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Data is powerful when it leads to climate action and better decisions for a sustainable future. However, most public Earth observation data is difficult to find, access and use. Governments and industries around the world have invested in acquiring data , but those data sets often go unpublished or unused. The […]

Rainer Sternfeld | Planet OS | Estonia


Solutions Summit at United Nations, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff)
APOPO a Tanzanian-based social enterprise that develops and implements detection rats technology, nicknamed “HeroRATs” for humanitarian purposes. APOPO uses a locally available species, the African Giant Rat, because of its favorable temperament, long life span, and the fact that its size makes it easier to manipulate to detection tasks. The […]

Bart Weetjens | APOPO Hero Rats | Belgium


Solutions Summit at United Nations, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff)
Eight babies die every minute due to lack of detection of serious health conditions, including the top killers for infants: pneumonia, sepsis and asymptomatic congenital heart defects. Annamarie Saarinen, co-founder of the Newborn Foundation, leads a global health initiative leveraging mobile pulse oximetry technology to combat neonatal mortality. This targeted […]

Annamarie Saarinen | BORN Project | USA



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There are an estimated 100 million households in India that do not have access to toilets and 50% of people are forced to defecate in the open, posing health and safety hazards, and environmental issues. Open defecation also contaminates local water supplies. To address the problem Banka Bioloo provides “on-site” […]

Sanjay Banka | Banka BioLoos | India


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Groundwater salinity is a widespread problem around the world with adverse consequences on health, soil quality and overall ecosystems. Lalit Sharma, a civil engineer in India, has found a simple and effective way to create freshwater pockets for potable use within saline aquifers. Lalit has worked in villages in India […]

Lalit Sharma | Freshwater Recharge Wells | India


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Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, a Nigerian farmer, social entrepreneur and radio presenter grew frustrated with mounting losses of small shareholder farmers. Local farmers were losing up to 45% of their crops. His project called ColdHubs addresses the cold storage needs of farmers by combining the well-established technologies of photovoltaic energy supply and […]

Nnameka Ikegwuonu? | ColdHubs | Nigeria



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The cassava whitefly is responsible for vectoring the plant viruses that have caused two on-going and devastating pandemics, Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD). Estimates for resulting production losses in nine East and Central African countries have been put as high as 47% and the areas […]

Laura Boykin | Computational Food Security | Australia


Solutions Summit at United Nations, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff)
Global forests are under increasing pressure from over-production of lumber, strip-surface mining, and increased land usage for agriculture and urban expansion. Every year 8 million hectares of forest, equivalent to 7 billion trees, disappear around the world. Destruction of these critical ecosystems is occurring at a faster rate than restoration, […]

Susan Graham | Biocarbon Engineering | United Kingdom


Solutions Summit at United Nations, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff)
Mossi Princess Abze Djigma, a mechanical engineer, founded AbzeSolar to provide women and youth with the means to create a better future for themselves?—?‘If you educate a girl you educate all of humanity.’ AbzeSolar S.A., based in Burkina Faso, scales up the use of sustainable energy solutions in the sub-Saharan […]

Princess Abze Djigma | Abze Solar | Burkina Faso



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Beno Juarez grew up in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. His family moved to Lima when he was 9. It was the juxtaposition of the freedom of the jungle and the suffering of the city that led Beno to begin exploring inclusive innovation. Beno and his team across South America are […]

Beno Juarez | Floating Fab Lab | Peru


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The hazards and complexities of recycling motherboards and circuits mean much of China’s 3.62 million tons of electronic waste ends up in landfills. The UNDP-Baidu Recycle app helps users at the household level price and recycle their electronic products by connecting them to certified waste recycling and dismantling agencies across […]

Xi Li | Baidu Recycle | China


Solutions Summit at United Nations, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff)
African cities are experiencing unprecedented rates of growth?—?adding an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people every day?—?and are in dire need of primary infrastructure capacity. The continent’s urban population will rise from 400 million today to 1.2 billion by 2050. Christian Benimana, of MASS Design, is leading the roll-out of ‘African […]

Christian Benimana | African Design Centers | Rwanda



Solutions Summit at United Nations, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff)
Tarik Nesh-Nash | Morroco | Legislation LabsWho could forget the winter of 2010 when citizens around the Arab World took to the streets to demand justice? As the world watched these events unfold, local citizens quickly began creating new participatory tools to push for better democracy. Tarik Nesh-Nash, of Morocco, […]

Tarik Nesh-Nash | Morroco | Legislation Labs


Solutions Summit at United Nations, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff)
Solutions Summit at United Nations, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (Photo by Diane Bondareff) In Kenya and Uganda 90% of the prison population cannot afford a lawyer, 60% are on remand, and it is not uncommon for a decade to pass without a trial. The African Prisons Project works to reverse […]

Agnes Nakirya | African Prisons Project | Uganda