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More people are living in cities than ever before, and by mid-century, it’s estimated that more than 68 percent of people will call cities home.
Earlier this year, Solve announced our Healthy Cities Challenge in response to this massive demographic change. This Challenge asked: how can urban residents design and live in environments that promote physical and mental health?
We set out to find the most innovative and promising solutions that are improving the health, well being, and safety of urban residents. After reviewing 279 solutions (learn more about solution trends here), we narrowed the pool to 16 promising finalists who pitched their solutions at Solve Challenge Finals. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to the eight selected as Solver teams.
Blue Sky Analytics
Blue Sky Analytics is building artificial intelligence-powered geospatial data to provide deep analytics on key environmental parameters, starting with air pollution.
CareMother is an artificial intelligence-based, portable fetal heart rate monitor bringing real-time data to doctors.
Faircap Clean Water
Faircap Clean Water makes small water filters that fit into existing containers to clean water instantly.
change:WATER Labs—iThrone Evaporative Toilet
change:WATER Labs—iThrone Evaporative Toilet is a compact, waste-evaporating toilet—converting human waste into clean water vapor, providing safe sanitation for poor urban communities lacking power or plumbing infrastructure.
OmniVis is a handheld device that detects cholera, in water, in under 30 minutes, anywhere in the world.
Raaji is an AI-powered chatbot that converses with girls on taboo health topics and connects them to professionals, products, and services.
Salauno offers specialized healthcare services to underserved populations through operational efficiency and the use of technology.
Shape-Up is a platform combining artificial intelligence and community input to prevent violence by making neighborhoods cleaner and greener.
Feeling inspired? Find out how you can support these innovators, and learn more about joining Solve as a Member.
Photo: Joe Jenkins / MIT Solve