For helping businesses avoid conflict.
Tech companies often grapple with the issue of conflict minerals: substances mined amid armed conflicts and human-rights abuses, particularly in the Congo. Le-Marie Thompson and her company are combating the problem with their Conflict-Free Electronics platform, an online source (still in beta) for companies--and eventually consumers-- to get information about suppliers worldwide. "Most of us engineers want to create cool stuff without guilt that our creations have brought about harm," she says. "ConflictFree- Electronics is something I could do to help."