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Kounkuey Design Initiative

KOUNKUEY DESIGN INITIATIVE (KDI) transforms impoverished communities by collaborating with residents to create low-cost, high-impact bu

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SILVR

SILVR is a VR education platform that immerses students in cinematic, interactive experiences. Through this, we want to inspire students to go out into the world and make a real difference.

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United States, CA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

Education today is in a lot of ways still archaic. With the advent of modern technology, students are bored easily by chalkboards, ineffective teachers, and picture-less textbooks. This industry needs improvement and the only way to really improve it is through technology.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

Our venture will use virtual reality in conjunction with existing lectures to create a hybrid system that allows students to be immersed in cinematic, interactive experiences. This increases the learning experience and make the whole process a lot more enjoyable.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

Typically, students go to class, sit down, and listen to a professor at the front of the class drone on and on about a boring topic. Students are bored by this and, as a result, focus more on facebook or texting than they do the actual material. This paired with the twenty pound textbook the teacher expects them to learn from means that students are not able to understand the material effectively and won't retain their knowledge.

We want to change the way students interact with their education. This goes beyond the "gamification" of classrooms. We want to immerse students in the worlds they are learning about. They can see and interact with George Washington as he leads the Colonies against the British. They can visit Rome at the height of the Roman empire. This is paired with a more linear story designed to teach the student and let them explore what they are learning. Using VR, we can inspire and instill wonder for subjects they would otherwise despise.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

We are working for all students. Education in general is a system that needs some upgrading. Using VR allows us to teach more efffectively and reach more students than ever before. There are only a few other companies in this space at the moment. VR is still a very new field and as a result, there aren't too many developing in this space. However, in the next few years, VR will become mainstream and we will be the early adopters, able to reach more students and change the lives of so many students.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

I am a student and I am someone who doesn't learn well from textbooks. I also forget what I learned in previous semesters. I am someone who wants to be amazed and feel that what I am learning has a purpose. I want to be transported into the worlds that I have learned about. I wanted to be amazed by this learning, but instead I found it dry and hard to digest. I found it boring. Every subject can be interesting to someone if we teach it properly, but sadly we are accustomed to the "normal" way of doing things.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

SILVR is a VR education platform that immerses students in cinematic, interactive experiences. Through this, we want to inspire students to go out into the world and make a real difference.

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

In the first year, we want to make our demo and receive funding. We also want to have a pilot program in place where we test how learning in VR will affect students' retention of and interest in different subjects. Additionally, we want to set up a way for us to make content efficiently, so that we can make powerful experiences for a wide variety of students and subjects.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Our first goal is the completion of our first Demo. Once we have the demo, we can show people what we want to do.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Write the script for the demo and prototype the scenes

Task 2

Continually test this demo with a focus group to make sure this is what people want

Task 3

Work with professors, educators, and other students in relevant fields to make sure the educational content is accurate

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Secure funding so that we can continue developing our vision

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Research and apply for incubators

Task 2

Incorporate SILVR

Task 3

Create a business plan and pitch deck that accurately describes our vision

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Institute a pilot program at a local school to test and prove our idea

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Isolate the most viable schools to work with

Task 2

Contact them and develop a curriculum

Task 3

Obtain VR devices they can use to engage in our material

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

We will be successful once we finish our demo and obtain funding. This will be the first step that allows us to continue to make our vision something truly amazing.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

We will be successful once we develop a pilot program and develop a way of creating content efficiently. Once this is in place, we can focus on expanding to multiple schools and multiple facets of the industry (continued education, homeschooling, etc).

How will you measure success?

We will measure success when we first have one pilot program in place. Once we get real feedback, we can develop a more accurate representation of what students want. Every step, every milestone is a measure of success. We want to affect people's lives and their futures, so every student that we can reach that gets really excited by our content is a measure of success.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

We will post opportunities on career websites at various schools. We will also look for people who show the passion and drive to make powerful and inspirational experiences. VR is a combination of a lot of fields, so there are a variety of backgrounds that can have a profound impact on our mission.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

We want to incorporate SILVR, so the new leaders would be chosen in the same way new leaders are chosen at other companies. The process needs to be more selective, however, because having an incapable leader can drastically affect SILVR's ability to carry out its mission.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

Once we finish our demo and secure funding, will will simultaneously reach out to schools and develop a streamlined process for developing content. Great content is necessary for this idea. Also, there are numerous other options we can pivot to should the need arise. Our mission remains that we want to inspire, whether that means at the high school, college, or professional level.

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The project consists of running co-design workshops with people with mental health problems. These workshops entail design-led methods that enable patient-need mapping and idea generation to address those needs. The workshops have a duration of 6 weeks and guide participants through models, brainstorming and role plays to help participants identifie problems and create design outcomes to address them.  

Strooder

Strooder is a 3d printing filament maker. It produces inexpensive filament from raw or recycled plastic pellets. Provides cost benefit and customization of 3d printing materials as well as colour choice when being safe and easy to use.

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3d printing filament maker

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2013

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For‐profit

Organization Country

United Kingdom, SOM, Bristol

Country where this project is creating social impact

United Kingdom, SOM, Bristol

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Strooder is a 3d printing filament maker. It produces inexpensive filament from raw or recycled plastic pellets. Provides cost benefit and customization of 3d printing materials as well as colour choice when being safe and easy to use.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if consumers could become makers by recycling their plastic waste?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

3d printing requires filament as a 3d ink equivalent to 2d printing ink. This Filament can be bought from factories only in a limited range of colours. Commonly available plastics are ABS and PLA. This plastics are very similar in mechanical properties in comparison to other plastics and composites. Other materials are available from specialist shops for a very high price. 3d printing as a process can generate a lot of waste.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Strooder can produce plastic filament from raw or recycled plastic pellets. Raw plastic pellets can be purchased for a fraction of the price of factory filament.Also plastic can be collected from ground household waste such as milk bottles and fizzy drinks bottles. The Strooder can use plastic pellets, the raw form of produced plastics, to produce a wide range of material filaments. This range of materials increases the number of mechanical proprieties available to the 3D printer user including stronger and more flexible prints. The Strooder can take premixed pellets and masterbatch. Masterbatch is a dye for plastics. Using the CMYK colour model these masterbatches can be mixed to produce any colour.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Hypothetically a child attending a primary school asks their mother for an empty plastic bottle to take to school. mother gives them the bottle asking why. The child responds: I need the bottle for 3d printing lesson so I can recycle it and use it to print with.
When the child is at school they get to witness the process of shredding the bottle, making the filament and printing with recycled filament.
When the child comes back home they demonstrate to their mother an example of a 3d print and talks about the process of recycling using 3D printers.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The child witnessed recycling first hand. This gives a tangible understanding of recycling and its impact to the environment. It also demonstrates that empty plastic bottles or containers are not waste they are resources that can be used to create, not pollute.
When using the material for 3d printing the child was educated into all area of STEM subjects.
By sharing knowledge gained at school, the child makes parents and friends aware of benefits and usefulness of recycling. this will encourage communities to work together to make better use of recycling and making facilities (maker spaces, workshops)

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Going forward OmniDynamics aims to target maker spaces (workshops) and schools in marketing campaigns. The product will undergo safety certification to ensure Strooder can reach these environments. The large number of products released to the public will be closely monitored to fault find and to refine the user interface. The aim of Strooder is to be incredibly simple to encourage the adoption of 3D printing. The website will be populated in tandem to create a resource of possible filament material properties including colour, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We are growing organically through sales. The sales will be encouraged through marketing. This will include approaching makerspaces, schools and retailers directly. We will also be attending exhibitions such as TCT and other popular 3D printing shows. This will give both a direct and broad approach to encouraging sales and organic growth. Social media and blogging will be used extensively to reach people from over the globe.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There is few other filament makers on the market but none of them combine the safety, ease of use and compact design as we do. Filastruder comes as a kit that requires assembly and technical knowledge to operate it. Extrusion bot on the other hand is large and ugly. Non of the other makers are suitable for use in home or school.
When making Strooder safety and ease of use were paramount. Strooder has primary and secondary safety features to ensure safeguards against component failure.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The journey began in February 2013. It all started when a group of robotics, electrical, mechanical and computer science engineers decided to start a company, OmniDynamics. The name was chosen to reflect the incredibly wide skill set that these engineers brought to the company.

The company has now grown to employ 8 engineers

The Strooder project grew out of our experimentation with our first 3D printer. We quickly became aware of the high costs of using pre-bought filament and also the varying degrees of quality of each spool. This posed a problem for us as we needed a reliable, cost effective and higher-quality filament solution.

And Strooder was born....

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Gregory Gruszecki founder and CTO full time
David Graves founder and CEO full time
Stephen Lloyd operations manager full time
John-Anthony Rodgers web developer full time
Oliver McBride robotic engineer part time
Patrick Brinson elecrtonic engineer part time
Sam Nwankwo robotic engineer full time
Ali Rohafza product designer full time

We are currently looking for a team member to help with marketing and social presence.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Best entrepreneur of the year award (UWE),
Enterprise Awards/ Best Start-up Lloyds Bank
Successful Kickstarter campaign

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Word of mouth

Tell us about your partnerships:

none

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

All technical challenges has now been overcome. Manufacturing is the current challenge. Possible risks include raising finance and delays in shipping due to suppliers issues however all suppliers have been sourced now.

