(@michaeljohnson)

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Science Sound Bites Podcast

Science Sound Bites is a podcast designed to supplement middle and high school STEM curriculum. The set up is I interview a scientist about their research in layman’s terms, while interjecting terminology used in current science syllabi, thus giving their lessons real world scientific applications.

(@rubayat)

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Doctor-in-a-tab

Give rural pharmacists a tablet app to gather patient history & vitals, and facilitate a telemedicine call with city doctors/ specialists, ending with a printed & signed prescription to be filled immediately. Patients also get discounted referrals & a fingerprint-backed medical record on the cloud.

(@elsamariedsilva)

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Health and women’s safety

Access to sanitation is a human right, yet 70% of the population in India living in rural villages & urban slums have no access. Women limit their daily movements, food & drink intake and are vulnerable to sexual violence. With crowdmap technology we plan to pinpoint hotspots and find solutions.

(@toctober1)

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Village Square: It takes a village to raise a child with a life-limiting illness

Village Square is a web-based application designed to help children with life-limiting illnesses stay in their home, preventing re-admission to the hospital. The family is at the center of a town square, with links to their physicians, symptom management, medication list and health recommendations.

(@todd.langstaff)

Festival 2

WeWho: Enabling awareness to build tolerance

WeWho is a peer-to-peer mobile video chat platform designed to foster productive and purposeful discourse on topics of mutual passion. By engaging real people face-to-face, WeWho quashes internet incivility in favor of meaningful dialogue, guiding users to greater awareness and promoting tolerance.

(@phyllis)

Festival 1

The 90%: A Scalable Pilot to Help First-Generation College Students Succeed in Math

About 90% of Chicago City Colleges students need remedial math. This contributes significantly to a graduation rate of 11%, and to many graduates opting for less rigorous majors. Personalized learning fueled by technology has the promise to provide accessible, affordable, shame-free, remediation.

(@kimdoylewille)

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A new “Craigslist” for Sustainable Connected Communities

Untapped knowledge and skills are going wasted each day, while communities struggle to get back on their feet economically. Using technology, crowdsourcing, an open source platform, and returning “to the basics”, communities can be empowered through education, resources, and collaborative efforts.

(@michaelanti)

Festival 1

One-Kindle-Hundred-Book Library for Schools in Poor Communities

Donate US$170 in China or about US$300 worldwide, you can help a primary school in poor communities to get one Kindle plus 100 paid e-books. A school needs such 10 sets to build a real offline E-Library, which could bring poor kids to new age. Names of donors will appear on the screensaver of the Kindle. Teacher of the school could use Internet to update and change the ebooks based on a selection maintained by top educators... more »

(@enn0002)

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GREEN GOLD: Mined by women at the Kenyan Coast

“Imagine the Kenyan Coast being the next hub where agriculture, technology, entrepreneurship, innovation,smart marketing, and women driven small holder farming (mining green gold) intersect to produce an everlasting change. This is what the idea is all about.”

(@trishaprabhu)

Festival 2

ReThink - An Effective Way to Stop Cyberbullying and Promote Tolerance in Adolescents

Cyberbullying is a silent and deadly pandemic affecting more than 50% of adolescents online today. Victims suffer from long term depression, life-time of anxiety, low self-esteem and 38% who have been repeated cyberbullied, exhibit suicidal tendencies. ReThink is an innovative and transformational technology solution that stops cyberbullying before bullying occurs. ReThink is also a movement to raise awareness about... more »

(@jasonkpanda)

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Using big data to prevent HIV in at risk communities

A big data analytics platform to reduce HIV for at risk communities by providing government, educational and research organizations with unique health behavior data-sharing tools and access to hard-to-reach communities for individual and community-level interventions

(@mariela.martinez)

Festival 1

Portal Rico: Leveraging the power of the global Puerto Rican diaspora

Portal Rico is website that agglomerates all available crowdfunding opportunities in Puerto Rico, regardless of the crowdfunding platform. Think of it as Kayak for crowdfunding. This website would better connect Puerto Rico’s diaspora populations to social entrepreneurship opportunities at home. The website model could potentially be scaled to benefit other countries and their respective diaspora populations.

(@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 »

(@lillykam)

Festival 1

Gangsta Geeks: Empowering Urban Youth with Robotics

Urban street culture encourages inner city youth to be either gangsters, ballers, or rappers. Instead, they should be getting into tech -- becoming "gangsta geeks." I want to start robotics programs for underserved minority youth. Why bring robotics to the hood? Because it teaches coding, design, engineering, manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship to students who are disenfranchised from the tech jobs that drive... more »