2020 and 2021 STI Forum Winners

Featured below are the innovations that won the UN's STI Forum 2020 or 2021 call for innovations featured at the virtual UN STI Forum 2021. 

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        Ubongo: Edutainment Made in Africa, for AfricaUPDATED MAY 2021

        We leverage the power of entertainment, the reach of mass media and the deep insights of kid-centered design to bring fun, localized edutainment to millions of kids in Africa.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Cognitive Development, Communications and Media, Social Development and 3 moreSEE ALL
        Cognitive Development, Communications and Media, Social Development, Basic Education, Education, Social and Behavior ChangeSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and 5 moreSEE ALL
        Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Malawi, ZambiaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$3,197,094 Funds Raised
        2020
          

        SwarmobUPDATED MAY 2021

        Swarmob is a b-learning platform that helps K12 schools transform the curricular teaching by creating online projects that impact the UN SDGs within a collaborative network of schools and purposeful organizations.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Education, Technology, Youth Engagement and Contribution and 9 moreSEE ALL
        Education, Technology, Youth Engagement and Contribution, Basic Education, Citizen Participation, Gender Equity, Inclusive Education, Leadership Development, Secondary Education, Soft or Life Skills, Teacher Development and Training, Workforce DevelopmentSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Chile
        TO DATE$131,400 Funds Raised
        2021
          

        Beyond the pandemic within PandemicsUPDATED MAY 2021

        You were saved not by work, but for work. Do it till all is done. By your Inventions, Innovations, Initiatives, Improvements, Involvements, Imaginations, Information, Interventions and Inspirations... Go the extra mile and dare to do it.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Economic Growth and Trade, Entrepreneurship, HIV/AIDS and 1 moreSEE ALL
        Economic Growth and Trade, Entrepreneurship, HIV/AIDS, AgricultureSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Zimbabwe
        ZimbabweSEE LESS
        2021
          

        GH4STEM JUNEOS CHALLENGEUPDATED MAY 2021

        The GH4STEM JUNEOS CHALLENGE is a curriculum-based, practical STEM TV Show that features Junior High School students (65% girls) across Ghana who bring STEM theories to life using materials from the local environment.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Education, Gender, Youth and 11 moreSEE ALL
        Education, Gender, Youth, Adolescent Brain Development, Basic Education, Cognitive Development, Communications and Media, Digital Development, Gender Equity, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Methods & Learning, Social and Behavior Change, Soft or Life SkillsSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Ghana
        TO DATE$24,451 Funds Raised
        2021
          

        Fightback Online SystemUPDATED APR 2021

        We are in the 'Keeping you Safe Business'
        FOCUS AREAS
        Gender, Gender Equity, Gender-based Violence
        Gender, Gender Equity, Gender-based ViolenceSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Nepal
        TO DATE$436,000 Funds Raised
        2021
          

        'Pursukoon Zindagi' (Peaceful Life)UPDATED APR 2021

        The Pursukoon Zindagi (PSZ) program aims to bridge the mental health delivery gap by increasing demand for services and building capacity for a task-shifting approach that utilizes community health workers to deliver mental health services in under-resourced settings.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Mental Health, Primary Care, Workforce Development and 1 moreSEE ALL
        Mental Health, Primary Care, Workforce Development, Infectious & Vector DiseasesSEE LESS
        2021
          

        ERTH (E-waste Recycling Through Heroes)UPDATED APR 2021

        ERTH🌏 is a digital platform that provides a free/on-demand electronic waste recycling service to individuals and businesses, and pays them in cash.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Climate Change and Resilience, Environment, Waste Management
        Climate Change and Resilience, Environment, Waste ManagementSEE LESS
        2020
          

        Colourful Giggles NutritionUPDATED APR 2021

        We make Nigeria’s 1st all natural ‘instant’ baby cereal, requiring no cooking. Using 100% local ingredients, we provide up 16 vitamins & minerals to WHO standard to prevent malnutrition & hidden hunger. We believe that every child deserves a Giggle!
        FOCUS AREAS
        Agriculture, Nutrition, Resilience
        Agriculture, Nutrition, ResilienceSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Nigeria
        NigeriaSEE LESS
        2021
          

        Kriya™UPDATED APR 2021

        Bringing back the lost joy of pregnancy and motherhood
        FOCUS AREAS
        Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Technology
        Maternal Newborn and Child Health, TechnologySEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        India
        2021
          

