AWARDED CHALLENGES

A SeaFreight Labs challenge can be run completely anonymously, in a completely public fashion or in a manner between these two extremes.  This page contains information about our challenges where the Seekers wanted to publicize the solutions and Solvers from their challenges. 

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1. Affordable Rural Single Family Sanitation Solutions

Three winners of this challenge were announced on 29 June 2021 by World Vision.  The challenge offered a US$15,000 prize for ideas on how to improve sanitation for families and communities in rural areas of developing countries at a cost of less than US$45.   Click HERE to learn about the winners and their winning submissions.

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1. Affordable Retrofit of Homes with No Foundations for Improved Earthquake & Typhoon Resilience

The winner of this challenge was announced on 29 September 2021 by Habitat for Humanity - Philippines at a virtual awards ceremony.  The challenge offered a US$25,000 prize for solutions that could be used to retrofit existing homes in the Philippines without foundations for less than US$300.  After an extensive review process including the construction of partial homes and the simulation of earthquake and typhoon forces, the winners were a team from Civil Engineering Department at the University of the Philippines. 

 

  • Read the Habitat for Humanity press release HERE

  • Read an article from BusinessWorld HERE

  • Read the front-page article in Business Mirror HERE.  

  • Watch a 6:37 video about the challenge HERE.  In this video, our Founder announces the challenge winner at 5:17.

The virtual awards ceremony was attended by over 200 people from all over the world (see the agenda here).  It is an excellent example of how a humanitarian organization can use a challenge to solve important problems AND to generate positive publicity for their work.  You can watch the full event on the video below (1 hour, 5 minutes long).  In this video, our Founder announces the winning solver at 39:46 of the video.

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SeaFreight Labs is a consultancy delivering crowd-solving services to the global seafreight community.  We serve as "Project Advisor" on global challenges to cost effectively deliver breakthrough innovation to intractable problems.