Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge: Virtual Fair

Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge: Virtual Fair

Innovators. Entrepreneurs. Global Citizens.

Over the past three years, 80 binational teams, over 118 faculty and more than 2,180 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. Cohorts have focused on the hospitality industry, the food industry, the arts and entertainment industry and the technology industry.

Teams investigated the impact of problems 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 the Stevens Initiative.

Spring 2021 Cohort IV Finalists 

During the Spring 2021 Cohort IV, twenty-seven binational teams,  61 faculty, and  580 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 in and through technology. 

All teams investigated the impact of problems 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  Virtual Global Business Expo.  

First Place: Planeteers 

Santa Fe College (Florida, USA)  

Al-Hussein Technical University (Amman, Jordan) 

Solution: An online platform, Paragon, which supports the food industry in optimizing communication in the supply chain and supply and demand forecasting through a transparent exchange of data that decreases negative environmental and economic effects created by food waste.

Second Place: H2O United 

SUNY, Rockland Community College (New York, USA) 

Middle East University (Amman, Jordan) 

Solution: Meyah Irrigation System Technology (MIST), is a smart-technology based agricultural solution that supports farmers in optimizing their utilization and conservation of water. 


Third Place:Collab Crew

Santa Fe College (Florida, USA

Luminus Technical University College (Amman, Jordan) 

Solution: El-Scooter, a service that provides residents of large cities who want a safe, affordable, and sustainable form of transportation by renting an electric schooter powered through a solar charging station.

*Funding for continued development of prototypes from finalist teams is provided by the Stevens Initiative Small Grants.    

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