An initiative by

Second Edition Finalists

  • Akyas

    Country: Jordan

    AKYAS is a personal single-use biodegradable toilet with a sanitizer kit. The bag is made of biodegradable plastics, its designed to provide maximum hygiene with the minimum material. The biodegradable toilet can be used by both genders and suitable for all ages. Used AKYAS BAGS should ideally be collected through a collection system. AKYAS Technology will prevent the feces from developing methane gas and will degrade into only carbon dioxide, water, and biomass.

  • Flowy

    Country: Lebanon

    FLOWY is a standalone solar photo-voltaic (PV) water-recycling lavatory unit. FLOWY consists of two hand-washing basins. Used water is collected within the unit and undergoes a full disinfection process allowing it to be reused. Makeup water can be added by the refugees if needed and as directed on the digital LED screen located on the front side of the unit. FLOWY is operated using a solar PV mounted panel and a rechargeable battery pack. The straightforward design and simple access to its various parts makes FLOWY easy to operate as well as to maintain.

  • Hope in sand and pipes

    Country: Lebanon

    "A space of hope in sand and pipes" gives a transitional shelter for refugees using locally available material with minimum maintenance requirements, and environmental considerations in the design to minimize the effects of the heat in the summer and cold in winter. The material used is reusable and recyclable, and the whole design can be disassembled, transported and reassembled in another place for another use. There is no permanent fixation required for the shelter making it convenient for policies that do not encourage the creation of formal camps.

  • Little thinking minds

    Country: Jordan

    Little Thinking Minds (LTM) is an award winning children's education company that creates digital Arabic resources for grades PreK-6 that have been scientifically proven to improve learning outcomes.

  • More than one perspective

    Country: Austria

    MTOP is an advanced training program that offers various workshops, training and mentoring to prepare highly qualified refugees to enter the labor market. The program enables them to find work suited to their skills, knowledge and experience. This also helps employers to find talent and increase the diversity of their staff. MTOP’s mission is to make refugees´ potential accessible to the labor market and break down negative stereotypes.

  • NCfilter

    Country: Egypt

    NCTech_NCfilters are off-grid affordable water filters that are simple to be installed in refugee tents and rural areas. Through the utilization of nanotechnology, NCfilter was able to develop miracle nano-fillers from waste materials that are locally available. Such nano-fillers have the ability to swell and decrease the pore sizes of filter membranes. Thus, upon its addition to membranes constructed from the simple waste materials, such membranes could convert filthy water to pure water that is suitable for healthy drinking

  • Paper airplanes

    Country: USA

    Paper Airplanes uses free, mobile-friendly video technology to meet the current gap in teen and adult education. The model relies on hundreds of volunteers and free technology to provide individualized instruction. Instructors are trained online and follow a four-tiered curriculum written by an educational specialist, ensuring quality and personalization for learners. The model has been able to reach learners who may be otherwise difficult to reach, including inside of Syria, in rural areas across the MENA region. Each program matches learners with personal instructors for 12-week sessions, providing instructor training and orientation, detailed curricula, and personalized guidance as the pairs meet for 2 hours each week. Once learners graduate, Paper Airplanes uses partnerships like Talent Beyond Boundaries and MIT ReACT to help provide employment and educational opportunities to its learners.

  • Tech for food

    Country: Iraq and Lebanon

    Tech for Food provides digital skills trainings taking people from having never touched a computer to employable in the international digital economy in 8-16 weeks and connect them to remote jobs through impact sourcing, online freelancing as well as local internships. The training is specifically geared towards the most in need who often have been out of school for many years, have low English skills and are daily struggling to survive.


    Country: Jordan

    Teenah's business model is focused on an increased usage of internet in distribution and acquisition of clients; first phase is the online selling of products produced by refugees and connect them with the other parts of the world. Second phase is penetrating technology in the production activities using automated machines to train motivated beneficiaries through computer skills program on running them which will not only increase their employability and income but also will help scale in a faster pace.

  • The language project

    Country: Greece

    The Language Project team consists of translators, interpreters, intercultural mediators and language professionals. They are qualified experts with a profound knowledge of Greek NGOs (Danish Refugee Council, Translators without Borders, UNHCR, Save the Children etc.), long track records in pivotal positions and a thorough academic background. Language Project has already designed and successfully implemented specialized trainings for refugees and immigrants living in Greece, promoting their integration and enhancing their employability as interpreters and translators in collaboration with national and international humanitarian NGOs.