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For a world without homelessness

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Singapore, Singapore

Country where this project is creating social impact

n/a

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Improving the life of the homeless through quality design, sustainable architecture and cutting-edge technology. bB teams up with on-ground NGOs working with homeless communities and provides professional design expertise to build adequately designed shelters and a motivating living environment.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if quality, sustainable building infrastructure could improve the life of the homeless by providing socio-economic opportunities?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Today, over 2 billion people lack a decent shelter and do not have access to basic housing services. Urbanisation is on the rise and, by 2030, 60% of the world population will live in slums. In spite of the overall reduction of poverty, there are not proper urban development policies nor sustainable solutions that ensure an improvement in living conditions and the quality of life of the urban poor is decreasing dramatically.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Architecture and technology can alleviate poverty by providing innovative building and infrastructure solutions. A dignified living environment encourages economic and social development and has the potential to affect the whole society in the long-term. We partner with local communities to design spaces which meet the aspirations of its inhabitants and offer sustainable and replicable solutions for maximum impact. For immediate relief, we design and build shelters for the homeless. For long term sustainable impact, we develop strategies for community integration and urban equity. We believe quality design, safe and sustainable building infrastructure is one of the keys to end homelessness and to empower the poorest communities.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Andheri shelter in Mumbai, built in collaboration with Ngo Saalam Baalak Trust, is bB pilot project. It is being designed on a land and abandoned building donated by the government. The shelter is a day care facility during the day and a sleeping place for street children at night and includes many areas for indoor as well as outdoor activities. The interior spaces are designed for flexibility, which allows it to be adapted according to future learning needs Exterior spaces are designed for workshops, events and gardening. Special attention was given to common collaborative spaces as well as to light and ventilation to provide for a better and safe learning environment for children aged between 3 and 17 year old.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Andheri shelter currently caters for 35 boys; by 2015 it will be at its full capacity and provide for 100 boys who are currently living in the streets. It provides shelter, food, clothing and healthcare and permanent teaching staff support children in their homework and organises art and craft classes and other learning activities. This centre alleviates families of the expenses for children's education and will increase their income and productivity in the long term, because they will know their children are safe and taken care of. Homework support ensure children will have more opportunities to have good school results and will be exposed to several activities that may make a difference in their adults' life. This will provide access to meaningful education and social opportunities that could improve their family's lifestyle and income.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our projects currently cover Cambodia (100 homes), Malaysia (350 students per semester), Bangalore (100 homes). We are planning to increase our impact tenfold and rehabilitate 5 families per day by 2020.
In the long term, we are working to develop a "homeless free city-by-city"method and replicate it to have a larger impact. We are establishing a bB R&D innovation studio based in Singapore to conceptualise our strategies. We are engaging with a variety of stakeholders to tackle the issue from different angles to implement and scale-up our solutions and create a movement to end homelessness.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

A seed-funding system coming from foundations and permanent donors will provide a solid base on which securing our self-reliance. Additional revenue will be sourced from the sale of our marketable products for the mainstream market such as mobile applications and the 100$ shelters and we will charge our services such as our design expertise. Fundraising events and pledges are successfully organised on a regular basis to increase bB donor base.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Most of the organisations working in this field work in disaster-affected areas and in humanitarian crisis, in low density solutions and are project-based. Some of them are: Habitat for Humanity, Architecture for Humanity, Architecture Global Aid, Building Trust International, Article 25, Mass Design.
Conversely, billionBRICKS mainly works in urban areas, in slums and with homeless communities. We offer quality designed shelters, technological tools and exchange platforms for sustainable and replicable solutions that aim at urban equity and scalable strategies to solve the homeless crisis.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Prasoon worked as a corporate architect for over 10 years and always designed homes for people who already had one or more. When working on a slum project, he realised he was unable to deliver a balanced solution that considered the needs of its inhabitants as well as the requirements of a commercial firm. He resigned and shared his thoughts of a new organization with the CEO of the firm, Anurag, who is now bB co-founder. Together, they founded billionBRICKS, with a vision to build for the homeless and vulnerable communities and to promote an architecture which is not poor but appropriate because they believe quality design and a dignified a environment that encourages socio-economic uplift should be accessible to all.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Anurag Srivastava - Founding Trustee and co-founder; Prasoon Kumar - Co-founder and CEO; Snehal Mantri - Founding Trustee; Nikita Verma - Architect [full-time]; Marcella Segre - Content writer [part-time];Manish Sinha - Strategy Director [part-time];Sowjanya Chintalapati - Graphic Designer [volunteer]
Bea Butler - Marketing [volunteer].
The establishment of a bB office will require a strong design and tech team, accounting and researchers.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

-Honorable mention at Reinventing Dharavi International Competition 2014
-Selected and participant of L.A. Study Tour 2014
-Shortlisted as one of the 100 organizations globally to be featured in Sparknews organized Impact Journalism Day - 2014
-Semi-finalist for Echoing Green 2014
-Winner of Hub Singapore Social Entreprenuership Award- 2013

Where have you learnt about the competition?

The Hub Singapore network

Tell us about your partnerships:

1)NGOs: Who need our expertise in building quality infrastructure and ensure the needs of the beneficiary community are met:
Saalam Baarack Trust (Mumbai)
HOPE & HOME foundation (Bangalore)
Solutions to End Poverty (Singapore)
2) Funding Partners: Who support our projects
DBS
Macquarie
Autodesk
3)Institutional Partners - Who cooperate to deliver our projects and products:
Arizona State University
SpaceMatrix Design Consultants

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

1-bB is now in the growth stage and it needs to secure consistent funding and revenue. We are broadening our funding base and we are developing products to sale on the market such as mobile applications and the 100$ shelters ["The Sleeping Box"].
2-The building construction industry is vulnerable to the world economic situation and affects the availability of land for our projects. To be more reliable, we are establishing stronger partnerships in the construction and manufacturing industry and planning to work with governmental and institutional partners to better support our projects.

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We help neighbourhoods in Singapore design community-owned spaces& solutions,by providing tools&methods;networks with creative professionals and individuals at the hyperlocal level.Our objective is to create designs that are fit-for-purpose,well-used and well-loved by the communities affected.

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2014

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Singapore, Singapore

Country where this project is creating social impact

Singapore, Singapore

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We help neighbourhoods in Singapore design community-owned spaces and solutions - by providing tools, methods, and networks with creative professionals and individuals at the hyperlocal level - to create designs that are fit-for-purpose, well-used and well-loved by the communities affected.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if people can influence and make positive change to their own neighbourhoods?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Design and planning practices in Singapore have traditionally been characterised as being top-down and dogmatic, resulting in a limited sense of responsibility and ownership towards public and shared spaces today. An alternative approach to understanding the role of everyday people is needed to build resilient, empowered communities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We have developed the BetterSG Blueprint, which lays out steps, methods and tools to creating a community-owned solution in Singapore. This Blueprint aims to

(1) Offer a new framework for designers and citizens to create with people - as opposed to for people - so that people will feel a greater sense of ownership towards these spaces

(2) Empower people by giving them the necessary tools and resources to design and build community-owned solutions for their neighbourhoods

(3) Enable more small-scale community actions that will contribute positively in making Singapore a better place to live.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

In a particular neighbourhood, a high number of senior citizens who live alone face dietary problems. Volunteers at the local senior activity centre have suggested establishing a community kitchen in a vacant space in the neighbourhood. How might we engage the seniors and neighbours to create a space or solution that will be well-used and loved by the community? By facilitating a participatory design process using the BetterSG Blueprint, we can develop a deeper understanding of people's needs, leverage the different strengths and interests within the neighbourhood, and open up the ways in which various individuals can get involved, to ensure long-term community ownership of the design outcomes.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

While the impact of a participatory design approach can be difficult to quantify, we have developed, as part of the Blueprint, a list of indicators to measure how successful we are in building up people's capacity to participate on issues concerning their neighbourhoods and built environment. These include qualitative data such as people's attitudes towards participation, sense of ownership to the place, level of neighbourliness, etc.; and quantitative data such as no. of repeat volunteers, extent of people's involvement at each phase, rate of usage of the design outcome, etc. We will measure these through interviews, survey and observations with members of the community as well as designers involved in each project. Our desired impact is to develop a greater sense of belonging and ownership, spirit of participation and volunteerism, and awareness of one’s capacity to contribute.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The BetterSG Blueprint will be made available open source, to encourage
more people to adopt a participatory design and community-driven approach to problem solving in Singapore. To ensure that full impact is achieved, we intend to test and prototype the feasibility and impact of the Blueprint through built projects with selected communities, so that we can continue to refine it and share it with others, while allowing more people to experience the benefits of the approach. Key partners have included neighbourhood-based grassroots and community organisations and educational institutions.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Revenue streams include design consultancy projects commissioned by public agencies and community organisations in Singapore, using the Blueprint to design and build spaces/solutions with their constituents; workshops/training programmes with schools and design firms, on implementing the Blueprint in service learning and CSR projects. These will fund education and advocacy programmes, special projects, research and development of tools, overhead.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In recent years, we have seen growing interests in a participatory approach to design and planning, although there are no similar organisations in Singapore that adopt this approach at the hyperlocal level. In cities such as New York and Copenhagen, the participatory design scene has been more established compared to Singapore. Similar organizations include Project for Public Spaces and 12Byer. However our experiences in working with local communities tell us that Singapore requires methods and tools that are better designed for its social culture and political environment.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

As designers, we have been working on various community-based projects over the years but always wondered if there were better ways to create the impact we imagined. While we were greatly inspired by examples from around the world, we also knew that we belonged to a different cultural and political context. What if these methods were adapted for our own country? What if there were a toolkit that could guide us on making positive change in our own neighbourhoods? What if there were some way to demonstrate that what we wanted to achieve for the spaces around us was actually possible? We believe that there is great potential for Singapore to grow into a city where designers work with everyday people to create places that the latter can own.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

The project is currently run by a group of designers with industry experience in design thinking, architecture and planning, and industrial design. We are supported by an extensive network of volunteers from multidisciplinary backgrounds including engineering and art that we tap on as per the requirements of each project, and an esteemed committee of mentors from both private and public sectors. Looking for a Communications Associate.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

We have received the Philip Yeo Innovation (PYI) Fellows grant in 2014.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

A friend recommended us to apply for Change Makers!

Tell us about your partnerships:

We have not established partnership at the moment.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Apart from the usual challenges such as securing funds, managing time,and finding the right people to collaborate, here are two major hurdles(1)Openness to culture change-Culture is always in flux, however, the best way to drive such change is to demonstrate how participation can help to solve an everyday need in small but significant ways(2)Awareness of the 'greater good-Sometimes people fail to consider the needs of others because they are uninformed about what others struggle with.Bringing people of different needs together and the opportunity to understand other's perspectives.

BetterSG (BetterSingapore)

We help neighbourhoods in Singapore design community-owned spaces and solutions - by providing tools, methods, and networks with creative professionals and individuals at the hyperlocal level - to create designs that are fit-for-purpose, well-used and well-loved by the communities affected.

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Bidean

Bidean empowers people with mental distress to create design ideas to address adversities relating to mental health. Having experienced distress themselves, participants are uniquely prepared to identify their problems and ideate truly relevant design based solutions (things, places and services).

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Biji Biji Initiative

We use discarded materials to create new products, builds and art installations. We also highly encourage collaborations, and we share all our designs with the public. Anybody can visit our Open Workshop and use our tools, materials and space to turn their ideas into reality.

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Biji Biji Initiative

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We build things!

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2012

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Malaysia, KL, Kuala Lumpur

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Malaysia, KL, Kuala Lumpur

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We use discarded materials to create new products, builds and art installations. We also highly encourage collaborations, and we share all our designs with the public. Anybody can visit our Open Workshop and use our tools, materials and space to turn their ideas into reality.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

we gave you all the tools to turn your idea into reality and helped you to build it?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There are many good ideas out there. Some of these ideas could even disrupt society and make great changes possible: changes towards collaboration, sustainability and leaving more positive environmental and social impact. But how many of these ideas escape from the brain-space and make it into reality? Too few! People are sometimes too shy and protective of their ideas, or sometimes they don't have the time, money or space to try it out...

