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Announcing the 2023 Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge Finalists

For the second year, MIT Solve called upon young innovators aged 24 and under to submit solutions that address community and global issues. We received 831 applicants from 90 countries.

19 finalists have been determined and each will be invited to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges in the coming weeks. From there, 10 of the most promising solutions will be chosen and named 2023 Solv[ED] Innovators. Solv[ED] Innovators will have access to over $180,000 in prize funding thanks to our supporters HP and Living Proof. They will also unlock support from the MIT and Solve community, gain an invitation to MIT’s campus this May for our flagship event–Solve at MIT 2023, and have access to a variety of additional resources. 

Meet the 2023 Finalists

Acusurgicals: Portable Biosafety Surgical Chamber, based in Karachi, Pakistan, provides a point-of-care surgical system for the interventional management of surgical cases.

Agrotech Plus, based in Nairobi, Kenya, preserves fresh fruits, vegetables, and other perishable goods like fish with walk-in, solar-powered, cold stations for 24/7 storage.

AUesome, based in California, USA, is a social enterprise with the mission to bridge the digital and physical world of at-home therapy for children on the autism spectrum, one kit at a time.

Birth By Us, based in California, USA, is an app that empowers Black women throughout the pregnancy and birthing process. It also gives health professionals insights to reduce preventable maternal deaths and complications.

Cycleau, based in New York, USA, offers a compact greywater treatment system designed to advance household resiliency to public water contaminants while reducing the impacts of sewage pollution on local waterways.

Green Venture Tanzania, based in Arusha, Tanzania, is a recycling and manufacturing company that transforms plastic waste into sustainable lumber and modern handcrafted recycled furniture.

Low-cost Maternal Hypothermia Prevention, based in Kampala, Uganda, is a low-cost device that safely and accurately warms intravenous fluids to prevent maternal hypothermia during cesarean sections.

Ollas Sostenibles, based in Lima, Peru, is creating sustainable food systems by interconnecting access to food, water, and renewable energy in peripheral areas of Lima. 

Placolite, based in Bangalore, India, is a material created from construction-demolition waste and plastic waste produced in India using the existing system of stakeholders and services. 

Prenatal Apps, based in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a pregnancy information system poised to reduce pregnancy complication rates by helping mothers gain a better understanding of their pregnancy conditions sooner.

SENF, based in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, connects institutions, educators, and learners in a single learning environment for accessing courses, digital meetings, and more through an online learning platform.

Sign Talk, based in California, USA, aims to bridge the digital communication divide between the ASL community and non-ASL users through a web-based application.

Signa, based in Jocotepec, Mexico, is an app for wearable devices that allows deaf users to communicate with others by translating sign language using predictive machine learning. SignaPlay is an app that teaches sign languages to anyone with the help of AI.

The BreathingCart, based in New Delhi, India, is a vegetable cart for Indian street vendors to sell unplucked hydroponic plants, which improves the preservation of farm produce, increases hygiene, and enhances vendors’ profitability. 

upLYFT: Improving Mobility with Smart Clothing, based in London, UK, is developing smart wearables that increase muscle strength and bone density, prevent injury, and facilitate recovery. 

Visual Object Recognition Aid (VORA), based in California, USA, creates innovative solutions for the visually impaired through a VORA App, wearable VORA devices, and premium downloadable VORA skills.

Wastezon, based in Kigali, Rwanda, is a materials traceability platform that assists consumers in exchanging quality vetted electronic materials with manufacturers and recyclers.

Water Coin, based in Sleman, Indonesia, democratizes access to safe drinking water in Indonesia using environmentally friendly and responsible distribution methods.

Zomujo Mental Health, based in Accra, Ghana, offers Uber-like free, personalized, and confidential mental health services through trained and certified peer counselors who leverage AI-powered technology platforms (web and apps).

What’s next?

The 10 Solv[ED] Innovators will be announced live during Solve at MIT on MIT’s campus this May. We will also reveal which solutions were chosen for HP’s Create What’s Next Prize, which is a dedicated pool of $100,000 to be given to Solv[ED] Innovators who are addressing sustainability challenges, especially those related to the reduction, reuse, and recycling of plastics and packaging. All selected Innovator teams will receive $5,000 in unrestricted funding thanks to our supporter, Living Proof.

If you’re someone aged 24 and under ready to make a difference in your community or if you want to stay up to date on how to support youth who are creating impactful change, learn more about Solv[ED] in our monthly newsletter.

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