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2014 Verizon Powerful Answers Award Series

Verizon’s annual Powerful Answers challenge completed its second year. The goal of the competition is to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. A winner from each of the four core categories is rewarded $1 million prize. These categories include Education, Healthcare, Sustainability, and Transportation.

1870+ submissions from 78 countries were narrowed down to 40 finalists. This year’s winner of the each category is as follows:

EducationSesame Enable is a smartphone for the disabled. The touch-free interface can be controlled by voice or by small head movements.

HealthcareOrganize creates a single central registry for organ donation that can push the information to each of the state-based registries. They make it easier to register to be a organ donor without going to the DMV and to also help promote the cause on social platforms.

SustainabilityEco-Fuel Africa produces green charcoal, “a carbon neutral cooking fuel that is made from renewable biomass waste like sugarcane waste, coffee husks and rice husks.”

TransportationVaxess Technologies “uses silk to stabilize vaccines so they can be stored and shipped without refrigeration – eliminating the need for the cold chain.”

View the 2014 Verizon Powerful Answers Award Series on YouTube.

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