Meet our Moonshot Awards 2022 winners!

From Nepal to Canada. From seaweed cultivation to machine learning. From helping Ukrainian refugees to amplifying the voice of the East African Youth. Look how the future of mankind is being shaped at the hands of the Moonshot Awards 2022 winners.

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Moonshot’s Awards 2022 is the inaugural year of our global ceremony recognizing exceptional young mission-driven founders and change-makers.

The Awards will reward leaders in sustainable development, helping them move closer to addressing the UN SDGs by providing prize money, connections, and PR exposure that allows them to inspire on the global scale. Additionally, the winners will be joining the Moonshot Youth Leaders Camp.

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Timetable

October 5
EXTENDED  DEADLINE!
October 14
Shortlist
Week of November 14
Awards Ceremony

Moonshot Idea Award

Why do we need Moonshot Ideas?

Moonshot ideas are catalysts of change. They have the power to set the course of world’s history (or rather, the future) in either a better or worse direction. To be on the right side of history, and ensure the prevalence of only the positive value-creating ideas, we seek to support evolutionary developments in natural sciences, humanities, arts, and ethics which are only mental seedlings, awaiting realization through physical acts.

Jury

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Anousheh Asari
Idea
CEO of XPRIZE
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Jose Garcia Aranda
Idea
President of Alberici Global Automotive Constructors
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Christopher Gergen
Idea
Founding partner of Forward Impact
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Rodney Williams
Idea
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, SoLo Funds
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Tina Wells
Idea
Author and Founder of RLVNT Media
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Moonshot Idea Award

Why do we need Moonshot Ideas?

Moonshot ideas are catalysts of change. They have the power to set the course of world’s history (or rather, the future) in either a better or worse direction. To be on the right side of history, and ensure the prevalence of only the positive value-creating ideas, we seek to support evolutionary developments in natural sciences, humanities, arts, and ethics which are only mental seedlings, awaiting realization through physical acts.

Winner

Matyáš Boháček
SPOTER  Sign language recognition
About project

SPOTER is taking on one of the long-lasting master challenges in the machine learning research community: sign language recognition (SLR) and translation, seeking to create a holistic framework that unlocs user interaction with technology through sign language and underpins other applications. This could be later implemented into mobile apps, translators, video conferencing platforms, and other websites to yet again make technology and the internet accessible to more of us. Not just those who hear.

What’s the main topic?

SDGs-related technological innovations.

Who can apply?

Any ‘digital citizens’ (15-25 years old) with ideas serving other digital citizens.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No established organizations.

Moonshot Start-Up Award

Why do we need Moonshot Start-ups?

Startups are the future of business. Small in company size but massive in impact potential, these mission-driven organizations break molds, fix problems, and empower a more positive future. We aim to help them change a piece of the world in a positive way, particularly those who have yet to receive any formal support or funding.

Jury

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Joshua Baer
Start-Up
Founder of Capital Factory
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Sarah Bird
Start-Up
Former CEO of Moz
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Jewel Burks
Start-Up
Head of Google for Startups in the US, Managing Partner at Collab Capital
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Yvonne Hao
Start-Up
Former CEO/ COO/ CFO, Director of Public, Private, and Non-Profit Organizations
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Taavet Hinrikus
Start-Up
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Transfer Wise,
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Moonshot Start-Up Award

Why do we need Moonshot Start-ups?

Startups are the future of business. Small in company size but massive in impact potential, these mission-driven organizations break molds, fix problems, and empower a more positive future. We aim to help them change a piece of the world in a positive way, particularly those who have yet to receive any formal support or funding.

What’s the main topic?

SDGs-related technological innovations.

Who can apply?

Any startups led by ‘digital citizens’ (18-30 years old) with solutions serving other digital citizens.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No startups that have gone through an investment round.

