2020 Category Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 Category Winners! 

You can download our announcement here, which also includes all runners up and the People's Choice Category Winners.

2020 - Cities & Mobility - CATEGORY-WINNER

Made of Air

Made of Air proposes that the materials used to urbanise be disconnected from fossil fuels, and should respond to the IPCC'S call for Negative Emissions Technologies- strategies that remove more CO2 from the air than are emitted. Made of Air is a carbon negative thermoplastic that can replace traditional materials in the built environment, activating our impending urbanisation against climate change.
2020 - Food & Water - GRAND-PRIZE-WINNER

Desert Control

Drawing on the work of the United Nations, Reuters reported in 2007 that about 1.2 billion people are at risk from desertification as deserts expand and degraded dry lands cover close to a third of the world’s land surface area. Using fungus to prevent water and nutrients to flush right through sand Desert Control patented Liquid Nanoclay (LNC) Mixture is sprayed directly onto dry, sandy land, creating a water-retaining network in the soil profile.
2020 - Energy & Environment - CATEGORY-WINNER


Pińatex is an amazing, leather-like material made from the waste of pineapple plantations. Not only does the product make use of material that would otherwise be discarded or burnt, in addition to being a substitute for leather, it also replaces non-sustainable materials such as PU and PVC. Finally, it also creates additional income for farmers in some of the world's poorer regions.
2020 - Health & Wellbeing - CATEGORY-WINNER


Antibiotics-resistant superbugs in hospitals and the ongoing CoronaVirus pandemic make us acutely aware of how important it is to prevent viruses and bacteria from being passed on via surfaces. NitroPep has developed an approach that bonds antimicrobial actives and disinfectants to both metal and plastic surfaces. Laboratory tests have shown that these surfaces can kill more than 99.99% of bacteria in less than five minutes, including strains of MRSA bacteria that have become resistant to several antibiotics.
2020 - Education & Human Resources - CATEGORY-WINNER


The ability to communicate is fundamental to thrive in society, which means that millions of people whose disabilities involved an inability to communicate verbally are doubly disadvantaged. Livox is a software for Android tablets that enables non-verbal people with disabilities and people with learning impairments to communicate and to learn.


Our global environment and economic security are inextricably intertwined. But increasing levels of greenhouse gases, environmental degradation, and natural resource depletion are precluding long-term social and economic security.

Global collaboration and coordinated, distributed action are vital to restore and replenish the world’s environmental and economic ecosystems. The old, siloed ways aren’t working. We need new ways to cooperate and innovate across the public and private sectors to meet the environmental and economic exigencies we face. Unity is needed. Coherence of initiatives is needed. Coalescence of invention, innovation, knowledge and investment is needed.

Katerva is designed to meet this imperative by uniting the people and the technology paramount to catalyzing and supporting sustainable innovation that is exponentially scalable.

The challenges mankind faces are colossal. But so are the courage, ingenuity, wisdom and heart of innovators, entrepreneurs and others the world over. Never before have we had such extraordinary tools for collaborative innovation. Never before have we had the technology to cull the world’s brightest minds and create an actionable platform of support for the common good.



Do you know of an innovation that is original, readily available, financially viable, scientifically feasible, scalable, and has positive social/environmental impact? Then please submit it to our Awards Program as this is just what we are looking for.

Our Award Categories

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A society in which everyone can live and move freely, safely and pollution-free.

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A society in which everyone is able and willing to contribute to society.

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A society in which everyone can enjoy clean and sustainable resources and energy.

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A society in which everyone is provided with clean water and safe, nourishing food.

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A society in which everyone can enjoy a long and healthy life.

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