Innovation for Social Impact


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The potential for technology to solve challenges in new ways, to enable faster scale, and to invite people around the world into the global economy is limitless. With technological innovation and entrepreneurial resolve we know change is possible.

We hope everyone will join us as we track the Living Progress Challenge solutions. We know the deeply exciting advances for the organizations, and the people they serve, lie just ahead.

After a highly competitive process with more than 130 proposals submitted from 28 countries around the world for Hewlett Packard Enterprise's the Living Progress Challenge:


  • 17 proposals were selected and designed into prototypes
  • 10 teams pitched live at the final pitch event in New York.
  • 4 innovative solutions were ultimately selected as the final winners


These solutions span a range of impact areas from helping rural women save money and gain access to financial tools; to combating the illegal trade of fisheries products; to connecting youth in Mexico with mentors; and helping the world's largest volunteer organization transform the way people engage in their communities.

Each solution is in its final testing phase and will be launched over the coming weeks and months. These teams reflect that same innovative and entrepreneurial drive that is heralded so many Silicon Valley start-ups. For some of the NGO teams, this was the first time pursuing digital tools into their problem-solving. Teams were courageous, they learned about their user needs. Read the Entire Article

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Social innovation in Central and Eastern Europe: Playing Catch Up

Social innovation is now recognized as having the ability to enhance society's capacity to address social and economic challenges and transform them into opportunities. However, social innovation...more

How Architecture Positively Affects The Environment

Architecture can positively impact the environment. Upcoming architects are now spending time and energy looking at the relationship between new structures and the environment in which they’re...more

A Call for Intergenerational Innovation and Justice

Tristan Alston, who writes for The Berkshire Edge, expresses his concern about the environment through the eyes of a young biracial adult. He cites recent studies, writing how every year, 4.2...more

Innovation rush aims to help farmers, rich and poor, beat climate change
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Laurie Goering, who reports for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, shares certain innovations that can help farmers and combat climate change while at it. Goering reports that, in the near future,...more

Ecoprenuership - Promoting Well-Being of Children through Climate Resilience

Peter Makwanya, a climate change communicator, writes for NewsDay and shares his opinion on sustainable living and survival of children. He highlights the essence of environmental eco-prenuership...more

Inaugural Innovation [X] Grants Awarded To Interdisciplinary Teams

Assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Theodora Chaspari, will collaborate with a team of Texas A&M faculty and students on an Innovation [X] project studying...more

Hong Kong Billionaire Talks Philanthropy And Creating An Award Like The Nobel Prize

Hong Kong Billionaire and the 88th richest person on earth, Lui Che Woo, recently sat for an interview with Forbes at his office in North Point to discuss his philanthropy and business...more

Rethinking Sustainable Agriculture

There are already several creative, novel solutions that promote and 'rethink' sustainable agriculture. One of them is William (Bill) Orts, the Bioproducts Research Leader at USDA's Western Regional...more

National Climate Bank

Senators Markey, Van Hollen and Schatz introduced a bill that would create a National Climate bank to use public and private funds to invest in clean technologies and infrastructure. The Bank...more

Innovative Financing to Bring Power to 4.5m People in Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has recently approved an innovative financing programme for Distributed Energy Service Companies (DESCOs). The DESCOs Financing Programme would commit to...more





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