Our world is changing! The iPhone, Airbnb, Netflix, Urgent Care Clinics, #metoo, crowdfunding--these are all just a few inventions and ideas that have literally changed the face of the world in the past 10 years. Below, we will highlight 50 innovators that have the potential to change the world in the next 5-10 years.
1.Ira Antelis developed a great tasting beverage made with six natural ingredients that are clinically proven to lower blood pressure.
2.Jack Laken developed a building system and energy storage that provide fresh, clean air and reduce the load on heating and cooling system, essentially creating a Building as a Battery.
3.Paul Gambill co-founded the world’s only carbon dioxide removal marketplace. The marketplace enables carbon removal supplies to connect directly with buyers.
4.Rasha Hasaneen VP at Ingersoll Rand shares a technologically advanced cooling vest that leverages innovative materials and uses evaporating cooling. This vest can help ensure that people who need to work outdoors in extreme heat can do so safely.
5.Victoria Depuy, CEO of No More Broken Hearts, is on a mission to bring coronary artery calcium scan to communities through a mobile heart scan bus. Coronary Artery Calcium Scans is a simple test that identifies heart disease at its earliest stages so that it can be treated, managed, and monitored.
6.Guillermo Gaspart introduced the world to the concept of ‘Microstays.’ Microstays are ‘residency in a hotel room for less than 24 hours’. You can choose the check-in time and length of stay, and creates a win-win situation for hotels and clients.
7.Treana Peake, a fashion designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist created a fashion label that gives 100% of proceeds to the needy. Treana and her foundation have drilled over 2,000 water wells, giving clean drinking water to over 2.5 million people in S. Sudan, Uganda, and Cameroon. They have also provided over 2,000 kids access to education.
8.VidaNyx Co-Founder Shelly Cano Kurtz is using technology to create a safe and efficient way to process child forensic video interviews.
9.Dr. Alina Turner is creating a social enterprise that connects people in need to support services. All while generating real-time analytics for policymakers on social and health trends.
10.Matthew Michelson leverages Artificial Intelligence to ‘read and understand’ medical literature, unlocking insights and democratizing access to patient-level therapy evidence, leading to timely and better-informed decisions.
11.Titania Jordan created a technology that proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 24 different school networks for potential safety concerns, like online predators, adult content, sexting, cyberbullying, drug use, and suicidal thoughts. Her technology has already protected over 2.6 million children across the nation, escalated 16 plausible school shooting threats to the FBI, and detected 10 thousand severe self-harm situations.
12.Abhay Parasnis, CTO of Adobe, unveils a new authoring tool and multi-platform system that equips creatives to design immersive experiences using AR. This enables the democratize the creation of immersive experiences and establishes a new discipline for immersive design blending the physical and digital world.
13.Matthew Zammuto is creating a true meritocracy. He provides the world’s first standardized rating system for all working professionals, allowing hiring managers to better identify the right talent.
14.Kevin Davis brings his background in the financial industry to create a not-for-profit organization focused on enhancing the social mobility of underserved high school students in NYC by providing them with high-quality paid internships.
15.Dor Skuler pioneered a tabletop device that utilizes Artificial Intelligence that proactively engages with people and gets them connected on social media to fight loneliness.
16.Rhea Singhal founded India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company, disrupting the food packing industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic and styrofoam. Her products are made from the waste of common agricultural crops. She convinced the Indian Railways, the largest foodservice operator in India, to switch to biodegradables.
17.Aaron Dignan believes that the way we work is broken. The way we work was invented by industrialists a hundred years ago. It is time to start experimenting with new ways of solving problems.
18.When an older adult dies, it’s like a library burning down. Tom Anderson, Neil Poulin, and Ryan Brown are making it so that we can preserve as many family stories as possible.
19.Dr. Hitesh Tolani founded a practice that brings preventive dental care right to the patient through telemedicine technologies.
20.Morris Miller and his company have created a robot that can kill bacteria. By using xenon technology and innovative hospital protocols, the robots can kill microorganisms like Ebola, anthrax, MRSA, and influenza.
21.Dr. Sina Habibi and his team have created a diagnostic tool, which runs on Apple iOS to detect mental health disorders such as dementia without the need for a healthcare professional. The device uses visual stimuli and artificial intelligence to look for the earliest signs of impairment. Early diagnosis has the potential to save US$118,000 per patient.
22.Monica Weintraub founded a donation subscription platform, which she hopes will increase a nonprofit’s recurring donor base.
23.Deb Mallin is on a mission to deliver the best one-on-one, individualized early literacy instruction to children everywhere. Her device uses the Orton-Gillingham method, a scientifically proven technique that helps students learn to read and write. Even the highly mobile, homeless, food insecure, struggling emerging reader will continue to demonstrate resilience in learning, and become not only literate but life a life-long learner.
24.Kass Dawson believes that humans working alongside robots are becoming more common every day and is indefinitely changing the world.
25.Robin Tombs, a serial tech entrepreneur and investor, believes in a global digital identity platform that gives individuals a simple, fast and secure way of proving who they are, online and in person.
26.Somdip Dey, Embedded AI scientist and Research Engineer, is using AI, Blockchain and Edge Computing to reduce food waste and stabilize world hunger.
27.Andrew Le has created an interactive tool that analyzes symptoms, provides triage and acts as the first line of care for users. The A.I. health assistant resembles a standard texting interchange, and leverage artificial intelligence, advanced machine learning, and proprietary, granular data to mirror an exchange you would have with your favorite doctor.
