership and entrepreneurship incubator for urban students in NYC and SF public schools. It will equip underrepresented students with the tools of design thinking, coding, and entrepreneurship to empower themselves and their surrounding ecosystems.
The Museum of Your Art (MoYA) allows non-artists to be part of - and amplify - urban renewal through art. MoYA is a virtual museum that will connect people to public and street art via an app and interactive website. Its community grows the museum through posting pictures and information, casting votes up and down, and curating collections. The app pinpoints locations so tours can be created, and notifications occur when art is nearby.
Carrying out an actual experiment is one of the best ways to learn and build your intuition in physics. However, because of limited resources and time constraints, students don't get to carry out the labs that could cement their understanding of the material and make the learning process more fun. Physics Interactive puts the experiments online, making simulations available to anyone with a computer, tablet or phone. The goal is to revolutionize physics education by making a website and app that offer access to the experiments for anyone in the world.
Politics today has become too complicated. How do we pick our candidates? How do we know that they truly represent us? Where can we vote and what exactly are we voting for? Polyvote can help. We will create a web-based platform that consolidates, clarifies, and beautifies political data and encourages users to explore their own views. In a nutshell, Polite will streamline the process of civic engagement.
A person's diet plays a huge role in his well-being, and patients who go through treatment but never improve their diets usually have their conditions resurface. NutraLink will develop a website interface for doctors, and a mobile app for patients, that function together to help doctors assign appropriate diet plans, communicate regular reminders, and monitor their patients' success. Ultimately, this platform will simplify patient-doctor interaction and improve health outcomes.