Semi-Finalist

ColaLife
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: ColaLife harnesses sea-changes in corporate social responsibility and mobile-based micro-payments, proposing its AidPod distribution system, allowing local health agencies to make simple low-cost life-saving health supplies and awareness materials, ubiquitous, well-understood and easily available in the developing world, over-coming current transport, logistical and co

Fighting SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) in India
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Produce shelf stable, high energy, high protein ready to eat food products suitable for community-based treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition for children under 5 years old. We will utilize locally available ingredients and transfer the technology to women-led local self help groups and small scale enterprises to promote self sufficiency.

GoodBank
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: GoodBank™ is the high transparency design for a commercial bank, reconnecting money and meaning. Saving, shopping and investing true to one’s ethical values improves customer's credit rating at the bank, earns cash-back rewards for environmental and social causes, and inspires new transparency tools to enhance social financial literacy.

LIFT
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: LIFT provides a sustainable solution for housing of low-incomes families in low-lying flood prone urban areas around the world. The amphibious project, with an emphasis on renewable resources, allows dwellings to move up vertically as flood water rises and return to ground level as the water recedes.

Light For All
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Reduce global CO2 emissions and light up rural households in developing countries by distributing an innovative and affordable lighting system to replace fuel-based lighting.

MicroEnergy Credits
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: MicroEnergy Credits leverages the unprecedented growth of the $120 billion carbon markets as a catalytic source of funding to mobilize the 12,000 microfinance banks now reaching over a billion people, to help their microentrepreneurs affordably switch to healthy and clean energy sources as part of their journey out of poverty.

New York City (Steady) State
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: New York City (Steady) State is an alternative plan for New York City based on a single predicate: it is possible for the city to become almost entirely self-sufficient within its political boundaries. At its conclusion, our project will have proven this and outlined the necessary steps to achieve it.

Plastic Island
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The goal of the Plastic Island Project is to use the existing Great Pacific Garbage Patch that was discovered twelve years ago by Charles Moore, to develop a self-sustaining island inhabited by around 800 people that will collect and recycle the tons of plastic floating around our oceans.

Re-Sources: Saving Living Systems
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Re-Sources: Saving Living Systems: a replicable, multi-disciplinary, integrated-systems project addressing ecological degradation and cultural genocide. Phase one is the rich, undocumented water culture in the Tibetan areas of Western Sichuan.

Samasource
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Samasource enables marginalized people to receive life-changing work opportunities via the Internet. We provide microwork, technology's answer to microfinance. By training women, youth and refugees to complete paying remote tasks, we give them the ability to build livelihoods and become part of the digital economy.

Second Nature
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: This proposal is to develop and manufacture small, code-compliant, adaptable, moderate-cost, biogas digester systems that can be used anywhere in the world by people of all educational and cultural backgrounds.

Seed-Scale: A Universal Process for Community Change
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: There are no universal solutions for cultural, economic, and ecological sustainability, but there is a universal process to identify local solutions. The Seed-Scale process enables communities to gather their own human energies and invent sustainable solutions that expand to more communities.

Sheltering U.S. Persons Unsheltered
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: World Shelters’ mission is to provide temporary and transitional shelter for persons in need, including persons unsheltered in the U.S., a.k.a. “homeless”. We have developed an economically sustainable, jurisdictionally conforming and technically unique design for emergency and transitional shelter that we propose to demonstrate in three jurisdictions in California.

Sustainable Disaster Response
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Sustainable Disaster Response, SDR, is an integrated, sustainable disaster response and recovery system that utilizes available people and resources to implement innovative renewable energy solutions that transform tragedy into sustainable community reconstruction. SDR uses disasters time of change to maximize efforts towards building a sustainable future.

Synchronicity 2: Public Water Purification Island
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The island is a floating platform with nine outdoor fitness machines pumping polluted Vistula water through four filters to a basin placed in the center of the island giving drinkable water. The platform will be floating on Vistula river in the center of Warsaw.

The Acceleration Of Innovation The Full Belly Project (FBP)
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Full Belly Project’s “Acceleration of Innovation Program” is unique in its approach. It effects change and addresses some of the problems of developing countries through its emphasis on local manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

The Green Initiative
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Green Initiative is a social venture to increase the self-sufficiency of NGOs in the developing world through clean, affordable, reliable, and sustainable fuels.

The Green Island Project
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Green Island Project is an isolated (or isolatable) municipality that meets some or all of its energy needs from local renewable sources. A post-industrial energy ecosystem that creates local jobs while reducing fossil fuel dependence, an opportunity to innovate next-generation sustainable infrastructures outside of the restrictions of legacy industrial models.

The S.A.T. Project
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Megacities around the world are facing similar syndromes, fragmented urban landscapes, high infrastructure investments, social unrest in dense city cores, rural-urban migrations, among others, while following traditional transportation schemes and applying the latest IT solutions to administrate increasing traffic congestion, while issuing urgent policies to tackle its

Tibet is the High Ground - 3rd Variation
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The work “Tibet is the High Ground III” proposes an ecologically conceived resolution to the present de-glaciation and subsequent catastrophic outcomes to the 2.5 million square kilometer Tibetan Plateau and the seven major rivers that flow from it through Asia, a bio-cultural approach at the scale of the problem.

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