An Incubator Program With Technological Solutions For Global Challenges

By | June 21, 2019

Grow Oyster Reefs: Oyster reefs play a key role in protecting our coastlines during storms and help filter toxins in the water, as well as provide a habitat for marine organisms that contributes to our eco system. In an effort towards conservation, this company has built 3 patent pending products invented by Evelyn Tickle to help protect coastal communities. The products are Concrete Oyster Reef Restoration Tile (COORT), Concrete Oyster Reef Restoration Disc (COORD) & CaCo3 concrete. This type of concrete is formulated to closely resemble an oyster shell’s chemical composition. The material is enriched with Calcium and is targeted to reduce Nitrogen levels in the water, although such nutrients are essential to the ecosystem and overabundance of Nitrogen can cause problems such as excessive plant growth leading to eutrophication. Eutrophication can lead to ocean acidification and depletion of oxygen by blocking off access to organisms through unnecessary algae growth. This in turn can cause hypoxic zones or “dead zones” resulting in a decrease of plant and marine life.  This water in turn can be also harmful to young infants and livestock and not safe as drinking water. The reef restoration tile & the reef disc provides nourishment to the oyster habitat and resembles reef shape, chemical formula and surface.

Concrete Oyster Reef Restoration Tile Design

Neopenda: A solution tackling the frontlines of health global challenge offers a 4 in 1 vital signs solution for infants. This device monitors oxygen saturation, temperature, pulse rate & respiratory rate and sends that information to a single tablet, where healthcare professionals such as nurses can access that information to monitor the patient’s health statistics. This is especially designed for communities with low resources tackling the design constraints where wireless connectivity and access to electricity is limited. CEO of Neopenda, Sona Shah says, often products end up in the equipment graveyard due to not meeting the design constraints of a low resource setting and hopefully this kind of resourceful technology built with the low-income communities in mind, can help prevent that problem.

A 4- in-1 health monitor for infants

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Livox: There is still much disconnect with access for people with disabilities and this is where this software company founded by Carlos Pereira is leading the change by building an affordable digital learning tool aimed at communication for those with learning impairments like his daughter. Learning can be challenging to students with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, a condition that impairs movement and posture and this app allow them to interact by altering the interface to meet the user’s communication needs. A student’s progress is monitored and tracked through key learning functions: auditory, visual, cognitive & behavioral. The software uses intelligent algorithms, machine learning and online follow up to build targeted content for a disabled user.

The core of the platform is centered on innovative human-focused solutions and the range of tech includes AI, virtual reality to biomedical devices. The innovative process and the scalability & feasibility of the solution is considered for solver selection. This year the challenges include community driven innovation, early childhood development, circular economy & healthy cities. For any interested Solvers, challenges are open for submission until July 1st for the 2019 class of cohorts. Happy Solving!

 

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MIT Solve inducts solvers annually to tackle global challenges ranging from early childhood development, brain health to sustainable communities. Each year global challenges are introduced for that which solvers propose new technological solutions to compete for about $ 1 million in prize funding. Alex Amoyel, director of MIT Solve, says that, this kind of collaboration in tech allows for “problem solving with a diverse mind to help tackle today’s most pressing problems”.

Some of the tech solutions to these past challenges through MIT Solve include:

Grow Oyster Reefs: Oyster reefs play a key role in protecting our coastlines during storms and help filter toxins in the water, as well as provide a habitat for marine organisms that contributes to our eco system. In an effort towards conservation, this company has built 3 patent pending products invented by Evelyn Tickle to help protect coastal communities. The products are Concrete Oyster Reef Restoration Tile (COORT), Concrete Oyster Reef Restoration Disc (COORD) & CaCo3 concrete. This type of concrete is formulated to closely resemble an oyster shell’s chemical composition. The material is enriched with Calcium and is targeted to reduce Nitrogen levels in the water, although such nutrients are essential to the ecosystem and overabundance of Nitrogen can cause problems such as excessive plant growth leading to eutrophication. Eutrophication can lead to ocean acidification and depletion of oxygen by blocking off access to organisms through unnecessary algae growth. This in turn can cause hypoxic zones or “dead zones” resulting in a decrease of plant and marine life.  This water in turn can be also harmful to young infants and livestock and not safe as drinking water. The reef restoration tile & the reef disc provides nourishment to the oyster habitat and resembles reef shape, chemical formula and surface.

Concrete Oyster Reef Restoration Tile Design

Neopenda: A solution tackling the frontlines of health global challenge offers a 4 in 1 vital signs solution for infants. This device monitors oxygen saturation, temperature, pulse rate & respiratory rate and sends that information to a single tablet, where healthcare professionals such as nurses can access that information to monitor the patient’s health statistics. This is especially designed for communities with low resources tackling the design constraints where wireless connectivity and access to electricity is limited. CEO of Neopenda, Sona Shah says, often products end up in the equipment graveyard due to not meeting the design constraints of a low resource setting and hopefully this kind of resourceful technology built with the low-income communities in mind, can help prevent that problem.

A 4- in-1 health monitor for infants

neopenda.com

Livox: There is still much disconnect with access for people with disabilities and this is where this software company founded by Carlos Pereira is leading the change by building an affordable digital learning tool aimed at communication for those with learning impairments like his daughter. Learning can be challenging to students with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, a condition that impairs movement and posture and this app allow them to interact by altering the interface to meet the user’s communication needs. A student’s progress is monitored and tracked through key learning functions: auditory, visual, cognitive & behavioral. The software uses intelligent algorithms, machine learning and online follow up to build targeted content for a disabled user.

The core of the platform is centered on innovative human-focused solutions and the range of tech includes AI, virtual reality to biomedical devices. The innovative process and the scalability & feasibility of the solution is considered for solver selection. This year the challenges include community driven innovation, early childhood development, circular economy & healthy cities. For any interested Solvers, challenges are open for submission until July 1st for the 2019 class of cohorts. Happy Solving!

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