The UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge is an innovation competition that encourages communities to find creative solutions to issues facing their region or the world. Organized by Forbes Funds, it launched last year with a contest focused on helping victims of human trafficking, the visually impaired, and other vulnerable populations.
This year’s innovation competition asks participants to come up with ideas in two areas: Healthy Food Access and Impactful Technology. Ten finalists have been selected from an initial group of 175 by the companies partnering in the challenge, BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Bridgeway Capital, and Comcast. Each finalist will receive $10,000 plus the opportunity to compete for additional prizes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
UpPrize 2017 Finalists
Here are the teams that have advanced to the finals:
In the Impactful Technology category:
- BlastPoint, a company that uses technology to help companies of all sizes tap into big data insights
- Community Data Roundtable’s Parent Portal, which makes it easier for caregivers to access their child’s medical information
- Expii, Inc., a unique self-organizing platform that provides personalized education on demand and free of charge
- HiberSense, whose product is a self-learning thermostat system that enables savings of up to 40 percent of HVAC costs while also increasing comfort for users
- Rubitection, a company that developed a medical device designed to prevent pressure ulcers or “bedsores”
Representing the Health Food Access category:
- 412 Food Rescue’s Good Food Project, which “rescues” fresh, healthy rescued food and uses it to prepare affordable prepared meals
- South Clairton Corner Store Project, a store that helps ensure food is available in its community
- Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op (BUGFPC), project that addressed food insecurity through a farming collective in Homewood and Uptown
- Knead Community Cafe, a unique cafe in Pittsburgh that uses a pay-what-you-can model
- Bible Center Church’s Oasis Project, whose Oasis Farm and Fishery trains Homewood youth in urban farming
Innovation Competitions that Promote Social Change
How can you make things better for people in your neighborhood, city, country, or the world? At Skild, we promote and coordinate innovation competitions that create positive, sustainable change. Our collective hat is off to the organizers, sponsors, and participants in the UpPrize Social Innovation Competition!