MITEF Innovate for Refugees Winners

Lara Ballout, Oct 14 2016

The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab (MITEF Pan Arab) was on a mission to find long-term solutions by exploiting the power of technology, as the world faces the worst refugee crisis in history yet. They launched in June the ‘Innovate for Refugees’ global competition, in partnership with Zain Group, MBC Hope, and Jusoor. On October 4th, they announced the winners in Jordan.

The aim of the competition was to find tech-driven solutions to the challenges faced by the refugees. Participants from all around the world were able to participate in the MITEF Pan Arab competition.

Prizes were awarded to the most innovative solutions that address the challenges that refugees face.

Solutions from many categories were sought, including food, shelter, security, healthcare, energy, and education.

Here are the winners:

Evaptainers, Morocco
Award: $20,000
Evaptainers presented a durable solution through a $30 portable and electricity-free refrigeration units.

Boloro/BanQu, Jordan
Award: $20,000
Boloro/BanQ is a blockchain economic identity technology that enables a secure and immutable platform for creating economic opportunities for people living in extreme poverty. Land rights, voter registration, relationship based credit profiles and health records can also be added to the identity.

Change: Water Labs, US
Award: $20,000
This invention is a low-cost, compact, waterless toilet for non-sewered households and communities. Change: Water Labs intends to test its pilot in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, including Zaatari or al-Azraq where sanitation is a big challenge.

LED Safari, Switzerland
Award: $20,000
They developed a do-it-yourself solar lamp. Building the lamp will help educate students on renewable energy and sustainable practices.

Open Embassy, Netherlands
Award: $30,000
Open Embassy is an online platform that facilitates the exchange of knowledge between refugees and volunteers.

Recycle Beirut, Lebanon
Award: $20,000
The Beirut-based social business is one that provides jobs to Syrian refugees to collect waste and transport it to recycling facilities. 

Natakallam, USA
Award: $20,000
Natakallam is an online platform that pairs displaced Syrians with Arabic learners around the world for language practice sessions over Skype.

See related article:

MITEF Competition to Find Pioneering Solutions for Refugees


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