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Winners SEA 2015

Climate, the Environment & Energy

Smartflower (Austria)

The smartflower makes use of solar energy in the most efficient way and facilitates the installation and operation of the system. Depending on the region, it generates between 3,400 and 6,200 kWh a year, which entirely covers the average electricity consumption of a household in Central Europe (approx. 4,000 kWh). The smartflower does not require project planning, construction and installation support by 3rd parties; it is set and ready to operate in less than one hour, just plug & play. This way, smartflower enables any individual, corporation and public institution to generate 100% green energy without any restrictions and pitfalls.

Information at: https://www.smartflower.com/en

Development & Services

Vula Mobile (South Africa)

Vula Mobile gives any level of health worker a medical 'Specialist in the Pocket'. It started with an ophthalmology telemedicine smartphone app and the app is now being expanded for other specialties. Measurable Effects: Increased access to specialist knowledge and skills. Better referral systems. Better health outcomes including more operations for curable blindness.

Information at: http://www.vulamobile.com/

Urban & Regional Development

GreenRail s.r.l. (Italy)

GreenRail s.r.l. is an innovative start-up that designed and patented an innovative and eco-friendly railway sleeper made up of concrete and of a mixture of recycled plastic and rubber obtained from End of Life Tires. GreenRail™ sleeper reduces the cost of maintenance of railway lines, and contribute to defeat noise and vibration levels. Also, it is designed to contain within it any type of system.

Information at: http://www.greenrail.it/en/

Integration & Social Issues

Waste Works (Austria)

Waste Works builds on a, as of today, rarely used technology that allows to reconvert plastic into fuel oil. The company wants to bring this technology to developing and emerging countries to tackle the plastic waste problem, create new income opportunities and raise peoples’ awareness for ecological issues.

Information at: www.waste-works.de

Lifestyle & Culture

Hamwells (Netherlands)

The Hamwells e-shower offers a circulation mode that delivers both intense wellness and big savings. Imagine a shower giving 30 litres a minute, whilst saving up to 90% on water and energy. The circulation mode allows you to cut your water & energy bills with 30%.

Information at: https://www.hamwells.com/

Knowledge & Education

Pumpmakers (Austria)

The first DIY Solar Pump to supply clean drinking water. Through an online knowledge-sharing platform, offering assistance, know-how and materials to local entrepreneurs to build the pump and distribute it locally making people self-sufficient. It requires no maintenance and is affordable offering a solution to improve the access to clean drinking water worldwide, which is particularly critical in developing countries.

Information at: https://pumpmakers.com/

Health & Medicine

Wet-green (Germany)

With the new wet-green tanning system based on a purely aqueous olive leaf extract, it has now become possible to dispense entirely the use of conventional tanning chemicals such as chromium salts or glutaraldehyde. The bases of innovative plant-based tanning agents are olive leaves incurred in the Mediterranean in tremendously large quantities during the olive harvest and the subsequent pruning of trees. The wet green GmbH has an efficient, purely aqueous extraction process developed and implemented industrially together with its sister company Plantextrakt GmbH.

Information at: http://www.wet-green.com/

BEST PROJEKT

GreenRail s.r.l. (Italy)

GreenRail s.r.l. is an innovative start-up that designed and patented an innovative and eco-friendly railway sleeper made up of concrete and of a mixture of recycled plastic and rubber obtained from End of Life Tires. GreenRail™ sleeper reduces the cost of maintenance of railway lines, and contribute to defeat noise and vibration levels. Also, it is designed to contain within it any type of system.

Information at: http://www.greenrail.it/en/

BEST IDEA

Ooho! (Spain)

“Ooho!" encircles the water in an eatable membrane of algae. It is new way of packaging that propose an alternative to the plastic bottle. The final package is simple, cheap, resistant, hygienic, biodegradable and even eatable. Ooho! is a blob-like water container that is easy and cheap to make, strong, hygienic, biodegradable, and edible.​

It is made from natural ingredients extracted from seaweed. It addresses the need of transporting and distributing water anywhere at anytime.

Information at: http://www.skippingrockslab.com/

SEA of EXCELLENCE

Ann Makosinski (Canada)

The Canadian inventor Ann Makosinski used her ability and curiosity to look at some things from a different point of view. That is why she won the "SEA of excellence" Ann Makosinski has developed a flashlight that works solely on body heat. Because often the young people develop an ideas that can change the world.

Information at http://www.annventions.com