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ideas4action@wharton.upenn.edu 2018 Competition, Results

Announcing the 2018 Ideas for Action Winners!

With 2,100 proposals received, including over 200 Regional Finalists, we are thrilled to announce our 3 winners, 3 runners up, and 8 honorable mentions for the 2018 Ideas for Action competition!
Congratulations to our 1st place winner, MINO Microbubble Technology from Indonesia, and a tremendous thank you to the over 7,000 young innovators who contributed their valuable time and incredible talents to help improve our world. We look forward to receiving your 2019 submissions!

2018 Top 3 Winners

1st Place

(Indonesia)

Mino Microbubble Technology

MINO proposes a technology which increases dissolved oxygen in water to improve fish farm yields. A key to expanding fish farming is the availability of land and fresh water. The team’s proposal asserts that MINO Microbubble Technology can increase the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water to up to 7 ppm (while other systems go up to 3-4 ppm), and says it has been proven to increase fish yields by up to 40 percent when compared to existing aerator technology.

2nd Place

(Rwanda)

Starlight

Starlight suggests a women-led business model to improve sustainable access to energy. In Sub-Saharan countries, electrification rates are low and the use of kerosene lamps is harmful to people’s health and to the environment. Starlight’s idea is to replace all kerosene lamps with solar powered lanterns in Rwanda and neighboring countries. They propose a system of recruiting, training and supporting local women to become clean-energy microentrepreneurs who would sell and distribute solar lights.

3rd Place

(USA)

Amal

Amal proposes a new legal software program and digital platform which allows women in the Middle East and North Africa to understand which rights are available in their country and to complete the paperwork required to secure access to these rights. Amal offers resources to legally secure these rights through centralized, automated document generation software.

Runners Up (in alphabetical order)

Al-Derb

(Qatar)

Al-Derb

The Al-Derb platform provides a mechanism for individual and group funding (crowdfunding) to help young people obtain grants for education and training through electronic platforms, universities, and training centers that offer high-quality online education and training courses.

Arab Youth Parliament for Water

(Egypt)

Arab Youth Parliament for Water

The idea aims at building an integrated model for water management, optimizing the best utilization of the water for food production and harnessing the nexus between water, energy and food.

Pennepidemic

(Republic of Korea)

Pennepidemic

With blockchain, we can store all the information of the food supply chain. With the two features, transparency and traceability, blockchain technology can only ensure improved food supply chain as all parties (producers, retailers, consumers) are now connected through the blockchain network.

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)

Biogas

(Colombia)

Biogas

Biogas Plant in Buffalo Farm

Credit Locus

(Ghana)

Credit Locus

A tech-based approach to closing the micro, small and medium-sized Enterprises credit gap in Ghana.

EcoPack

(China)

EcoPack

An AI-Based Packaging System for the Environmental Sustainability of China’s E-Commerce Market.

Green Power Group

(Tanzania)

Green Power Group

Recycling agricultural byproducts into useful charcoal briquettes.

Kelasi

(Democratic Republic of Congo)

Kelasi

To create an online education platform with the main goal of connecting all stakeholders in the DRC education ecosystem to promote easier and quicker interaction and learning that is beneficial to them all.

Limitless

(Palestinian Territories)

Limitless

In the context of Palestinian entrepreneurs, Limitless addresses their main
challenges of gaining access to knowledge-building experts whom are only available across
the borders.

Rocapet

(Mexico)

Rocapet

Reuses PET as a raw material by replacing a percentage of the stone aggregate (gravel) in order to manufacture sustainable structural concrete, thus reducing the number of metric tons of annual post-consumer PET and conserving a non-renewable natural resource.

Safepal

(Uganda)

Safepal

A platform that young people (10-24 years, especially those aged 12-19) can use to confidentially report cases of sexual violence and get linked to the nearest service providers for help.