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Solar Conduction Dryer Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Student team from India addresses the 20 to 30 percent food spoilage rate for poor rural farmers, via cost-effectivedehydrators powered by solar conductionFinalist projects range from new cancer diagnostic tool and nonprofit fundraising platform to solar power crowdsourcingand recycled shoesEntrepreneurial students and their innovative ventures celebrated at finals eventROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dell announced today that
Solar Conduction Dryer
received the $60,000 grandprize in the
Dell Social Innovation Challenge
(DSIC) to help fuel their innovation. Solar Conduction Dryer and young socialinnovators from four other finalist teams convened in Austin this week to compete for the cash prize as part of the DSIC, whichrecognizes undergraduate and graduate students from around the world who envision, create and implement social innovationprojects that help communities around the world.Solar Conduction Dryer aims to address the 20 to 30 percent food spoilage rate for poor ruralIndian farmers, via cost-effective dehydrators powered by solar conduction. The innovation willenable farmers to keep more of their crops and sell dehydrated fruits and vegetables asanother income source.“Our solar conduction dryer will act as a boon for the farmers and fishermen with poor accessto electricity,” said Shital Somani with Solar Conduction Dryer. “The platform provided by DSICwill help us in scaling up our technology to reach the farmers and thus provide them with a revolutionary sustainable technology,to cope with the agrarian crisis and prosper.” The other four 2013 finalists included:
In second place, Foot Soldiers received $40,000 to sell affordable shoes for the 48 million Bangladeshiwho cannot afford proper footwear and are thus at risk for various diseases associated with bare feet. The project willuse rubber tires that are currently thrown away or burnt as Bangladesh’s car population rises.
In third place, Good-Benefits.com received $20,000 to create a “401k for charity” by helpingpeople make payroll contributions to tax-exempt micro-foundation accounts from which they can give funds over time tononprofits. The project will help companies run simple, engaging workplace giving campaigns. The final two finalists,
Semka Biomedical Technologies
Citizen Power / Sunriding
, received $10,000 each tolaunch their ideas. Semka, from Mexico, is developing a device capable of performing non-invasive tumor biopsiesthrough blood extraction. Citizen Power, a German team, is building a peer-to-peer online social platform forcrowdsourcing urban solar installations. The five finalists participated this week in networking, mentoring opportunities with social innovation leaders and the final pitchesto vie for the grand prize. They presented their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges comprising business leaders,entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and the winner was selected following the pitches.
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