Erase All Kittens

Erase All Kittens (E.A.K) is a web-based platform game that teaches kids aged 8-14 real coding languages, and helps to eliminate their fear of technology

by gamifying the learning process. The project provides a new, innovative way to help close the gender gap in technology. Other code education tools aren’t designed to appeal to girls and boys, and they also don’t teach real-world coding languages - only the concepts of coding (e.g. computational thinking). E.A.K. is disruptive as it will be incredibly engaging to kids - we immersed ourselves in the culture of our target audience to invent a gamified, story-driven approach to teach new skills. E.A.K. is also unique because as players progress, they can edit the code that governs the game environment, i.e. learning by building and fixing levels as they play.

Leonie Van Der Linde is the Co- Founder and Lead Artworker of Erase All Kittens - the world’s first game that teaches young children professional coding skills and effectively inspires girls to code. Leonie graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2013, specialising in graphic design, illustration, and animation. Her first role was as a concept artist for Erase All Kittens. After six months of helping to create characters and levels for the game, she became the third Co-Founder and Lead Illustrator and Animator of the company. Erase All Kittens now has over 150,000 players globally and over half of them are girls. The team and advisors are very passionate about empowering girls and helping to close the gender gap in technology. 


ModulusTech is a cleantech startup aiming to revolutionize the affordable housing sector through an innovative, flat-packed housing design, making it possible to set up houses in as little as 3 hours while providing standard living conditions and superior energy efficiency, reducing the carbon footprint and contributing to a more sustainable future. The company provides low-cost housing for displaced and homeless people. Using an innovative flat-packed house design that can be assembled in as little as 3 hours by 3 workers using simple hand tools, flat-pack nature allows 11 of such houses to be transported in a 40 foot container with all electrical and plumbing utilities included, and ready for use as soon as it is assembled.

Nabeel Siddiqui is currently CEO at ModulusTech, which is a startup aiming to revolutionise the affordable housing sector. Prior to this position he was a director of Product Development at a free online counselling platform for Pakistani students. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the NED University in Engineering, Civil Engineering and Construction Management. 

Solid-state Bio-conversion

Based on the discovery of properties of a local fungus that produces a metabolite with coagulation properties, the idea is to produce myco-safe, environmentally friendly and efficient coagulant, using solid- state bio-conversion (SSB) system for bulk production, for the sustainable treatment of water, to support the goal of “safe and clean water” for all. Successful production of bulk amount of the myco-coagulant (MyCoag) would be a significant milestone in the development of locally produced renewable and safe coagulant which would be beneficial for the local and international water industry. Development of such a product will help the developing nations to move forward in the field of green technology for sustainable growth in “Clean Water and Sanitation Sector” and will help protection of the environment too.

Abdullah Al-Mamun has 12 years’ of engineering teaching experience at an International University and 24 years’ of professional experience in Civil Engineering (water and environment sector). He has theoretical knowledge (being an academic) and valuable practical experiences (being a practicing engineer), essential for any technical organisation of the modern days. Due to his teaching and industrial experiences, he has had the opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in the laboratory and in the real field. 

Smart AquaDetector

Monosex culture is foreseen as the strategic practice in transforming the prawn farming industry. It increases total yield performance and profitability, eliminates inbreeding (thereby promoting uniformity due to the lack of selective harvests), improves the feed conversion ratio (FCR), improves disease resistance and results in higher survival. Economic analysis of monosex culture of giant freshwater prawn in India, for instance, reported 63% increase in revenue when animals were segregated compared to mixed cultivation. The idea is to develop a device (Smart AquaDetector) to assist in the counting and separation of male and female prawns. The project will reduce the waste of feed due to overfeeding.

Rasina Rasid is currently a lecturer and researcher at the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Malaysia. She received her doctorate from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom. Her main research interest is principally directed towards sustainable freshwater prawn culture and using alternative local protein ingredients in aquafeeds. She was selected to represent Malaysia to the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) Forum Leadership Training Program in Japan for Young Professionals in Asian countries which was fully sponsored by Japan Honda Foundation and is currently an active alumnus.


