Presented with
Implementing Solutions

2019 Indigenous Communities Fellowship

Native-led solutions that use traditional knowledge and technology to create sustainable and prosperous livelihoods for Indigenous communities

Submissions are Closed


Susan Alzner

Co-founder and Chief of Strategy & Ops, shift7

United States

Alissa Benoist

Program Coordinator, Four Bands Community Fund

United States

Prairie Bighorn-Blount

Executive Director, American Indigenous Business Leaders

United States

Heather Fleming

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Change Labs

Mason Grimshaw

MBA Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management

Natasha Hale

Program Officer, W. K. Kellogg Foundation

United States

Wendolyn Holland

Director, Holland Consulting, LLC

Shelly Lowe

Executive Director, Harvard University Native American Program

Admir Masic

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT


Mr. Jacob Moore

Associate Vice President of Tribal Relations, Office of Government & Community Engagement, Arizona State University

United States

Denise Williams

CEO, First Nations Technology Council

Judging Criteria

Solutions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment: The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth.
  • Context Appropriateness: The solution takes into account the context of communities it seeks to benefit, including low to no connectivity and little formal technical training among individuals, and rural settings.  
  • Scalability and Ease of Use: The solution can easily be scaled to additional communities.
  • Feasibility: It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself after implementation.
  • Innovative Approach: This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, or a new process for solving the challenge.

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