Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge: Virtual Fair

Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge: Virtual Fair

Innovators. Entrepreneurs. Global Citizens.

Over the past two years, twenty seven binational teams, over 50 faculty and more than 500 students from the US, Jordan and Iraq have competed in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge since September 2018. Their goal: Remix their community with sustainable business by designing the best sustainable concept to a need within a specific industry. Previous cohorts focused on the hospitality industry and the food industry.  

Teams investigated the impact of problems in the global hospitality and tourism or food industry in their local communities, collaborated globally through virtual exchange, and developed real-life solutions through creation of a sustainable business concept.   

The challenge is funded by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. Learn more about Global Solutions »

Fall 2019 Cohort Finalists  

During the Fall 2019 Cohort, thirteen binational teams, 24 faculty, and 235 students from the US, Jordan and Iraq competed in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge. Their goal: Create the best business concept to remix their community with sustainable business within the food industry.    

All teams investigated the impact of problems in the food industry in their local communities, collaborated globally, and developed real-life solutions through the creation of sustainable business concepts.  
The top six teams pitched their concept at the Global Virtual Business Expo.  

First Place: Team Waste-Less  

Montgomery College (Maryland, USA)

 Al Balqa Applied University (Amman, Jordan)  

Solution: Juicer for preserving surplus fruit and vegetable waste  

Review the business plan (PDF, 202 KB).  


Second Place: Team Alphas  

Kirkwood Community College (Iowa,

USA)  Khawarizmi Technical University College (Amman, Jordan)  

Solution: Foonection, a food waste mobile app

 Review the business plan (PDF, 1.1 MB)


Third Place: Sustainers  

Kirkwood Community College (Iowa, USA)  

Sulaimani Polytechnic University (Sulaimani, Iraq)  

Solution: Machine to turn food waste into resuable biomethane gas  

Review the business plan (PDF, 246 KB)  

*Funding for continued development of prototypes from finalist teams is provided by Altheer Telecomm Iraq Limited.   


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