The Prototypes for Humanity Awards celebrate the next generation of innovators and their commitment to finding solutions for social and environmental issues.
Since 2017 prizes have been presented to outstanding participants from the showcase each year, awarded to academic innovators that use problem-solving to address challenges of global proportions. An independent jury selects recipients based on originality, social impact, and applicability, enabling them to further develop this project.
During the exhibition, 100 innovative projects highlighted key areas of interest for international students across all science and creative disciplines, including very topical subjects like energy and emergency relief, alongside ever-evolving challenges such as food production and access to healthcare.
On Monday 15th November, HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed, along with DIFC Governor HE Essa Kazim, announced the recipients of the ‘Prototypes for Humanity Award’, which offers prizes worth $100,000. The Award, which aims to champion academic excellence in critical areas for sustainable development, recognises four projects which each receive $25,000 for their outstanding work in the fields of Environment, Health, Society, and Corporate Solutions. Winners included:
Aerostat, a smart helium-filled balloon for early forest fire detection
By Merve Kalan. Middle East Technical University, Turkey
AkoFresh, a solar-powered cold storage solution reducing post-harvest loss
By Mathias Charles Yabe, Dhruvika Sosa and Arina Machine. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
FormaCyte, a revolutionary Implant for type 1 diabetes management
By Nam Tran, Chi Pham and Chen Yang. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Carbon Capture Battery, a solution to generate energy whilst capturing carbon
By Mohammad Saghafifar and Seyed Mojtaba Hashemi. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom