The Social Innovation Challenge is a uniquely collaborative model that pairs entrepreneurs with communities who need help solving a global issue that’s affecting them locally. It empowers both innovators and vulnerable communities to create sustainable and impactful solutions together. Its impact improves the lives and general well-being of thousands and supports small businesses & start-ups on their journey to solve some of the world’s most important developmental issues.

Overall, the World Vision Social Innovation Challenge empowers a vision of the future that’s more hopeful. A future where ideas are realized, progress is made, and lives are improved for the better.

2018

The Challenge

How do we end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture?

The Winner

Spero Analytics

Spero Analytics created a self-healing, self-powered, wireless mesh network of sensory nodes that measure soil moisture, air temperature and humidity.

Their Impact

Using this data, farmers better understand irrigation scheduling, water conservation, optimal seeding and harvesting times, pest management and soil moisture content, resulting in better management to help optimize crop yield.

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2017

The Challenge

How can we harness emerging technologies and innovative business models to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy?

The Winner

Lumbrick

Lumbrick developed solar-powered machines which turn agricultural waste into briquettes, delivering a safer and cheaper form of cooking fuel for communities across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Their Impact

Lumbrick’s green charcoal is cheaper to generate than traditional fuels and burns smoke-free. This results in a safer, more efficient alternative for 3 billion people around the world who struggle with the limitations of traditional cooking fuels like wood and charcoal, which can cause illness and death.

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2016

The Challenge

How can we combat some of the world’s biggest health challenges AND/OR how can we harness innovative, cost effective, sustainable methods of channeling water in safe and scalable ways?

The Winner

Taurus

Taurus 3D provides low-cost custom 3D printed prosthetics to children in low-income communities around the world.

Their Impact

Taurus 3D’s economically friendly prosthetics bring life changing, low-cost prosthetics to children in communities around the world.

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