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MIT Solve Selects New Class of 40 Tech-Based Social Entrepreneurs Addressing Global Challenges with over $2 Million in Funding

Solve Innovation Future announces investment in three new Solver teams

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology with a mission to drive innovation to solve world challenges, revealed the new Solver teams and Indigenous Communities Fellows selected for its 2022 Global Challenges. The news was announced during Solve’s annual social impact pitch event in New York City ahead of UN General Assembly Week.

The new 2022 Solver and Indigenous Communities Fellow Class was selected by Solve’s expert judges from a pool of over 1,100 applicants from 117 countries and 46 Native Tribes. In this new class, 70% of Solver teams are women-led, 20 countries and eight American Indian Tribes are represented, and 48% are for profit/hybrid organizations.

You can find out more about the Solver class for the 2022 Global Challenges:

Included in this 2022 Solver Class are the first teams to join the inaugural Black & Brown Innovators in the US Program, launched this year as part of Solve’s ongoing racial equity work.

“Solve sees the power in supporting entrepreneurs with proximity and experiences of global challenges and their impact on their communities. I’m excited to see the positive changes these teams will make,” said Solve’s Executive Director, Alex Amouyel. “In the coming nine months, our team—with the support of our growing Solve Community made up of corporations, foundations, and institutions—will fund, support, and mentor these entrepreneurs so they can scale their work and impact.”

Over $2M in prize funding was awarded to the 2022 Solver teams and Indigenous Communities Fellows as well as select Solver teams from previous classes, with prize pools split as follows:

  • The GM Prize supported by General Motors$150,000
    • Recipients: Annie, Amazon Gatherers for the Future, Indigenized Energy Initiative, Kibo – Inclusive Education for Blind, Mana Mama / Anax Angil, MycoTile Panels
  • The Innovation for Women Prize supported by Vodafone Americas Foundation – $75,000
    • Recipients: Batonga’s Podcasts for Equality: rural girl-led storytelling, Kidogo – quality childcare through social franchising, omgyno: Home Testing & Telehealth
  • The Living Proof Prize: Women’s Leadership Solutions supported by Living Proof $100,000
    • Recipients: Lakou Kajou’s Eksploratoryòm, Same Same: A lifeline for LGBTQI+ youth
  • Heifer International Prize for Innovation for Smallholder Agriculture supported by Heifer International$250,000
    • Recipients: 2021 Solver teams Brastorne and Hiveonline
  • AI for Humanity Prize supported by The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation $150,000
    • Recipients: Amazon Gatherers for the Future, DawaMom, Kibo – Inclusive Education for Blind, Tarjimly: Translating for Humanity
  • The Elevate Prize supported by The Elevate Prize Foundation$300,000
    • Finalists (recipient to be announced in January 2023): Indigenized Energy Initiative, 2020 Solver team SmartFish Mexico, Tarjimly: Translating for Humanity
  • The GSR Prize supported by GSR – $200,000
    • Recipients: Annie, Batonga’s Podcasts for Equality: rural girl-led storytelling, MycoTile Panels
  • The Health Access Prize supported by Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures, a fund within the Johnson & Johnson Foundation – $175,000
    • Recipients: DawaMom, Speetar, Care Xchange – Staff share, Jamii Life, omgyno: Home Testing & Telehealth
  • The Good Energies Prize supported by Good Energies Foundation – $100,000
    • Recipients: Amazon Gatherers for the Future, Easy Housing, Housing NOW, MycoTile Panels
  • The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion supported by Andan Foundation $100,000
    • Recipients: Earth Enable, 2021 Solver team Hello World, and 2020 Solver team SOLshare
  • The Health Equity Catalyst Prize supported by Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada$40,000
    • Recipient: MedHaul
  • All 2022 Solver teams and Indigenous Community Fellows also receive a $10,000 grant from Solve, which is funded through donor gifts and Membership contributions.

