Winners of Hack for Earth

The 7 winners of Hack for Earth 2021

17 days of hackathon has come to an end and here are the winning solutions! These solutions will now go on to join the Build for Earth acceleration program and become real solutions for the good of society.

VarunaBlue

Contact Person: Omkar Khot, (Team leader, India 🇮🇳)

Team members:

Christopher Roberts, USA 🇺🇸

Gauri ghule, India 🇮🇳

Lucia Guazzardi, Italy 🇮🇹

Maryna Tolochyna, Ukraine 🇺🇦

Tessa Dronkers, Netherlands/Italy 🇳🇱🇮🇹

Description:

Our initiative is to produce bioplastics from seaweed farmed off coastal India; keeping our waters safe and free of plastics while creating jobs, and supporting local female farmers. Our goal is to scale up to meet India's move away from single-use plastics next summer, and beyond that, develop bioplastics dissolvable in saline water.

Motivation:

The winner in the Hack for Earth challenge category Water is Varuna Blue.

For an outstanding solution in regards to the criteria Comprehensibility, Realisability, Innovativeness, Scalability, Solving the Sustainable Development Goals and Team, the winner in the challenge category Water is Varuna Blue. 

The Jury finds that Varuna Blue has created a solution that has the potential to create real change for our future world. 

The solution will also empower women through the employment of female seaweed farmers, and will provide a swift response to one of the most urgent threats we face today, plastic water pollution.

Luminous Teen

Contact Person: Md Jahirul Islam, (Team leader, Bangladesh 🇧🇩)

Team members:

Md Adib Raian, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Md Talha Jobaer, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Sorder Rakib Hasan, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Description:

Luminous Teen is a Social Enterprise intended to popularise self-paced Teen Employment and to ensure a certain degree of Financial Independence through high-school enrichment, corporate connection & internships. It is a marketplace especially designed to accelerate early-age employability, with a vision to help eliminate Child Labour by 2025.

Motivation:

The winner in the Hack for Earth challenge category Partnership is Luminous Teen.

For an outstanding solution in regards to the criteria Comprehensibility, Realisability, Innovativeness, Scalability, Solving the Sustainable Development Goals and Team, the winner in the challenge category Partnership is Luminous Teen. 

The Jury finds that Luminous Teen has a collaborative approach to solving the SDG:s through youth empowerment that is both innovative and sustainable"

Sustainability Insights

Contact Person: Megan Moore, (Team leader, USA 🇺🇸)

Team members:

Alexander Vincent Nobel, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Caique Peixoto, Brazil 🇧🇷

Jens Östlund, Sweden 🇸🇪

Josephine Östman, Sweden 🇸🇪

Luisa Emme, Ecuador 🇪🇨

Marc Biemer, Germany 🇩🇪

Pierre Hedkvist, Sweden 🇸🇪

Praveen Jelish, India/Sweden 🇮🇳🇸🇪

Description:

Sustainability Insights - An App developed by Futurice developers to:

  • Educate: Using data from the Upright Project, quantify the net environmental impact of decisions stakeholders have made so they can better understand how their behavior impacts the environment.
  • Provide Personalized Insights: Based on previous decisions, present solutions to improve the impact stakeholders have on the environment going forward
  • Take Action: Incentivize stakeholders to commit to changes by reflecting the improved impact they will have if they change their behaviors
  • Co-Create: Share commitments within a community to incentivize and engage users for long term positive impact

Motivation:

The winner in the Hack for Earth challenge category Environment is Sustainable Insights.

For an outstanding solution in regards to the criteria Comprehensibility, Realisability, Innovativeness, Scalability, Solving the Sustainable Development Goals and Team, the winner in the Challenge Category Environment is Sustainability Insights. 

The Jury finds that Sustainability Insights has created a solution that has the potential to create real change for our future world. 

The solution will also become a platform for providing guidance, education and awareness with personalized insights that enable communities to share long term positive impact.

Nittiv

Contact Person: Lab Casas, Philippines 🇵🇭

Team members:

Lab Casas, Philippines 🇵🇭

Description:‍

Millions of jobs lost due to global pandemic
Millions of families are starving due to a lack of income-generating activities
Millions of marginalized communities (locals & natives) in rural areas have no opportunity!.
Most countries are "still" and some are recovering.
Rural communities are soon becoming urban & demanding to become sustainable

This solution is a powerful intersection between 2 fast-growing industries!
$ 2.6 Trillion Tourism & $ 4.5 Trillion Wellness industry and will surely create massive opportunities for employment & economic development in rural areas and urban.

Motivation:

The winner in the Hack for Earth Challenge Category Health is Nittiv - Authentic nature & wellness tours with locals experts. 

For an outstanding solution in regards to the criteria Comprehensibility, Realizability, Innovativeness, Scalability, Solving the Sustainable Development Goals and Team, the winner in the Challenge Category  Health is Lab Casas. 

The Jury finds that Lab Casas has created a solution that has the potential to create real change for our future world. 

The solution, which will connect travelers to a list of local wellness operators, guides and experts, has potential to contribute to job creation and economic well being among people living in remote and rural areas as well as increased health.

DMoLL.

