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:
Education – Sesame Enable is a smartphone for the disabled. The touch-free interface can be controlled by voice or by small head movements.
Healthcare – Organize 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.
Sustainability – Eco-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.”
Transportation – Vaxess Technologies “uses silk to stabilize vaccines so they can be stored and shipped without refrigeration – eliminating the need for the cold chain.”