Festival 2

Congratulations to our Festival 2 award winner and finalists!

Winner: Margaret Koli, Presenter, HNP: Transforming the World's Leaders Into Entrepreneurs

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Challenge: Festival 2

Peer to peer solar

According to NREL, only 22–28% of U.S. households could have solar on their own roof. What if the three-fourths of other Americans could get access to renewable power by buying it directly from other individuals? We are building an online platform to allow just that.

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Saving the Planet - Together

My idea is to create an easily accessible web-site that would be a place of contact for environmental project suggestions that arise all over the world. With the easily accessible web-site we would make the problems meet the global brain power resources. The web-page would also act as runway for talented students everywhere that do not necessarily have the required resources or contacts.

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TOM Societal Innovation Platform

TOM seeks to drive a local and global movement of innovators in design and technology to create extremely affordable solution to acute and neglected societal problems faced primarily by struggling communities and households. 3 TOM gatherings happened last year. 14 locations expressed interest.

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Sustainable Citizen’s Participation in Typhoon Haiyan Devastated Communities

The project aims for building sustainable citizen’s participation among marginalized sectors especially women in policy formulation and practices on environmental and disaster protection through raising public awareness and community mobilization in Typhoon Haiyan devastated communities.

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My 52 Weeks of Worship Online: A Curriculum Inspiring Interfaith Communication

A media-rich, interactive, online curriculum focused on interfaith understanding, which will prepare people to participate in much-needed, courageous conversations about cultural and interfaith diversity by enabling them to learn about people from various worship communities around the world.

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Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem for women

Supporting women founders through meaningful networking events designed to catalyze a female entrepreneurship community, and drive interaction with funders, press, and other essential partners.

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MOOC Learning Hubs: A way to Improve College Completion

I propose to improve college completion rates for first generation and under-represented minority students by supplementing MOOCs with Learning Hubs.

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Turning Vision into Action

A considerable body of evidence has shown that investments focused on women benefit whole societies. Vital Voices identifies and supports high-potential leaders who demonstrate a commitment to improving their communities through tailored investments to enhance their capacity as leaders. Vital Voices will bring together women with bold visions for sustainable change in communities around the world to critically analyze ...more »

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Safe Water for Rural Nepal

What would your day look like if the closest place to fetch water was an hour's walk away? Around the world, lack of water access is one of the key markers of poverty, and in rural villages around the world, women and children regularly travel for this long or more each way, every day, to fetch water for the home. Piped water systems that bring the water directly into a community are known to be a revolutionary innovation ...more »

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COMBATTING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: A MAJOR THREAT TO GLOBAL FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Alzheimer’s disease has a global cost of $226 billion but currently cannot be cured. The idea is to implement a paradigm-shifting approach that eventually will enable effective treatment with medication that prevents the appearance of symptoms thanks to an early stage, non-invasive diagnosis.

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Oasis: Distributed Utilities for Rural Development

Oasis is a cheap, replicable way to provide foundational services (clean water, solar-powered electricity, and digital communication) to rural settlements in developing countries. By collocating these services, Oasis becomes a hub where traditional rural economies can continue to thrive, while slowly introducing them to broader, global markets.

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24/7 Climate March

In 2014, 450k people gathered for a climate march in NYC and then dispersed. The world was awed by its scale. We need a way to signal to friends and strangers that we want change, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week in order to create a tipping point of critical mass in which all follow.

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