Additionally, Solver teams and Indigenous Communities Fellows are eligible for investment from Solve Innovation Future, Solve’s first-of-its-kind philanthropic venture fund. Solve Innovation Future invests debt and equity in for-profit and hybrid Solver teams. Solve Innovation Future is an evergreen fund, held as a donor-advised fund with ImpactAssets, with Solve serving as the donor advisor. Any returns are reinvested in future Solver teams, meaning donor gifts are multiplied over time. Solve Innovation Future has invested in 13 Solver teams since launch, and for every dollar invested, the team has catalyzed an additional five dollars of investment to Solver teams.

Solve is excited to announce three new Solver team investees:

  • GLOBHE provides high-resolution imagery as an alternative to satellite data. By leveraging a global network of drone operators, GLOBHE is able to better inform businesses, organizations, and researchers to drive for a sustainable future.
  • Ilara Health, creator of Butterfly iQ, is using tech-powered diagnostic devices to save lives, equipping a network of primary healthcare clinics (PHCs) to deliver quality healthcare to Africa’s under-served communities.
  • Dondoctor, creator of Sexperto, is working to make health systems more efficient, cost effective, and equitable for all patients. An online scheduling and software system for medical centers, clinics and hospitals, dondoctor provides real time, factual information and access to reproductive care to individuals across Latin America through their Sexperto platform.

Read Solve Innovation Future’s annual report to learn more.

About MIT Solve:

Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to drive innovation to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of supporters to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting transformational impact. Solve has catalyzed over $60 million in commitments for Solver teams and entrepreneurs to date. Join Solve on this journey at solve.mit.edu.

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GLOBAL STANDARD OF CARE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED DUE TO MENTAL HEALTH OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Almost half of healthcare practitioners in global survey by WISH agree that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health has affected their ability to provide a high standard of care

DOHA, Qatar, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Incredibly high workloads and an increased level of workplace abuse since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on the mental health of healthcare professionals, bringing down the standard of care delivery globally, an international study has shown.

59 percent of the healthcare professionals surveyed from the UK, US, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, India and Brazil, agreed that their mental health has suffered due to working throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Nearly half (48%) recognized that this has adversely impacted their ability to provide a high standard of patient care, with 56 percent saying they were inclined to leave their jobs since the global health crisis began.

The survey was conducted by YouGov on behalf of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), the global health initiative of Qatar Foundation. The research examined the impacts of the ongoing pandemic on the lives of health and care workers to understand their experiences and feelings about their career and workplace, as well as explore how they see the future of healthcare as those serving on the frontline of care delivery.

Highlighting a major risk factor to their mental health, almost half of the healthcare professionals revealed that they had witnessed or experienced more physical and verbal abuse since the start of the pandemic. Chief Nursing Officers stood out here, with over three quarters (78%) agreeing they had either seen increased abuse or been at the receiving end of it.

Identifying the biggest changes to their work since the COVID-19 outbreak, more than half of all practitioners noted a  higher workload, with a third specifying colleagues under more stress as some of the most prominent developments.

“While health and care workers routinely experience physical and emotional stress from working in high pressure environments, delivering care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these experiences, leading to an alarming impact on the mental health of caregivers on a global scale. It is imperative that governments, health systems and industry leaders listen to those that have been on the front line and learn from their experiences, to improve our collective response to the global mental health crisis that continues to compromise the quality of patient care across communities,” said Sultana Afdhal, CEO of WISH.

“As a champion of mental health, we believe this is a crucial area for global collaboration, and a tremendous opportunity for innovators, to revisit existing mechanisms, devise strategies and rebuild systems that help lift the burden from health and care workers and enable them to enhance care delivery,” Afdhal added.

WISH is a global platform which gathers healthcare experts, policymakers and innovators to unite in the goal of building a healthier world. The biennial WISH Summit aims to showcase WISH’s evidence-based research and discuss how to translate these findings into practical, policy-driven solutions that help transform global healthcare delivery.

The sixth edition of the summit is set to take place on October 4-6 in Doha, Qatar and virtually, under the banner of “Healing the Future.” The summit will thoroughly explore the legacy of COVID-19 from various perspectives, including how to build more resilient and sustainable healthcare systems, improve our response to the mental health crisis, and harness the rapid progress in pharmaceutical innovation that has taken place during the pandemic.

For more information on WISH, visit www.wish.org.qa.

