Only 1 in 10 people in need has access to prosthetic and orthotic devices, due to their extremely high cost and the lack of access to skilled physicians. The result? Millions of people are denied the basic quality of life because they can’t walk, take care of themselves, or participate in society. LIMBER uses novel 3D printing and digital design techniques to create affordable, unibody prosthetic devices.
NjordFrey's mission is to offer smallholder developing farmers access to advanced aquaponic farming solutions to decrease levels of malnutrition while increasing economic growth.
The Sentinel is a hardware and software platform to retrofit existing devices used in wildlife conservation, such as trail cameras and acoustic recorders. This technology enhances how conservationists can use advanced tools such as artificial intelligence to automate data processing, work with machine learning models without seeing a line of code, and act on important events of interest that occur in the wild.
The SolarIce Maker produces 50 kg of ice blocks daily by making the best use of the sun, combining innovative control and efficient operation. Ice blocks are needed to cool fish, agricultural produce, beverages or avoid food waste. There is a constant demand for ice in hot regions without access to electricity or with a weak-grid supply. The SolarIce Maker runs autonomously on solar and can optionally be integrated into an existing minigrid or run on grid supply, using batteries as backup in case of a blackouts.
Project Prana is a nonprofit with the mission of deploying accessible and innovative medical technology. Their device, the iSAVE (Individualized System for Augmenting Ventilator Efficacy), is a low-cost ventilator multiplexor. The iSAVE repurposes existing medical flow valves to allow a single ventilator to provide personalized support to at least two patients. The device enables independent control of volume and pressure for each patient and incorporates safety measures to accommodate sudden patient deterioration and cross-contamination.
We developed a new design for an adaptable, user-friendly and cost-effective hemodialysis machine for use in developing countries based on locally available resources for sustainable design. The design focuses on minimizing cost to create a compact and portable machine weighing under 25 lbs. This project focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, with aspects of the final design having potential to reduce health care inequalities around the world.
The SubT is a low cost, high impact water well drilling tool that provides better access in creating clean water points, especially in rural areas of developing countries.
AIO therapeutics is proposing an all-in-one technology that provides diabetic patients with safe and automated insulin therapy. The all-in-one insulin pen seamlessly integrates a lancing device, a glucose meter, and an insulin pen as well as automates the blood extraction, glucose measurement, insulin dose calculation, and insulin delivery.
Maha is an Assistant Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University where she leads the Symbiotic Engineering and Analysis Laboratory (SEA Lab). The SEA Lab researches how to design offshore systems to sustainably extract resources from the ocean such as power, water, and food, as well as minerals key to the progress of clean energy. ISHOW 2015 Winner.
Mentor and advisor to African startups and entrepreneurs. He recently retired as distinguished service professor from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in June 2020. Prior to his retirement, he also served as associate director at Carnegie Mellon University Africa for eight years and played an instrumental role in its growth.
My goal is to solve problems that reduce human suffering through technology development, software development, and data analysis. Specifically, I lead and direct research on low-carbon combustion technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Bob served in a variety of roles for GE for over 30 years and led a global team of over 350 engineers. Bob is currently serving as the co-chair of ASME’s Engineering Global Development Committee and has provided manufacturing guidance and expertise to ISHOW finalists as a judge since 2015.
Values-driven innovator with electrical engineering PhD and 10 years of expertise architecting, building, and commercializing advanced products in a variety of markets. Unusual combination of strengths in research, systems engineering, and business strategy.
Robert Turner is executive director of Earth Tech Futures. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University and brings expertise in tech transfer and sustainable design. Community builder, engineer, and speaker.
Matt Verlinich is a scientist by nature, an engineer by training, and an entrepreneur by choice. His varied career includes working as a Teaching and Research Assistant at Penn State, a Mechanical Engineer in the nuclear industry, opening & running a makerspace, and inventing his own product.
Founder of the Mão Dada Project and activist of the multidisciplinary methods of work, Olga is a hybrid thinker and doer -- who does not know indifference towards others and is driven by the possibility of democratizing quality healthcare.
Passionate about product development with focus on user experience, social impact, cost innovation, extreme affordability, and incubating incubators.
Young professional passionate about infrastructure investment and climate change.
Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota, Sayan pursues how to effectively decarbonize our existing energy infrastructure and what design changes are necessary for engines to run on net-zero carbon neutral fuels.