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Meet the winners of Index Award 2021
Flash Forest
Saving our collective home, 100,000 trees at a time
LUNARK
Our first home on the moon?
OUI
The next sexual revolution is hormone-free
Truepic
Restoring truth and trust online
Algorithmic Justice League
Shifting societies with an accountable AI
BIOHM
Growing the world of tomorrow with mycelium
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Konference: Grøn omstilling – Fra strategi til handling
(DK) Gør bæredygtige visioner til egentlig forandring
Impact Stories: Raspberry Pi
Rebooting a new generation of programmers
Designing the New Usual 03: Becoming diverse
Community event on going from DEI intention to implementation
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Project Coelicolor
Can biology fix the fashion industry?
Marsha
The Mars-shot design that could help us survive on Earth
Pisces
LED lights to reduce bycatch by up to 90%
Xbox Adaptive Controller
The redesigned game controller that lets everyone play
Solar Foods
Making food from electricity and CO2
Thumy
Temporary tattoos to empower diabetic children
Greenwave
Vertical ocean farms that can feed us and help our seas
Zipline
A ground-breaking drone delivery system saving lives in remote Africa
Paperfuge
A 20-cent hand-powered centrifuge
what3words
A revolutionary addressing system to put everyone, everywhere on the map
Ethereum
Internet 2.0: A new platform to give the power back to the people
Labster
The future of scientific education
Peek Retina
Instant eye exams anywhere in the world
Tesla Powerwall
A home battery offering independence from the power grid
The Ocean Cleanup Array
A system to rid the world's oceans of plastic
Sky Urban Vertical Farming System
Vertical farms to boost veggie output with minimum space
Duolingo
The free language-learning platform translating the web
Desolenator
Transforming sunshine into water
The Climate Adaptation Plan
The Danish capital's ambitious adaption plan to climate change
The Natalie Collection
A trio of designs to reduce child and maternal mortality
Raspberry Pi
The $25 computer
FreshPaper
Taking on global food waste with a simple sheet of paper
Smart Highway
Roads that communicate with drivers to promote traffic safety and efficiency
ELEMENTAL Monterrey
Social housing in a groundbreaking new way
DESIGN FOR CHANGE
A simple design process that enables children to become drivers of change
DESIGN SEOUL
The first holistic design-based approach to improving life for citizens in large cities
Hövding
The cycling helmet that won't ruin your hair
See Better to Learn Better (VerBien)
Corrective and customisable eyewear designed for children and youth
Embrace Infant Warmer
A solution to give all infants an equal chance for a healthy life
Street Swags
An innovative bed and a bag designed for people living on the streets
Chulha
A stove to limit the dangerous health conditions caused by traditions of indoor cooking
Better Place
Electric vehicle infrastructure that makes electric transport convenient and affordable
PIG 05049
Tracing and charting all the products made from a single commercial pig
Kiva
A peer-to-peer lending platform to give everyone access to financial capital
Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor
Safeguarding childbirth where expert care and electrical power are in short supply
Architecture for Humanity
Architectural and design solutions to global or humanitarian crises
Apple iTunes, iPod
A giant leap for forward for music and digital rights management
Observatorio Iberoamericano
A strategy, network and website focused on improving life for 40 million craftsmen in Latin America
Softwall
A paper (or textile) wall transforming spaces into more intimate and personal surroundings
LifeStraw™
A life-saving device that instantly cleans contaminated water
OLPC XO
Giving resource-constrained and offline communities access to communication tech
Tesla Roadster
The icon that made electric cars cool
Tongue Sucker
The humble first aid device that could save your life
YellowOne Needle Cap
A cap to protect against needle infections
Mobility for Each One
The $8.00 prosthetic leg
Solar Bottle
One sixth of the world's population can't access safe drinking water - it this the answer?