Winner

Luke Smith
Seaweed Culture
About project

Seaweed Culture is developing a novel land-based cultivation system to grow a seaweed species that can reduce methane emissions in livestock and help boost productivity. When said seaweed species (Asparagopsis Taxiformis) is incorporated into a ruminant livestock’s diet (cows or sheep) in amounts as tiny as 80g, it can reduce their methane emissions by up to 95% with no effects on the quality of meat or milk. As a tropical species, it cannot be cultivated in the waters around the UK and majority of the USA, and thus, land-based cultivation is the only possible way to grow this seaweed species in countries where it is not native.

Moonshot Learning Award

Why do we need Moonshot Learning?

The Covid-19 pandemic upended almost every aspect of school at once. ‘The school’ and education overall, an institution/industry too often in the background and almost taken for granted, has been changed forever, placing a lot of stress on students and educators alike. Particularly in the 21st century, a period of growing demands that students from preschool to college must keep up to date with, the world requires new ways to harness technology, spark students’ creativity, provide the services they need to succeed – let’s help accelerate these.

Jury

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Pete Kadens
Learning
Chairman, The Kadens Family Foundation
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Lucille Mandin
Learning
Founder of Hand in Hand for African Women
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Joyce Miller
Learning
Chairman and CIO, PGC Asset Management
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Alexander Nicholas
Learning
Executive Vice President at XPRIZE
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Rudolf Šrůtek
Learning
User Acquisition Director Avast, Co-founder & Managing partner, AiryTales.com
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Moonshot Learning Award

Why do we need Moonshot Learning?

The Covid-19 pandemic upended almost every aspect of school at once. ‘The school’ and education overall, an institution/industry too often in the background and almost taken for granted, has been changed forever, placing a lot of stress on students and educators alike. Particularly in the 21st century, a period of growing demands that students from preschool to college must keep up to date with, the world requires new ways to harness technology, spark students’ creativity, provide the services they need to succeed – let’s help accelerate these.

Winner

Alec Shi, TienLan Sun, Miklos Sunario
EduBeyond
About project

EduBeyond is building an adaptive learning interface that accelerates the learning process in areas of English and technological literacy for youths in developing regions. The interface is set to be a centralized location for students to access expert-curated curricula and AI-based learning tools which can then be incorporated into any existing classroom, which makes it scaleable beyond borders and restrictions of internally hiring teachers. Currently, the project aims to halve the required hours for Southeast Asian youths to reach working proficiency in English.

What’s the main topic?

Inclusive and equitable quality education. Mental Health of students. [SDGs 3 + 4]

Who can apply?

Founders, inventors, and entire initiatives building the future of learning and aiding students’ mental health.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No governmental organizations.

Moonshot Borderless Award

Why do we need the Moonshot Borderless Award?

A strenuous geopolitical situation in multiple parts of the world is causing disruption to the lives of over 2 billion people living in these conflict-affected areas and often causing major displacement of entire cultural groups. Civilian casualties and major destruction of civilian infrastructure has forced millions to flee their homes seeking safety, protection, and assistance – creating a new wave of refugees and destroying the cultural heritage of many indigenous communities. In light of the emergency and the scale of humanitarian needs, we look to support initiatives that serve minority communities on a “for the people, by the people” principle.

Jury

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Christopher Aw
Borderless
CIO at a private Single Family Office
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Ruben Sigala
Borderless
Chief Marketing and Analytics Officer for Well
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Dunola Oladapo
Borderless
Chairwoman, Avast Foundation Young Ledarship Board
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Shegun Otulana
Borderless
Founder, Harmony Ventures Labs
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Lubica Ragula
Borderless
Senior Consultant for Power&Utilities, Moderator
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Moonshot Borderless Award

Why do we need the Moonshot Borderless Award?

A strenuous geopolitical situation in multiple parts of the world is causing disruption to the lives of over 2 billion people living in these conflict-affected areas and often causing major displacement of entire cultural groups. Civilian casualties and major destruction of civilian infrastructure has forced millions to flee their homes seeking safety, protection, and assistance – creating a new wave of refugees and destroying the cultural heritage of many indigenous communities. In light of the emergency and the scale of humanitarian needs, we look to support initiatives that serve minority communities on a “for the people, by the people” principle.

