OUR CHALLENGES

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org) is the world's largest non-profit organization with an exclusive focus on eliminating inadequate housing from the earth.  Through their Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, they engaged with SeaFreight Labs to use crowd-solving to search for solutions to the most intractable problems in housing - problems that keep millions around the world living in substandard conditions.  The engagement consists of four challenges.  Click HERE for more details.    

This engagement is part of our commitment to the Pledge-1% movement.

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  • The first challenge is sourced from the Philippines: Increasing Resilience to Earthquakes and Typhoons for Homes with No Foundations.    This challenge is  looking for low-cost ways to retrofit existing homes built without foundations so they can better survive the frequent earthquakes and typhoons in that country.  Click HERE to visit the challenge. 

  • The second challenge is sourced from India:  Improved Construction and Demolition Waste Management.  This challenge is seeking new thinking on the collection, transportation and/or segregation of construction and demolition (C&D) waste generated by the infrastructure, industrial, commercial or residential segments.  The goal is to reduce the amount of the waste and to generate resources to be used in new construction.  Click HERE to visit the challenge.

  • The third challenge is sourced from Kenya:  Malaria Prevention through Innovations in Home Design or Home Life.  This challenge is seeking ideas on how to keep mosquitoes out of a simple Kenyan home and/or how to affect the behavior of mosquitoes in the home so that they don't bite the inhabitants.  To goal is to reduce infection with malaria by reducing the bites that transmit the virus.  Click HERE to visit the challenge. 

 

  • The fourth challenge is sourced from Mexico:  Affordable Water Harvesting for Low-Income Households in Urban Areas.  This challenge is looking for affordable water harvesting solutions for use in urban areas, with a particular focus on approaches to low-income households in Mexico where more than a third of homes suffer from water shortages.  Click HERE to visit the challenge.

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World Vision

World Vision (www.worldvision.org) is global Christian humanitarian organization with a focus on children. 

They partner with children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.  They engaged with SeaFreight Labs to use crowd-solving to generate new solutions for their WASH (WAter, Sanitation and Health) division.  Their engagement consists of four challenges.  Click HERE for more details.

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This engagement is part of our commitment to the Pledge-1% movement.

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  • The first challenge deals with a problem endemic to large parts of rural Africa:   Affordable, Rural Single-Family Sanitation Solutions.  The challenge is looking for new ideas that can dramatically reduce the cost of construction for the containment, interface and superstructure of a family toilet unit.  Click HERE to visit the challenge.   

  • The second challenge will accelerate World Vision's move from simple wells with handpumps to piped water systems in rural villages:   Low-Cost Chlorine Monitoring for Rural Piped Water Systems.  The challenge is soliciting low-cost, easily maintainable technologies and/or devices to monitor free residual chlorine in piped water systems located in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.  Click HERE to visit the challenge.

  • The third challenge is seeking to revolutionize how World Vision (and other NGOs) track their progress on the important task of tracking community progress in achieving universal latrine coverage:  Efficient and Reliable Counting of Improved Latrines.  The challenge is seeking new (automated) ways to count the number of improved latrines in a community or region.  Click HERE to visit the challenge. 

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