The 2010 semi-finalist teams were selected from a pool of 161 applicants from 36 countries.
Asaan Educational Products: Education content for rural Indians using cellular phones in an attempt to redress inequality of education available to urban students versus those living in rural areas.
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, India
BLMS Project: In coordination with the Indian NGO, Alternative for India Development (AID), BLMS will provide agricultural and herding communities in South India with an inexpensive modern technological solution to track livestock using concealed RFID tags.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA/Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Gift of Sound: Aims to assist hospitals and drug stores in Hyderabad to provide low cost, high quality solutions to the hearing impaired from mid-low income families, including digital hearing aids and a laptop/PC device that provides diagnostic and fitting services.
Stephen Ross School of Business, MI, USA
Lumana Connect: An innovative social business platform that enables rural poor in Ghana to use their savings to invest in local social enterprises to improve their community while simultaneously diversifying their income.
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
Malo Traders: Provides technological consultation that minimizes the risk of post-harvest losses by 30% for Farabana small-scale rice farmers in Mali.
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA/Purdue University, IN, USA
NASH equilibrium: To address diarrhea and water borne diseases, the company will produce and market an inexpensive alternative oral re-hydration saline from cassava, based on a contract farming system and local distribution through hospitals, groceries, and pharmacies in Bangladesh.
Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Spark Community Power Inc.: The firm seeks to transform used shipping containers into small-scale modular electrical generation facilities powered by photovoltaic solar cells and back-up fuel generators that provide battery charging for customers in Papua New Guinea.
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Nuru Light: A Solution to Africa’s Lighting Crisis: An affordable, safe, and clean lighting solution to replace kerosene in households without electricity using the world’s first commercially available pedal generator, the POWERCycle.
Adventist University of Central Africa, Kigali, Rwanda/University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA, USA
ToucHb: A prick-less anemia scanner used by low-skilled village health workers in India that measures, helps diagnose, monitors and screens for anemia.
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, Maharashtra, India
XPlastic Accessories Corporation: Trains low-income residents in Jakarta to produce accessories made from reclaimed plastic waste by hiring trash collectors, educating households about waste management, employing small scale accessory producers, and marketing final product.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA/Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Yimiao-Art for prosperity in Western China: Leveraging the fast-growing art market in the Eastern China in order to provide art education in the western China, the company uses profits from art galleries in Beijing to fund an art school in Sichuan for 300 rural teenagers. Students’ art work is sold through partnerships with corporations, and upon graduation students are encouraged to continue their studies in partner universities or serves as a teacher in Yimiao schools.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China
Applicant countries include: *Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, *Costa Rica, Estonia, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, *Mexico, Morocco, *Nepal, Nigeria, *Paraguay, *Peru, Philippines, *Romania, *Rwanda, *Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, *Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam, *Zimbabwe
Watch the video from the 2010 competition below:
* indicates new country for 2010