Materials / Technology

Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP)
2017 Catalyst Program

Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform is a transnational STEAM*-powered, intercultural/interclass stellate design initiative to transform the materials processing and recycling zone of Agbogbloshie scrapyard typified in global media as the world's biggest e-waste dump meme into a human-spatial network for distributed manufacturing and digital fabrication to drive a global circular economy.

Algal Turf Scrubbing
2014 Semi-Finalist

Algal Turf Scrubbing generates a fast growing, easily harvested, filamentous polyculture of hundreds of natural, locally adapted algae species over a new, highly efficient 3D screen surface beneath a shallow flow of water to oxygenate and purify water, produce biomass for biofuel and organic fertilizer, mitigate pollution from agricultural run-off, improve freshwater and coastal habitats, and sequester carbon and reduce fossil fuel dependency.

Arctic Food Network
2012 Catalyst Program

Arctic Food Network is a series of strategically distributed shelters in Baffin Island, Nunavut (Canada). The network addresses food security, biological and wildlife species management, and provides a safe navigation system across the region. AFN is developed in partnership with the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth in Nunavut.

AskNature
2014 Semi-Finalist

AskNature is an immense, web-based interactive database and learning tool which seeks to catalog and present solutions to the most pressing human challenges by enabling its audiences to draw from time-tested strategies evolved by nature. AskNature aspires to make bio-inspired design widely accessible for educational and industrial applications.

Bamboo Composite Reinforcement
2015 Catalyst Program

The objective of this project is to replace the conventional steel reinforcement in structural concrete by newly developed bamboo composite materials. Steel production is pricey, energy consuming and only available in developed countries. Therefore, all developing countries have to rely on steel imports, which make building construction rather costly.

Bamboo Lab Haiti
2016 Catalyst Program

The Bamboo Project aims to integrate domestically grown lightweight materials into the Haitian construction industry by demonstrating the structural, aesthetic and ecologically resilient nature of bamboo. This creates a model which can be deployed in areas suffering from deforestation and threatened seismically and climatically worldwide.

Beyond the Petroleum Era
2009 Semi-Finalist

The Galveston project explores conversion of oil rigs to repair coastal regions in two phases. Proto-One establishes community support with a sophisticated housing system utilizing hurricane waste. Proto-Two, a parallel protoCooperative initiative, uses a mineral extraction process to transform the oil and water-purification industries through the use of waste brine as a mineral source for a wide variety of uses.

Bhungroo
2017 Winner

The Sustainable Green Initiative Forum has designed Bhungroo (in Gujarati, “straw” or “hollow pipe”), an innovative technology that can filter, inject, and store storm water up to a depth of 300 meters in the subsoil.

Bio-Inspired Morphing Systems (BIMS)
2008 Semi-Finalist

This approach generates structures that can be morphed in arbitrary fashion while maintaining structural strength at all times, whether used for a ship’s hull, an aircraft wing, a car’s aerodynamic shape, a bed, a chair, or energy harvesting systems using wind, water, or the sun.

BioLite HomeStove
2012 Semi-Finalist

Half the planet cooks on smoky open fires causing nearly 2 million premature deaths annually. BioLite has created a biomass cookstove that, by converting waste heat into electricity, reduces smoke emissions by 95% for improved health while providing a mobile phone and LED light charging capability to drive widespread adoption.

bioMASON
2015 Semi-Finalist

bioMASON reduces global greenhouse gas emissions, by providing a better, cleaner, and cost effective bio-cement for use in masonry building materials. bioMASON is currently headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; a central hub for biotechnology research.

Cambridge Crops
2017 Catalyst Program

Together with MIT and Tufts University, Cambridge Crops has developed an innovative biomaterial coating that is able to dramatically extend the shelf life of perishable foods by up to 50%. Our coating technology can reduce food waste from the farm to table in both developed and developing countries.

Carnot-Equivalent Stirling Engine and Heat Pump
2009 Semi-Finalist

Our purpose is to bring about a revolution in the efficiency of energy production and consumption by addressing the fundamental problems of engine and heat pump inefficiency.

Chintan Group
2014 Catalyst Program

Our strategy is to prevent extreme pollution from increasing volumes of poorly handled electronic-waste by transforming current practices through a systems approach. We link fragmented actors as a chain to develop multiple capacities and leadership, resulting in safe recycling, not dumping of E-Waste, augmented green livelihoods for wastepickers and community.

Chira Project
2014 Catalyst Program

This recycle and community center for Women Association ADATA on Chira Island, Costa Rica, includes a work and social area. Apart from recycling it will be used for environmental trainings for schoolchildren, other inhabitants and tourists, making of handicrafts from recyclables, a daycare-center for children and meeting space.

Clean Irrigation Solution
2014 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: iDE’s Clean Irrigation Solution (CIS) system increases smallholder farmers’ agricultural productivity in developing countries by offering an affordable, appropriately designed, and desirable clean energy alternative to fossil-fuel pumps.

Ecovative
2013 Winner

This innovative materials science company uses local agricultural waste as feedstock to grow fungal mycelia that can be formed into a host of byproducts, from packaging materials to building insulation and car bumpers.

EggPlant
2016 Catalyst Program

EggPlant aims to eliminate the concept of waste and the pollution from traditional plastics by reusing wastewater as raw material to get advanced high performance bioplastic and smart bioplastic-based solutions, thanks to its innovative proprietary technology, through a zero-waste process.

Emergent Structures
2015 Catalyst Program

Emergent Structures has developed a multi-pronged strategy for construction and demolition waste transformation with localized wealth creation resulting from these material flows. Through on-ground iteration, inclusive design practices, and multi-stakeholder collaboration, we've developed the tools, knowledge, and capacity to facilitate the successful application of this process in other cities.

Evrnu
2016 Semi-Finalist

Evrnu has developed a proprietary technology that goes far beyond standard garment recycling to deconstruct used cotton textiles at the molecular level, creating a range of multi-purpose regenerated cellulose fibers far stronger and more durable than the original fabrics.

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