Winner

Yoal Domai Dar
Spear of African Peace (SoAP)
About project

The foundation of The Spear of African Peace (SoAP) utilizes the art of storytelling as a catalyst for change through productive discourse. SoaP's main activity is a yearly therapeautic essay contest that not only acts a soul-mending safe space for sharing the - often traumatic - personal experiences of the East African youth. Innovatively, SoaP draws upon these unique stories, amplifies them, and - by connecting the winners with key partnered governmental institutions - provides a platform for the youth's opinions, viewpoints, and ideas.

Winner

Nashreen Sheikh
Empowerment Collective
About project

Empowerment Collective’s goal is to end modern-day slavery in India and Nepal by advocating their 7 Keys for GlobalHuman Rights Campaign. Empowerment Collective empowers women with the skills and knowledge they need to pullthemselves and their families out of poverty. The focus is on women and girls in Nepal and India but Narseen is investing100% of her time and energy to scale up Empowerment Collective’s vision and projects, to address essential humanrights issues.

What’s the main topic?

Minority support. Philanthropy. Activism. [SDGs]

Who can apply?

Individuals or teams from indigenous, migrant, internally displaced or refugee communities anywhere in the world.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No governmental organizations.

Emergency Response Award

Why do we need the Moonshot Emergency Response Award?

Responding to emergencies quickly and efficiently is a challenge of growing importance in today’s turbulent world full of looming natural, technological, geopolitical, and other threats. Thanks to a number of emerging innovations, it is becoming easier for everyday citizens to assess threats, share information, and plan responses to the most urgent of emergencies. We seek to help the most promising initiatives achieve scale for larger impact.

Jury

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Sean Bielat
Emergency Response
Executive Partner at Wincove Private Holdings and Executive Chairman of Rhino Tool House
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Katherine Gilmore
Emergency Response
Regional Co-Director, Europe and Eurasia | Global Spark Fund Director
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Matt Griffin
Emergency Response
West Point Graduate, Army Ranger & Co-Founder of Combat Flip Flops
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Andrew Lustig
Emergency Response
Founder & President Global Outreach Doctors USA
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Daniel Schrag
Emergency Response
Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and professor of environmental science and engineering at Harvard University
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Ondrej Simetka
Emergency Response
Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Medical Faculty and University Hospital Ostrava, Czech Republic
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Emergency Response Award

Why do we need the Moonshot Emergency Response Award?

Responding to emergencies quickly and efficiently is a challenge of growing importance in today’s turbulent world full of looming natural, technological, geopolitical, and other threats. Thanks to a number of emerging innovations, it is becoming easier for everyday citizens to assess threats, share information, and plan responses to the most urgent of emergencies. We seek to help the most promising initiatives achieve scale for larger impact.

Winner

Nastya Podorozhnya
Martynka
About project

Martynka is a female-led Ukrainian grassroots organisation based in Poland that provides holistic informational, legal, and psychological support to Ukrainian evacuees around anything from human trafficking and sexual violence to safe accommodation, abortions and/or emergency contraception. Martynka offers in-person assistance through provision of safe accommodation and helping evacuees communicate with local authorities, but the flagship remains the digitally-scalable support through Martynka's Telegram chatbot + helpline which evacuees can contact 24/7 for general advice as well as personalized support.

What’s the main topic?

Social innovation. [SDGs]

Who can apply?

An initiative launched to respond to an emergency, seeking self-sustainability before scaling.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No governmental organizations.

Grand Prix Moonshot Award

Why do we need the Grand Prix Moonshot Award?

