The winners of UNLEASH LAB 2017 have been found

August 22nd, 2017

Although UNLEASH LAB 2017 is over, we are already looking to the future to help all the great solutions become a reality. Congratulations to all our talents for all their hard work. Here are the winners of the five special awards:

1. Most impact potential


Theme: Sustainable Production and Consumption

Team 13: Lu Yu, Morgan Law, Emelie Lindahl, Ryoko Suzuki, John Oyewole and Kevin Lee

Solution: Shrink wrap is one of the largest hidden pollutants in the world. The team has developed a reuseable smart pallet cover to replace plastic shrink wrap. The solution impacts SDG 12 on reducing waste. The team estimates that each cover will result in a net reduction of plastic materials into landfills, save oil consumption, and cut CO2 emissions.

The team received this award for the most impactful potential of all solutions developed at UNLEASH.

2. Best prototype

Virtual Reality Assisted Curriculum for Migrant Integration

Theme: Education & ICT

Team 21: Carolyn Balk, Claudia Villar-Leeman, Adila Sayyed and Lean Darwish

Solution: The team believe they can make a larger and faster impact on the SDGs’ achievement by focusing on youth in developed countries who will, in 2030, have large amounts of political clout and power to influence global policy. Through a virtual reality (VR) assisted curriculum for migrant (including refugee) integration in secondary schools, we can help increase empathy and multicultural understanding among the leaders of tomorrow, and decrease prejudice and localized violence surrounding migrants.

The team received this award for the best prototype of UNLEASH.

3. Most compelling communication


Theme: Health

Team 5: Chun-Hao Huang, Christian Bjerrekaer and Yassine Harzallah

Solution: “Dearly” is the name of a solution that designs and builds an artificial intelligence platform to help people monitor their health at home, with the ultimately goal of lowering the colorectal cancer mortality.

The team received this award for their compelling communication throughout UNLEASH.

4. Most collaborative team


Theme: Food

Team 24: Camila Lima, Marion Atieno Moon, David Guerena, Dysmus Kisilu,, Elena Pietschmann and Sunil Simon

Solution: The team made a solution called Farmazon, which is an e-commerce platform that aims at reducing inefficiencies in agricultural value chains by linking smallholder farmers to buyers, agricultural advisers, input suppliers and transport providers.

The team received this award for being the most collaborative team during UNLEASH.


5. Most visionary team

OTWOH (Ocean Plastic To Heat)

Theme: Water

Team 14: Fidan Karimova, Ulrik Sludekilde Rasmussen, Jose Fernando Perusquia, Davi Victral and Charles Lavoie-Aubuchon

Solution: The proposed idea will help clean plastics currently polluting the ocean and the coastlines and utilize them as an energy source at wastewater treatment plants. Collecting this plastic waste and using it as an energy source to clean human waste will create a cradle-to-cradle solution, while helping wastewater utilities run a more lean and profitable operation.

The team received this award for being the most visionary team at UNLEASH.

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UNLEASH 2019年将来到“硬件硅谷”——中国深圳

February 21st, 2019

中国深圳将于2019年11月6日至11月13日举办UNLEASH 2019(全球青年创新集训营活动)。作为一个汇聚许多高新科技公司和年轻创业者的可持续发展城市,毫无疑问,深圳会将UNLEASH提升到一个新的高度。 深圳被称为世界的“硬件硅谷”而备受关注,这得益于深圳市政府积极推动城市科技创新、绿色发展。 UNLEASH能在深圳举办,离不开深圳市政府的大力支持,深圳市市长陈如桂表示:“我们很高兴(深圳)能成为下一届UNLEASH的主办城市,深圳作为一个创新创业城市,为年轻人才提供一个为联合国可持续发展目标研发解决方案的良好环境。” UNLEASH将汇集世界各地的人才,为可持续发展目标开辟新思路 UNLEASH由嘉士伯基金会和嘉士伯集团主席Flemming Besenbacher首次提出。 作为UNLEASH主席和中国科学院的外籍院士,Flemming Besenbacher教授说道:“我的愿景是为联合国可持续发展目标创建领先的创新实验室。自第一届UNLEASH在丹麦成功举办以来,我们今年(2018年)在新加坡成功举办了第二届UNLEASH,我很高兴下一届UNLEASH将在深圳这个科技创新、可持续发展的城市举行。” 自UNLEASH成立以来,德勤一直是其核心合作伙伴,其北欧首席执行官Anders Dons也表示非常期待未来UNLEASH能发展到新高度: “德勤将再次负责创新工作坊,携手世界各地的导师团队,在仅有的五天时间内,引导协助人才将想法快速转变成可持续发展的解决方案,以探索解决当前世界难题。东道主的本地文化会对这次创新之旅带来积极影响,且深圳浓厚的创新创业氛围也将进一步激发新想法。” 在短短9个月内,UNLEASH就已经举办了两届,汇聚了全球143个国家近2000名顶尖人才,为联合国可持续发展目标提出了近370个解决方案,以解决当下全球最紧迫的社会经济自然难题。 UNLEASH执行董事兼Dalberg集团董事长Henrik Skovby说道:“无论UNLEASH在哪里举办,UNLEASH的精神都会延续;我们很期待看到中国文化会如何影响启发人才开发可持续解决方案,这将是一件很有趣的事情。” UNLEASH将透过主办国家的视角,探索当地生活工作思考方式,为实现可持续发展目标提供新方向。 2019年11月6日至11月13日,UNLEASH将在深圳举办,再次汇聚全球1000名顶尖人才,及诸多企业单位、院校机构和政府部门。   联系人: Julie Trærup, UNLEASH 秘书处, [email protected], +45 22336346