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

No more! At Biji Biji, we run an Open Workshop. Here, we have tools and expertise available for members of the public to explore. We also have a collection of waste materials which we have salvaged from around the city- as our mission is to raise awareness about the urban waste problem!

With our pillars of sustainability and collaboration, we encourage everyone to explore their ideas and to try and turn them into reality with our help where needed. We strongly believe that two ideas are better than one, and that with a little help from our friends, we can solve many problems together while leaving a great positive impact on the environment!

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

From a team of four, we now proudly employ up to 50 people during projects

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We have reduced the waste in our community and city, collaborated with 23 other community organisations, and we support the local economy by buying from local suppliers only.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We'd like to move to education: conducting workshops throughout the country. This way we can empower people to start their own makers communities or initiatives which will greater bigger social and environmental impact.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

As well as promoting sustainable living through our Open Workshop, we also offer custom workshops, upcycled products and art installations to our clients. These engagements help us to spread the message further while covering our expenses and allowing us to invest in any additional tools.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are some NGOs and government agencies addressing the issue of urban waste, and we will do anything in our power to support them in achieving their goals. For example, the government is launching separated waste collection next year and we'd love to see this be a raving success!

Other organisations who offer similar products or services as us as seen as collaborators, not competitors. Our collaborative and inclusive model means that we try to work together with as many parties as possible, as this will only allow our impact to grow!

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

We were all living together- and after work we would come home and talk about the happening of the day, politics, the economy, the world's problems and its solutions. After some time, we realised we were doing just that- talking. And many people were talking with us. We starting to imagine the effect it would have, if all these talkers became doers. That's when we decided to make that first move.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We are a team of 4 founders, and today our core team consists of 10 full-time members. For big project and campaigns, we can grow up to 50 people working on a project at any one time.

The founders have background in:
- Accounting & Finance
- Community Development
- Physics
- Literature

Our full team mixes together a really diverse set of talents, which allows us to solve many problems and build almost anything!

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British Council Arthur Guinness Fund: Entrepreneurs for Good (2013)
Shell Sustainable Development Grant (2014)
Alliance Bank SME Innovation Challenge - nr. 1 champion (2014)

Where have you learnt about the competition?

From our partners at the British Council and Arthur Guinness Projects.

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Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We are looking to expand our workshop, as we are facing a space constraint. We plan to speak to developers or the city council to ask them to assign us a space. If it proves impossible, we will try to find a suitable space within our budget.

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ROPE hope

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2014

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Belgium, Ghent

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Philippines, Cebu

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ROPE hope is spreading the intriguing story of reclaimed rope weavers around poor shipping areas in the Philippines. Old ship ropes are reused to create a continuous livelihood for local recycling communities. ROPE hope promotes the reclaimed rope materials by making a new range of, livable products

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

More then a quarter of the Filipino population lives in poverty.
Cebu City is home to the largest port in the Philippines for many this is an attractive source of income. Unfortunately, overpopulation in and around the harbor creates the ideal environment for pollution, poverty and crime.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

ROPE hope aims to support communities who decided to make a livelihood out of recycling ropes. Old ship ropes are reused to create new weavings. Those materials are commonly sold to fishermen and farmers, the ropes are meshed into fishnets or used for assorted household farming equipment.

ROPE hope will promote the reclaimed rope materials by placing those in a new context. Working close with the communities gives the opportunity to search for new techniques and possibilities.

Starting with a documentary short movie ROPE will tell the story on a global scale, following with a presentation of a new range of ROPE products.
Leading to a continuous livelihood and raise environmental awareness for those in need.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The story began when Mrs. Diosdada, a lovely and passionate entrepreneur, decided to make a livelihood out of recycling ropes from nearby shipping areas. After 40 years in the recycling business, Mrs. Diosdada now has children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a community that is benefiting from all her efforts.

Introducing these materials with a new design approach gives the communities the chance to promote their materials in a different context as well as to continue to provide for all the families relying on this eco-conscious business.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

So far, the rope weavers make earnings of P1100-P15000/ month. Depending on the production capacity and orders, which we want to escalate further.

Currently, we are working with one community engaging more than 30 people. Our future plan is to develop better working tools and conditions. We will introduce the new products, leading to new manufacturing possibilities. Involving more people and more impact.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We will promote and spread the story and its materials, leading to international visibility. This way we hope to encourage and introduce other fields and purposes for these materials.
Research and cooperations will increase the the demand.
This gives the opportunity to scale up the production and employ more people in other communities as well.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

ROPE hope aims to support the demand for rope materials. Because the communities have a business already, the sustainable risk is minimal. We are improving and scaling their sales with a new approach without significant chance of loses. With our previous Livable product project experience we have the advantage of existing clients and contacts to promote the featured created ROPE products.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Regional government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Competition for such products is high, but with our innovative approach we come up with fresh and inventive design ideas. We are not only designing new products, we tell a real story, with real people and real challenges.

Our advantage, we work close with the people, and have similar minded local based collaborations, leading to motivational ownership.
From the docks of the harbor, the craft of the workers, the approach of social entrepreneurs to Livable Products

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

It all started with the FAN project, where we collect local electric fan guards from junk shops. Trough workshops with local people we created a new range of products. Local craft and materials are combined to create beautiful design products.

Still inspired and constantly looking for new stories and project we wanted to create a platform to collect all these inspiring project.
That's the day 'Livable Products' was founded. A platform to show how social entrepreneurship can lead to environmental awareness with innovative design solutions, around the world.

ROPE project will be our second project, still with the same ingredients;
Collaborations, local communities, interesting materials and loads of creativity!

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Livable products is rewarded with an OVAM eco award for the FAN project in 2012.
The yearly OVAM eco awards rewards the environmental efforts of designers and companies, from Belgium.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

From Colleagues.

Tell us about your partnerships:

*City of Kortrijk
We partnered with the city of Kortrijk, it is a sister city with Cebu City working on a constructive exchange of knowledge and culture between both cities. Also Kortrijk supports sustainable development projects in the South.

*CO creative studio
This Philippine based design studio aims to benefit communities who work with Natural Materials and genuine artistry with awareness of Social Responsibility.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The biggest challenge is efficient communication and accessibility.
The ROPE weaving communities speak local dialect and have no available modern communication tools. Contact is only possible by direct oral conversations. Also these communities live in inaccessible areas.

Partnering up with the local based CO creative studio makes it possible to have proper and efficient communication. The studio is local based, their knowledge and flexibility makes it possible to visit the areas and communicate.

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ROPE hope is spreading the intriguing story of reclaimed rope weavers around poor shipping areas in the Philippines. Old ship ropes are reused to create a continuous livelihood for local recycling communities. ROPE hope promotes the reclaimed rope materials by making a new range of, livable products

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Workbench

A Fab Lab is a place where you can make just about anything.

We're running pop-up Fab Labs in libraries where anyone can learn how to use 3D printers, CNC machines, electronics and coding to solve problems and make new things.

This pilot is the first step towards a full-scale lab in Dublin.

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2014

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Ireland, Dublin

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Ireland, Dublin

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A Fab Lab is a place where you can make just about anything.

We're running pop-up Fab Labs in libraries where anyone can learn how to use 3D printers, CNC machines, electronics and coding to solve problems and make new things.

This pilot is the first step towards a full-scale lab in Dublin.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

anyone, anywhere could make anything?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The digital divide is growing. Those who stand to gain the most from technological tools are the ones least likely to have access to them. Our education system has neither the resources nor agility necessary to teach the hard tech skills that people need. Hands-on STEM learning is a rarity for all but the most privileged.

Never before have we been so far removed from understanding just how the things that fill our lives actually work.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We believe the most sustainable way to bring the deepest results of the digital revolution to those who need it most is to enable them to participate in creating their own technological tools for finding solutions to their own problems.

Creative making promotes problem solving, resilience, risk-taking, playfulness, autonomy and self-confidence; hands-on learning is proven to have high engagement, even with learners who don't perform well in traditional academic environments. Digital making is especially exciting as the barriers to creation are low - just about anyone can learn to make something at a high level of finish in just a few hours.

The aim of Workbench is to minimise the barriers to making new things.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Each Workbench day will have 3 sessions. There will be training in safe use of the equipment, a project-based class, and an open session where users can work on their own projects.

Workbench's mission will always be to support Education, Creativity and Enterprise, empowering people to make new things that would otherwise be impossible.

Making helps people with problem solving, creativity and self-confidence. Hands on learning gets high engagement, even from those who don't thrive in traditional academic environments. Digital making empowers less able people to make amazing things without needing fine control. Gifted learners can push boundaries.

Art, hardware, apps, craft, sensors, robots - anything is possible!

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In our initial 10 week pilot, we expect to work with 200+ users.
Moving from the pilot towards a permanent lab, we would expect about 500 users per month (based on use of other Fab Labs).
With careful, appropriate programming very close to 100% of users will create a tangible output. Engagement in Fab Labs has been shown repeatedly to be very high. Fab Labs offer not just a place to learn new skills, but also offer open access to the resources users need to put them into use and develop further at their own pace.
The Fab Lab model is highly adaptable to local needs, and since 2006, approx 330 new Fab Labs have been set up worldwide, helping communities to solve local problems, build economies and support education.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our ultimate aim is a world where everybody has access to the means of creation.

This pilot represents the first steps towards establishing Fab Labs in all public libraries and other community hubs. Like libraries, Fab Labs are places which facilitate learning, and we believe that laser cutters, 3D printers and electronics equipment should be as common a sight in libraries as computers and printers are now.

We aim to establish a workable model wherein all Irish public libraries contain a Fab Lab, and that eventually we can spread this model to the rest of the world.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Phase 1, Pilot - Space is provided by the Libraries. Facilitation is voluntary. We are seeking sponsorship for key equipment (e.g. Laser cutter).
Phase 2 - Ongoing Library based workshops. We will seek appropriate funding from The Year of Irish Design and Science Foundation Ireland to support workshops.
Phase 3, Permanent Lab - Lab begins to be self-funding through sponsorship by organisations for sessions for their members, e.g. DCCOI, EI.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Regional government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

The project has close peers in Derry, Belfast, Limerick and Tipperary and we will be following their model, as well as consulting with Fab Labs internationally. The success of the project hinges on local, open access to resources. There are no Fab Labs in Dublin.

