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.
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.
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.