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Semifinalist Teams

Semifinalist Teams

The competition invited entrepreneurs and refugees from around the world to come up with tech-driven, innovative solutions to help address the global refugee crisis. Over 1,600 applications were received, with 21 finalists shortlisted to the final round.

Winners were selected based on the criteria of innovation, impact, scalability, team membership and financial sustainability.  In addition to cash prizes, winners are set to receive mentorship and training by industry experts to help them through the execution of the projects.

  1. Basma, based in Jordan, is an intelligent platform that enables volunteers to get involved with refugee-related opportunities. Volunteers are matched according to their skills and interests.

  2. Blue Labor Employment Support System (BLESS), based in Lebanon, is an employment app that bridges the gap between businesses and blue collars to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

  3. Boloro and BanQ – Global Payments and Economic ID Network, based in Jordan, brings financial inclusion and economic opportunity solutions for refugees and extreme poverty populations through a partnership between BanQu, a leading blockchain economic identity platform company and Boloro Global Limited, a USA-based global payments gateway platform.

  4. Dignified, hygienic personalized sanitation solutions for displaced families, based in the US, consists of a revolutionary evaporative toilet that is low-cost, compact, stand-alone solution for off-grid and informal dwellings and which rapidly “flushes” away 85-90% of daily household sewage volumes.

  5. Evaptainers, based in Morocco, are mobile and modular evaporative coolers that are ideal for low-income, off-grid areas and that can triple or quadruple the shelf-life of most produce.

  6. HeyDoc!, based in the UAE, is a tele-health app that allows patients to communicate with doctors via in-app communication for the purpose of medical advisory. It is a platform for refugees to gain access to qualified doctors and medical consultants.

  7. Kiron Open Higher Education, based in Germany, has developed an online platform which enables access to selected courses from partner Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) providers, which are organized into a university-level curriculum. Kiron is currently working on bringing this model to the Middle East, starting in Jordan.

  8. LEDlife, based in Switzerland, has developed a low cost, fun and easy to make DIY solar LED lamp kit; an educational tool for teaching about renewables, sustainability and recycle.

  9. MentorEd, based in Jordan, is an intelligent and customizable mentor matching platform for organizations. It utilizes the network effect to serve as the bridge for people who want to mentor but can't access the right mentees, and people who need mentorship, but can't find the right mentors.

  10. MeshPoint, based in Croatia, is a crisis communication solution that provides free mobile Wifi hotspots for refugees. When there is no Internet infrastructure, MeshPoint is used as a communication hub for refugees and aid teams.

  11. MnTMeGration, based in Greece, is an e-Learning platform which enables refugees to access courses via their smartphones and to receive a digital certificate of knowledge if they complete the program. To get this certification, refugees will have to create their digital ID into a decentralised database, using Blockchain technology.

  12. Nahy, based in Germany,  developed an ingredient database of over 125,000 products sold in the European market including the localized name of each ingredient in Arabic (with other languages to be added gradually) and any specific restrictions associated with that ingredient. Their aim is to enables refugee families to make informed food choices.

  13. NaTakallam, based in the US, consists of a platform that provides employment opportunities to Syrian refugees as Arabic conversation partners for Arabic students around the world.

  14. OpenEmbassy, based in the Netherlands, is an online helpdesk that enables status holders (refugees with a permit) to ask questions about their integration process and from their answers, Open Embassy develops an FAQ and a smart wiki and shares the lessons learnt with the key stakeholders like local government and NGOs, to help them develop smarter integration policies and products.

  15. ProjectZayed, based in the UAE, is a remote educational platform designed to educate less fortunate children using cloud based services and mobility Solutions.

  16. Proximie, based in the UK, aims to revolutionise the way surgeons work and educate through augmented virtual guidance provided remotely, both locally and globally.

  17. Self-sustaining Agroshelter, based in Germany, proposes a sustainable system with agriculture as the base; using natural material leftover from agriculture like straw bale or clay for the construction of shelter.

  18. Ssyla, based in Lebanon, is a secure platform/mobile application connecting refugees with a global network of therapists who provide real-time video therapy sessions focused on their specific mental and psychosocial health needs.

  19. Tone-bit, based in Egypt, is a solar or direct powered hydroponic system capable of growing many types of plants to help feed the refugees at low cost.

  20. Vibes, based in the UK, aims on improving the wellbeing of refugees by establishing meaningful connections between refugees and non-refugees through the use of a mobile app.

  21. Recycle Beirut, based in Lebanon, is a social business combining two problems, the refugee crisis and the waste crisis, into a solution. The company employs refugees at a living wage to pick up, sort, and process recyclables for the greater Beirut area.