2013 Social Innovation Relay Winner

Social Innovation Relay

A team of students from India used their creativity to develop a green building material.

Innovators Youth, a team of students from India, won the 2013 Social Innovation Relay with a creative concept for a revolutionary building material.

Under the guidance and support of an HP e-mentor from Singapore, the team developed a revolutionary building material made out of rice husk boards. The team will buy rice husk from farmers and create a building material, which they call “Green Wood”.

How they got the idea

“A trip to my farm house made me observe the burning of rice waste was causing air pollution, which inspired me to come up with an idea that solves this problem,” shared Bisman Deu of the Youth Innovators team. “Our society has given us a lot and I strongly feel that now it is time to give back.”

A trip to my farm house made me observe the burning of rice waste was causing air pollution, which inspired me to come up with an idea that solves this problem.

Bisman Deu of the Youth Innovators team.

The runners-up in the competition were Team Cyan from Malaysia, which proposed a solution to battle mosquito-based diseases and Team Hospitaleiros from Brazil, which developed a concept for an application to enable the public to access health services more quickly.

The following is the list of winning projects from the 19 participating countries:

Team Hospitaleiros (Brazil)
Concept: A free, technology app containing a database of all health stations and hospitals information so citizens can access and reach needed services faster

Team Winners (Bulgaria)
Concept: A museum for blind people containing quality casts of all archeological and cultural-historical exhibits.

Cazuelitas (Chile)
Books will be collected from people who don’t use them anymore, and made available to students in need.

Dream Keeper (China)
A large, non-profit website that will help children with terminal illnesses around the country carry out their final wishes

Green Cheap Meals (Greece)
A non-governmental organization to support sales of bio –agricultural products.

Youth Innovators (India)
“Green Wood”: A revolutionary building material, made from rice husk boards.

The Velvet Ribbon (Indonesia)
This concept provides information booths on healthy diets, relating to a ‘girl’s life these days’.

A book concept that teaches young children about the environment.

Mount Laverna (Kenya)
Producing papyrus mats made from papyrus reed that prevents mosquitoes from getting into rooms.

H.O.P.E. (Kuwait)
The objective of H.O.P.E is to reinforce tools to promote basic management skills in developing countries.

Cyan (Malaysia)
Using natural ingredients to make mosquito repellant bands.

The Perspacacious Flibbertigibbets (The Philippines)
Recycle old notebooks that have some blank pages into new ones and donate them to students who can’t afford to buy their own notebooks

This concept creates classes and courses within hospitals for students with long-term health issues so they can continue their studies.

This concept raised awareness of the problems and needs of various organizations in the social sphere including kindergartens, orphanages, animal shelters, etc.

Da Bomb (Singapore)
A solution to help physically disadvantaged people to play sports and make them feel more adapted into society.

The Muffin Men (Slovakia)
Fun and educational activities to teach kids how to eliminate food waste.

South Africa
The “Joy Swings” concept uses the kinetic energy of children playing to produce electricity.

Robo Pet (USA)
A non-profit aimed at educating youth about how to care for pets responsibly.

Los Recicladores (Venezuela)
Use recycled waste materials from the community to create affordable, educ