Tog, a Dublin hackerspace, operates as a club for makers. As such, it does not offer the facilitation necessary to educate and support those who do not already have background in making, and can be intimidating for those without technical skills. We aim to give users the confidence to graduate to spaces like Tog.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Tara has always believed that making is fundamentally important both for an individual's and a community's well-being. She has been working to help people access digital fabrication for a number of years, creating a database of national fabricators to whom people could outsource manufacture, and giving classes in the basics of how to create the files.

While helping people to make new things, it became obvious that they needed to use these machines first-hand. Outsourcing was just too big a jump. People needed the freedom to experiment, to make mistakes, to feel and see how this equipment works. It didn't need to be the most expensive, high-end kit, it just needed to be real.

Since then, she's been working to bring Fab Labs to people.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Project Lead
Tara Whelan is a former director of the Civic Works, currently working as an independent designer in Dublin. Her background is in product design, and service & strategic design.
Project Support
Dr. Nora O Murchú Nora O' Murchu is course director for Digital Media Design in the University of Limerick. She is the founder of Tweak an interactive digital art festival that focuses on promoting open source technology.

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Where have you learnt about the competition?

I was told about the competition by Barry Flinn in Ashoka Ireland when I inquired about advice regarding funding.

Tell us about your partnerships:

The pilot project will be taking place in Dublin City Council Libraries. DCC Libraries are very excited to explore the possibility of applied learning and access to fabrication equipment in libraries and are graciously offering use of their space and whatever assistance they can provide.

The recently founded Fab Foundation Ireland will be providing additional support in terms of expertise and advice.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Problem: Insufficient exposure
Solution: Promotion through DCC Libraries to relevant users groups, as well as through other relevant organisations such as the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Dublin West Education Centre, and local groups.

Problem: Classes too difficult for target group
Solution: Follow guidelines from other experienced Fab Labs about what works with whom.

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Creativity is no longer a elective to in the fast growing digital era. It’s the future. A creative house is the answer for young adults fending for their families’; a youth-centered, gender-sensitive, interactive and participatory training initiative Runako....beauty is within

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Sustainable school transport system

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Proposed design for effective access to education through schooling mobility

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2013

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Colombia, VDC, Cali

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Colombia, VDC, Cali

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Afrivazi

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Celebrating Fashion Curved on African Culture

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2012

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Kenya, Nakuru

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Kenya, Nakuru

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competion by Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship and supported by UNESCO

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1. Nakuru Home Industries; it comprises of women who make hand crafts and sell to earn living. Most of them are housewives who have not gone through the formal education system and do not have formal employment. Afrivazi links this group with the upcoming designers to encourage the use of traditional craftsmanship which most of these women possess in coming up with unique designs. This ensures the preservation of traditional forms of art while creating employment for the women who have the skills but lack the creativity to come up with products that the markets demands something the young designers may understand but lack the skills.
2. Egerton University; has been the hosting University for the Afrivazi events and the many communication channel through which other institutions can be brought on board.
3. Institutions of higher learning abroad; we plan on pursuing partnerships with these institutions to allow students from our country get exposed since the developed countries have more established systems which may not be readily available for our students.
4. AFAD(Association of Fashion Designers in Kenya); this is a partnership we hope to form which. It will allow us to be in contact with designers and make it easy for us to link upcoming designers to mentors who can help them grow their businesses.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

1. The team is led by young people which is a challenge since most of us lack the experience that comes with working in the fashion industry. To overcome this all core members on the organizing committee are required to engaged in activities within and outside the Afrivazi calendar so as to get the exposure required. We also have advisory members who are consulted frequently to ensure we are headed in the right direction. The members are picked from different sectors to include those in the fashion industry, lectures who teach in various fields of art and art enthusiasts who are known to have credible advice on various issues in the industry.

2. Capital has for a while been a challenge making it difficult for us to run some of our activities. To overcome this we started a gift shop which helps generate income for small expenses. We are working on having a website from where we can sell designers items not only locally but also internationally. We plan to take the designers on the Afrivazi platform through a learning process to ensure that the products they produce are not only creative but also meet the market standards in terms of quality. Once we are satisfied we can then put the items up on the website for sale. From this we deduct a small management fee which goes into running Afrivazi. The designer is also able make sales and earn from their work. From the 2 shows we have held in Nakuru we have been able to attract a good number of attendance. We are positive about growth with the bigger picture being to attract visitors from far and wide to attend this annual event to buy the beautiful work by young African designers and learn from our rich culture. In future Afrivazi plans to have a museum that will celebrate some of the renowned African designers and people who have had an impact in the world of African Art. This will not only be a Center of learning for fashion and art students but it will also be a tourist Center where people can come and get inspiration.

3. Getting institutions of higher learning to be part of the project has been a great challenge due to the mind set of most educators in our country, who find it difficult, either due to excessive work load or lack of interest, to go out of the normal curriculum to expose their students to environments that allow them to grow. Through the support of the Head of Department of Egerton we have been able to reach out to a few educators who encourage their students to come on board. We have also identified students from different institutions who we work with to ensure we reach out to many students.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

1. Despite having many design schools most graduates exist institutions of higher learning without the hands on experience required in fashion industry. Afrivazi seeks to bridge this gap of a weak education system with little support in nurturing creativity of would be designers by linking students in institutions of higher learning and upcoming designers who are not necessarily in fashion schools to mentors who will help them gain the experience required to stay in the industry. We hope to form links with institutions of higher learning in other countries with a developed fashion industry and facilitate exchange programs to help nurture more competent designers who build strong brands both locally and internationally that can stand the test of time.

2. Due to frustrations like lack of exposure, enough marketing done to promote upcoming designers who in most instances lack a client base to sell their products to fund such ventures and relatively high costs of display in events most young designers tend to give up. From the shows we have organized we can comfortably say that the high number of designers taking part can be attributed to the fact that we give free entry slots to upcoming designers. By giving them a platform to display their items/products we encourage more youths to engage in arts as a way to earn a living. It is our dream that creatives earn a decent living from their talent and not be condemned to artistic poverty as has been the case with a number of creatives in Kenya despite being very talented. This has in turn given rise to a group of young people who have given up on their dreams and engage in vices in a bid to escape the reality of not living up to what they hoped for in a society that still considers professional courses superior.

3. The planning of the annual fashion and art display by Afrivazi is done professionally and in a creative way which has seen a rise in interest from the general public to attend the show. With the high number of attendance some upcoming designers have been able to make sales from the show and also get a loyal client base. For the designers who are still students this has not only helped them get money to sustain themselves in school but has also helped a few take their business a notch higher and has given them hope of a bright future in the industry. This is very essential in a society which has seen more and more youths disillusioned from the thought of lack of employment on completing higher education resulting to many engaging in vices that destroy them and others even take their own lives to escape such realities.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Entrepreneurship, Community, Mentorship.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

1,001 to 10,000

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10-100

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Redefine "Work: create flexible income generation opportunities or formalize jobs that have been historically considered informal or insecure

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Education isn't preparing young people for the evolving job market

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Bidean empowers people with mental distress to create design ideas to address adversities relating to mental health. Having experienced distress themselves, participants are uniquely prepared to identify their problems and ideate truly relevant design based solutions (things, places and services).

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2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

United Kingdom, London

Country where this project is creating social impact

United Kingdom, London

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Bidean empowers people with mental distress to create design ideas to address adversities relating to mental health. Having experienced distress themselves, participants are uniquely prepared to identify their problems and ideate truly relevant design based solutions (things, places and services).

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if society wasn't segmented by the notion of sanity but enriched through mental diversity?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Those affected by mental distress are on the rise in the UK but funding is decreasing, which leaves many people relying solely on medication or insufficient emotional support. Also, most mainstream services focus on counselling or teaching skills, which albeit being necessary often fail to help people feel purposeful. Sometimes, these services also feed a hierarchical understanding of mental health, which hinders recovery and increases isolation.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our workshops present a cost-effective way to provide emotional support to people in distress. It does not rely on economical means as much as on strategy and collaboration.
The workshops guide participants from identifying a problem to creating design outcomes to address them. The process transforms participants’ needs into assets, whilst giving meaning and recognition to their negative experiences. Some of the ideas will be developed further, helping the wider community greatly (i.e. a snowball effect). Our next objective is to produce a creative commons tool-kit that will allow many others to facilitate these workshops anywhere, appropriating ideas and sharing findings within an online platform, thus benefiting mental health worldwide.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Bidean offers a six-week programme of design activities that enables participants to explore their problems, identify a significant one to work from and create solutions to address them. Activities range from using everyday objects to express feelings to mapping needs within a framework, creating a common idea tree and rapid idea generation using props and role-play. The programme culminates in an exhibition where participants can showcase their final ideas and research to the wider community. The exhibition provides a platform for key stakeholders (the mental health community as well as designers, policy makers etc) to gain unique insights into mental distress and encourages further collaborative development of the ideas.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Bidean has successfully completed workshop programmes in Islington Mind and The Dragon Café (a Maudsley initiative) which has generated a wide range of ideas. Our recent exhibition displayed work with these ideas: a game and app that encourages adventure for those who face isolation, a set of rituals to externalise and deconstruct inner conflicts, a ‘Pop up Sensory Space’ to relieve anxiety and ‘Boundary Games’, a set of activities to explore boundaries within workshops. The exhibition has resulted in ‘Boundary Games’ being integrated into The Dragon Café’s service offering. Although it is too early to fully understand the psychological impact of the programme on participants, all have agreed that it positively affected their self-esteem whilst giving them the motivation to pursue the work created.The future production and distribution of the tool-kit is expected to have global impact.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our strategy can be viewed in phases:
A-9months:Test and refine the programme structure and activities. Design and prototype the toolkit.
B-6months:Create guidelines and assign new facilitators to deliver the programme in new locations. Feedback used to refine toolkit.
C-1/2years:Toolkit produced, marketed and distributed nationally. Creative commons developed as well as an online platform to share ideas and outcomes from programmes.
D-1year: Membership levels deployed for global uptake of the toolkit. Cultural and regional amendments to toolkit employed under the creative commons license.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We are currently in the process of securing funding for phases A and B, which will enable the design, development and creation of a toolkit prototype as well as an evaluation model. For the completion of phases C and D we aim to combine venture capital / crowd funding and public funding to manufacture the toolkit based on pre order numbers. Later on, Bidean is planning to set up a design studio and shop as an additional funding avenue.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Some companies produce therapeutic products within the specialised medical market e.g. Therapyshoppe. The South London and Maudsley Trust have created the ‘DIY Happiness’ game, which gives ideas to promote mental wellbeing. We combine both strategies, thus promoting wellbeing by engaging the end users in the design process. This way, the process itself becomes therapeutic, the design outcomes more relevant and the whole system eases reintegration.
Although Art therapy is fully established and widely researched, the benefits of design have yet to be explored, making our work truly original.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Bidean was founded after Pras and Erika met whilst completing their Masters in Industrial design. Upon graduating with Mental Health related projects, they undertook a period of research and exploration, which brought them on an incredible journey to India and Nepal. Here they witnessed a wide variety of recovery approaches – rituals, temples, even a whole town dedicated to ‘freeing spirits’.
The diversity in the understanding of mental distress coupled with the current situation in the UK, inspired them to start a project to allow a more flexible system of care, based on symbiotic rather than power relationships. Then the ‘aha’ moment followed, when they realized they had the perfect platform and medium –Design- to enable this change.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Currently:
Erika Renedo: Co Founder, Director. Programme Facilitator, Researcher. MA (Industrial Design)
Pras Gunasekera: Co Founder, Director. Programme Facilitator, Researcher. MA (Industrial Design)
Eleonor Brett: Consultant in Psychology. BSc (Hons) Psychology.
Emelia Gobbe: Project researcher and project support.
As Bidean grows: Psychologist, legal advisor, project manager, online PR and marketing advisor, production manager.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Try it Fund from UnLtd UK
Shortlisted for the social and ethical enterprise awards UAL (2012)
Shortlisted for the social and ethical enterprise awards UAL (2014)

Where have you learnt about the competition?