Farmily is a technology and a business model that will make long supply chains and logistic costs obsolete. Affordable and effective vertical farming module can produce more than 200 varieties of greens and vegetables in any climate, 365 days a year without using any pesticides or herbicides. The aeroponic module developed by the team can be installed at any location and can be stacked to improve the yields and effectiveness. The modules require 95% less water and nutrients than soil based greenhouses and 20% less than hydroponics. The idea of fully controlled growing of any plants in aeroponics module can be practically implemented due to developed technologies in 3 major factors affecting growth of plants: light (LED lightning), microclimate (temperature, carbon dioxide levels, humidity) and water with nutrients (high pressure water systems).

Maulen Akhmetov is a founder and CEO of Farmily, an indoor farming company based in Astana, Kazakhstan. He is passionate about sustainable development, social impact and food. Since the age of fifteen, he has started and failed numerous ventures, including a clothing store, an e-shop and selling toe warmers on the market. Despite, or perhaps because of that he has been chosen to be a Global Laureate Fellow this year, International Youth Foundation’s annual award for 20 young entrepreneurs around the world. He founded Kunde Cafe, which now employs 30 people and provides training for people with developmental and learning disabilities, the first company to do so in Astana, capitalized at $300,000. He is also a chairman at the NGO “Bakhyt”, which provides full cycle support for families of people with special needs who are employed through Kunde Cafe and other affiliated restaurants.


Kopernik aims to pioneer an airquality monitoring system aimed ata community level. The system will provide real-time information and warn communities when haze, volcanicash, or pollution levels have reached critical levels, allowing people to take the necessary precautions to protect their health. Although both air-quality sensors and platforms for haze awareness exist, they have not been meaningfully connected. Kopernik’s innovation will fill this vital information gap. When pollution is high, people could use their Haze Emergency Kit, comprising of respiratory masks and materials to create safe rooms in people’s homes.

Sarah Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a master’s degree in Development Studies. She has a passion for community development, leading her to travel from her native Australia to work in Japan, the United Kingdom, Cambodia and Indonesia. She is an advocate for social enterprise, believing that business and development must go hand in hand to reduce poverty. In her role as Associate Director of the Solutions Lab Team, her appetite for creative thinking and determinationto solve problems in low-resource settings are met on a daily basis through delivering Kopernik’s enormous variety of experimentation projects.

Smart Cost-effective Single-Dose Nano Wound Bandage for Monitoring and Fast Healing of Diabetic Wounds

This invention involves an innovative SMART cost-effective single-dose multilayer and multitask nano-bandage for monitoring and FAST treatment of diabetic wounds without scars. The bandage is smart as it acts as a sensor for monitoring healing progress, it releases drug(s) in a controlled way as needed, neutralizes wound alkalinity and acts as a pain relief. After several stages of assessments, the invented smart wound bandage demonstrated several additional advantages including a well-controlled release of drug(s), high biocompatibility, optimum porosity, very desirable water vapor permeability, and high cell viability. The innovative smart patches also showed a good healing quality as clearly observed through the histological assessment of the cured wounds that showed the highest epidermis formation with almost no necrotic and inflammatory tissues.

Dr. Ibrahim El-Sherbiny is Professor of smart nanomaterials and nanomedicine at Zewail City of Science and Technology. El-Sherbiny earned his PhD in Smart drug delivery from Massey University, New Zealand in 2007. He was awarded many awards including Gold Medal from 46th International Exhibition of Innovations (Geneva, 2018), the prestigious Shouman Award in Nanotechnology, and the State Incentive Award in Science, and he was honored as distinguished inventor by the Egyptain President and many countries including France, Switzerland, South Korea, Malaysia, Romania, and Cooperation Council of Gulf States. He is a named inventor on 25 patents in US, UK, Europe and Egypt.


