Winners of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Technology Competition 2016

Boloro/BanQu, Jordan

Award: $20,000

Boloro/BanQ is a blockchain economic identity technology that enables a secure and immutable platform for creating economic opportunities for people living in extreme poverty. Land rights, voter registration, relationship based credit profiles and health records can also be added to the identity.

Change:WATER Labs, US

Award: $20,000

This invention is a low-cost, compact, waterless toilet for non-sewered households and communities. Change: Water Labs intends to test its pilot in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, including Zaatari or al-Azraq where sanitation is a big challenge

Evaptainers, Morocco

Award: $20,000

In 2013, 17 percent of the world's population do not have access to electricity. Without electricity, refrigeration is not possible, leading to the spoilage of large amounts of food. Evaptainers presented a durable solution through a $30 portable and electricity-free refrigeration units.


LED Safari, Switzerland

Award: $20,000

This team developed a do-it-yourself solar lamp. Building the lamp will help educate students on renewable energy and sustainable practices.


Natakallam, US

Award: $20,000

Natakallam is an online platform that pairs displaced Syrians with Arabic learners around the world for language practice sessions over Skype.

Open Embassy, Netherlands

Award: $30,000
Open Embassy is an online platform that facilitates the exchange of knowledge between refugees and volunteers.

Recycle Beirut, Lebanon

Award: $20,000

The Beirut-based social business is one that provides jobs to Syrian refugees to collect waste and transport it to recycling facilities.