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African Design CenterChristian BenimanaAfrican Design Centers is an initiative to revolutionize infrastructure built on the continent through an interdisciplinary, field-based program that addresses the current dearth of professional designers, with a focus on human-centered, ecologically and socially sustainable design.RwandaEducationAfrican cities are experiencing unprecedented rates of growth — adding an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people every day — and are in dire need of primary infrastructure capacity. The continent’s urban population will rise from 400 million today to 1.2 billion by 2050. African Design Centers is an initiative to revolutionize infrastructure built on the continent through an interdisciplinary, field-based program that addresses the current dearth of professional designers, with a focus on human-centered, ecologically and socially sustainable design.
Partners
Funding
Strategic Planning
VirutalJennifer Ramsey NREL
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ATMOCEAN
Christopher White
Phil Kithil
Atmocean leverages the natural power of the ocean to green arid lands and freshwater to rural coastal areas. The multi-pronged solution provides affordable water for coastal communities around the world.New Mexico
(project in Peru)
Renewable Energy and Fresh WaterCarbon emissions and the impacts of those emissions are starting to have a strong effect on the environment. While reducing emissions is one side of the story, the other is carbon sequestration, which is the draw-down of carbon already in the atmosphere. Atmocean leverages the natural power of the ocean to green arid lands and freshwater to rural coastal areas. The multi-pronged solution provides affordable water for coastal communities around the world. It starts offshore with wave energy converters that operate ocean pumps driven by waves that move pressurized seawater to an onshore desalination plant where the sea water can be converted into fresh water. The fresh water is then delivered to drip irrigation pipe networks, creating new agricultural cropland in the rural coastal desert regions. With approximately 10,000 km of coastline in South America, Australia, Africa, and Central America available for greening projects there is a real opportunity to reduce C02 levels. Funding
Test sites
Business planning
Investment Thesis
Regulatory Structure
In-PersonScott Charter, Silver Bullet
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Banka BioLooSanjay BankaBanka Bioloo provides “on-site” human waste treatment facilities, using its environmentally-friendly toilets that use bio-digester technology (patented by the Indian Defence) that ‘eats-away’ waste and produces biogas that can be made into fuel and pathogen-free effluent water.IndiaWASHThere are an estimated 100 million households in India that do not have access to toilets and 50% of people are forced to defecate in the open, posing health and safety hazards, and environmental issues. Open defecation also contaminates local water supplies. To address the problem Banka Bioloo provides “on-site” human waste treatment facilities, using its environmentally-friendly toilets. The toilets use bio-digester technology (patented by the Indian Defence) that ‘eats-away’ waste and produces biogas that can be made into fuel and pathogen-free effluent water.Investment Theory Marketing Business DistributionIn-PersonKishore Nayak, EyeBot
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BenBenEmmanuel NoahBenBen leverages Blockchain technology to provide governments, financial institutions, realtors, and the public instant access to property information through an easy-to-use searchableGhanaDemocracy
Human Rights
Governance
Land Mgmt
In Ghana, land records are paper-based and easily lost, destroyed, or corrupted. Without trusted land records, financial institutions are unable to provide loans, individuals cannot prove ownership, and land investment stays stagnant. BenBen is an interactive map platform and census database that aims to tackle the inefficiencies of land administration to promote investment, reduce poverty, and encourage transparent natural-resource management. BenBen leverages Blockchain technology to provide governments, financial institutions, realtors, and the public instant access to property information through an easy-to-use searchableMapping
Policy
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Investment

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Marketing
In-PersonDiana Walker & Ben Webster, 17 Solutions
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Biocarbon EngineeringLauren FletcherThe BioCarbon Engineering team has found a solution that will help to reverse the damage humanity has done to the world’s forests. The team is using emerging technologies to plant one billion trees a year using unmanned quad-copters, remote sensing mapping, and high-velocity, aerial planting systems.UKAgriculture
Climate
Restoration
Global forests are under increasing pressure from over-production of lumber, strip-surface mining, and increased land usage for agriculture and urban expansion. Every year 8 million hectares of forest, equivalent to 7 billion trees, disappear around the world. Destruction of these critical ecosystems is occurring at a faster rate than restoration, because traditional planting techniques are too slow, too labor intensive, and too expensive. Susan Graham, a UK based engineer, believes she and her team at BioCarbon Engineering have found a solution that will help to reverse the damage humanity has done to the world’s forests. The team is using emerging technologies to plant one billion trees a year using unmanned quad-copters, remote sensing mapping, and high-velocity, aerial planting systems.Risk Takers

