Global Social Innovation Challenge 2018 Final

Over 40 finalist student teams from 27 participating universities in Australia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Portugal, Uganda and the United States of America pitched their social innovations on June 23, 2018 in San Diego, California. Below is a list of the ventures which earned seed funding in the 2018 Global Social Innovation Challenge. 

The 2018 GSIC Finals

Watch the 2018 GSIC Finals Video and hear from the students about the impact the GSIC had on their learning, network and innovation!

"The GSIC is an opportunity to take all that you have learned and all of your passion with regards to a social issue and to present your ideas in an environment which can make your vision come true." -2018 student participant

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Keep Appy (Trinity College Dublin) – Ireland: $17,500

A wellness app that helps individuals take control of their own mental and physical wellbeing.

    • Women Innovator Track 1st Prize ($2,500)
    • Qualcomm Wireless Impact Track 1st Prize ($2,500)
    • Qualcomm Global Impact Track 1st Prize ($2,500)
    • General Impact Track 2nd Prize ($10,000)
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Team Charcoal (Heritage Christian College) – Ghana: $16,500

Convert human excreta into charcoal in order to reduce the adverse health and environmental effects of indiscriminate waste disposal.

    • General Impact Track 1st Prize ($15,000)
    • Audience Choice Award 1st Prize ($1,500)
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Biogás del Hogar (CETYS Universidad) – México: $10,500

Production of biogas in a bio-digester from organic household waste.

    • Women Innovator Track 2nd Prize ($1,500)
    • Qualcomm Global Impact Track 2nd Prize ($1,500)
    • General Impact Track 3rd Prize ($7,000)
    • Audience Choice Award 3rd Prize ($500)
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Juntas (Universidad del Pacífico) – Perú: $3,500

Prevention of unplanned teenage pregnancy through non-traditional sex education methods.

    • Women Innovator Track 3rd Prize ($1,000)
    • Qualcomm Wireless Impact Track 2nd Prize ($1,500)
    • Audience Choice Award 2nd Prize ($1,000)
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Bridge (University of Kentucky) - United States of America: $1,000

An online marketplace that connects consumers to conscious companies and products to help consumers shop with purpose.

  • Qualcomm Global Impact Track 3rd Prize ($1,000)
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Sistema de Rescate (Tecnológico de Monterrey-Guadalajara) - Mexico: $1,000

Technological aid to provide rescue brigades with on-site information for better planning and decision-making.

  • Qualcomm Wireless Impact Track 3rd Prize ($1,000)
2018 Finalist Judges
  • Alexis Dixon, Owner, Mediation Solutions International
  • Ashok Kamal, Executive Director, Tech Coast Angels
  • Ava Mason, Founder and CEO, Treobytes
  • Carrie Sawyer, Inclusion and Diversity Manager, Qualcomm
  • David Lynn, Impact Investor, Mission Driven Finance
  • David Wellis, CEO, San Diego Blood Bank
  • Elenore Garton, Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer, Tablecloth Inc.
  • Garry Ridge, CEO, WD-40
  • Gerardo de la Concha, Former Vice President, Medtronic; Board Member, Via International
  • Heather Burke, Founder and CEO, Girltank 
  • Jennifer Gilmore, Executive Director, Kitchens for Good
  • Juan Yi, Founder, Encuentro Antiresorts
  • Karen Jordan, CFO, San Diego Blood Bank
  • Kathlyn Mead, President and CEO, The San Diego Foundation
  • Kyle Moss, Qualcomm Wireless Reach
  • Michael Sawitz, FastStart.studio, State Bar of California, Tech Coast Venture Network
  • Miguel Marshall, CEO, Centro Ventures; Global Shaper, Kauffman Fellow
  • Neeraj Prathipati, The Beekman Group
  • Phil Blair, Co-founder and CEO, Manpower San Diego