Finalists Announced! Voting in Progress
Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021

$1 Million USD in Prizes

Calling All #TechForGood Startups

How can your early-stage innovative technology solution solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems?

Vote for your favorite Finalist!

Vote for any of the entries below by clicking the Vote button. You may vote for as many entries as you like, but you can only vote once per entry. Voting closes on May 17, 2019. Winners will be announced on May 20, 2019. 

  • .lumen - glasses for the blind
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    .lumen - glasses for the blind

    Currently,there are 40 million blind individuals, increasing to over 100 million by 2050. However, with all the technological advancements, the only two solutions when it comes to the mobility of the blind are the guide dog and the walking cane. The guide dog is unanimously seen as a great solution, but due to multiple drawbacks (high training cost, very difficult maintenance), there are only 28 thousand guide dogs to 40 million blind.


    .lumen builds technological glasses that replicate the main advantages of a guide dog, and then some, in a package that can easily be replicated, maintained, and used. A solution for the other 39,980,000 blind individuals who can't benefit from enhanced mobility. 


  • Aeloi Technologies
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    Aeloi Technologies

    Aeloi Technologies

    In the informal sector in emerging markets, audits on microentreprises are nearly impossible. As such, microfinance business loans and personal loans often have the same interest rate. Aeloi Technologies is one of the first digital innovations to tackle this problem. We are a software for financial institutions to disburse digital loans that can only be spent within an ecosystem of accredited vendors. An agriculture loan can only buy from agriculture related goods and services providers. The monitoring of loan end-use provides real-time insights, like an automatic audit. With Aeloi, the microfinance is assured the loan is used towards productive assets. The repayment probability is higher and thus interest rates can be lower. 

  • AgServer
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    In spite of producing about 70% of the food that world consumes, most smallholder farmers go to bed hungry ,are poor and among the most vulnerable .In order to earn more and bolster productivity , they need to  access information and extension services which are in  critical shortage. For instance,in Nigeria, the extension worker to farmer ratio is 1:8500! Most of these farmers also live in isolated rural areas so do not have access to internet to source information to improve yield.




    AGSERVER  is therefore  a peer to peer knowledge sharing  platform  that enables farmers to asks questions and get answers  from one another or extension agents via any simple mobile phone with or without the internet .This is at no cost and without leaving their farms


  • AgUnity Response: Creating resilient food supply chains in the face of COVID-19
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    AgUnity Response: Creating resilient food supply chains in the face of COVID-19

    Today, with COVID-19 causing massive disruption to global food supply chains, while simultaneously increasing demand from people who need a safe way to get healthy produce, smallholder farmers are particularly affected due to local market closures. With AgUnity's newly developed initiative, ‘AgUnity Response', this new enterprise will help farmers in any country, connect directly with buyers through our digital platform, which includes contactless trade, delivery and payment.  
    AgUnity Response is adapting our existing solution allowing farmers to continue business, increase their income and reduce food waste. And, by ordering produce online from farmers, it greatly reduces the consumers risk of being in public spaces and supermarkets.


  • CervAstra
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    Aindra Systems


    A 2008 report by GLOBOCAN, International Agency for Research on Cancer, indicates that India has more than a third of the global incidences (~1,40,000) as well as mortalities (~74,000) of Cervical Cancer. 

    • 365 million women in India above the age of 15 years are at risk of contracting cervical cancer
    • 70% of Indian population residing in rural India have limited or no access to quality healthcare.

    These statistics indicate the need to solve the problem of cervical cancer at a nation's level and create point-of-care systems which are affordable and easy to screen, making it convenient for women to get screened.


    The solution should be

    • A simple, affordable, reliable and accessible point-of-care system.
    • Portable and scalable for large scale deployments
  • Angaza Elimu: Elevating the Classroom Experience
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    Angaza Elimu

    Angaza Elimu: Elevating the Classroom Experience

    Traditional learning and teaching models have failed to cater for students learning needs. Teachers are overwhelmed by routine administrative tasks and large volumes of classes. 

    Emerging technologies like AI(Artificial Intelligence) powered eLearning models have proved to be of great help in meeting students specific learning needs and supporting teachers to spend more time providing personalized instruction hence helping each student achieve their full potential. Our AI powered interactive eLearning platform delivers personalized and mastery based learning experiences to students and amplifies teacher student engagement.

  • Aquaponics Social Franchising
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    AquaFarms Africa

    Aquaponics Social Franchising

    strong>70% of food on the African continent is imported and 72% of young people are unemployed meaning 2 things : we don't own our food and our economic growth is stalled. AquaFarms Africa's mission is to address the problems of food sovereignty across Africa by making urban agriculture broadly accessible through our unique social franchising model, unlocking the wealth opportunity in the food space for young entrepreneurs. Our low-cost, locally-made, 12m x 12m aquaponics systems, use renewable energy for climate-controlled farming in proximity to our customers, facilitating year-round harvesting of fresh, niche produce atypical to tropical climates, enticing importers to purchase locally, repatriating funds back to the local economy. 

  • AquaSignum
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    AquaSignum Inc.


    Surface water is at constant risk of pollution from raw sewage. This threatens public health, sensitive ecosystems, and local economies. To mitigate these problems, municipalities must be able to accurately monitor surface water to determine when and where sewage pollution occurs. AquaSignum's Microbial Activity Biosensor does exactly that. Using the science of respirometry, our IoT biosensor continuously and remotely tracks the metabolic activity of microbes in the water. This allows us to detect sewage pollution in real-time, based on changes in this activity level. Just as coalminers used canaries to warn of poor air quality, our innovative technology uses microbes to warn us about deteriorating water quality.

  • E-Mobility Solution
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    Auto-Truck E.A Ltd

    E-Mobility Solution

    In most African urban areas, millions of  people use fossil fuel  three-wheelers (Tuk-tuks) for transportation as well as taxi services.  Besides this, small scale business people and farmers  use  manual handcarts for ferrying goods  from one place to the other.


    On one hand, the  fossil fuel  three-wheelers  pollute the environment through carbon emission while the handcarts are pulled by the operators who strains thereby creating  traffic jams  through Motor vehicle  obstructions.


    We have innovated and developed  unique models of the electric light duty three-wheelers as well as an electric handcarts for use in light goods transportation and Taxi services in major Cities and fitted them with a  kinetically self-recharging mechanism known as RMRS.

  • Beamlink
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    Natural disasters can cause up to $1 Billion in cellular infrastructure damages and cripple country-wide cell networks, but the true cost can't be measured in dollars; it's measured in how many survivors trapped under a fallen building can't call first responders, or how many worried mothers can't call their children.   Additionally, refugee camps and other last mile populations lack coverage because it's simply "too expensive" to cover them.


    Beamlink tackles these problems by deploying mesh networks of small, portable cell towers that are affordable, power-efficient, easy-to-setup, and automatically connect to one another, providing an alternative to bringing in cell towers on trucks or sending in engineers to build or repair existing towers.

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    Test Contestant

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