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2017  Finalist
Telecommunications & Mobile

Voatz enables citizens to vote in all kinds of elections or voting events via a smartphone. Past attempts at internet based voting have failed or not gone mainstream due to fundamental concerns around security, auditability and voter anonymity. With Voatz, using biometrics for security and the Blockchain for irrefutability, we are able to tackle all these challenges and significantly streamline the process of voting and identity verification.

2017  Finalist
Public Health

nesterly is a digital marketplace that helps older householders with spare bedrooms connect with young people willing to exchange help around the house for cheaper rent. For example, a grad student could rent from empty-nesters for a reduced rate in exchange for cooking dinner once a week. The platform facilitates connections across generations and social networks through beautiful design, intuitive interfaces, and most importantly, our proprietary negotiation and relationship management tools.

2017  Finalist
Enterprise Software

KinTrans is a software solution that translates sign language into voice and voice into sign language automatically without the need for sign language interpreters, pen & paper or texting. KinTrans Chat creates face-to-face conversations that allow Deaf signers and hearing speakers to communicate together effectively and effortlessly everyone in their own language at any moment.

2017  Finalist
Public Health + Social Impact

Adolescent girls globally face many health-related challenges, including inadequate nutrition and anemia, menstruation-related taboos, mental illness, gender-based violence, and teen pregnancy. Adolescence is a critical point of intervention to prevent poor health outcomes later, as these girls are on the cusp of womanhood. Girls Health Champions aims to train adolescent girls in these critical topics and cultivate peer educators who will become health leaders in their schools and communities.

2017  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation

In Ghana, cocoa is mainly sold and purchased through the government which decides what quota of funding is used to run initiatives to support farmers. This lack of farmers’ control in decision making has trapped some 1.6 million farmers in poverty. Cocoa360 decentralizes decision-making, thereby fast-tracking the impact of cocoa farming. We have pioneered the "cocoa-campus" model; a tuition-free girls' school and hospital which are sustained with proceeds from a community-run cocoa plantation

2017  Finalist
Internet & Web

Vox Pop Labs is a social enterprise operated by a team of social and statistical scientists that leverages advances in artificial intelligence to inform and give voice to citizens. Its signature initiative, Vote Compass, is a wildly popular, award-winning application that has been used by millions of people worldwide. Vote Compass has consistently proven to be a unique catalyst for democratic participation, with independent studies having demonstrated its positive effect on voter turnout.

2017  Finalist
Entertainment & Media

Today’s submit-and-sell model of traditional publishing keeps poets in the dark and readers at a distance. The system is costly and stressful for serious poets and prioritizes editors’ decisions, not diverse tastes and total talent. Trūbadour restores the focus back to writing and places poets and readers in control. Our share-and-connect, mobile platform grows audiences by enabling personal networks built on quality poems—and by applying both human and algorithmic curation for poem discovery.

2017  Finalist
Agriculture + Social Impact

Striga, a parasitic weed, is the greatest pest threat in African food security - rampant in 18 countries and reducing farmer's staple crop yields by 20-100%. Because 85% of smallholder farmers are women, Striga is a gender-based food security issue. FoxyT14, an innovative biocontrol technology, uses 3 strains of host-specific fungus to kill Striga. Grown on toothpicks, FoxyT14 strains are inexpensively delivered to farmers to make a highly effective on-farm inoculum (50% yield increase).

2017  Finalist
Healthcare IT + Healthcare

TailorMed is an innovative financial management platform for chronically ill patients. Our mission is to help patients reduce their out-of-pocket costs, and decrease uncompensated care for hospitals.
TailorMed's first application focuses on US Cancer patients.
TailorMed solution provides a personalized projection of a patient's out-of-pocket cost across the entire medical journey and automatically finds cost saving opportunities, based on insurance and treatment optimizations

2017  Finalist
Education + Education Technology

We believe in students who take action towards their education. We are addressing the difficulty of paying for higher education. ScholarJet is revolutionizing the scholarship process with action-based scholarships. Instead of writing essays, students will perform enriching challenges. These challenges represent donor causes and beliefs, which can be creative, physical, community service or STEM related. For example, there can be scholarships for running, web development, or even volunteering.

2017  Finalist
Medical Devices + Design

Nonspec delivers low-cost, durable prosthetic devices to developing nations. Our goal is to mass produce easily customizable prosthesis that can fit any amputation site. Our initial focus is providing our patent pending core technology to below knee amputees. Our lightweight device allows the same components to be fit to an 8 and an 18 year old and expand as needed to compensate for patient growth, while maintaining comfort. The device can be fit and adjusted with minimal training or equipment.

2017  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation

Miracle Messages helps homeless people record short video messages to their loved ones, and delivers them via social media as a step toward reuniting families. It’s deceptively simple, and it works. To date, our mobile and web apps have reunited 42 people, 14 of whom are now in stable housing. We just received a $200K grant to implement MM at a systems level in SF, and many other cities have reached out after learning about our impact from 350+ articles. Our goal is to reunite 1M people by 2021.

2017  Finalist
Art & Fashion + Social Impact

Kréyol is a high end women's fashion brand whose ultimate goal is to utilize fashion as a catalyst for change with job creation for poor & disenfranchised women in the U.S., & eventually in my homeland of Haiti. We have created a movement focusing on women who love fashion & aim to stand out, with a goal to empower them to be their best self. We believe that we are our sister's keeper. So when a customer purchases a Kréyol garment, they are directly affecting the sustainability of another woman.

2017  Finalist
Consumer Products + Social Impact

During an emergency, people need to contact help as quickly as possible. However, many times people don’t have enough time to reach their phone before it’s too late. invisaWear has designed and developed smart jewelry, watches and accessories that allow users to instantly contact friends, family and/or police in the event of an emergency. With the push of a button, users can send an alert message containing their GPS location to pre-configured emergency contacts.

2017  Finalist
Fundraising + Education Technology

Our work aims to transform public opinion about charity, just as it's been reinvented on issues like seat belts, smoking, and gay marriage. We're committed to ending the “overhead myth,” the false idea that low overhead indicates high performance. Indeed, experts have uncovered major consequences when charities are discouraged from investing in talent, infrastructure, and fundraising.

We're launching an idea called Charity School, which will finally spark the paradigm shift the sector needs.

2017  Finalist
Other - Services + Social Impact

Cancer Wellness TV is a free online platform featuring videos and content dedicated to cancer integrative therapies: yoga, tai chi, exercise, meditation, nutrition, art therapy, survivorship support & many others. Now people dealing with cancer finally have access to complementary therapies from any computer, tablet or smartphone anywhere in the world. We're taking the fight to cancer beyond the hospital walls!

2017  Finalist
Art & Fashion + Social Impact

Responding to the daily issues faced by refugees, we created a series of all gender and one-size transformable jackets. Our designs convert into tents, a sleeping bag, or a backpack, and are capable of carrying children, flotation, and [in]visibility. With a donation-driven business model, we plan to offer these products to consumers within an outerwear market. With any purchase, a portion of the profit goes towards donating the most needed items to refugees. Video: http://ow.ly/mssK308ZJGD