Foster D-Prize is dedicated toward expanding access to poverty-alleviation solutions in the developing world. Many solutions to problems of poverty already exist; the challenge is distributing these solutions to the people who need it most. D-Prize tackles this by challenging social entrepreneurs to develop better ways to distribute proven life-enhancing technologies, and funding early-stage startups that deliver the best results. This year, D-Prize partnered with the Foster School of Business to bring the D-Prize competition to the University of Washington.
Meet the Foster D-Prize Teams:
Iaso Global Health Supply Chain Systems – Our approach applies a flexible and reliable Android driven SMS compatible information platform to actively monitor and track vaccine stock to dramatically increase vaccine distribution and consumption in Bong County, Liberia.
Itzel sells and services solar lamps via in-store and field-based sales and repair teams. Our solar lamps allow customers to save on energy costs and utilize more of the day to increase income.
Power2Girls will educate girls in Ghana on sugar daddy awareness using a combination of existing mobile technology and live training. Several of Ghana’s regions have an immediate need to educate young girls of the dangers of pregnancy and HIV infection, much of it stemming from unprotected sex with older men.
Seva will optimize and enhance existing vaccine distribution by providing a RFID based reporting and tracking system that will coordinate supply with demand to different health care providers in a timely fashion. A dynamic machine learning algorithm running behind the scenes would improve the system all the time.
Zagaa – We will target small M-PESA merchants around Nairobi, Kenya to build upon the natural synergy between solar-powered charging stations and the vendors who provide these banking and cellular services; furthermore, we will also use a similar direct-sales approach in partnering with local banks to sell our lamps.