It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! 65 teams have gone through the #beapirate challenge 2021, coming up with epic ideas and wild solutions to the global challenges we are facing. A huge round of applause to the 7 finalists: Luminous Teens, Braille Brains, HeyBee, Project Firefly, SoBrick, MedNet, and Mind Champs. Partly through online voting, partly through our partners and our mentors, these seven projects were selected. It was a close call, and so many other amazing projects and innovative ideas were developed throughout these last weeks. Well done everyone! We are so amazed by your creativity, your teamwork, and all the time and effort you have put in!
Meet the #beapirate challenge teams and their innovative ideas
It hasn’t been easy to select the 7 finalists, but these are the projects that made it:
Luminous Teens are tackling SDGs 1, 4, 5, 8, and 9 through their solution of reducing teen unemployment. Through a digital peer-to-peer freelancing marketplace platform, teenagers will be able to gain basic literacy skills, consultation, training opportunities and be able to sell and buy the products they develop. Using artificial intelligence, the platform will be individualized to each user, creating the best possible roadmap for their growth and their ventures.
Braille Brains aim at including deaf-blind people in our societies. Their access to education and social interaction is strongly reduced by the lack of aid for their disabilities. The solution of Braille Brains is a device that translates text and voice into braille, so those facing this issue would have close to real-time access to information just like everyone else. The device is solar-powered and includes an offline modus too. Braille Brains are tackling SDGs 1, 4, 8, and 10.
HeyBee is solving the critical issue of our bees going extinct due to a lack of natural habitats. The trouble with this is No bees, no pollination, no food. We need them if we want to have a future on this planet. To give bees a safe home to live in, HeyBee has developed a 3D-printing design for bee homes you can place in your garden, on your balcony, or on your roof. With their solution, they’re tackling SDGs 2, 3, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 15.
Project Firefly is focusing on SDGs 9 and 13 with their technological solution to fighting wildfire. Wildfires have been an increasing problem in the last years due to climate change. So far, water has been used to quench the fires, but Project Firefly believes vortex cannons combined with autonomous planes are the better solution. This could not only improve how we fight forest fires but might also save the lives of many firefighters currently on the front lines.
SoBrick are bricks made from plastic thereby solving two problems at the same time: Plastic waste on the one hand, and lack of housing on the other. These bricks are not only more durable, easier to produce, and cheaper than clay bricks, but they also contribute positively to our environment as they are recycled and reusable. SDGs 1, 8, 9, 11, 13, and 15 are being tackled through this project.
MedNet is tackling SDGs 3, 9, 10, 11 and 17 by introducing an international platform that allows medical experts, researches and patients from all over the world to connect, communicate and share ideas on the topic of health. This would give more people access to medical help, enable our global medical knowledge to grow, and create a network of cross-cultural collaboration that would benefit all.
Mind Champs have developed WE-NIVERSE – a game designed to prevent and ease the mental illnesses of students. By playing for 15 minutes, the game is able to offer advice, activities, and guidance so the player can avoid stress, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. Furthermore, a report is sent to the school teachers so the students don’t have to deal with the burden alone but can receive it immediately. This project tackles SDGs 3, 4, 9, 12, and 17.
These 7 teams are now preparing for the final Pitching on July 1 at 4 PM CET. They will each have 3 minutes to present their innovative ideas and additional 3 minutes to answer questions from the jury.
We in the Moonshot Pirates team really look forward to seeing them rocking the stage!
Good luck everyone! 🔥