Finalists 2016

Finalists 2016

Reflow has developed open-source technology to convert recyclable plastic into high-quality, affordable 3D print filament. By selling the filament it produces in developing countries on the international market, Reflow increases the income of waste pickers by 20 times. Reflow’s mission is to significantly improve the lives of more than 150 million waste pickers worldwide who earn less than $1.50 a day.

As an answer to the huge global problem of (sexual) violence, Pearltect is developing the Pearltect Bracelet, a non-violent and legal self-defence product that looks like jewellery. Once activated, an unpleasant smell and an invisible DNA marker will be released. The smell is used to sexually demotivate the attacker. The marker can link the attacker to the crime scene even after months.

Sustainable Food Lab
This project is about your space for studying, creating, tasting and sharing food practice and knowledge that has a less negative impact on us and our environment, including all that lives. Students and visitors are involved as active designers of future food. Their contributions will be used as input for formulating sustainable food management strategies to challenge the food sector.

The real ‘refugee crisis’ is our failure to support the intellectual capacity of refugees. Enjaz will enable this intellectual capacity through short, modular university courses. Its expert team will bring together the right partners, build a customised app, deliver face-to-face lessons, and verify student accomplishments. By enabling refugees’ intellectual capacity, Enjaz will hasten their resettlement, recovery and contributions to society.

If food waste were a country, it would be the third highest emitter of CO2 on the planet! Most “unloved food” is edible when it is wasted. EDIBLES is the market place for unloved food: Sellers upload items that are about to pass their sell-by date or are not pretty enough for sale, and buyers confirm the purchase. A percentage of profits go to food banks. EDIBLES is a simple tool to help people save money and the environment.

Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa currently don’t have access to basic weather information. Climate change has made traditional weather patterns obsolete. Frequent droughts and floods lead to increased famine and 1.5 million tonnes of wasted food every year. Kukua’s weather monitoring solution brings an end to this problem, using existing low-cost technologies and sending weather forecasts to farmers via SMS.