Global Grand Prize Winners

November 21, 2019

Celebrating the future of work

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy has announced the four Global Grand Prize Winners – and for the first time ever, a People’s Choice Award – for the 2019 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge.

Press inquiries and requests for interviews can be sent to Shannon Farrelly, Director of Communications & Media Relations, at farrelly@mit.edu.

Global Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations to our four Global Grand Prize Winners! We look forward to seeing them change the world for good.

Financial Inclusion

Financial Inclusion

Income Growth & Job Creation

Income Growth & Job Creation

Skills Development & Opportunity Matching

Skills Development & Opportunity Matching

Technology Access

Technology Access

Financial Inclusion

2019 Grand Prize Winner

TiendaPago

Latin America

TiendaPago is an online lender that provides small "mom and pop" stores with short-term (one week) working capital loans.

Visit TiendaPago

2019 Regional Winners

Asia Initiatives

Asia

SoCCs is an innovative community currency that people earn for doing social good, and redeem for education, skill empowerment, micro credit, enterprise funding and more.

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Beam

Europe

Beam is the world’s first online platform that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people and supports them into long-term work.

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Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (CFL)

US & Canada

Up & Go is the first booking app in the US owned by domestic workers, empowering them to increase wages, build assets, and compete in the digital gig economy.

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Social Lender

Africa

Social Lender bridges the gap of immediate fund access for people with limited access to formal credit by harnessing a proprietary algorithm using social reputation on mobile, online, and social media platforms.

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2019 Grand Prize Winner

JobGet

US & Canada

JobGet is an efficient, mobile platform that enables millions of low-income jobseekers to find their next career within seconds and get hired within hours.

Visit JobGet

2019 Regional Winners

Jetty

Latin America

Jetty technology improves the financial sustainability of the struggling quasi-informal transit industry in Mexico by dignifying work for drivers and enhancing passenger safety and comfort.

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NaTakallam

Asia

NaTakallam delivers high-quality translation, language teaching, and cultural exchange programming to individuals, schools, universities, and organizations—all delivered by refugees through the gig economy.

Learn More

Padlock

Europe

Padlock is an online platform that connects businesses with freelance cybersecurity consultancy, powered by ongoing, iterative, and free upskilling of single parents in marketable cyber skills.

Learn More

Tiny Totos – 2019 People’s Choice Award Winner

Africa

Tiny Totos transforms service standards across Nairobi's informal childcare market through innovative technology to benefit underserved preschool children and working mothers in slums.

Learn More

2019 Grand Prize Winner

Reaktor Education

Europe

Reaktor Education is revolutionising online education, empowering all people to participate in a rapidly-evolving globalised society. Our award-winning first course collaboration, Elements of AI, has become a global phenomenon.

Visit Reaktor Education

2019 Regional Winners

Skillist

US & Canada

Skillist is a skill-based, identity-blind hiring platform that connects companies seeking entry-level talent to relevant, often-overlooked jobseekers, such as the millions of Americans without four-year college degrees.

Learn More

Talentu

Latin America

Talentu is an AI and e-learning-driven platform that helps unskilled job-seekers and companies improve job matching, save time, and develop the skills of candidates.

Learn More

Taskty

Africa

Taskty is Egypt's largest online marketplace for home services, connected workers with work and increasing economic opportunity.

Learn More

Youth4Jobs

Asia

Youth4Jobs provides youth with disabilities access to work opportunities while simultaneously co-creating pathways within companies for successful employment of these youth, at scale.

Learn More

2019 Grand Prize Winner

AGROS

Latin America

AGROS applies remote sensing and precision agriculture technologies to reduce small farmers financial exclusion.

Visit AGROS

2019 Regional Winners

Aira

US & Canada

Aira employs a humans + machines approach, harnessing artificial intelligence and remote human agents to facilitate employment success for the blind with instant access to visual information.

Learn More

Innovision

Asia

Innovision aims to leverage innovation to develop assistive technology solutions for the empowerment of persons with disability with a special focus on affordability.