        Lejan Energy LTDUPDATED APR 2021

        A renewable energy company recycling biomass waste into biomass briquettes which are of high calorific value, economical, 100% eco-friendly for use by factories and institutions reducing carbon emission and deforestation.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Biomass/BioFuel, Clean Cooking, Waste Management
        Biomass/BioFuel, Clean Cooking, Waste ManagementSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Kenya
        2020
          

        EL-kanis and PartnersUPDATED APR 2021

        Builds platforms that open new opportunities and create economic sustainability for poor rural smallholder farmers and families by integrating them into a broader AgriFood system and connecting them to stakeholders who mutually benefit.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Agriculture, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Economic Empowerment and 9 moreSEE ALL
        Agriculture, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Economic Empowerment, Blockchain, Cultivation & Tools, Data Collection/Needs Assessments, Data/Analytics, Digital Development, Economic Growth and Trade, Food Safety and Standards, GIS/Mapping, Social & Micro FinanceSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Nigeria
        NigeriaSEE LESS
        2020
          

        M-SCANUPDATED APR 2021

        M-SCAN is a low cost mobile phone-based ultrasound system that seeks to reduce maternal mortality,through early detection and easy accessibility to affordable ultrasound services mostly in rural areas
        FOCUS AREAS
        Health
        HealthSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Uganda
        UgandaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$96,734 Funds Raised
        2021
          

        DeafTawkUPDATED APR 2021

        DeafTawk is an online sign language interpretation services that aims to empower the deaf community across the globe.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Social Development and 1 moreSEE ALL
        Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Social Development, Digital Inclusion & ConnectivitySEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Pakistan, Singapore
        Pakistan, SingaporeSEE LESS
        TO DATE$277,000 Funds Raised
        2021
          

        Survivors' Quick Access to GBV Services during Covid-19 Pandemic in KenyaUPDATED APR 2021

        FOCUS AREAS
        Gender, Gender-based Violence, Technology
        Gender, Gender-based Violence, TechnologySEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Kenya
        2021
          

        Technology for Social Change and Development InitiativeUPDATED APR 2021

        Women Techsters Initiative - Empowering 5,000,000 women across Africa with digital and tech skills by 2030
        FOCUS AREAS
        Gender, Technology, Youth and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Gender, Technology, Youth, Entrepreneurship, Non-formal Education (OOS/ALP)SEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, NigeriaSEE LESS
        2020
          

        HarvestPlus (Biofortification)UPDATED APR 2021

        HarvestPlus uses conventional breeding to enrich everyday food crops with vitamins and minerals (biofortification) to transform food systems and fight nutrition insecurity - affecting 3 billion people globally who cannot afford a healthy diet.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Agriculture, Climate Change and Resilience, Nutrition and 3 moreSEE ALL
        Agriculture, Climate Change and Resilience, Nutrition, Entrepreneurship, Gender, Public-Private PartnershipsSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Uganda, Colombia, Nigeria and 11 moreSEE ALL
        Uganda, Colombia, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Zambia, Pakistan, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda, Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, Bolivia, NicaraguaSEE LESS
        TO DATE$15,462,000 Funds Raised
        2020
          

        Wanji GamesUPDATED APR 2021

        The Wanji Games platform uses basic telephony to provide interactive narratives through spoken audio. This allows a geographically remote audience with limited literacy access to engaging entertainment-education in their own spoken language.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Communications and Media, Other, Social and Behavior Change
        Communications and Media, Other, Social and Behavior ChangeSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Uganda, Pakistan, Ghana and 9 moreSEE ALL
        Uganda, Pakistan, Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya, Cambodia, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, MalawiSEE LESS
        TO DATE$26,950 Funds Raised
        2020
          

        (SCOPE CODA) Conditional On-Demand Assistance Solutions UPDATED APR 2021

        CODA (Conditional On-Demand Assistance) Services is digital solution designed to simplify and streamline nutrition programme guidelines and the recording of individualized beneficiary data.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Data Collection/Needs Assessments, Digital Development, Nutrition and 3 moreSEE ALL
        Data Collection/Needs Assessments, Digital Development, Nutrition, Child Protection, Health Systems, Maternal Newborn and Child HealthSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        El Salvador, South Sudan, Uganda and 4 moreSEE ALL
        El Salvador, South Sudan, Uganda, Tajikistan, Madagascar, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, AfghanistanSEE LESS
        TO DATE$1,960,000 Funds Raised
        2020
          

