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2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition - Semifinalists Are Announced
The RGK Center at the University of Texas and Dell

March, 2010


Congratulations Semifinalists!

The RGK Center at the University of Texas and Dell would like to thank all students who submitted ideas in the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition. Ideas came from over 200 universities in countries around the world. We applaud the creativity and ingenuity of everyone who participated!

Out of 700 ideas submitted, 60 ideas have been selected as semifinalists to move forward to compete in Round 2 of the competition. The semifinalist list (below) is a combination of the top 10 ideas voted by the public, plus 50 projects selected by the judges. For those whose ideas just missed the cut, don’t stop dreaming. We encourage all entrants to refine their ideas and submit again in next year’s competition.

Round 2 Begins!

Semifinalists have until 5:00 P.M. CST (23:00 UTC) on April 1 to complete their venture plan and  video.  Guidelines for the venture plan can be found here: .

A detailed email will be sent to all semifinalists with more information.



Currently, we cannot provide judge’s feedback on Round 1 entries. We hope to add more feedback and mentorship in next year’s competition.

Voting Re-Opens

Voting on the second round of competition will re-open shortly. At the start of the second round, the semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order. As soon as the community starts voting, the order will change to the top voted projects. Remember – you can vote on as many projects as you like, but only one vote per project!

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2010 Semifinalist Teams

Judge’s Selections

A Safe Vaccine Delivery Device That Does Not Need Refrigeration

AAHAR: Wholesome Food for Rickshaw pullers and Slum dwellers

Ag 4 Africa: A rural development model for Sub-Saharan Africa


Breaking the Wall by ICT

Bringing hope to the lives of amputees one leg at a time.

Chow: The e-Marketplace Where Food Wins

Cost effective two stage evacuated solar still for rural people of India

Creating SMILES - building the nation


Digital Literacy Project

Earth and Bamboo Construction

Educating sustainable entrepreneurs. Cultivating the human potential.

Education Breaking Down Mountains

Enable K-12 teachers to leverage each others' best lesson content; and reward high value teachers.

Eureka! - Find better ways to do good

Faith-in-Love Hour-- innovative currency for Volunteer Incentive Platform

Fighting Poverty in Southern Sudan

From Street On Board

High School Knowledge Database

House a Hero: Helping veterans avoid homelessness.

Innovative business model to create the world's first global, mission driven micro-insurance company

Karnak Kenaf Company - Kenaf Paper

Kosh - Universalizing Access To Educational Content

Look Smart

Moca Lab: A Laboratory for Promoting Peace and Improving Access to Health Care in Resource-Poor and Conflict Areas in the Philippines

Moringa HOPE Project

OroClean: Gold Mining Solution

Project Yele: A Community Bazaar in Yele, Sierra Leone

Rainwater Harvesting in Kuttanad, India

Redirecting Food Wastes into a Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Aquaculture

Revamping shipping containers as classroom modules.

Running Water International - Clean Water. Healthy World.


Security & Health ? for farmers & families in China through community-based organic farming

Seed to Feed

Silver Ceramic Cup (SCC)

Sisi ni Amani ("We are Peace") - Mapping Peace in Kenya

SoluPower: Providing electricity to those who need it most

Speramus - Personalized Online Fundraising

Supporting education and enterprise in Sierra Leone

Sustainable Irrigation for Community Agriculture in Rural South Africa

The DoubleGreen Credit Builder Loan Program

To create an efficient, transparent and structured rice market by establishing a modern platform for the exchange of Farabana rice (Mali)

Trie Health: Incentivizing Healthy Eating to Reduce Obesity One Household at a Time

Tseai Energy Lights Up Sierra Leone

Urban Solar Charging Stations: Carbon Free Mobility

Waste to Watts: Alleviating Energy Poverty Using Repurposed Electronic Waste

We connect students to education opportunities and eliminate the gap between opportunities available to rural and urban students.

Wing Venture Funds: a new financial vehicle for social development



Top 10 by Popular Vote

1. PoverUP

2. A Eco-Friendly Business Venture

3. Computer Learning on Wheels

4. Hope For Women in Kibera: The Kibera School for Girls and Shining Hope Community Center

5. Building a Music School for Ugandan Disadvantaged Children

6. An online market for high-end fashion donations to make a difference

7. Guatemalan Honey Cooperative for Economic Development

8. Mini Finance: Gateway to prosperous India

9. A Social Venture to uplift Indian handicraft industry and help the artisans



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