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Data Scientists

Talent
In-PersonJenna Walker, Artifact Uprising
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BORN ProjectAnnamarie Saarinenglobal health initiative leveraging mobile pulse oximetry technology to combat neonatal mortalityHealthEight babies die every minute due to lack of detection of serious health conditions, including the top killers for infants: pneumonia, sepsis and asymptomatic congenital heart defects. Annamarie Saarinen, co-founder of the Newborn Foundation, leads a global health initiative leveraging mobile pulse oximetry technology to combat neonatal mortality. This targeted education-and-implementation project offers low-cost, effective screening for the most common, life-threatening conditions in newborns. The project aims to reduce preventable newborn deaths by 25–30% and improve health outcomes by 75% through earlier detection of serious health conditions.`Funding
New geographies
Talent
Strategic Partners
In-PersonAlan Curtis, Innosphere
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Cold HubsNnaemeka IkegwuonuColdHubs addresses the cold storage needs of farmers by combining the well-established technologies of photovoltaic energy supply and compressive cold generation with a novel concept of pay-as-you-need storage.NigeriaEntrepreneurship and AgricultureNnaemeka Ikegwuonu, a Nigerian farmer, social entrepreneur and radio presenter grew frustrated with mounting losses of small shareholder farmers. Local farmers were losing up to 45% of their crops. His project called ColdHubs addresses the cold storage needs of farmers by combining the well-established technologies of photovoltaic energy supply and compressive cold generation with a novel concept of pay-as-you-need storage. It was developed to help the 470 million farmers and retailers in developing countries who do not have access to reliable cold storage. ColdHubs are modular, solar-powered cold rooms that provide 24/7 off-grid storage and preservation of perishable foods. They are installed in farms and markets within the reach of smallholder farmers and retailers. A ColdHub extends the shelf life of perishable goods from 2 days to 21 days, dramatically changing the lives and fortunes of local farmers.
Marketing Training FinanceIn-PersonZach Neumann, Tortuga AgTech
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Computational Food SecurityLaura BoykinLaura Boykin, a computational biologist in Australia, works to empower smallholder farmers and scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to increase the cassava crop yield by protecting them from the whitefly marauders.AustraliaFood Security
Agriculture
The cassava whitefly is responsible for vectoring the plant viruses that have caused two on-going and devastating pandemics, Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD). Estimates for resulting production losses in nine East and Central African countries have been put as high as 47% and the areas affected are continuing to expand, resulting in hunger, recurrent famines and annual losses of more than US$1.25 billion. Laura Boykin, a computational biologist in Australia, works to empower smallholder farmers and scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to increase the cassava crop yield by protecting them from the whitefly marauders. Laura uses genomics and high performance computing to study the speciation of whiteflies to ensure the farmers protect themselves from the correct whitefly species, ultimately increasing food security in the region.Research Partners

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Advocacy

Data Scientists
In-PersonMichael Locatis, Nexus
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DareWinJames NestorDareWin aims is to bring to light the complex language of the whales to unlock some of the mysteries of these highly evolved, large-brained, sentient life formsUSAOceansWhales play a major role in the health of the oceanic ecosystem from which all life on earth depends. DareWin aims is to bring to light the complex language of the whales to unlock some of the mysteries of these highly evolved, large-brained, sentient life forms. With advanced filming, recording, and free diving techniques, DareWin translates their language and brings the depth, awareness, and global importance of these animals to millions of people across the globe.Data Scientists

Bold Visionaries

Explorers

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Research

AR/VR
In-Person
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doctHERSSabeen HaqueDoctHERs is the world’s first exclusive network of home-based, female doctors that creates inclusive employment for women in emerging markets while delivering high-quality health care.PakistanGender
Health
Three out of every four women graduate medical school in Pakistan only to be excluded from the health workforce due to sociocultural barriers; there are over 50,000 qualified female doctors in Pakistan who are not participating in the workforce. In addition, 90% of the urban slum and rural population in Pakistan lacks access to affordable, quality medical health care. Confronted by their inaccessibility to qualified doctors, millions of marginalized women face unnecessarily high maternal and child death rates. DoctHERs is the world’s first exclusive network of home-based, female doctors that creates inclusive employment for women in emerging markets while delivering high-quality health care. DoctHERs leverages a digital health platform that connects female doctors to millions of underserved patients using local, trusted intermediaries such as trained nurses, midwives, and community health promoters in urban slums and remote rural areas. DoctHERs has launched 8 telemedicine clinics, catering to over 15,000 patients in just over 12 months while generating over $140,000 in operating revenue.Scale Replication

