See the Impact Design Immersion Fellowship awardees for 2019.
IDIF Focus: Handmade in India
Tanvi and her cofounder, Charanya Shekar, aim to improve the livelihoods of textile artisans and craftspersons in India. They will spend the summer exploring ways to work on product improvement and market access — partnering with artisans to create high quality garments that appeal to contemporary audiences and helping them capture a fair share of value for these products.
IDIF Focus: Epilogue
With his startup Epilogue, Stephen will explore new avenues for older adults to express their potential. His core question is “How can we preserve meaning and purpose in the increased aging U.S. population through older adults’ untapped reserve of stories, knowledge, and talents?”
Eric is working to create tools that improve matching of underrepresented workers, often low income and without college degrees, to good jobs and effective training programs.
Marta is a digital health expert with over eight years of experience in technology, AI and behavior science for improved health outcomes.
She founded and launched several award-winning ventures across USA, Europe, and Africa: first digital therapeutic for PFD, AI HIV risk prediction tool, an epilepsy app (BCG DV), and a platform linking refugees to digital work. At the World Bank Innovation Labs, she was instrumental in designing innovations in ~$330 million in investments. Marta is $1M Hult Prize Global Finalist, founder of Dtx Future, Stanford MBA - Harvard MPA. Check her future of health blog.
IDIF Focus: Yoni
Yoni empowers more than 20 million women suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction (a massively under-diagnosed medical condition causing pain with sex, gynecological exams, tampon use, and emotional pain) to take control over their sexual health and comfort. Up to 75% of women experience pain with sexual activity at some point in their lives. Yoni provides women with a physician-approved, at-home digital coach for self care and partner engagement to heal the physical and emotional pain.
IDIF Focus: Prosper
Prosper seeks to empower workers as millions transition from full-time to independent work. It assists freelancers in collecting payments from delinquent clients and works to prevent late payment in the first place. Prosper will also have an advocacy arm that sets standards for payment rates and contract terms for certain professions, experimenting with new forms of collective action tailored for independent workers.
IDIF Focus: FLOAT
FLOAT is exploring how to build financial health and resilience for contract workers in East Africa through an inclusive, employer-based, micro-insurance product.
IDIF Focus: Inspired Living
The United States is on the brink of a housing crisis for adults with cognitive disabilities with the unfortunate alternative of homelessness for those without a safety net. As both family caregivers and adults with autism age, there is a need to transition adults to semi-independent living situations before family members pass away. Inspired Living is a technology-based network to aggregate and match housing demand; it has a premium consultancy feature to increase available residential units for adults with cognitive disabilities.
IDIF Focus: AgAi
AgAi is focused on helping specialty farmers know more about what they grow using plant-level computer vision and AI to count, size, and detect irregularities in crops. This actionable data will allow farmers to optimize produce shipping, pricing, harvesting, and ultimately be more precise with the amount of inputs applied to their crop, with the goal of reducing pesticide and fertilizer applications from crops and the environment.
IDIF Focus: Praxis Labs
Praxis Labs reimagines diversity and inclusion training. It leverages the immersive, perspective-taking power of virtual reality to deliver a more effective, scalable solution for organizations by letting users walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.
Praxis pairs best-in-class D&I curriculum with VR to increase empathy, reduce bias, and create sustained behavior change.
Ray Su and Weili Dong
He founded a social venture for Chinese senior citizens, led the product operation team of an online education project at Tencent, and worked on a strategy analysis project for the pre-K education industry.
Weili has expertise in marketing and operations. She operated a team across three continents to launch an electronic trading platform, championed a technology road map with developers, and rolled out a new marketing and pricing system. She also taught in a Singapore school serving people with autism.
IDIF Focus: Inter-Gen
Ray and Weili are exploring ways of supporting senior citizens in China who are lonely and need emotional support, especially through connecting senior citizens with children.
The United States has lost half of its productive topsoil in the last two centuries, yet only a fraction of U.S. cropland is engaged in soil conservation efforts. This project will enhance our understanding of business-driven solutions to the erosion challenge and will specifically examine farmer experiences and needs regarding the practice of cover cropping on Midwestern farms. Through this work, possible business models that meet farmer needs will be explored.