$2,500 is the average price of a hearing aid high profit margin business. There is a high, unmet need for low cost hearing aids in LMICs. earAccess proposed a disruptive, innovative business model for hearing aid provision in IsDB Member countries by selling hearing aids through alternative, higher volume, lower margin distribution channels, such as pharmacies & optical chains, instead of traditional hearing clinics. earAccess already has a successful proof of concept in a number of other LMICs, showing that the project is doable. A mobile, fast, cheap, easy to use diagnostic test has already been developed and deployed by the group.

Audra Renyi is the founder of earAccess and executive director of the non-profit World Wide Hearing. Ms. Renyi has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and has also worked with Doctors Without Borders, in Chad, and with NGOs in Rwanda and Kenya. She holds bachelor’s degrees in economics (Wharton School) and international studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed the executive leadership program at Harvard Business School. She has won the Governor General of Canada’s Innovation Award and in May 2018 was named a Heroine of Health at the WHO World Health Assembly.

Innovation of a jute-based low-cost, acceptable and biodegradable disposable sanitary pad to facilitate menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in Bangladesh

The lack of low-cost MHM products and facilities in school contribute to 40% of absences among menstruating girls in Bangladesh. Many girls drop out of school because of this problem. The plan is to develop and pilot a low- cost, acceptable and biodegradable menstrual absorbent using jute-based cellulose/substitute, with innovative use of local raw materials including jute drives sustainability and scalability.

Dr. Md Mahbubur Rahman is a medical graduate and accomplished Master of Public Health and Masters of population Sciences degree from Bangladesh. He has over 18 years’ experience working in public health issues in Bangladesh with different organizations including icddr,b, LAMB Hospital, EngenderHealth, IntraHealth International, Pathfinder International, CARE Bangladesh and Management Sciences for Health. Presently, Dr. Rahman is working as a Project Coordinator and leading Environmental Interventions Unit at icddr,b which employed a team of public health professionals, epidemiologists, anthropologists, social scientists, economists and statisticians. He has the expertise, leadership, training and motivation to successfully carryout the any sort of research project. Major undertaking WASH Benefits Trial (www. A randomized controlled trial of the benefits of water, sanitation, hygiene plus nutrition interventions on child growth.

Enteric infection, malnutrition and environmental enteropathy status of Rohingya children at Bangladesh

Enteric infection, malnutrition and environmental enteropathy status of Rohingya children at Bangladesh Helminth infection is commonly known to affect nutritional status, cognitive function, resulting in triggering of a plethora of adverse tissue reactions and causing intestinal obstruction. Propose a study of the Rohingya children refugee population in Bangladesh by the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).

Shaila Sharmeen Khan completed her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh on 2009. She started her career working with Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis. Later on she moved to enteric infectious diseases research. She is currently working as a Research Officer at Infectious Diseases Division, icddr,b and working on various projects that works directly with childhood diarrhoea and malnutrition.


Researches show that through precipitation billions of gallons of rainwater falls over the world, which has huge potential if utilized in the right way. Rainergy is designed to produce electricity from the rain to solve the problem of energy deficiency in the rainy and low-income countries. Rainergy collects rainwater and uses it to produce electricity. It transfers the rich potential energy of rainwater into electricity through the motion created by the wheel. Then the electric energy is stored in the accumulator for further implementation. Moreover, Rainergy reduces the amount of CO2 emissions to 10 g per KW/ H during the production of the electricity. This is very little CO2 amount compared to the other current alternative energy solutions.

Reyhan Camalova is 16 and CEO and Founder of Rainergy, a company that harvests energy from rainwater. With Rainergy, she participated in several competitions including ClimateLaunchpad, GIST Catalyst Pitch competition etc. As the youngest female entrepreneur in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, she was specially mentioned by Presidential Daughter Ivanka Trump. She is the 1st Azerbaijani who made it to the Forbes ‘30 Under 30 Asia’ list. As a part of Forbes Under 30, she attended some events of Forbes. Her inspirational story and her company Rainergy has been published on several media news including Forbes, Impact Journalism, Le Figaro etc.