New Years Greeting from Chairman Flemming Besenbacher

December 19th, 2018

Dear UNLEASH talents and supporters, When the idea of UNLEASH came up and slowly started to materialize back in 2016, there were several moments along the way where I must admit that I had serious doubts as to whether we could really carry the project through. But we did. We succeeded in gathering 1,000 young […]

Torbjørn Sindballe from Deloitte talks with UNLEASH on synergies between work on SDGs

November 26th, 2018

In Singapore, UNLEASH had a chat with Torbjørn Sindballe, Audit & Assurance Talent Leader at Deloitte about the synergies between Deloitte’s work and UNLEASH. Deloitte has been involved in UNLEASH since the beginning and have been the Innovation Lead in both Denmark and Singapore, sending facilitators and talents to come up with new solutions.

UNLEASH celebrates World Toilet Day with Jack Sim interview

November 19th, 2018

November 19 marks The World Toilet Day which aims to create awareness of the access to quality sanitation in many parts of the world. The day was started by the founder of The World Toilet Organization, Jack Sim, who UNLEASH met in Singapore for a talk on how he came up with this idea and […]

Talent uses solar energy for sugercane crushing, another is featured in UNEP and other updates

November 19th, 2018

Palak Aggarwal, co-founder of The Batti Ghar Foundation’s designs Solar Cane Palak co-founded The Batti Ghar Foundation, with her mentor, in early 2016 which work towards innovating and incubating sustainable technologies for livelihoods. With limited human and financial resources, she and her team at Batti Ghar have been able to innovate 4 technological solutions and […]

Updates from the UNLEASH community

August 13th, 2018

GOViral launches pilot in Philippines Based on the advice of several stakeholders at UNLEASH 2018 UNLEASH team GOViral has identified a local Barangay (community) where it wants to pilot its solution. The solution focusses on HBV in the Philippines, and it has received full support from the municipal mayor, the local health workers, and health […]

Winners of SDG 13: Climate Action

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: Vantage 720 Vantage 720 won for their solution to create awareness of climate change. Vantage 720 involves the creation of climate change lessons that will be localized with Indigenous knowledge and presented in a VR format, with calls to action and a designed curriculum to fit the cultural context of Grade 10-12 students […]

Winners of SDG 12: Responsible Supply Chain and Consumption

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: won for a solution with an app that matches cross-industries with excess materials. The solution is a platform that creates cross-industry behavioral nudges towards connection in a supply web. The solution includes: (1) Innovation Predictor; (2) User Interface to help us recognize our natural state of social curiosity; and (3) Machine learning that […]

Winners of SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: SaniHive SaniHive won for the solution which would provide better access to sanitation for people living in slums. Urban slum communities in Khayelitsha, South Africa need sustainable sanitation that meet the needs of high population density. The current temporary portable toilets are largely inaccessible due to space constraints leading to situations where 20,000 […]

Winners of SDG 4: Quality Education

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: @letschatyoungvoices @letschatyoungcoives won for their solution to provide sex education and awareness to decrease school dropouts due to teen pregnancy. The solution is addressing school dropouts aged 13 to 19, due to teen pregnancy in the Dominican Republic. 20% of the girls aged 15-19 years, drop out of schools due to teen pregnancy. The ‘Let’s Chat’ […]