We discovered Ashoka Changemakers through a friend who studied the MA in Industrial Design with us.
Although it is a major global challenge, not that many people seem to be focusing on Mental Health, which really encouraged us to share our project and to include it in this competition.

Tell us about your partnerships:

Advisors:
Adam Thorpe: Research and methodology mentor.
GianLuca Esposito: Financial and Business advice.
Eleanor Brett: Psychology consultant.
Organizations we work with:
The Dragon Café (Maudsley funded initiative)
Islington Mind (Mental Health Charity)
We are associated with organizations and like-minded individuals that share similar views and our philosophy and have shown significant interest to sustain the initiative.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Funding and management are the major challenges.
The health care sector sometimes finds it difficult to adopt innovation even where effectiveness has been demonstrated, which make access to public funds difficult, suggesting we should combine a wide range of alternative funding.
The efficiency of the system we have created suggests that management might become another challenge. Currently the project is creating more insights and great ideas than our structural capacity to support and manage them all, which means we will have to grow quickly to reach our full potential.

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Where Creativity Breeds

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Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

Organization Country

South Africa, WC, Cape Town

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa, WC, Cape Town

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Graphics House sources talent from youth in the local communities to work on any graphical projects; affording youth an opportunity to generate a soft income for their graphical talent. The youth are all self taught and not graduates in the graphics field.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if...youth in our communities could use their talent to earn a soft income instead of destroying themselves because of poverty.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Many youth in the community are gifted in graphical designing, but do not have the qualification to explore and exercise it. Youth need to sustain themselves and instead of using their talent, they turn to illegal activities to generate an income and end up destroying themselves.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Graphics House created a space to do any graphical work, using the youth with the talent in the community. Youth who have the skill to do a certain task are employed for a specific project, that way enabling them to earn a soft income for what they're good at.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

John has been working for an organization where he is earning a general income which is not really sustaining himself. However, John is good at designing logo's and is often asked to do designing work for the organisation. John needed a way to generate an extra income to sustain himself as the salary offered by the organisation is not enough. John joined Graphics House, whereby he earns an income whenever any graphical work is needed for a specific project. John no longer need to worry and wait for the end of the month to receive a salary when he is now earning soft incomes during the month. John is now also able to save money which he could do with the minimum salary that was earned.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Graphics House has done 7 websites and additional logos, pamphlets, invitations etc. 8 youngsters have received a soft income through providing work for Graphics House projects.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Graphics House is based in an Organisation where there is over 40 youth. Our aim is to have so much work that all 40 youth will be able to earn a soft income after hours.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our customers cover the costs for hosting of websites, however we will need extra money to register the business as well as maintain the business once it's running as legal entity.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Mindtrix is also a graphic design business. Graphics House does not employ any people. Graphics house founders scouts for talent for projects that are taken on by Graphics house. Youth are not full time employed, but only employed for a specific project.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

My partner and I always had the discussion of doing websites for people. Those conversation just never seemed to materialize. A year later we realized that we need another source of income without leaving the organisation we working for (we love what we do at it). We asked ourselves: "How many other youth are feeling our pain?". We then decided to do the one thing we love which is building sites and doing designs. We realized that many youth in the space also had certain design skills and are often called upon to do design work (for free). We then decided to officially start what is known today as Graphics House. A house for graphical work that is done by the youth in local communities.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Nathaniel Wagner (Founding Member) - Nathaniel, is a self-taught Wordpress junkie. He loves playing around with it and building websites.

Nathaniel Dicks (Founding Member) - Nathaniel Dicks, is a self-taught graphic designer. He developed a love for illustrator and has been doing work for people, using his skills.

Cyril Mphanga (Content Creator) - Cyril, is a grammar freak. He is responsible for the content creation for clients.

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

Tell us about your partnerships

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

If there are no work coming in then there is not a sideline income for the youth. Also, the smaller the project the less youth required which is a hindrance.

We are currently mailing companies on a daily basis to offer websites with the hope that they'd accept our offer. The other challenge is also that people want "professional" people to work on their brand.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

It turns youth from doing illegal activities as a source of income, enabling them to build and do things for themselves through the soft income that's earned.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35, 36-64.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

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Lack of youth empowerment

Graphics House

Graphics House sources talent from youth in the local communities to work on any graphical projects; affording youth an opportunity to generate a soft income for their graphical talent. The youth are all self taught and not graduates in the graphics field.

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The aim of this project is to rapid diagnostic kit for diseases such as malaria, HIV, typhoid, syphilis , Hepatitis and many others which are rampant in low income resource settings and poverty related diseases.
We will be devoted to developing simplified, affordable and easy to use diagnostic kits

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Yeboao

Yeboao provides graphic design services through online crowd sourcing. Providing clients with speed, variety, creativity, control, efficiency, quality, real-time update and flexible payment options from anywhere in the world. Hence creating jobs and improving the skill of local designers.

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Unique design. Best results

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Year founded

2012

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Ghana, AS, Kumasi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ghana, AS, Kumasi

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Yeboao provides graphic design services through online crowd sourcing. Providing clients with speed, variety, creativity, control, efficiency, quality, real-time update and flexible payment options from anywhere in the world. Hence creating jobs and improving the skill of local designers.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What is Africa was working online?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

t is not always easy to get the right graphic designer for a job, neither is it easy to get a job as a graphic designer. Being a designer myself I noticed that there are very talented designers who may never get any of the big contracts because of where they stay and a lack of professional contacts. University graduates have no jobs and young people who would like to start something on their own always lack meaningful design jobs.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Yeboao makes graphic design jobs open to all talented designers through crowdsourcing. Eliminating all forms of bias allowing designers to compete fairly. This has created jobs for the young designers and also given them exposure as well. Yeboao's payment method such as mobile money, allows designers to receive their hard earn money via their mobile phones. This creates jobs and also provides clients with quality designs, speed and variety from professionals in the design industry. Designers also use this platform to build networks and improve upon their skills.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Anyone who is in need of anyform of design simply logs on to our website and posts the design need by following the step by step process on our website. When posted, designers who are signed up on our website will be alerted via email and can submit responses to the design brief provided by the client. The client will be able to make comments on all the designs submitted to tweak the design to suit its purpose. After a specified number of days the client chooses a winning design. The winning designer will receive 70% of the design amount while 10% will be distributed to all participating designers. This method ensures that the client chooses the design he prefers and designers earn what they deserve even thought they may not know the client

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We tested this in 2012 where we were selected to demonstrate it a at DEMO Africa 2012. I was a student then and was advised to complete my university education before I focus on it. I completed in 2013 and then began to work on it again. I piloted it for three months and had over 100 designers registered on it. We went out to get jobs for the designers and within 3 months we had posted 12 contests and generated over $600 for designers. Since it is a crowd-sourcing platform we payed very much attention to the feedback from the designers and made necessary adjustments to improve the whole experience. Designers have benefited from Yeboao by actively posting designs for our clients.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We plan to make this a global business providing crowd-sourced graphic design services to the world. However we plan on expanding in Ghana through marketing it to the general public mainly through the designers. We are also looking forward to form partnerships with governments and private businesses in Ghana. We plan on creating at least 500 stable jobs for Ghanaians before moving to other west African countries in the next 5 years.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Yeboao generates revenue and that is how it plans to sustain itself. The average design pirce is $150. From this we take 20% on each design allowing us to be profitable. This model we envision will be changed as we grow to cater for the growth.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

In Ghana we do not know of any competition in the online crowd sourcing space however, internationally we have 99 designs.com, freelancer.com and elance.com.
Even though they have a strong designer base and constant clients we can equal them on quality and policies which are unique to us and are more favourable to clients. One of these is the price range. We are an African company and price at an African rate which makes it difficult for our competition to match us. The African market is ours for the taking becauses we understand the market here.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I have always loved design and studied industrial art in the university. I was however discouraged to pursue any art related career due to the fact that over 90% of designers in Africa have no future. This hurt me a lot so I was thinking of how I can do things differently. I chanced across crowdsourcing online and told my partner Abigail who I was dating(we are now married) that this could work in Africa. I later realized that its a multi billion dollor industry which we could dominate in Africa and so we started working on it and so far this is where it has brought us.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

C.E.O – Kekeli Buckner, an experienced graphic designer with strong leadership skills.
C.O.O – Abigail Buckner, experienced in design and various coding languages such as HTML and PHP.
Marketer - Sefah Somuah, a talented marketer who promotes our services and is also responsible for client prospecting.
Mawuli Amegashie - A young business inclined individual with a passion for business development and strategy.

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

We were selected to pitch at DEMO Africa 2012.

Tell us about your partnerships

Future partnerships
Government of Ghana - We are planning to partner with the Government of Ghana to use our service in the public sectors such as the registra generals department.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We need a strong team to execute this project. Lack of a well vested and capable team is the greatest threat to our business.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Through strategic partnerships, we will be able to provide a constant flow of jobs which will serve as a meaningful and long term source of income for the youth.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35, 36-64.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Job Search, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Online Learning, Mentorship, New industries, Products or Services.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Disabled (physical/mental).

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Redefine "Work: create flexible income generation opportunities or formalize jobs that have been historically considered informal or insecure

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Hiring in jobs is unfair due to corruption

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Twim Academy

Twim Academy is a school of media and creative arts located in Ibadan, Nigeria. Courses offered include photography, video production, website design, visual effects, graphics and computer basics. By teaching vocations and entrepreneurship, Twim Academy empowers young people to become self reliant.

