(@hamed0)

Festival 1

Empowering Arab Youth: Financing Education for Employment

The idea tackles access to post-secondary education, with a focus on facilitating employment. A student lending facility executed in conjunction with a vocational and technical education provider would enhance marketable skills for Arab youth. Positive externalities extend well beyond economic gain and into the realm of social progress.

(@joboaler)

Festival 1

Beautiful Mathematics for All Students: The Power of Opening Math

I have spent the last year showing teachers how to open math tasks, with amazing results. The ideas have gone to over 200,000 math teachers and the students report a huge impact. They say that they now feel "open" and "free" and that they believe in their potential. I would like to create a new website "openingmath.com". it would be simple and clean, teachers would enter their math topic they are teaching and receive... more »

(@ted.r.johnson)

Festival 1

iAmagine: Using personal stories as catalysts for social and political change

Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Freddie Gray. Tamir Rice. We know these names because of their untimely deaths, but we don’t know them. iAmagine allows black men and boys to share their personal stories with the world to promote tolerance and combat the stereotypes that cast them as dangers to society.

(@septemberhargrove)

Festival 1

PowerMoves.NOLA: An Idea to Jumpstart the Economy

PowerMoves.NOLA was created address the challenges entrepreneurs of color face when launching, scaling, and charting an exit for their startup ventures. Our mission is to increase the number of venture-backed minority-founded companies, both nationally and in New Orleans. We provide minority entrepreneurs with the access to capital, advisors, and the support they need to be successful. Through our boot camps and power... more »

(@josh.b)

Festival 1

Educating Kids & Creating Heroes for Science: The Explorer At Large Clubhouse

Explorer At Large Clubhouse is the brainchild of explorer, educator and television host Josh Bernstein, who has recruited the very best science institutions, early educators, curriculum developers, STEAM researchers, evaluative testers, science museums, nature museums, television stations, and animators to create a television series, games, apps, teaching kits, and more to help 'raise the bar' for science education in... more »

(@emily0)

Festival 1

The End of Isolation: Let Cuba's Youth Access US Education and Professional Training

In 2008 I went to an international film festival in Havana. I learned that some Cubans had taken 2 weeks off from work, half of their yearly allowance, to see as many movies as possible. Some of them had no hope of traveling abroad. Sitting in a dark theater and watching a film set in another country was their only chance to see the world. The thaw in US-Cuba relations will help relieve Cuba's profound isolation. But... more »

(@daveonacoleman)

Festival 1

3bute: Using Africa and Comics to Educate a Mass Audience

3bute (pronounced: tribute), a soon to be re-launched platform, commissions artist-rendered 3-page comics adapted from a monthly selection of longform Africa-related academic content. It contextualizes and packages higher education information and ideas for a mass audience.

(@rtpascale)

Festival 1

“Positive Deviance” and immunization coverage in developing countries.

“Positive Deviance” is a corollary of the maxim “teaching a man to fish….” It is a method of “fishing” for novel ideas hidden all around us. Its use led to 4000 vaccinators equipped with Android phones overcoming the seemingly impossible problems of immunization coverage in developing countries.

(@egreen)

Festival 1

Chalkbeat's Election Engine

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts and changing the education landscape in the communities where we work. Chalkbeat's Election Engine is an original online tool that empowers voters to make more informed decisions by helping them compare and contrast candidates’ positions on crucial education issues.

(@jeanine.plantchirlin)

Festival 1

The Case for Modernizing Voter Registration

Recall the long lines at the polls in 2012? For the 2014 midterms, the nation faced a different challenge: the worst turnout in more than 70 years, with just 36.3 percent of eligible Americans voting. On the one hand, we have an electorate increasingly frustrated by partisan, polarized politics, a gridlocked Congress, and an election season dominated by special interests. On the other hand, for those who still want... more »

(@matt.tilleard)

Festival 1

CrossBoundary Energy: unlocking Commercial & Industrial solar in Africa

Power in Africa is expensive and unreliable. Solar is a cheaper alternative, yet is inaccessible due to upfront cost and perceived risk. We remove both barriers by providing installers with financed Power Purchase Agreements to offer clients—unlocking clean energy-as-service for African enterprise.

(@annasquireslevine)

Festival 1

Run For America: electing the best and brightest to U.S. Congress

What if we could fix politics in the US? What if our political system truly tackled our nation’s toughest problems? What if the best and the brightest viewed running for elected office as a desirable form of public service? Run for America (RFA) is a citizen-powered movement to reimagine politics and reinvigorate government by recruiting, training, and working to elect a new generation of solutions-oriented leaders... more »

(@palak0)

Festival 1

Caring for the Caregivers: Digital Meditation, Mindfulness and Centering Tools

Family and paid caregivers face high rates of burnout, fatigue and stress. Daily isolation, fragmentation, and the physical stress of caretaking negatively impact the caregivers and the care recipients. We propose a multilingual, mobile-friendly digital toolkit that encompass the best content and tools that support mindfulness, meditation, and centering practices-- tailored specifically for caregivers.