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Innovation By Design Awards 2017

Innovation By Design Awards 2017

Fast Company’s sixth annual Innovation By Design Awards drew more than 2,500 submissions. The 299 honorees, chosen by expert judges in 13 categories, represent the best products, services, interfaces, and ideas of 2017. Read on and get inspired.

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Innovation By Design 2017 Categories

Social Good

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Projects that aid developing countries or underprivileged communities.

Winners

What3words

What3words

What3words is a global addressing system that allows NGOs to locate patients and provide care in countries where millions of people live in informal settlements.

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Finalists

MapSwipe

MapSwipe

MapSwipe is a mobile app that crowdsources mapping data, allowing aid workers to locate people in need during humanitarian crises.

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Simprints

Simprints

Simprints created a portable biometric scanner to digitally link a person’s fingerprints to their medical records, helping the 1.5 billion people who lack formal identification to access better healthcare.

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The LendUp Ladder

The LendUp Ladder

Designed as an alternative to traditional payday loans, Lendup Ladder gamifies the loan process, making it easier to keep track of loans and payments.

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Universal Baby Box Program

Universal Baby Box Program

The Baby Box Co. provides baby products packaged in boxes that double as sleeping spaces for babies.

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Wayband

Wayband

Designed by WearWorks, Wayband is a wearable device that allows blind and visually impaired users to navigate their environment through vibrations.

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Yoshino Cedar House

Yoshino Cedar House

Created by Samara, Airbnb’s innovation and design studio, Yoshino Cedar House is an experimental architecture project centered around community and rural regeneration in Japan.

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Honorable Mentions

Baobab

Baobab

A social learning platform designed by Arizona State University and Artefact for African youth in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

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Batela Lobi Na Yo

Batela Lobi Na Yo

To combat high rates of unplanned teen pregnancy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, IDEO.org and DKT International created a program to educate adolescents in Kinshasa about contraceptives.

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CaringCrowd

CaringCrowd

Johnson & Johnson's crowdfunding platform built to support health initiatives anywhere in the world, for free.

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Emergency Floor

Emergency Floor

Designed by Good Works Studio, the Emergency Floor is a quickly deployable, lightweight, insulated flooring system that prepares refugee shelters built on bare earth for cold winters.

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High-Risk Pregnancy Toolkit

High-Risk Pregnancy Toolkit

A toolkit designed to help healthcare professionals and laypeople detect high-risk pregnancies in communities with limited access to healthcare.

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Honor

Honor

A digital platform that connects seniors with home care providers.

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Internet Saathi

Internet Saathi

An initiative from Google and Tata designed to get women in rural India better access to the internet.

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Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors

Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors

A research tool that collects data about girls and cultural attitudes toward girls in the developing world.

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The ELIA Tactile Alphabet

The ELIA Tactile Alphabet

Designed by ELIA Life Technology, a tactile reading system based on the Roman alphabet.

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Vectrl App

Vectrl App

IBM Health Corps is a pro bono program focused on tackling health disparities around the globe, and the Vectrl app helps Health Corps team members collect data and provide better care.

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