Winners of SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: JOYA JOYA won gold for their solution, which would give mobility and safety to children with lower limb disabilities. In favelas of Rio de Janeiro, children with lower limb disabilities have difficulties accessing healthcare services. The rough terrain of the favela limits the child’s movement, preventing parents from bringing them for medical treatment. […]

Winners of SDG 2: Zero Hunger

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: Net-To Net-To won the Gold Award in their track for their solution to reduce post-harvest losses. Farmers in rural Nigeria face drastic post-harvest losses due to pests and environmental factors. By shortening drying-time, reducing contact with contaminants and bruising during post-harvest handling, the solution solves these issues. Net-To is a hammock-like sleeve designed […]

Winners of SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

July 17th, 2018

Gold winner: ElecTrack ElecTrack won gold for their solution to track electricity from generation to consumption. Current Energy Certification of Origin system does not provide transparency to customer where and how their electricity is being produced. Thus, the investment in renewable energy may not have the intended impact on the final generation mix. ElecTrack changes this […]

Winners of SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

June 27th, 2018

Gold winner: Asha Asha won the gold prize for their solution, which will identify and catalyze franchise opportunities for youth. Asha creates a matchmaking service that can capture our users’ skill set such as his/her previous job experiences, soft skills and career aspirations, and match them with micro-franchising and employment opportunities. They prioritize micro-franchising as the […]

The winners of UNLEASH have been found

June 8th, 2018

At the UNLEASH Closing Ceremony the five winners of the special awards pitched and received their awards. Award for Gender Equality: Spice Girlz   Executive Summary: A growing middle-income population of young women in Indian cities experience limited opportunities for physical activity, placing them at increased risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including diabetes, heart disease and […]

World Diabetes Foundation is the official sponsors of the Health theme at UNLEASH 2018

May 26th, 2018

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PRESS RELEASE: World’s largest innovation lab designed to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in Singapore, May 30 – June 6

May 22nd, 2018

UNLEASH is a global innovation lab, convening 1,000 carefully selected millennial thought leaders from more than 100 countries, who will collaborate on ideas and solutions to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Singapore is the official host of UNLEASH 2018. In 2017, the inaugural UNLEASH was held in August in Denmark, convening 1,000 […]

Keppel Corporation is the official main sponsor of the Sustainable Cities & Communities theme at UNLEASH 2018

May 20th, 2018

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Deloitte is the official sponsor and Innovation Lead Partner of the SDG Innovation Lab

May 8th, 2018

Deloitte is collaborating with UNLEASH for the second year, to bring together the brightest young minds from different sectors and backgrounds to determine and develop new solutions for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As lead innovation partner for UNLEASH, Deloitte facilitates innovation labs where Deloitte professionals apply their business capabilities and innovation experience to guide […]

Sembcorp Industries is the official sponsor of the Water and Energy theme at UNLEASH 2018

May 7th, 2018

Sembcorp Industries is a leading utilities, marine and urban development group, present across five continents. As an integrated energy player, Sembcorp is poised to benefit from the global energy transition. It provides solutions across the energy and utilities value chain, with a focus on the Gas & Power, Renewables & Environment, and Merchant & Retail […]

DBS Bank is the official sponsor of the Climate Action theme at UNLEASH 2018

April 30th, 2018

2018 is DBS’ 50th anniversary. The story of DBS is intertwined with Singapore’s, and their achievements mirror hers. In their early years as the Development Bank of Singapore, their mandate was to finance a newly-independent Singapore’s industrialisation. DBS has therefore always been a different kind of bank, with a mission that was bigger than themselves. […]

UNLEASH is going to Singapore in 2018!

December 14th, 2017

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore as host of UNLEASH Innovation Lab in 2018 During his visit to Singapore, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen handed over UNLEASH to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. UNLEASH is a global innovation lab, bringing together 1,000 carefully selected young talents from across the world, to collaborate […]

Winners of the seven SDG themes have been found

August 24th, 2017

During Dragons’ Den the winners of the seven UNLEASH themes were found. Find more information about the winners here: Education & ICT Energy Health Food Sustainable Consumption & Production Urban Sustainability Water

Winners of Health

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – Block Fakes Team 19: Akshay Navaladi, Adebisi Adenipekun and Desmond Nji Atanga Solution: 120,000 children die due to counterfeit antimalarial drugs in Africa each year. In Nigeria alone, over 70% of all drugs sold annually are counterfeit. Existing solutions to tackle this problem have proven to be expensive and inadequate. Hence, Block Fakes propose […]