Corporate Partners

New Geographies

Investment
In-PersonArlen Myers, 915 Labs
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EcoLoo
Zuraina Zaharin
Imad Agi
Ecoloo is a sustainable toilet system that uses a special formulated bacterial culture to treat human waste and transform it into natural fertilizer.MalaysiaSanitation
Waste Mgmt
Energy
Ecoloo believes it has found a solution to the world’s pressing issues related to water, sanitation, hygiene, and the environment that will lead to socioeconomic prosperity and sustainable living. Ecoloo is a sustainable toilet system that uses a special formulated bacterial culture to treat human waste and transform it into natural fertilizer. The Ecoloo is made of a 2-tier chamber: the upper chamber is where human waste including urine is collected and treated by specially formulated bacterial culture while the lower chamber is where the organic fertilizer in liquid form is rendered to by gravity using no water to flush. The bacterial culture dissolves the solid waste and turns this waste and other degradable waste into ashes in this water free environment within just three to four days, while the nitrification process that is built in the system converts the liquid waste into an odor-free fertilizer. In nearly 10 years, Ecoloos have been installed in more than 16 countries. Plans are underway to begin producing up to 1 million toilets per year.Funding

Distribution

Scale
Investment

Advocacy
In-PersonTom Higley, 10.10.10
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Freshwater Recharge WellsLalit SharmaFreshwater Recharge Wells are a simple and effective way to create freshwater pockets for potable use within saline aquifers.IndiaGroundwater salinity is a widespread problem around the world with adverse consequences on health, soil quality and overall ecosystems. Lalit Sharma, a civil engineer in India, has found a simple and effective way to create freshwater pockets for potable use within saline aquifers. Lalit has worked in villages in India to develop an innovative technique that creates a pocket of freshwater within a saline aquifer. By digging the recharge well deeper and extending height, the well creates hydrostatic pressure and pierces the saline water even in very shallow aquifers — creating a pocket of freshwater. The water is then extracted via a hand pump and run through a Biosand filter to make it safe for use.Open Source Model
Distribution

Sustainability model
Training
In-PersonNick Rancis, Clear Comfort Water
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RefuniteIda JengREFUNITE is currently the largest user-driven family tracing platform in the world. REFUNITE registers 100,000 refugees and displaced persons annually.Kenya
(satellite office in Denmark)
RefugeesIn the past, individuals who were unable to locate their family members and had exhausted personal networks could only turn to international humanitarian agencies, needing to physically travel to offices to fill out lengthy forms and waiting for months or years without updates. REFUNITE set out to change this in 2008 with the first-ever global, web-based search tool for refugees. Now with 500,000 refugees looking for family members through the platform, REFUNITE is currently the largest user-driven family tracing platform in the world. REFUNITE registers 100,000 refugees and displaced persons annually. With little more than access to a low-cost mobile phone – and in high-need countries, even without internet access – refugees and displaced people can search for their missing loved ones with the click of a button. REFUNITE offers a mobile platform for displaced people to register, search, and reconnect. The service is accessible via a smartphone or any basic feature phone and is free of charge. Users can register via SMS, USSD, free hotlines or via the mobile site m.refunite.org. To date REFUNITE has successfully reconnected 20,176 family members and are in a strong position to reach even more separated families.Tech
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SafeCityElsa D’SilvaSafeCity crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces via a web app.IndiaGender
Health
Safety
Cities
UN Women states that 1-in-3 women face sexual assault in their lifetimes. 80% of do not talk about abuse for multiple reasons. This under-reporting of the issue leads to the unrepresentative official statistics. To mitigate the lack of reporting and create safer public spaces, SafeCity crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces via a web app. Women and girls can report their experience anonymously, allowing them to read other’s experiences. The anonymous data is aggregated as hot spots on an online map indicating trends at the neighborhood level. The information is then used by local groups and administrators to identify factors behind the abusive behavior and enables activists to develop solutions and strategies to address the root causes of sexual assault. SafeCity also runs or provides the training and infrastructure for campaigns to raise awareness in communities, campuses, and work environments.Tech Support Network

Platform Developers

Mobile programmers

Data
Business model
In-PersonMelissa Restiff, Couragion
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Syria TrackerHend AlhinnawiSyria Tracker is the first open solution to combine crowdsource reports (such as eyewitness counts), machine learning, and data mining techniques of mainstream and social media on the same platform. USA
(Project in Syria)
HumanitarianSyria Tracker, the flagship project of Humanitarian Tracker, is the first open solution to combine crowdsource reports (such as eyewitness counts), machine learning, and data mining techniques of mainstream and social media on the same platform. It is language agnostic and can rapidly scale (through utilizing cloud technology, machine learning algorithms, and human expert curation) to deal with various sources of information and improve the ratio of signal to noise ratio. We believe our open platform is ready for use and can be scaled to provide a valuable solution for the sustainable development goals.Capacity

Sustainability model

Programmers

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