Contact Person: Michael Ojo, (Team leader, Nigeria 🇳🇬)

Team members:

Lujain Ashraf khalil, Egypt 🇪🇬

Mahdi Tarhini, Lebanon 🇱🇧


Description:‍

The Big Challenges; WHATS ON GROUND!

Human Rights are inherent to all human beings on earth. As humans we should have the same right to life, such as the right to food, education, information, work and health, but it is estimated by the United Nations report that more than half of the world’s population doesn’t have access to the internet, with Asia and Africa having the lowest rate.

Why is our project important and necessary?

Billions of people are missing out on the wealth of knowledge and information that — increasingly — can only be found online. More than 360 million young people are excluded from the digital age by poverty, geography or other circumstances beyond their control.

Motivation:

The winner in the Hack for Earth Challenge Category Human Rights is DMoLL.

For an outstanding solution in regards to the criteria Comprehensibility, Realizability, Innovativeness, Scalability, Solving the Sustainable Development Goals and Team, the winner in the Challenge Category Human Rights is DMoLL.

The jury finds that DMoLL has created a solution that has the potential to create real change for our future world. 

The solution has the potential to contribute to one of the biggest challenges we need to solve; the human right "equal access to internet connection and knowledge". 

The team has identified the problem that not everyone around the world has access to the internet and therefore are limited in their access to information and to participation which is their right. And they have come up with a sustainable solution, using solar panels to  make both accessible. 

The solution contributes to solving an important problem in a sustainable way.

Recy-Block

Contact Person: Saif Eddine Laalej, (Team leader, Morocco 🇲🇦)

Team members:

Jad Ennadif, Morocco 🇲🇦

Samah Laalej, Morocco 🇲🇦


Description:‍

Recy-Block is an innovative provider of building and housing material solutions that integrates eco-friendly practices and green technologies in its products and making housing more  affordable and accessible for all. We are transforming plastic waste and especially plastic-based gear into eco-friendly construction material.

We have developed a new formula based on 50% of plastic waste & masks and whole new cost effective production process, our first prototype is a Hollow recycled block (picture attached) that can be used in all the same ways as cement hollow, but offers better characteristics. Our hallow block is eco-friendly and 5 times harder and durable than concrete hollow with a 550 PSI compressive strength.

We invented a durable and fast scalable solution that can benefit the planet our countries and help face the pandemic effects. By using our solution, we will not only considerably reduce the use of sand in the construction industry, but also provide a sustainable solution to the recycling of plastic waste.

Motivation:

The winner in the Hack for Earth challenge category Sustainable Society is Recy-Block. 

For an outstanding solution in regards to the criteria Comprehensibility, Realisability, Innovativeness, Scalability, Solving the Sustainable Development Goals and Team, the winner in the challenge category Sustainable Society is Recy-Block.

The Sustainable Society Jury finds that Recy-Block has created a solution that has the potential to create real change for our future world. 

The solution will also contribute to saving our planet’s scarce resources by transforming plastic waste and plastic-based gear into eco-friendly construction material, which will be easily scalable and more cost-effective, durable, eco-friendly and faster to use than the existing solutions, also providing a new way for recycling plastic waste because it's time to stop more plastic from ending up in our oceans.

UN-EduPass

Contact Persons: Petronella Sjögren and Margareta Norell Bergendahl , (Team leaders, Sweden 🇸🇪)

Team members:

Dunja Stevanovic, Botswana 🇧🇼

Edvin Stertman, Sweden 🇸🇪

Göran Carlsson, Sweden 🇸🇪

Julia Mortensen, Sweden 🇸🇪

Louise Karsten, Sweden 🇸🇪

Maryam Al-abdaly, Sweden 🇸🇪

Michelle Wanyang, Kenya 🇰🇪

Peter Oviroh, Nigeria 🇳🇬

Samuel Boahen, Ghana 🇬🇭

Sara Lindstrand, Sweden 🇸🇪

Susanne Nilsson, Sweden 🇸🇪

Description:‍

Students, professors, fellows & alumni from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) network, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Africa-Design, are teaming up to tackle Educational challenges!

The general UN-EduPass module

Provides all the necessary information and qualifications for the UN-EduPass.

Educational Platform

Training of informal (soft) skills through the Analytical skills tests and Problem solving cases. Provides (optional for the individual) information and qualifications for the UN-EduPass.

Convert Grades

The possibility to compare grade systems from different schools so that a student's GPA (grade point average) matches the grade system at a different school. The student's GPA is calculated by averaging the scores of all his/her classes. Schools around the world have different points for different grades hence their scores are valued differently.

Communication and Opportunities

Portfolio of schools with communication channels

Large topic-specific tests - designed for those who have not received their competences through academia but elsewhere and want to apply for an education.

Motivation:

The winner in the Hack for Earth challenge category Education is UN-EduPass. 

For an outstanding solution in regards to the criteria Comprehensibility, Realisability, Innovativeness, Scalability, Solving the Sustainable Development Goals and Team, the winner in the Education challenge category is the team of students, professors, fellows & alumni from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) network, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Africa-Design with solution UN-EduPass.

The Jury finds that the team behind UN-EduPass has created a solution that has the potential to create real change for our future world. The solution will increase educational opportunities for and enhance the mobility of youngsters around the globe through evaluating and translating students' qualifications and grades in accordance with a new global grading standard that will be recognized by any university or future employer anywhere in the world.