Congratulations to Winners and Finalists in the 2021 Challenge Season!
Here are the top competitors in the 2021-22 academic year NFTE World Series of Innovation.
Saint-Gobain Sustainable Cities Challenge - 2021
The Challenge: The Challenge: Design a solution to promote use of sustainable building materials or create a circular economy in building construction.
- First Place: Cardbio, manipulates properties of cardboard to create several sustainable construction materials. Developed by 16-year-old Arnav Grover, a student at Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford, Connecticut. See their video here.
- Second Place: Rubix Living, inspired by a Rubik's cube, this modular living unit serves to provide a sustainable housing solution to unhoused people. Developed by 15-year-old Renee Wang, a student at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. See their video here.
- Third Place: Reconcrete, leverages the limestone-forming ability of concrete to create a self-healing carbon-negative concrete solution. Developed 21-year-old Abhishek Patra, a student at the Birla Institute of Technology Mesra in India. See their video here.
- ECOers, a concrete solution that utilizes irradiated plastic additives to minimize plastic pollution. See their video here.
- Respire, a 3-step demolition/construction plan that utilizes basalt fiber reinforced polymer bars and self-compacting lightweight concrete to maximize cost-efficiency while preserving a circular economy on modern construction. Developed by a team in Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. See their video here.
- Solar Sidewalks, a road system of interlocking hexagons made of recycled plastics to capture solar energy on roadway. Developed by a team from Mead High School in Spokane, Washington. See their video here.
- Sustainable Vision, a processing facility proposal that partners with construction companies to foster collaboration for a circular economy. Developed by a team from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. See their video here.
- CYR, a recycling company that specializes in construction materials and recycling education to promote sustainable construction. Developed by a team from Dakota Collegiate in Manitoba, Canada. See their video here.
- Gypsun Inc., a gypsum recycling machine that uses renewable energy to decrease its ecological footprint. Developed by a team from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California.
- Just Clean Recycled Furniture, a sustainable business that aims to use recycled construction material to create furniture and promote a circular economy. Developed by a team from Independence High School in San Jose, California.
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6 Clean water and sanitationBank of the West Fresh Water Action Challenge
Promote ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle water.
8 Decent work and economic growthCiti Foundation Future of Work Challenge
Empower young people with the tools for the future of work
15 Life on landEY Accelerating Environmental Sustainability Challenge
Protect, restore, or promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.
11 Sustainable cities and communitiesLink Logistics Green Buildings Challenge
Helps buildings become more environmentally sustainable or promote the use of green building materials
14 Life below waterMary Kay Global Oceans Conservation Challenge
Conserve and/or protect the world's marine ecosystems and coastal communities.
4 Quality educationMastercard Financial Education Challenge
Promote, educate, or increase access to financial literacy in your community.
13 Climate actionMaxar Climate Mapping Challenge
Use maps and satellite imagery that helps communities understand and adapt to the impact of climate change.
3 Good health and wellbeingMetLife Foundation Good Health and Well-Being Challenge
Promote equitable access to physical and/or mental wellbeing in your community
7 Affordable and clean energyServiceNow Carbon Killer Challenge
Reduce carbon emissions in local communities.
13 Climate actionZuora Subscription Economy Challenge
Advance sustainability through innovation in the Subscription Economy