2015 SUMMER SCHOOL CANDIDATES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Good news! Our 2015 Summer School candidates are making some astounding progress! Check out how each of these innovative businesses are gaining momentum while making the world a better place…

PEEK RETINA
The Peek Retina adapter is currently in production and the team will soon be releasing a new app. Andrew Bastawrous, Co-Founder of Peek, was also recently selected as a 2016 Rolex Laureate – a prestigious prize that celebrates “innovative projects that advance human knowledge or well-being”.

YELLOWONE HANDSAFE
The Yellowone Handsafe is now in production and will soon be distributed to Danish hospitals and other selected buyers. Designer Hân Pham says 1-3 million units will be produced each year and, after launching in Denmark, plans to distribute Yellowone throughout Scandinavia and eventually all of Europe.

OKHI
OkHi have teamed up with Uber Africa in Kenya to improve their mapping system and help navigate the city’s streets. “Rather than the Uber driver aiming for number, say, 7 Mombasa Road—which may not be mapped—he or she can aim for the white fence or green gates of the exact location as seen on a mobile device,” writes TechCrunch.

SCIO
Scio, the hand-held molecular scanner, will be entering the education sector! They’re planning on bringing a serious upgrade to science classes starting with a few American schools and universities. The company is also rapidly growing with the team almost 100 employees strong.

IKO CREATIVE PROSTHETIC SYSTEM
IKO has been making some serious waves in the media, winning award after award. Most recently, the design was named one of the top 25 best inventions of 2016 by TIME magazine. IKO also took out the Innovation by Design prize, run by Fast Company, in the User Experience category.

BE MY EYES
Be My Eyes now has over 30,000 blind users and almost 400,000 volunteers! Right now the team are busy developing Be My Eyes for Android, and are also looking into new extensions to offer more services to the visually impaired.

WRISTIFY
EMBR Labs, designers of Wristify, have been working hard on redesigning a new look for the wearable thermostat. “The design is now smaller, more sexy and more comfortable,” says Sam Shames from EMBR Labs. Wristify will also go into production early next year.

ARBOREA (THE SILK LEAF)
The Silk Leaf, now known as Arborea Ltd, were selected as finalists for the 2016 Hello Tomorrow Challenge. The team, including founder Julian Melchiorri, will also take part in the Climate-KIC Acceleration Program, which supports over 150 start-ups in Europe each year.

CROWDVOICE.ORG
Since the release of new website Crowdvoice.by, the team has been expanding to cater for new users. Currently 15 advocacy organisations are using Crowdvoice.by to collect essential data and generate infographics. The original site, Crowdvoice.org, still continues to be one the top sites for aggregated protest news.


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