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WHAT IF SPECIALLY ENGINEERED SHOES COULD FEND OFF MOSQUITOES OR A TRACTOR-SHARING APP COULD PUT MONEY IN NIGERIAN FARMERS’ POCKETS? THESE ARE JUST TWO OF THE QUESTIONS INNOVATORS WERE BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK–AND ANSWER–THIS YEAR. THEY TAUGHT A NEW GENERATION OF ROBOTS TO PERFORM MILLIONS OF TASKS. THEY MIXED CARBON DIOXIDE AND SUNSHINE TO MAKE CHEAP, CLEAN FUEL. AND IN JUST 15 HOURS, THEY FASHIONED A DEVICE THAT CAN CONVERT PRINTED WORDS TO BRAILLE. COLLECTIVELY, THESE THINKERS ASKED ONE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION: WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED NEXT?

Chandani Doshi, Grace Li, Jialin Shi, Bonnie Wang, Charlene Xia, and Tania Yu

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