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Chlorine device offers safe drinking water for all
Zimba is a device that automatically mixes chlorine into water using the correct proportions and no electricity, only gravity.
South Africa’s first medical thriller hits at the heart of illegal organ donation
Enlisting somewhat unusual and controversial tactics to promote the film, the subject of illegal organ trade has everybody sitting up and taking notes.
Research project produces first map of Nairobi’s informal transport system
Researchers are crowdsourcing data to create a transport system map for the accurate location of matatu routes – Nairobi’s informal transit system.
A device and mobile app that lets you grow pesticide-free, fresh food 365 days a year
No sunshine required to grow your own healthy food. Grow and monitor yours in your home at the click of a button.
Farmerline uses SMSes to empower small-scale farmers in Ghana
Ghanaian tech provider, Farmerline offers innovative mobile communication and farming information services to literate and illiterate rural farmers
Turning shipping containers into renewable solar units
SolarTurtle is an innovative green energy product that relies solely on battery-based distribution for rural electrification.
Virtual Reality App offers better clinical care to cancer patients
Oncomfort finds an innovative way to help cancer patients self-manage stress, anxiety and pain through evidence-based psychological interventions in VR.
The robots are coming!
AMP Robotics is revolutionising the waste processing industry by using robots for recycling – this age-old problem now has a new solution!
Have the conversation: Make contraception one of the cool kids
Future Fab, a lifestyle brand, is on a mission to break through the stigma and awkwardness of talking about reproductive health using innovative campaigns.
Get walking with stylish eco shoes made from recycled plastic bottles
It’s the eco-friendly, super comfortable flat that’s taking off. Rothy’s flats are made from just one material: polyester fibre sourced from recycled bottles.
Let the children play!
Play Pallets has devised a solution to afford kids, regardless of their economic circumstance or war-torn location, an all-important opportunity to play.
Pioneering the future of urban farming
INFARM is a pioneering on-demand farming service that helps cities become self-sufficient in food production, while reducing environmental impact.
Trash disposal games cleans up Dutch campus
Strategically placed trashcans were installed at the Dutch Koning Willem I College to prevent students from littering across the campus.
Rapid Assessment of Malaria (RAM) detects malaria in 5 seconds
John Lewandowski, a PhD student in mechanical engineering at MIT has designed a device that can detect malaria from a single drop of blood in 5 seconds.
Combatting drought with orange peels
Kiara Nirghin won the Google Science Fair Community Impact Award for her innovative creation of a super absorbent biodegradable polymer made from orange peels.
Art meets clean energy: Customisable solar panels blend in with any roof
SolarSkin, a Sistine Solar product offers colour-matched photovoltaic panels in an artful way and retains its revolutionary technologies in renewable energy.
Osmosis power: Mini generator creates energy from salt water
Nanoscientist Aleksandra Radenovic, explores the wonder of osmosis (also known as blue energy) power generation.
Coolar: The electricity independent medical refrigerator
Coolar is a carbon-neutral solar-powered refrigerator specifically geared towards preserving vaccines and critical medical supplies.
SHE: Sanitary pads made from discarded banana tree material
Sustainable Heath Enterprises (SHE) manufactures affordable sanitary pads made from banana tree fibres to keep Rwanda’s girls and women in school and work.
Bringing bones to life: Artist prototypes a hand grown out of stem cells
Artist Amy Karle’s Regenerative Reliquary is an open-source biotech project showcasing a human hand grown out of stem cells.
The Visionary Kitchen creates dinners from food waste
The Visionary Kitchen, a volunteer organisation, hosts weekly free dinners for up to 10 guests from foods that have reached their sell-by-date.
EyeControl: The first screen-free device for ALS patients
Often patients with ALS are "locked in" and unable to speak or use their limbs. With EyeControl, "locked-in" patients can communicate using eye-scrolling tech.
MOMALA – the healthcare app that detects malaria on the spot
This medical app turns a smartphone into a microscope to diagnose malaria at an early stage in just a few clicks.
Wakami's ethically crafted accessories empower over 500 Guatemalan women
Working with women in rural Guatemala, Wakami is a design-driven organisation that sells over $1-million in products to over 20 countries.
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