28.Lee Brighton, a serial entrepreneur, is building artificially intelligent characters for language learners to speak and practice languages with. There is a steady stream of research showing that using VR dramatically increases your ability to learn quickly and to retain the information you learned for far longer than traditional learning, so it just makes sense to use VR to learn languages.
29.Ronit Enos Big Idea is based on an incredibly new way of fundraising and giving “roundup crowdfunding.”
30.Jonathan Gudai is innovating advertising and digital signage technology -- screens will also become more intelligent as they will be able to detect the audience around them via cameras or mobile sensors, enabling the optimal ad to be shown. As an example, Nike will be able to launch two different ads, a men’s running shoe, and a women’s running shoe, and intelligent software will determine the audience composition and the best ad to display. Additionally, advertisements shown on big screens such as billboards can be extended to mobile devices of the people that pass by the bigger screens, enabling a combo of big screen/little screen.
31.Eric Wu is making it so that the same way you can hail a taxi, book a flight, or buy a book online, you can buy and sell a home online.
32.Shelley Iocona ties giving directly to business growth. Through her platform, you can donate a portion of client fees back to the non-profit of your client’s choosing.
33.Greg Klassen, a leader in the travel and tourism industry, believes in Traveler Social Responsibility (TSR); A commitment from visitors to tread lightly on their host environments and cultures.
34.Ashish Malik is developing a disruptive new sustainable crop production tool that improves crop yields and quality, using the natural process of bee pollination to deliver biological control agents to crops to help them fight pests.
35.Manoj Sahoo knows that we can use gene editing to remove allergens, trans-fats, saturated fats or gluten.
36.Dr. Jean P. Gelinas “We want to gather and analyze the type of patient-centric data that enables humans and machines to synergistically improve care.” They automatically analyze the myriad streams of sensor data, both from consumer and purpose-built medical sensors, integrate them with electronic medical records, and present the information in a meaningful way for clinicians (and patients) so that they can make better decisions that result in better patient outcomes.
37.George Avetisov is leveraging a leading edge approach known as “decentralized authentication,” which removes the need for centralized passwords and enables users to authenticate to the internet without sharing their personal data. That means safely using your fingerprint to unlock your car or using facial recognition to pay your phone bill.
38.Abir Sen created a business model where the employer gives the money they are already spending on healthcare--which can be as much as $20,000 per employee per year--to the employee through his platform. The employee then uses those contributions to shop in the online marketplace with the help of a concierge service to buy health insurance and benefits tailored to exactly fit their family’s needs.
39.Robert Keller and the firm he works for has regenerative membranes and fluid products that are used to treat patients where repair and regeneration are needed. They are also developing next-generation technologies that will allow us to create biomimetic skin scaffoldings, replacement blood vessels, and even heart patches that will be a perfect match for the patient.
40.Carl Natenstedt’s mission is to prevent billions of dollars of medical supplies from expiring and going to waste. His company uses predictive analysis and machine learning to anticipate consumption, moves supplies between hospitals within the same system, sells products from one hospital that doesn’t use it to another that will, and donates the rest of the excess to charitable causes.
41.Alex Shartsis created an AI-powered dynamic pricing model that shifts in real-time to changes in supply and demand, which radically alters how we buy products and services, dramatically reduces structural inefficiencies and eliminates billions of dollars of waste.
42.Krish Ramineni has an AI assistant that sits in meetings and takes notes automatically on your behalf. It gives your sales reps suggestions while they have calls and helps pull up relevant information and reports in the meeting room while your team is having a discussion
43.Andrew Collins and his team help to increase density in urban neighborhoods by re-allocating existing single-family homes and turning them into multi-unit rentals that cost up to 40% less than a studio apartment. They do this by signing long-term leases with homeowners who don’t want to sell their homes, or take on landlord responsibilities, and then individually rent out the bedrooms in these properties.
44.“ In today’s version of the gig economy, you need to own an expensive asset to participate like home (home sharing) or a car (ride sharing). The idea of skill sharing is that you can do just that, share your skill amongst multiple businesses, locations, maybe even countries” with Erika Mozes
45.Edouard Harris created the world’s only marketplace for income-share agreements. This marketplace lets mentors train students for high-paying data science jobs for free upfront, in exchange for a percentage of the student’s first year of salary if they get hired in that job.
46.Mehrdad Mahdjoubi is reinventing shows by using closed-loop re-purification space technology, certified by NASA, to recirculate and purify water, reducing the risk of bacteria such as Legionella. This means that a 10-minute shower will only use 7–10 liters of water and just the dirty (contaminated) water goes down the drain, the rest is getting purified and recirculated. The showers deliver water at the optimal temperature, pressure and flow rate, while dramatically cutting down on water usage.
47.Daniel Fogarty works at a nonprofit that trains motivated individuals for free then matches them with companies in need of tech talent.
48.Ash Madgavkar's big idea is that imagery powered by AI can put farmers in the driver’s seat to increase profits and be better stewards of the land at the same time. A great example is something called variable rate application. With predictive analytics, we can tell farmers of hotspots so they can address them before they become major issues. This not only saves them significant money from having to do widespread spraying reactively, but it has obvious huge environmental benefits by drastically increasing resource efficiency on farms.
49.Jackie Rednour-Bruckman’s big idea is a blockchain system for traceability in food production. You scan a barcode on a package of meat, and you instantly get all the information on where the cow was born, what diet it lived on, where it was pastured, who owned it, processed it, etc. It may lead to an increase in vegetarianism while also creating gold standards of food safety.
50.Luis J. Salazar’s big idea a model that creates sustainable public interest technology ventures. His firm makes an open call to focus on financial return on investment (ROI) as much as return on Social Impact (ROSOCI) to show that it is possible to do well while doing good and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.
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