The Innovation Marketplace, hosted by USAID and MIT, was a competition showcasing the talent of students and young innovators who are using science, technology, innovation and partnerships to tackle global challenges.

Teams or individuals competed in one of two categories: "products & services" and "research."
  • Products & Services are approaches, technologies, devices, or systems with at least an existing prototype by the time of submission.
  • Research includes projects or methodologies that have collected preliminary data by the time of submission.
The Innovation Marketplace took place in mid-November on MIT’s campus as a feature of HESN’s TechCon 2016. Throughout the course of the competition, individuals or teams of young innovators such as students, young professionals, or postdoctoral researchers had the opportunity to gain exposure, build support for their innovative product or research, receive technical feedback, and practice their pitching skills.
 

After an exciting round of pitches, the following teams received prizes for their innovations:

In the Research category:

In the Products & Services category:

Sensen

Sensen

Sensen is an affordable, integrated sensing and analytics platform that provides continuous,...

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In the VentureWell eTeam category:

ElectroSan

ElectroSan

4.6 billion people across the developing world lack adequate treatment of their feces and urine...

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In the ASME Technical Review category:

mDex

mDex

mDex is a mobile-device based diagnostic tool that empowers a medical practitioner to diagnose...

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We want to recognize all of the innovators and researchers that were part of this year's TechCon. Check out the full list

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