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2013

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Nigeria, OY, Ibadan

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, OY, Ibadan

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Twim Academy is a school of media and creative arts located in Ibadan, Nigeria. Courses offered include photography, video production, website design, visual effects, graphics and computer basics. By teaching vocations and entrepreneurship, Twim Academy empowers young people to become self reliant.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if every creative Nigerian could be taught how to harness, develop and turn his creativity into profit?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Unemployment is the biggest problem young Nigerians face. A fairly recent release from the country's National Bureau of Statistics put the youth unemployment figure at 54 percent.

One of the strongest reasons why unemployment has persisted is the poor societal attitude towards vocational education. As such, schools churn out over a million graduates annually and many are unemployable as they do not have skills that are relevant to industries.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Vocational education is the strongest solution to the problem of unemployment. If more people have useful skills, they can easily create opportunities for themselves and solve problems for which they can be paid in return.

However, since the main reason why the adoption of vocational education has been rather sluggish is the societal misconception that white-collar employees are better off than people in vocational professions, massive public re-orientation is necessary. Successful role-model figures who have "made it" through vocational skills must also be show-cased. These re-orientation initiatives are already been done through our radio broadcasts. We hope to be able to do them on a much bigger scale.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Last summer, we had "Media Summer School". It was a program aimed at equipping young people with basic to semi-advanced skills in photography, video production, web design and graphics. Most of the respondents enrolled for the program because they had heard our vocational-skill broadcasts on radio and were hopeful for a shot at a better, more fulfilling life. By the time summer was over, most of the participants had gained at least acceptable levels of mastery of the various skills. At least 25 percent of them have already started up businesses in related fields at the moment.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In one year of existence, we have been able to provide comprehensive vocational training to about 100 young people. We have also reached out to many thousands on a daily basis via radio.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We intend to open up more Twim Academy training schools in Ibadan, Lagos, and other cities in Nigeria. There is also the plan to set up a larger, 50 acre campus which will serve as the headquarters and main degree-awarding vocational institution.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

All training programs are paid for by recipients or agencies who wish to sponsor them (such as churches). This ensures that we are able to meet up with our financial commitments.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are a number of vocational schools around. Most have been established by the government and are poorly maintained. Many of the other non-government, for profit schools merely teach vocational skills but place no emphasis on entrepreneurship. We aim to teach people not only to sharpen and develop their skills but to open their eyes to entrepreneurship opportunities and help them take advantage of them. Hence, the regular finance and empowerment seminars, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry professionals that we have included as normal components of our training programs.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

While in school as an undergraduate, I used to design for print and the web. I wanted to improve on this skill and had to travel all the way to India to do this. It was there that I understudied their vocational education models. I realized that the only way they could keep their large and diverse population happy was to encourage people to work using their skills instead of relying entirely on white collar jobs. On returning to Nigeria, I decided to replicate what I had seen in India. I then started Twim Academy.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

The team is made up of 3 board members, 6 full-time staff, 2 part-time staff. We also have consultants whom we hire as the needs arise. Most of our staff are graduates who also have professional experience.

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

None

Tell us about your partnerships

Board of Technical and Vocational Education, Oyo State- This body is empowered by the Ministry of Education to oversee vocational education in Oyo State, Nigeria. As one of the most active institutions within their jurisdiction, we work along with them to bring vocational education to the unemployed in the state.

Feyisetan Press, Ibadan: We have partnered with this press for excursions (to introduce our students to the career possibilities in printing and publishing) and Industrial Attachment placements.

StarFM Ibadan: We host "Director's Angle" on StarFM, Ibadan. Director's Angle is an inspiring radio show that targets young people, seeks to empower them with financial information, and also presents information about our academy.

We have also written to (and are pursuing) partnerships with foreign institutions such as Mahatma Gandhi University in India (as Indian schools no doubt, boast of very good vocational education models).

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The Nigerian society, sadly, places a disproportionately higher emphasis on academic education than it does on vocational education. This is perhaps responsible for the high rate of unemployment as our schools churn out unskilled (and therefore unemployable) graduates.

For us, public re-orientation is the key. That has been one of the key reasons for embarking on our radio broadcast, "Director's Angle". We hope to do much more using social media and television.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Most of our students are unemployed graduates. They often choose to learn the vocations we teach after being battered by the job market. And then, we equip them not only with skills taught in a conducive hands-on environment by qualified teachers, we also teach them entrepreneurship, business development and finance management and encourage them to start their own small scale business initiatives. For some, it becomes as easy as purchasing a camera and becoming an event photographer. For some others, the target is to make themselves so marketable that they begin attracting job offers. Either way, we can boast of many of our graduates who are now positively engaged in profitable ventures.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Redefine "Work: create flexible income generation opportunities or formalize jobs that have been historically considered informal or insecure

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Education isn't preparing young people for the evolving job market

Twim Academy

Twim Academy is a school of media and creative arts located in Ibadan, Nigeria. Courses offered include photography, video production, website design, visual effects, graphics and computer basics. By teaching vocations and entrepreneurship, Twim Academy empowers young people to become self reliant.

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k'angi

K’angi means “Green” in otomí language, it is a project focused in the pillars of sustainability: people, profit and planet. We are developing the project in a community named “San José el Alto” creating furniture using scrap tires, and putting into practice the craft knowledge of the community.

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La Loma Querétaro

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Diseño Verde / Green Design

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Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Mexico, QUE, Queretaro

Country where this project is creating social impact

Mexico, QUE, Queretaro

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

K’angi means “Green” in otomí language, it is a project focused in the pillars of sustainability: people, profit and planet. We are developing the project in a community named “San José el Alto” creating furniture using scrap tires, and putting into practice the craft knowledge of the community.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if one day we find us closing a business with a new entrepreneur, a person who created couches and tables 100% green through his/her craft skills

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

-Poverty in communities near Queretaro city
-Scrap tires, which means an environmental problem

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The project is divided in three steps:
•The creation of furniture using tires, basically, we use the garbage that is thrown in nearly in that zone, with the end to take it and transform into furniture.
•The creation of paint with coffee and nopal (Cactus)
•To sell a full green design service
By this, K’angi is looking for the benefit of the people of lower input of money that don’t have a standard job in which they can reach a profit from their own work.

What awards or honors has the project received?

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Waste and Packaging, Sustainable Sourcing, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

In the next two years, we intend to replicate the project in other communities outside and within Mexico. Currently efforts are underway to replicate the project in the state of Veracruz, in another community in Querétaro and Guatemala.

Financial support would be aimed at reducing the cost of production of furniture made ​​by communities, and would take care to make a work of digital and traditional marketing and promotion.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Unilever Leadership Development Summit Award 2012 - SIFE/Enactus Mexico national champion.

AMANC natura - A sustainable project for AMANC (Mexican partnership to help children with cancer) in Querétaro, México.

G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit 2014 participation in Sydney.

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no

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no

Dynamic architecture

The project concept is introduce a new architectural approach with sustainable solution, which is design anew mechanism can control rigid components of the buildings ‘floors, walls and ceilings’ in order to allow users to create their own spaces on their preference.

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Fronesis

Our vision is to empower space through collective action and sustainable practice. This means creating spaces which promote the sharing of ideas, community and food security. We plan to develop our idea into a consultancy providing sustainability design solutions for both existing and new spaces.

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Scarr

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2013

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

South Africa, EC, Grahamstown

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa, EC, South Africa

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Our vision is to empower space through collective action and sustainable practice. This means creating spaces which promote the sharing of ideas, community and food security. We plan to develop our idea into a consultancy providing sustainability design solutions for both existing and new spaces.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if the spaces we used empowered us to actively take charge of our lives and future?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The norm for graduates is to find a well-paying job. Once there, you buy the cellphone, clothes, car and house. You are now in debt. You spend the next 10 years of 9 to 5 paying this off, by which time you have a child. Now you need to pay for school and ... You are trapped by your fear and paycheck. This does not have to be the case. You can decide to take charge of your life and do what you actually want to, not what you think you should.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The root cause of this problem is that we are never really given the chance to question the norm. To ask: "Why do I need the latest car?", "Why do I need a highly stressful job?". I'm not suggesting that these things are all bad, what I'm saying is that we need to be given the chance to think about what it is we really want, and how we can achieve this. Our solution is to create spaces where people can empower themselves through experience and interaction whilst positively influencing the world. These can be new spaces which are developed, or old spaces which are transformed. This is the approach we took with the farm we recently moved to. It was abandoned when we got here. Six months later we're sharing it and learning with others.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

At the beginning of 2014, we started as a group of 2. It is now July, and we have had 3 other people join us. Of these, 1 person we knew before, and 2 arrived as strangers. All three joined because they saw the value in what we are doing and believed that we could make a real difference in society. They wanted to be part of that change. Through the atmosphere we have created, we have gone from 5 individuals to a group of positive people who share ideas and learn together through action. Now the group believes in our idea to the extent that nobody wants to leave. It has been beautiful to see how the space has changed over this time. We have created a space that encourages people to fully engage with themselves and the world around them.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

I think the example above speaks volumes. In addition, we have noticed a change in mindset since starting. Initially we pretended to be sustainable, still spending frivolously and acting wastefully. When we started, we were spending about R6000 per month between 2 of us. Since then, we have learnt about what we need and value. Now we are spending about R6000 per month as a group of 5. Our spending pattern is more in line with that of a minimum wage earner, yet we have not had to sacrifice as such. Because of our work and mindset, we have become more self reliant. We now grow most of the fresh produce we need, and our output is increasing. We recycle, practice sound land management and use solar power. We have done this with limited experience and resources, but a lot of hard work. We have substituted capital for labour, and are creating our own and more jobs, which SA needs desperately.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Starting a sustainability consulting firm is our main objective. Currently we are based in the Eastern Cape, but have envisioned this as a starting block from where we will move first to the city of Cape Town, and then across South Africa. Our objective is to work within policy and existing frameworks, yet lead a transition to a more sustainable society. We see ourselves as creating self sustaining learning hubs across the country, from where our idea can be spread and further developed. We do not intend to find a one size fits all solution, but rather be adaptive to local circumstances.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Financial sustainability is core to any successful venture. Our plan to achieve this is two-fold. The first phase entails producing enough food to support the group, and earning an income through providing accommodation to people wanting to contribute to our idea. Income will also be earned through the sale of honey and wood. The second phase entails providing a sustainability consulting service which applies the knowledge learnt to any space.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

A Google search of sustainability consulting in South Africa produces 2 results. A gap therefore exists, especially as sustainability becomes more of a corporate concern. In terms of providing an accommodation experience, there are a number of similar projects. We differ however in that our project is youth driven and centered. We also provide more of an opportunity for people to share and direct their own learning. Sustainability projects tend to reject business and the outside world. We however embrace it. Sustainability is a mindset not an action, our experience has ingrained this.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

In winter of 2013 we decided to hand out soup on the street. We did this to challenge ourselves and share an experience with people. Most responded to us with suspicion and discomfort. We found it very hard to interact with people, even when they were offered a cup of free homemade soup. This told us a story about public spaces and made us realise how these influence the way we think and feel. From that moment we decided we wanted to create positive spaces that empowered and benefited people for the rest of their lives. A month later we happened to visit this farm, it was badly neglected. Immediately we saw the opportunity to implement our vision and change it into a empowered space. The owners were supportive so we seized our chance.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

There are 2 full time members, Adrian: Bachelors in Arts, and Lowell: Masters in Commerce, and 3 part time members, a chef, a journalist and a sustainability researcher. As full time members we facilitate the working environment. This allows the part time members to explore and develop new ideas. In addition we have an architect and an engineer who have shown great interest in joining our consultancy. This mix of skill covers our expansion needs.

