2018 World Changing Ideas
You can read about last year’s winners and finalists here.
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Campaigns designed to draw attention to social issues and inspire people to act or to promote world-changing products or services.
Projects that live primarily in a mobile format, in any discipline.
Items for your house or office that help you live a more purposeful life, or fundamentally alter outdated business models or supply chains of our current consumer goods.
Products designed specifically for the developing world, both ones intended for the bottom of the pyramid and those intended to help create leapfrog innovation.
Solar, wind, and any other innovative ideas to create clean power (either for personal use or at a large scale) or new systems for better electricity distribution.
Projects changing what we eat, how we eat, and how we get our food.
Products and projects that improve either personal or global well-being and longevity, from apps to devices, to new medical equipment.
Any visual or creative project that helps explain and publicize global problems and solutions.
Projects in any category, created by undergraduate or graduate students.
Projects that get you places—whether on two wheels or four—in new, interesting, and fuel-efficient ways.
Buildings, landscapes, and programs that make cities—and living in them—cleaner, more efficient, more beautiful, and more equitable for their citizens.
Our 2018 Judges
Sophie Bakalar (Investor at Collaborative Fund), Tiffani Ashley Bell (Founder, Human Utility), Sebastian Buck (Cofounder and strategic lead, enso), Antionette Carroll (Founder and president, Creative Reaction Lab), Stephen D. Comello (Director, Sustainable Energy Initiative), Jay Coen Gilbert (Cofounder, B Lab), Cheryl Hicks (Executive director, The Toilet Board), Jessica Jackley (Cofounder of Kiva and author of Clay, Water, Brick), Emily Pilloton (Founder of Project H Design), Jigar Shah (Cofounder, Generate Capital), Brent Toderian (President, Toderian Urban Works) and more to come…
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