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Fast Company's 2017 List of World Changing Ideas

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25 judges combed through 1,000's of entries to determine this final list which named 12 winners and 192 finalists. We've linked each of them to their programs, when available, but if you want to read more about each one, you can go to this Fast Company article: https://www.fastcompany.com/3068873/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2017-world-changing-ideas-awards

Winner: EDIBLE SIX PACK RINGS

E6PR - As the wording states, replacing the petroleum six pack rings with something edible.

Winner: FAIR VALUE COMMUTING

Joint Venture Silicon Valley - Solving the Bay Area anti-ridesharing mindset.

Winner: DOLLAR STREET

Gapminder - Photographs shown side by side illustrate the different possessions of people around the world living at different income levels:

Winner: INFORMATION FOR ACTION

Information for Action - A new browser extension that connects your get-involved motivation with concrete outlets for it.

Winner: SONGS OF VIOLENCE

FCB Brasil for Estadão Digital - Ending the thousands of songs broadcasting violence against women are pumped through the airwaves each day

Winner: FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM

Wholesome Wave- Curing the unhealthy diet for people on a budget.

Winner: 3D PRINTER FOR REPLACEMENT TISSUES AND ORGANS

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine - Wake Forest is one of the pioneers in this effort to compensate for the shortage of donor organs. Mass General Hospital appeared on TED a while ago as well.

Winner: COOK COUNTY BOND COURT

CannonDesign- An effort to keep defendants out of jail before trial, so that people don't lose their jobs when they sit in jail.

mily members waiting in the corridor outside. The new courtroom set to open this spring.

Winner: GRID OS

Opus One - Not the wine, but an Ontario-based energy start-up that hopes to manage the impact of clean energy on the grid.

 

Winner: KIOKIT

BRCK Education - "KioKit is a mobile and very robust kit packing everything you need to build a connected classroom. With the amazing BRCK—a powerful, ruggedized battery—40 tablets, and wireless charging facilities, the water-resistant, lockable case be taken far beyond the electric grid and internet network. The Kit was developed in Kenya by the same band of battle-hardened engineers behind open-source software company Ushahidi and iHub, a respected innovation and hacker space in Nairobi. With 57 million children not going to school on any given school day, there’s a powerful need for flexible education infrastructure and engaging content. The tablets come pre-programmed with “Learn” and “Play” sections, plus another focused on responsible citizenship (“Grow” section). With the KioKit, education isn’t limited to Africa’s cities or suburbs."

 

Winner: FLOW HIVE

Flow Hive - Amazingly simple beehive that hopes to revolutionize the collection of honey without destroying the hive. One of the most successful Indiegogo campaings.

 

Winner: HOMES FOR HOPE

USC School of Architecture and Madworkshop Homeless Studio - "To combat homelessness in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, Homes for Hope, a group of students from USC’s School of Architecture, designed modular houses that can be stacked and provide fast and simple housing to get people off the streets. Each 92-square-foot unit comes with a as a bed, dresser, and even a desk. In groups of 30, with a base unit that contains bathrooms, shared living and dining spaces, and courtyards, the houses are designed utilize the city’s large swaths of vacant land by creating easily assembled communities that work within the city’s zoning laws and serve as a bridge home to keep people sheltered before they move to more permanent housing."

WORLD CHANGING IDEA FINALISTS

Project Natick
Microsoft
Underwater data center

DoctHERs
DoctHERs
Helping female doctors in Pakistan

“This Is Our Future”
The Nature Conservancy in California
Harnessing AI to safeguard our global seafood supply

The Great Elephant Census
Vulcan
Using data to fight poaching

Coral Vita
Coral Vita
Restoring reefs with resilient farmed coral

AMP Recycler
AMP Robotics
Automated recycling sorting

World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator
World Food Programme
Supporting entrepreneurs who reduce hunger

Economic Security for the Gig Economy report
Etsy
Rethinking how we support the gig economy

The Toilet Accelerator
Toilet Board Coalition
Supporting innovation in sanitation

Global Impact Visa
Edmund Hillary Fellowship
Bringing social entrepreneurs to New Zealand

Edible six-pack rings
E6PR
Packaging that breaks down in water

Food-truck voting
Ada County, Idaho, elections office
Mobile voting booths

A diverse tech-talent pipeline as a service
General Assembly
For diversity in coding

Fifty Years
Fifty Years
Venture capital for social impact

Democracy Earth
Democracy Earth Foundation
Voting on the blockchain

Beyond Burger
Beyond Meat
Plant-based burger sold in the meat section

Cook County Central Bond Court
CannonDesign
A redesign for fairness

Impossible Burger
Impossible Foods
Meatless burger that “bleeds” (and is sold in restaurants)

Inclusive Design
Microsoft
Designing with people with disabilities in mind

SaTo sanitary toilet products
Lixil
Low-cost sanitation for developing countries

Heijmans One
Heijmans
Tiny, sustainable houses for vacant lots

Otto
Otto
Self-driving commercial trucks

Hyperloop One
Hyperloop One
Revolutionary high-speed transit

Fairphone 2
Seymourpowell
Repairable, ethicallymade smartphone

TRANSPORTATION FINALISTS

Project Interzone
Project Interzone
Traffic? Divide a city into three time zones

Civil Maps
Civil Maps
3D maps that make self-driving cars safer

Smart City Challenge
Vulcan
Incentivizes eco-friendly solutions

Otto
Otto
Self-driving commercial trucks

AeroLiner3000
Andreas Vogler Studio
A high-speed commuter train for Britain

On-the-Go H2O
Ford Motor Co.
Transforms condensation from cars into clean drinking water

Connecting Cities and Citizens
MasterCard
Smart access to public transit

Hyperloop One
Hyperloop One
Revolutionary high-speed transit

Cobi
Cobi
A smartphone-powered navigation system for bikes

Supersonic airline
Boom
Cuts flight time in half

Fair Value Commuting
Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network
Reduces Bay Area commuting fares by 25%

RideCell
RideCell
Aggregates transit options in one platform

Parkarr
Parkarr
Connects drivers looking for parking with those leaving spots

The Smiling Car
Semcon
Self-driving cars acknowledge pedestrians

The Green Engine
United Technologies
A more eco-friendly way to power planes

BQXL: Brooklyn-Queens Crossline
Gensler
Using existing infrastructure to connect two boroughs

The Proterra Catalyst E2 Series
Proterra
Battery-powered buses reduce CO2 emissions

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUALIZATION FINALISTS

The Future
AAlicia Eggert and Safwat ...

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