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Inclusive Business, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

University students and graduates are our main audience, with thought leaders and industry professionals as an important additional component.
Both groups tend to value our project for the same reason: we aim to empower people to lead a life of personal satisfaction. Many value our courage in starting something new and alternative.
We have a Facebook page which is mainly targeted at youth. Our blog (available but still limited) is focussed more at professionals. Sharing our idea in any way is key!

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Currently our financing is from part time and personal work. This often takes our focus away from the project, which hampers progress and expansion. With external funding, we would be able to focus solely on our idea, enabling success in a shorter period. We will make further investments into honey and food production (food security), as well as accommodation. The accommodation aspect is important for creating a space were ideas can be shared and developed. We believe we will be financially sustainable within two years of support.
Publicity is an integral component of sharing and expanding our idea. Improved publicity would therefore allow greater exposure and input and therefore a wider positive impact on South African society.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Fellow of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (http://www.allangrayorbis.org).
Economics Masters student on the ARC Professional Development Programme (http://www.arc.agric.za/Pages/Careers/PDP.aspx).
Board member of Rhodes University Oppidan Union (Sub-Warden) and Common Ground (Treasurer).
Helped pioneer development of the soon to be implemented Rhodes Common Course (creating an environment of self-driven education).
I grew up growing food

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yes

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YOUTH FOR A LIVABLE CEBU Co.

Youth for a Livable Cebu Online Trashion Shop (YLCOTS) is a shop known for its unique design sensibility on upcycling garbage made by housewives from Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities. YLCOTS has partnered with commercial establishments to acquire the garbage materials used for production.

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Transforming Trash to High-Fashion Accessories by Community-Based Women's Group

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Year founded

2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Philippines, CEB, Cebu

Country where this project is creating social impact

Philippines, CEB, Cebu

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Youth for a Livable Cebu Online Trashion Shop (YLCOTS) is a shop known for its unique design sensibility on upcycling garbage made by housewives from Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities. YLCOTS has partnered with commercial establishments to acquire the garbage materials used for production.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if garbage can be transformed by unskilled housewives into high-fashion, luxury accessories and compete in the global market of couture fashion?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Proper waste management in commercial establishments in Cebu is a huge concern because of its weak institutional and organizational system. In effect, commercial establishments contribute significantly to the improper disposal of garbage. On the other hand, housewives in typhoon Haiyan-affected communities lack the ability to support and account for the financial recovery of their families because of the lack of income-generating opportunities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The approach of YLCOTS is four-pronged. We have established a participatory partnership with commercial establishments that is responsive and appropriate to the needs of their solid waste management. YLCOTS is in collaboration with designers that can work innovatively and creatively with garbage materials. YLCOTS organizes a women’s group in the community and conducts skills training and creativity enhancement programs, with the assistance of our partner designers. Once the community is ready for production, another set of training is done to ensure production and quality excellence. The housewives are paid by their output. A strategic marketing campaign is done per collection - from concept to publicity.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Prior to the partnership, 360 Pharmacy, P. Del Rosario Branch, would throw away their plastic wrappers of bottled water and mix these with biodegradable, organic trash. When designer Francis Sollano created a mutual agreement to collect their plastic garbage wrapper, the establishment was glad to cooperate, as this is garbage out from their establishment. Now, the establishment allocates this particular trash to be donated to the designer and upcycled into high-fashion accessories. The pharmacy now segregates their plastic, non-biodegradable trash from their organic, biodegradable waste. This development in their system has positively contributed to the fast and systematic solid waste management in their establishment.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The agreement with 1 commercial establishment has prioritized the implementation of City Ordinance 2255 and regulations set by the City Solid Waste Management Board. Two designers have now enhanced their ability to manipulate materials and creatively come up with accessories fit for high fashion with two collections that we have launched. The program has enhanced their design approach making sure that their process has the least carbon footprint as possible. Lastly, 12 housewives in Sta. Fe, Bantayan who were earning from USD 0-1.00 are now able to assist their family’s finances with the artisanal work they are doing. The system provides technical enhancement boosting their self-worth as individuals. The plan is to add one more establishment and launch 2 more collections by the end of the year, with a target to provide USD 2.00 per day earning per housewife.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The goal is to share this system with other designers from different cities and provinces. It is planned to spread in key cities through Youth for a Livable Cebu’s Livable Communities campaign. It empowers the youth in developing socially responsible wealth creation initiatives. In 5 years, it is projected that YLCOTS will work in ten cities with a replicated business model and grow 25-30 collections, ranging from wearable fashion to bags. Ultimately, the program shall work with 10 more communities of women and increasing their financial allowance to support their families by USD 5.00/day.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The project was launched only through Facebook mid-June 2014 with a capitalization of USD 200.00, all coming from the designer. After 2 weeks of its launch, there is an average gross influx of USD 46.00/week. Once YLCOTS is fully launched, it is forecasted to sustain steady cash flow by retail sales. The goal of the program is to finance it through income-generating methods such as sales and marketing and additional capitalization by investors.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Several attempts have been made by different groups to transform trash into profitable upcycled fashion accessories. Three of these are Rags2Riches, Terracycle and Hipcycle. These retailers have been successful in transforming trash to profitable businesses. However, YLCOTS sets itself apart since it is deeply rooted in the aesthetics of high fashion where the designs are absolutely not garbage-oriented. We also create strong partnerships with the commercial establishments and communities that we work with so that there is a wholistic, triple bottom-line approach.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The journey started when, on a rainy Saturday night, Francis Sollano was driving in his car and there was heavy traffic caused by the terrible flooding in the highway. It was clear that the cause of the flooding was the unimaginable plastic garbage clogging the drainage system, not allowing the water to freely pass through. The flooding destroyed several cars and disrupted businesses. Similarly, the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan broke the hearts of the members of Youth for a Livable Cebu. It is for this reason that the team piloted the program in the coastal communities affected by the typhoon since the team had a first hand experience of disasters indirectly caused by climate change and human disregard for the environment.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

There are four core team members; one functions as the administrative head and the lead for volunteers; another functions as the creative head, constantly searching for innovative approaches to social problems through creative thinking; someone is tasked for community wellness who is tasked to inspire the women in their tasks and implement programs for their financial security; and lastly, one is assigned for marketing and sales.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We build solid partnerships with commercial establishments and designers so they work together in creatively developing accessories out garbage. Our links to local government units allow us to easily penetrate communities and train women to produce these designs. Our profitability market is segmented into three differing in age and their disposable income. However, all these three segments are in need of high fashion accessories which are unique and avant-garde in aesthetics.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money will significantly benefit the product research and development of our designs. Since we source solely on non-toxic, non-organic commercial garbage, and the goal is to create high fashion accessories, there is a need for high innovative material manipulation and creative output. This requires acquiring manual tools and equipment that can help us in developing designs.

It is also necessary to join fashion exhibitions in order to further spread the initiative while creating strong publicity - awareness and consciousness has to be built in the market. There is a need to invest on trade shows and promotions in the next two years which the prize money funding can definitely assist us.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

As a designer known for my fashionable takes on upcycling garbage, our team has successfully launched wearable trash art in Cebu. As a Business Management graduate from Philippine' top university, our team has incorporated our love for the natural environment in our delicate handmade creations under the label FRANCISSOLLANO. Recently awarded as a Global Shaper by World Economic Forum from our team's work on liveability and sustainable design.

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yes

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yes

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Hempitecture

Hempitecture is a design+build startup that is using industrial hemp to create energy efficient & environmentally conscious building solutions. Currently constructing the first public use hemp building in the US, Hempitecture intends to develop and innovate within the green building sphere.

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Designing, building, and innovating with nature's most rapidly renewable fiber

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2013

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For‐profit

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United States, ID, Ketchum

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Hempitecture is a design+build startup that is using industrial hemp to create energy efficient & environmentally conscious building solutions. Currently constructing the first public use hemp building in the US, Hempitecture intends to develop and innovate within the green building sphere.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if a building material could absorb carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, create agricultural jobs, and helps us develop truly sustainable housing solutions?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In the United States, the Building Sector is responsible for 40.6% of our CO2 emissions. On a broader spectrum, concrete alone is responsible for 5% of our global CO2 emissions. This means that the built environment & construction plays a profound role in our warming planet. Attitudes in the US are trending towards green building, however hemp building is an underrepresented yet extremely viable green building solution.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Hempitecture proposes a carbon negative building material solution derived from Industrial Hemp. Industrial Hemp is the ideal material feedstock for truly sustainable materials because during its growth sequesters carbon dioxide while lending to a building material that sequesters carbon dioxide as it solidifies. Hempitecture is bringing hemp building strategies to the US in an efficient and streamlined manner through an innovative panelized design system that allows for easy and quick construction. Hemp building is poised to become an affordable and truly green building solution that can help displace high energy consumption through its insulative properties. Hemp building may also become a viable solution for affordable housing issues.