Winners of Sustainable Consumption & Production

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – SmartWrapR Team 13: Lu Yu, Morgan Law, Emelie Lindahl, Ryoko Suzuki, John Oyewole and Kevin Lee Solution: Shrink wrap is one of the largest hidden pollutants in the world. In the United States, there are over 2 billion pallets which causes 1.0 billion pounds of petroleum waste and of which 95% is expected […]

Winners of Water

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – UNLEAK Team 16: Emmanuel Marfo, Jon Kornik, Meseret Dawit Teweldebrihan, Priyank Hirani, Yael Zvulunov, and Yajun Wang Solution: Leaks inside homes lose enough water to serve 600 million people each day. UNLEAK will fix this in water stressed cities by offering free leak detection and cheap repairs to all. Using a method to […]

Winners of Urban Sustainability

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – Demolition 4 Design Team 17: Clare McCracken, Gitte Gylling Hammershøj Olesen, Kunmi Odufuye, Nicholas Ransome, and Zoé Bezpalko Solution: The Demolition 4 Design (D4D) platform disrupts the ecosystem of the built environment by connecting previously disconnected professionals, increasing knowledge of sustainable solutions and enabling value creation by diverting landfill waste into new […]

Winners of Food

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – Doti Gold Team 15: Benjamin Moore, Anja Rabezanahary, Eric Nwoko, Courage Saba, and Blessing Mene Edward Odgers Solution: Doti Gold is a for-profit organization that transforms food waste to gold (animal feed and fertiliser) using the Black Soldier Flies. Doti Gold will produce more affordable inputs mainly proteins for fish and bio fertiliser for […]

Winners of Energy

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – Earthmark Team 21: Spencer Jay Horne, T. Adil Chowdhury and Anders Brandt Bangsgaard Solution: Product manufacturers will not use sustainable practices until demanded by consumers, but consumers have no easy way to make the best choices. The Earthmark app allows consumers to easily identify the most sustainable choices within product categories, spurring green […]

Winners of Education & ICT

August 24th, 2017

GOLD WINNER – HOD – Hear-oes on Demand Team 18: Silvia Muturi, Ryan Scott, Rick Martin, Nela Sladojevic, Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu, and Madhvi Aggarwal Solution: There is over 1.5 million deaf people in Kenya. The gap between the availability of interpreters and deaf individuals is 1:7500. Institutions which are mandated by the government to provide […]

Founder & CEO og Khan Academy, Salman “Sal” Khan will be coming to UNLEASH

August 15th, 2017

Salman Khan will be joining UNLEASH in Aarhus. Salman “Sal” Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy started as a passion project. Sal’s cousin was struggling with math. He tutored her remotely and posted educational videos on YouTube. So […]

The Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen will give a speech at UNLEASH

August 4th, 2017

The Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, will give a speech during the “UNLEASH Awards Show- Presented by BESTSELLER”. Lars Løkke Rasmussen has served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 2009 to 2011 and again since June 2015. He has been a member of the Danish Parliament since 1994 and Chairman of the Danish Liberal […]

Ashton Kutcher is attending UNLEASH

August 2nd, 2017

We are happy to announce that actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, investor and producer, Ashton Kutcher will be coming to UNLEASH on August 21. Ashton Kutcher has been named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” as well as being honored by Vanity Fair ‘s New Establishment List, which identifies the top 50 […]

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be coming to UNLEASH

August 2nd, 2017

  Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be coming to Aarhus to celebrate the SDG Talents. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls. She is committed to creating awareness, respect and acceptance of women and girls’ sexual and […]

Dee Poon of Esquel Group is coming to UNLEASH

August 1st, 2017

  On the final day of UNLEASH, we are happy to have Dee Poon speak on sustainable production and comsumption at Musikhuset, Aarhus. Dee Poon is the Managing Director of Brands and Distribution of Esquel Group, a global leading textile and apparel manufacturer with operations located worldwide. In 2014, Dee was selected as a Young […]

Welcome by Chairman, Flemming Besenbacher

August 1st, 2017

In just 12 days, UNLEASH will kick off in Denmark. We are so excited to welcome our 1,000 global top talents from more 129 countries. We have tech-entrepreneurs, leading academics, young professionals, and development program officers. All talents have proved a passion for positive change. We have gathered an incredibly diverse group of young and […]