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    Peter Bloom

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    Peter Bloom – founder of Rhizomatica - is setting up mobile phone networks in rural areas of Mexico, to provide communities with cheaper and better quality telecommunication services than mainstream operators.

    Tiffiniy Cheng: Fight for the Future

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    Kohl Gill: LaborVoices

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    Reconciling the sectors of technology and social economy in France, Frederic Bardeau is developing new mechanisms of social inclusion and full citizenship. Based on the enormous demand for people who have basic digital knowledge such as coding and information technology, he is opening unexplored integration opportunities in the web sector to offer immediate sustainable work for at-risk populations.

    Abdelaziz is popularizing medical information in the Arab region. He is doing so by facilitating access to medical information by creating and publishing updated, authenticated, Arabic medical content online. He is also facilitating the connection between medical doctors and patients, by enabling patients to ask questions and doctors to answer them with a variety of options instantly.

    Through BanQu, a disruptive innovation in the digital identity and financial inclusion spaces, Hamse and his co-founders Ashish Gadnis and Jeff Keiser are creating a paradigm shift in the way individuals and organizations (large and small) engage with refugees.

    Monish has built a new system to capture the creditworthiness of individuals from underserved and unserved markets and is using this system to rebuild the trust deficit that exists between these eluded citizens and the banking sector.

    Tamer is bridging the wide innovation gap in the Egyptian economy by connecting solution seekers and providers. Through his online platform, Yomken.com, and active on-ground engagement, Tamer is building a movement that mediates between previously-isolated parties to crowd-solve various local, social and environmental market challenges.

    In an era of vast flows of unfiltered information, when the general public often cannot distinguish between science, pseudoscience and anti-science, Theo creatively engages schools, scientists, journalists, and the general public to create a culture of science literacy.

    Dusting Off My Inner Nerd

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    Like most engineers, I spent my youth either taking household electronics apart or playing with legos.  Both activities exhibit a fascination with the simple pieces that make up more complex objects.