Monumental changes require monumental efforts, great sacrifices, plenty of time, a couple of brilliant minds, and often significant resources and investments. Every idea, project, or initiative that makes it through a scrutinizing selection process all the way to the final is bound to possess almost all: a bright motivated team with a grand vision to make change and an innovative proposition to match. Let’s ensure the resource piece isn’t missing either for the single project that is crowned winner!

Jury

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Yemi A.D.
Grand Prix
Founder & CEO, Moonshot Platform Inc.
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Christopher Gergen
Grand Prix
Founding partner of Forward Impact
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Katherine Gilmore
Grand Prix
Regional Co-Director, Europe and Eurasia | Global Spark Fund Director
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Yvonne Hao
Grand Prix
Former CEO/ COO/ CFO, Director of Public, Private, and Non-Profit Organizations
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Pete Kadens
Grand Prix
Chairman, The Kadens Family Foundation
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Dunola Oladapo
Grand Prix
Chairwoman, Avast Foundation Young Leadership Board
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Grand Prix Moonshot Award

Why do we need the Grand Prix Moonshot Award?

Monumental changes require monumental efforts, great sacrifices, plenty of time, a couple of brilliant minds, and often significant resources and investments. Every idea, project, or initiative that makes it through a scrutinizing selection process all the way to the final is bound to possess almost all: a bright motivated team with a grand vision to make change and an innovative proposition to match. Let’s ensure the resource piece isn’t missing either for the single project that is crowned winner!

Winner

Nasreen Sheikh
Creative and Economic Empowerment
for Women
About project

The Empowerement Collective seeks to be the catalyst for female empowerement in the Darbhanga District of Nepal with ambitions to scale all across Nepal and then India. The unique "stipend + mentor" approach breaks the traditional caste molds and gender inequalities by providing marginalized Nepali women with relevant knowledge and upskilling them as professional fashion designers and seamstresses, which provides financial independence and allows them to pull themselves and their families out of poverty.

What’s the main topic?

All of the above.

Who can apply?

Everyone who has applied for any of the previously mentioned categories is automatically considered for this award as well.

What can you win?

40.000 USD

Exclusion

Respective to each of the previous categories.

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"I was impressed by the quality of world-changing ideas from all over the world but what really blew me away was the incredible progress these young people have made in such a short time."

Joshua Bear
Founder of Capital Factory

"It's one thing to read applications, and quite another to meet the extraordinary young people who created these big ideas. Each candidate was such an inspiration and I can't wait to see how each of them will change the world. There was true diversity: diversity of thought, geography, and gender. I loved it”

Tina Wells
Author and Founder of RLVNT Media

"The range and breadth of applicants are very wide…from so many countries, and across so many topics. But, the commonality is that every applicant was so truly deeply passionate about their topic and so committed to making it work. I am very inspired by these young leaders, and all the impact they are already having, and the potential going forward too!"

Yvonne Hao
Former CEO/ COO/ CFO, Director of Public, Private, and Non-Profit Organizations
Mgr. Petr Bilík, Ph.d.

“I believe that the current times are fracturing the attention of the population and it is necessary to rebuild community and share positive ideas in new ways. A key aspect inherent in Moonshot is also the pursuit of mutual inspiration across social groups and types of actors that can break social bubbles and contribute to the necessary cohesion and inclusion of society.

Department of Theater and Film Studies/Palacky University Olomoc
Dr. Nixon
Founder, t-lab

“We had the opportunity to understand how academic institutions and leaders are dealing with our common challenges. The movement (Moonshot Platform) exposed for us the need to re-engineer our educational system including people (leadership), process, technology, and systems.”

Madeleine Albright

“I think the main thing we learned is we need to take more moonshots. Moonshots are really a way that people imagine the problems can be solved and work together through dialogue and require people to hope and to really think forward about what can be done.”

Former US Secretary of State & Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group

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What's Next?

It might be the end of the first Moonshot Awards and Festival.

However, our journey of supporting the leaders of tomorrow has only started!

Next stop: Moonshot Young Leaders' Camp!

Starting 2023.