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Friday Fun: Calling all innovators to the Powerful Answers Award
"Entrepreneurs passionate about using technology to solve difficult transport problems have the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality. Photo by Benoit colin/Flickr."

Entrepreneurs passionate about using technology to solve difficult transport problems have the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality. Photo by Benoit Colin/Flickr.

Do you have an idea that could radically change the world, if only you were given the resources to bring it to fruition? Do you see challenges with sustainability, health, or transport in your community and want to solve them through technological platforms? Verizon Wireless is launching the second edition of its Powerful Answers Award to give passionate innovators the chance to make their ideas real and advance technology as a tool for social good.

The mechanics of the contest:

There will be one grand prize of $1,000,000 dollars for the winners within each of the four categories of Education, Health, Sustainability, and Transport.

There will be two prizes of $250,000 distributed to two runners-up per category.

The ideas must address a social need and be the contestant’s own original ideas.

Entrants must submit their applications by June 30, 2014, so start thinking about your submission today!

Visit here to learn more about the details of the contest.

New focus on transport

Verizon has realized that transport is an essential component in solving many of the problems of today’s world, and this year it has expanded its contest to include transport as a new category. Within the larger category of transport, there are many different ways that innovators can tackle the problem of access through sustainable mobility. Innovators can create platforms that optimize logistical and distributional platforms to more effectively transport goods and people throughout the city. Or, innovators can concentrate their efforts on using communications technology to reduce traffic congestion, or use mobile applications to make cities cleaner and healthier for pedestrians. There are many different ways that entrepreneurs can go about improving transport through technology. What will yours be? Let us know in the comments section!

For a closer look at last year’s winner in the sustainability category, see the video below:

 

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