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Past Winners in the category Human Development

2017 - Human Development - Category Winner

Bibak

Bibak has developed CANNY, a modular pod of sensors that contains a metal detector, a georadar and a sensor for vapors from explosives which is a breakthrough combination in the detection field, able to locate even plastic and wooden landmines. It includes a landmine marker, a first-aid kit that meets international demining regulations and water to fight the number one problem of deminers: dehydration.


Category Finalists: Hablando con Julis, In2Care BV, Jack Andraka, Lucky Iron Fish, Point-of-Care Zika Detection Device, Rapid, Low-Cost Detection of Zika and beyond, The Autism Glass Project, The Mosquito Killer Billboard, University Of Buffalo

2016 - Human Development - Category Winner

Solarkiosk

Solarkiosk, a Berlin-based social enterprise has provided solar-powered autonomous business hubs to off-the-grid communities since 2011. By 2014, Solarkiosk established six subsidiaries in different countries across Africa and Asia. Rural communities now have access to sustainable energy, refrigeration, water purification, charging, communication, technology, information and business opportunities previously unheard of. This bottom of the pyramid approach enables and empowers local kiosk owners with green technology.
2015 - Human Development - Category Winner

Nanoly Bioscience

Nanoly is a safe and proprietary polymer shield that stabilizes and protects vaccines and eliminates the need for refrigeration.
2014 - Human Development - Katerva Award Winner

Khan Academy

This open online educational resource enables universal and personalized learning across disciplines. Evolving from a series of YouTube videos, Khan Academy demonstrates the potential of open, accessible, and inclusive educational materials. The platform contains over 5,500 instructional videos and 100,000 practice problems covering more than 30 subjects, encompassing everything from finance to biology and art history. Its open nature means that Khan Academy can bring educational value to all contexts and settings, from off-grid schools in remote areas to curious retirees. In the classroom, data dashboards help its 350,000 registered teachers to monitor their students’ progress and provide targeted assistance, with measured improvements in performance. However, with volunteer-driven translations available in 28 different languages, impact has been amplified far beyond the boundaries of school campuses.
2013 - Human Development - Category Winner

Solar Ear

Based in Brazil, Solar Ear produces solar-powered hearing aids, relying on a dedicated workforce of deaf people. The devices’ batteries are rechargeable and they last for up to three years.
2012 - Human Development - Katerva Award Winner

Bioneedle Technologies Group

This company in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, produces the Bioneedle, invented by veterinarian Gijsbert van de Wijdeven. Still in the development phase, Bioneedles are tiny, biodegradable mini-implants filled with vaccines that are thermo-stabilized. They solve many problems of current vaccines: No needle is involves so needle disposal is not a problem. The vaccines do not need to be kept cold. Implantation is quick and painless. The material surrounding the vaccine absorbs body fluids and degrades within minutes. The goal: replace billions of contaminated syringes, metal needles and vials, reduce hepatitis and HIV infection and vaccinate 25 million more children worldwide.
2011 - Human Development - Category Winner

Solar Autoclave

The Solarclave is a low-cost, solar-powered device used to safely and reliably sterilize surgical instruments in developing country clinics that lack the necessary infrastructure and tools to perform much-needed surgical procedures.
 
 

Human Development

Human Development

Humanity is just a work in progress.

Tennessee Williams, Playwright
In 2026 the global human population is expected to reach 8 billion. Now more than ever before, issues related to population density, poverty, peace, and security are on the minds of some of the planet’s top thinkers. This category covers all initiatives related to maintaining and improving the quality of life for all people despite the growing population.

Meet the Experts:

Anna Walkowiak

Anna WalkowiakDirector, Deloitte

Anna Walkowiak is a results-focused and dynamic sustainability advisor offering close to 15 years of progressive leadership and experience in corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainable development, corporate strategy and management consulting.
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Human Development
Astrid Gehrig

Astrid GehrigChange Portfolio Manager, Danish Red Cross

Astrid Gehrig holds the position of IT Portfolio Manager at the Headquarter of the Red Cross in Denmark, where she also designs and facilitates innovative processes based on the developing strategic ambitions of the organisation.
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Human Development
Bettina von Stamm

Bettina von Stamm

Dr. Bettina von Stamm is an original and visionary thinker in the field of innovation who has focused on understanding and enabling innovation since 1992.
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Human Development

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