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Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Hemp construction is a proven green building strategy that’s been employed across the world, however in the United States there are few hempcrete structures. Hempitecture intends to achieve comfort and affordability through energy savings, all while fostering a healthier lifestyle through increased connection to nature. Our ongoing building project at Idaho BaseCamp was designed with this criteria in mind as it will be used as a yoga, meditation, art, and retreat center. This project has a positive impact because it is the first public use hemp building in the US will be an educational opportunity for the local community, demonstrating that natural hemp building systems are viable, even in a harsh climate.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Our mission is to educate, advocate, and motivate for the beneficial uses of industrial hemp as a building material. To broadcast our mission to a larger audience, we launched a Kickstarter Crowdfunding campaign which raised over $27,000. Our project was shared over 3,000 times on facebook and was featured in over two dozen articles across the world. This campaign helped us bring our mission of education to a larger audience. The future impact of Hempitecture also relies upon education, a task in which we are carrying out through workshops where we are sharing our sustainable concepts and services. Our first workshop that we are leading is in Hawaii, the most isolated landmass on earth. By sharing insight with remote locations like Hawaii, we are partners in the process of envisioning a more energy efficient and s future.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Industrial Hemp can be grown on 6 of the 7 continents, meaning that it is a resource that can be utilized virtually anywhere. By establishing ourselves as professionals in the green building sphere, we intend to bring this strategy to the average consumer as well as utilize it as an affordable green housing solution for the underserved. Our system creates jobs for farmers, fiber manufactures, all while mitigating the carbon footprint of the building sector through carbon sequestration. By starting with individual projects and workshops, we believe this idea can omnipotently spread.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

After securing $27,500 in our first round of fundraising through crowdfunding, we will ensure financial sustainability through more projects and educational workshops. Our IP development will require funds which we intend to secure through opportunities such as the Unilever Changemaker Competition and other grant opportunities. To date, Hempitecture has applied for programs which could potentially allocate $30,000 to our development.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Hemp construction is a new and developing industry in the US. To date, there are only two competitors in the US, both of which are Lime based companies. We intend to supersede these companies with a more efficient building program while also striving to replace lime as a preferred binding matrix. Additionally, we have gone to great lengths to "regionalize" our sourcing methods while other companies import internationally. Finally, we have a holistic approach. As both designers and builders, we're able to offer clients both design services, on-site support, and sourcing solutions.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Hempitecture was created at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY as a thesis study on sustainable earth building strategies. From my research, I found that hemp building presents one of the greatest solutions for building more sustainably due to its insulation and carbon negative properties. With a deep concern for the environment and a passion for architecture, hemp building was the perfect marriage of an environmentally friendly building approach while also providing a diverse array of aesthetics. After bringing the concept to 4 major business contests in the US and national press, Hempitecture received its' first commission in Idaho for a non-profit organization. This project is the first public use hemp building in the US.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Hempitecture consists of two officers, Matthew Mead, CEO, and Tyler Mauri, CDO. Additionally, our team consists of 10 advisory members, all from varying academic and experiential backgrounds. A primary member of our team is Dale Bates, an architect specializing in sustainable building for over 30 years. By working with Bates, we have been able to consider all aspects of the building process. Dale will be our licensed architect for future projects

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our customer base is those who are seeking a creative and refreshing reconsideration of architecture: building for human health and energy efficiency through the use of an innovative earth-based building strategy. With the massive growth of the Green Building Industry, our services and products are valued because they represent the pinnacle of green building concepts: a low carbon footprint, rapidly renewable materials, and non-toxic. We engage our customer base through educational workshops & media.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

Prize money will go directly to the development of Hempitecture's innovative product concept. Currently, Hempitecture is using a lime-based binding method for it's natural building material. This 'best-practice' yields a non-structural insulating wall, however if hemp building were structural, it could help replace concrete which has an extremely high carbon footprint. Funds will go towards developing the intellectual property for this structural hemp concept. We have made great progress in our research, and the funds will solidify our direction. The publicity associated with this competition will help broadcast our approach to a larger audience, ultimately educating others on the potential of this green building system.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Building off of a lifelong interest in artistic expression and graphic design, I created Cess Clothing in 2010, marketed towards an action sports lifestyle. In May of 2012 I became a Board Member of the One Bead Project. Using my experience in merchandising, I designed apparel to raise funds, ultimately funding a library in Kenya. I created Hempitecture in 2013 as a sustainable response to US Green Building challenges.

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PROJECT ACESS (Alternate Communicative Solution fo

We introducing PROJECT ACESS (Alternate Communicative Solution for Special need) is a specially design hardware and software solution which helps the special need children to communicate, learn and socialize.

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Pakistan, peshawer

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Pakistan, peshawer

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Waste and Packaging, Opportunities for Women.

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i identified my customer mostly to be girls,housewives. they will value my solution because firstly for being inexpensive products and seceondly making the new product by reusing the old one..
i can engage different customer to deliver my solution by using things made by me .

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with this prize money i can have labor work..and a shop where i could easily sell these products
and to establish a reknowend trend i really need publicity for it!

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Reconnecting people to their food through Living Designs

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United States, PA, State College

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Societies around the world are separated from their food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are shipped from thousands of miles away, while meat is frozen weeks before it is consumed. Through unique Living Designs, GreenTowers creates self-sustaining ecosystems that foster a reconnection to food.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if being surrounded by natural ecosystems in your home and work helped people reconnect to their food, creating a mental shift towards local, nutritious food production?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There are 2.6 billion farmers around the world (40% of the world’s population), yet less than 2% of the US population claim their career as farming. There is an undeniable gap between food production and food consumption. This impacts the environment, health and nutrition, and food security. We know that the US can partly decentralize its farming, because during WWII-era "Victory Gardens," a full 40% of produce was grown by private citizens!

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

GreenTowers Living Designs reconnect people to their food. They incorporate an agricultural technique called aquaponics, which combines aquaculture with hydroponic plant growth, creating an artificial symbiosis. Our designs educate people about localized agriculture by infusing their daily lives with a physical connection to their food. Our current offerings are Living Interiors & Living Furniture. With Living Interiors, we work with clients to create unique indoor ecosystems, designed to grow at least 100 pounds of fish and 1,000 plants per year. Living Furniture replaces everyday single-purpose furnishings with our self-contained ecosystems to create unique multifunctional pieces that blend aesthetically with existing indoor environments.

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It is a typical Tuesday. Joe wakes up and takes a shower, pours himself a bowl of cereal, and then travels into the city for work. There, he stares at his computer all day, only taking a break for lunch to visit the closest McDonald’s. He leaves work at 5:00, heats up a frozen meal for dinner, and watches television until he falls asleep. Joe’s life is not how nature intended it to be. By mimicking natural ecosystems, GreenTowers reintroduces Joe to nature. His workplace now has a Living Interior, which means he can eat fresh, local food for lunch. At home, Joe can snack on fresh veggies grown by his Living Furniture. By surrounding him with Living Designs, we are turning Joe’s unnatural lifestyle into one that reconnects him with his food.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

GreenTowers has completed several projects including: a mobile aquaponic greenhouse, a commercial-scale aquaponic research facility, 5 rotating living walls, and numerous renditions of Living Furniture. We are now in the process of finalizing the design for our first Living Interior client, Videon Central located in State College, PA. Our Living Furniture lets the user keep 6-10 ornamental fish and grow up to 8 plants per month, while Living Interiors allows growth of ~100 lbs of fish and ~1,000 plants annually. As we continue engaging with our customers we plan to conduct brief surveys asking about how their spending habits on fresh produce have changed since they received one of our systems. Our projections show that within three years we will have completed 31 Living Interiors and have sold over 2,000 Living Furniture pieces, bringing our Living Designs to approximately 8,170 people.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Market growth potential for urban and localized agriculture is $1.3 billion by 2020, with most of this growth in “Plant Factories,” or large indoor farms. GreenTowers goal is to democratize the food industry, meaning that we aim to shift that market growth from solely large scale production facilities to partially include home gardening and micro-farming initiatives. We facilitate the reconnection to food by designing products and growth systems that allow everyone to have the opportunity to grow their own food. We are also prototyping a new, large scale vertical farming system.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

GreenTowers is incorporated as an LLC, and is projected to be self-sustaining within three years with total revenue exceeding $500,000. Up to this point $31,000 has been raised through regional and national competitions. We are in the midst of securing additional financing through an SBA-backed loan or Angel Investor, supplying working capital for years 1 and 2 as we scale up our production, advertising, research and development of new products.

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Businesses, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Design based indoor agriculture is relatively new, however there are some early players in the market. Some of the best known companies are Back to the Roots, Windowfarms, and AeroGarden. All three have had their own unique successes in retail and funding. Additionally, interior gardens are gaining support as a tool to increase productivity and decrease stress, however we have yet to find a landscape architecture or interior design firm that specializes in designed ecosystems. GreenTowers differentiates our products through high quality design and integration into the everyday facets of life.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

GreenTowers formed as a student-led research team in fall 2012 addressing the global challenge of feeding 9.5 billion people by the year 2050 . We designed and built a mobile aquaponic greenhouse dedicated to providing food access to inner-city food deserts. By creating a product intended for those with little to no access to fresh food, we began to notice an even larger problem stretching across all economic levels: people were not connected to their food. After living and working in rural Kenya, we saw what the world could look like if everyone grew their own food – people respected what they put into their bodies. By helping to foster a connection to the food we eat, we hope to see a healthier world in which there is enough food for all.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Full-time is Dustin (President) with a B.S. in plant biology and Jared (COO) with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Part-time is Mike (Design Officer) finishing his B.Arch. degree and Jon (Director of R&D) finishing his M.S. in horticulture; upon graduation they will both become full-time team members. Our board of advisors includes a CEO of a billion dollar bank, a founder of a landscape architecture company, and an executive consultant.

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Improving Nutrition, Sustainable Sourcing, Smallholder Farmers.

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The customer segments for Living Interiors are: (1) Business owners of medium or large office complexes – provides a rejuvenating work atmosphere for employees (2) Architecture and Interior design firms – provides unique aesthetic element to their designs (3) Up-Scale Restaurants – Provides local food to their customers. The customer segments for Living Furniture are: (1) Offices waiting rooms (2) Baby boomers who want to bring nature indoors (3) Retirement communities – provides easy access to gardening.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

We are currently searching for $50,000, the working capital needed to sustain our business for the next two years until we reach our break-even point in year three. This funding is needed to ensure that the team can continue working full-time, which will enable us develop our sales pipeline and continue to create custom Living Interior pieces. It would also allow us to patent one or two of our product designs to guarantee a competitive advantage. By winning this award we would be able to minimize our debt and retain ownership of our company. Additionally, the publicity gained by winning the competition would significantly increase our market presence and potential sales, specifically within the custom Living Interior designs.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Our team won several Penn State competitions and grants and was a TFF Challenge and Dell Social Innovation Challenge semi-finalist for our mobile aquaponic greenhouse. Jared and Dustin both graduated with the engineering entrepreneurship minor and are mentors at the co.space, the home for changemakers. Jared created a food preservation business in rural Kenya through ThinkImpact, focusing on financial sustainability and appropriate technologies.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

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Feasibility study and technical feasibility about using underground water as a cooler for the air conditioning system in Lipton Tea Factory in Borg EL Arab , Alexandria, Egypt

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