        Practical Education NetworkUPDATED APR 2021

        PEN equips Ghanaian STEM teachers to learn, design, and share hands-on activities which complement the national curriculum and are created from low-cost and locally available materials.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Basic Education, Teacher Development and Training, Technology and 5 moreSEE ALL
        Basic Education, Teacher Development and Training, Technology, Curriculum, Methods & Learning, Secondary Education, Workforce Development, YouthSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Ghana
        TO DATE$67,000 Funds Raised
        2020
          

        We Care Solar UPDATED APR 2021

        Saving Lives in Childbirth with Innovative Solar Suitcases
        FOCUS AREAS
        Gender Equity, Health, Solar and 4 moreSEE ALL
        Gender Equity, Health, Solar, Climate Change and Resilience, Energy Efficiency, Humanitarian Assistance, Response TechnologiesSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Ethiopia, Nigeria, Nepal and 6 moreSEE ALL
        Ethiopia, Nigeria, Nepal, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sierra LeoneSEE LESS
        TO DATE$2,000,000 Funds Raised
        2020
          

        Kitovu Technology CompanyUPDATED APR 2021

        Kitovu is a social enterprise that uses data to eliminate guesswork and supply chain inefficiencies in African agriculture so as to enable smallholder farmers to make more money off their farms.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Agriculture, Data/Analytics, Supply Chains and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Agriculture, Data/Analytics, Supply Chains, Post Harvest, Soil ManagementSEE LESS
        2020
          

        Build up Nepal - Building the way out of povertyUPDATED APR 2021

        Breaking the poverty cycle in rural Nepal by creating jobs in construction for poor families
        FOCUS AREAS
        Climate Change and Resilience, Economic Empowerment, Housing and Infrastructure
        Climate Change and Resilience, Economic Empowerment, Housing and InfrastructureSEE LESS
        TO DATE$715,000 Funds Raised
        2020
          

        BEMPU HEALTHUPDATED JUN 2020

        The TempWatch is a novel, continuous temperature-monitoring bracelet which alerts if the newborn is hypothermic, thereby empowering the caretaker to warm the baby with KMC well before hypoxia, hypoglycemia, poor growth, or death can occur. In light to the Covid 19 crisis, Tempwatch is imensely instrumental as it warns parents against probable infections and reduces needless visits to the health centre.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Medical Devices, Technology and 1 moreSEE ALL
        Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Medical Devices, Technology, Primary CareSEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Cameroon, Benin, Papua New Guinea and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Cameroon, Benin, Papua New Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, ZimbabweSEE LESS
        TO DATE$675,729 Funds Raised
        2020
          

        Kitkit School by EnumaUPDATED JUN 2020

        Kitkit School, a winner of the Global Learning XPRIZE, is a proven tablet-based application that engages and empowers ALL children to master foundational literacy and numeracy skills, regardless of their abilities and circumstance.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Education, Inclusive Education, Literacy and 5 moreSEE ALL
        Education, Inclusive Education, Literacy, Basic Education, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Non-formal Education (OOS/ALP), Refugees, TechnologySEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and 2 moreSEE ALL
        Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, BangladeshSEE LESS
        TO DATE$7,284,576 Funds Raised
        2020
          

        Sustainable Social Enterprise Model for Sanitation that benefits low-to-middle income populations & especially womenUPDATED JUN 2020

        A social enterprise model for public toilets piloted in Nepal that incorporates additional revenue streams with waste-to-value technology (biogas), bundled services (shops), gender-inclusive design, & a cleaning compliance program.
        FOCUS AREAS
        Biomass/BioFuel, Economic Empowerment, Waste Management and 5 moreSEE ALL
        Biomass/BioFuel, Economic Empowerment, Waste Management, Biomass/BioFuel, Climate Change and Resilience, Gender Equity, Social & Micro Finance, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)SEE LESS
        IMPLEMENTED IN
        Nepal
        TO DATE$580,000 Funds Raised
        2020
          
        STI Forum 2021 Call for Innovations

        The STI Forum 2021 Call for Innovations is initiated by the United Nations in collaboration with Global Innovation Exchange at Results for Development.