Learn More

Organise

Europe

For working people who want a better life at work, the Organise platform provides the tools, network, and confidence to bring workers together to make change happen.

Learn More

Shopit

Africa

Shopit digitizes informal grocery stores in low-income communities and links them to the formal economy to create local business opportunities and positive social impact.

Learn More

Financial Inclusion

2019 Grand Prize Winner

TiendaPago

Latin America

TiendaPago is an online lender that provides small "mom and pop" stores with short-term (one week) working capital loans.

Visit TiendaPago

2019 Regional Winners

Asia Initiatives

Asia

SoCCs is an innovative community currency that people earn for doing social good, and redeem for education, skill empowerment, micro credit, enterprise funding and more.

Learn More

Beam

Europe

Beam is the world’s first online platform that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people and supports them into long-term work.

Learn More

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (CFL)

US & Canada

Up & Go is the first booking app in the US owned by domestic workers, empowering them to increase wages, build assets, and compete in the digital gig economy.

Learn More

Social Lender

Africa

Social Lender bridges the gap of immediate fund access for people with limited access to formal credit by harnessing a proprietary algorithm using social reputation on mobile, online, and social media platforms.

Learn More

Income Growth & Job Creation

2019 Grand Prize Winner

JobGet

US & Canada

JobGet is an efficient, mobile platform that enables millions of low-income jobseekers to find their next career within seconds and get hired within hours.

Visit JobGet

2019 Regional Winners

Jetty

Latin America

Jetty technology improves the financial sustainability of the struggling quasi-informal transit industry in Mexico by dignifying work for drivers and enhancing passenger safety and comfort.

Learn More

NaTakallam

Asia

NaTakallam delivers high-quality translation, language teaching, and cultural exchange programming to individuals, schools, universities, and organizations—all delivered by refugees through the gig economy.

Learn More

Padlock

Europe

Padlock is an online platform that connects businesses with freelance cybersecurity consultancy, powered by ongoing, iterative, and free upskilling of single parents in marketable cyber skills.

Learn More

Tiny Totos – 2019 People’s Choice Award Winner

Africa

Tiny Totos transforms service standards across Nairobi's informal childcare market through innovative technology to benefit underserved preschool children and working mothers in slums.

Learn More

Skills Development & Opportunity Matching

2019 Grand Prize Winner

Reaktor Education

Europe

Reaktor Education is revolutionising online education, empowering all people to participate in a rapidly-evolving globalised society. Our award-winning first course collaboration, Elements of AI, has become a global phenomenon.

Visit Reaktor Education

2019 Regional Winners

Skillist

US & Canada

Skillist is a skill-based, identity-blind hiring platform that connects companies seeking entry-level talent to relevant, often-overlooked jobseekers, such as the millions of Americans without four-year college degrees.

Learn More

Talentu

Latin America

Talentu is an AI and e-learning-driven platform that helps unskilled job-seekers and companies improve job matching, save time, and develop the skills of candidates.

Learn More

Taskty

Africa

Taskty is Egypt's largest online marketplace for home services, connected workers with work and increasing economic opportunity.

Learn More

Youth4Jobs

Asia

Youth4Jobs provides youth with disabilities access to work opportunities while simultaneously co-creating pathways within companies for successful employment of these youth, at scale.

Learn More

Technology Access

2019 Grand Prize Winner

AGROS

Latin America

AGROS applies remote sensing and precision agriculture technologies to reduce small farmers financial exclusion.

Visit AGROS

2019 Regional Winners

Aira

US & Canada

Aira employs a humans + machines approach, harnessing artificial intelligence and remote human agents to facilitate employment success for the blind with instant access to visual information.

Learn More

Innovision

Asia

Innovision aims to leverage innovation to develop assistive technology solutions for the empowerment of persons with disability with a special focus on affordability.

Learn More

Organise

Europe

For working people who want a better life at work, the Organise platform provides the tools, network, and confidence to bring workers together to make change happen.

Learn More

Shopit

Africa

Shopit digitizes informal grocery stores in low-income communities and links them to the formal economy to create local business opportunities and positive social impact.

Learn More