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Vieworks to Showcase Industrial Cameras and Lenses at VISION 2022

ANYANG, South Korea, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vieworks, a leading manufacturer of industrial cameras, is exhibiting at VISION 2022 (Booth 10E30) from October 4th to 6th. Vieworks will be displaying industrial cameras, industrial lenses, machine vision accessories, and industrial X-ray flat panel detectors at their booth.

With a resolution of 0.4 megapixel to 604 megapixels at up to 340 fps, Vieworks’ area scan cameras are suitable for a wide range of applications including flat panel inspection, semiconductor inspection, electronic component inspection, and factory automation. Equipped with hybrid TDI (Time Delayed Integration) sensors, Vieworks’ TDI line scan cameras—VT Series—are available in M42, M72, and M95 mounts from 3k to 23k resolution. Vieworks’ line scan cameras range from 2k to 16k resolution and demonstrate up to 200 kHz.

In addition to industrial cameras, Vieworks will be showcasing VEO Series, a line of lenses codeveloped with Schneider Kreuznach. Specifically designed to bring out the best of Vieworks’ TDI line scan cameras, VEO JM Series and VEO CS Series are compatible with 82 mm and 62.5 mm image circles. VEO YK Series and VEO HJ Series are optimized for image circle diameters of 43.2 mm and 60 mm to 90 mm, each accordingly. 

Aside from the cameras and lenses, Vieworks also presents complementary accessories and X-ray flat panel detectors. Based on proven expertise in X-ray imaging, Vieworks proudly offers their X-ray flat panel detectors for industrial applications including semiconductor inspection and battery inspection.

Along with the display of product lineup, eight different demonstrations on Vieworks’ cameras in diverse applications will be taking place at the booth. Demonstrations include IC chip alignment task using a 5 megapixel CXP-12 camera, display panel inspection with ultra high resolution 152 megapixel camera, and solution-based auto focus tracking system with 23k TDI line scan camera and high magnification lens.

About Vieworks Co., Ltd.

With industry-leading technology, Vieworks provides machine vision solutions encompassing industrial cameras, lenses, and accessories. As your vision partner, Vieworks delivers the most valued and high-quality images and offers innovative vision and insight for all. For more information, please visit vision.vieworks.com.

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Internet sensation Khaby Lame announced as QNB Group's Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Brand Ambassador

DOHA, Qatar, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — QNB, the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has revealed today that Internet sensation Khabane “Khaby” Lame will be the bank’s Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Brand Ambassador. The partnership will build on QNB Group’s role as the Official Middle East and Africa supporter and Official Qatari Bank of the tournament.

 

 

As part of the partnership, Lame, who is the world’s most followed person on TikTok with 150 million followers, will launch his first-ever television commercial with QNB Group, exploring the theme of “dreaming big” – underpinning the ethos of QNB Group’s role in this year’s FIFA World Cup™ tournament. The TVC was screened for the first time at an official signing ceremony on September 27, 2022.

Ms. Heba Ali Al-Tamimi, General Manager of QNB Group Communications, said: “Choosing Khaby Lame as QNB’s ambassador during the tournament, reflects the boundless ambition of Qatar by hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. By following his dreams, Lame, much like Qatar, has achieved his goals. We are celebrating together a world where everything is possible. As Qatar prepares to welcome millions of football fans this winter, we can certainly be proud of what we have achieved, both as a bank and as a country.”

Khaby Lame said: “I am happy to be QNB’s ambassador during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. I believe that I am very similar to QNB, I set my dreams and achieve the impossible. İ look forward to explore the tournament through QNB’s lens and to make unforgettable memories.”

QNB Group, currently ranked as the most valuable bank brand in the Middle East and Africa, is the Official Middle East and Africa Supporter of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. QNB will be granted various assets and rights across the region, as well as branding exposure in the Host Cities. The group has an extensive network of ATMs and locations and will be the sole provider of on-site ATMs at all eight FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums.

Through its subsidiaries and associate companies, the Group extends to more than 30 countries across three continents providing a comprehensive range of advanced products and services. The total number of employees is 27,000 operating through 1,000 locations, with an ATM network of more than 4,700 machines.

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