World Changing Ideas Awards 2021: General Excellence Finalists and Honorable Mentions

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World Changing Ideas Awards 2021: General Excellence Finalists and Honorable Mentions

The broadest ideas, be they new government policies, new business models, or entire new consumer categories. Anything that has the potential to effect true systems change or solve wicked problems.


Read about the winner, a system designed to track diseases via mosquito blood.


1% for the Planet Account, Bank of the West
Accessible by Design, Current Global
Air Company, Air Company
BioFuze, Paradise Textiles (Alpine Creations)
Black Ambition, Black Ambition
BrewDog Forest, BrewDog
Carbon-eating concrete, Solidia Technologies
COVID-19 response, Labcorp
Ellis, Nova Credit
InnerTomato Living Sensor, InnerPlant
Jiko, Fred & Farid Los Angeles
Kettle, Kettle
Power the Polls, Power the Polls
SL-1 Thermal Energy Harvesting System, Seatrec
Spoke & Hub Technologies, Li-Cycle
The 2030 Calculator, Doconomy
The Impact Receipt, Asket
The Uncensored Library, MediaMonks and Reporters Without Borders
The Work Happiness Score, Indeed
Ventilator Production Mobilization, Medtronic
XO Full-Body, Powered Exoskeleton, Sarcos Robotics

Honorable Mentions

100% USA Grown Seeds, Back to the Roots
50 Liter Home, Procter & Gamble
A Kids Book About, A Kids Book About
ACRE, Modern Mill
All-Remote at GitLab, GitLab
Automated Beekeeping, Beewise
Azotic Technologies, Azotic Technologies
Battery-as-a-Service, NIO
Behavioral Health Outpatient and Research Facility, HDR
Brazil Program, Health In Harmony
Cold Chain as a Service, Controlant
Command Center, Interplay Learning
Donation Dollar, Saatchi & Saatchi
Fight Forever Chemicals Campaign, Participant
Flock Freight, Flock Freight
Fluid’s HCR, Fluid
Frontline Impact Project, The Kind Foundation
Full-Circle, AZEK
General Counsel, Westaway
GlobalPack, GlobalPack
H&M Looop, AKQA in partnership with Universal Design Studio
H2-Hydrogen Home, SoCalGas
Health & Wellness Design Tool, HDR
Healthy Buildings Program, Carrier
Hyaline, Zymergen
IBM Call For Code, IBM
IBM Emb(race), IBM
Irrecoverable Carbon, Conservation International
JumpStartAL, Transfr
Kvarøy Arctic Salmon, Kvarøy Arctic
LaAnchoria 3D Printed N95 Mask Alternative, Municipality of Anchorage i-team
LAIIER.IO, Bare Conductive
Malawi Lighthouse 2020, Watts of Love
Mantarray, Curi Bio
Material Library, A Plastic Planet
Medically Home, Medically Home Group
Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle, Canoo
Nike (M), Nike
Nordic Circles, Nordic Circles
OneTrust Athena, OneTrust
Open Road Impact Fund, Open Road Alliance Impact Fund
Pandemic Action Network, Pandemic Action Network
Pandemic EBT Help Bot, Municipality of Anchorage i-team
Passbook, Remitly
PathWater, PathWater
Phade, WinCup
Picking with Purpose, Berkshire Grey
Plaid Exchange, Plaid
Plan Your Vote, NBC News
Plant Your Change, Aspiration
Pod, Einride
Prota Fiori, Prota Fiori
Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, Red Hat
Remote Evaluations for Special Education Students, A.I.M.
Rep Magazine, Stanford
Safe Hands Kenya, Dalberg Catalyst
Solar Water Farm Mobi, GivePower
Spatial, Spatial
States United Democracy Center, States United Democracy Center
Survival—A Pulp Thriller: A Plan for Saving Forests and Climate, Canopy
The 19th News, Upstatement
The Rise Fund, TPG
UIC College of Medicine Surgery & Innovation Training Lab, University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
VOLY C10, Volansi
Webee, Webee
YubiKey 5C NFC, Yubico