The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

AI4VI - Advanced I-Sight for Visually Impaired

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Explain your idea in details:

According to estimates by cureblindness.org in 2015, there are about 36 million visually impaired around the world and another 217 million people around the world with severe or moderate visual impairment. As part of our own research we discovered that more than 10% of visually impaired people suffer from head bumps or tripping injuries more than once a month that critically impacts their lifestyle. The guide dogs and canes cannot detect obstacles that are above the hip level or something that is fast moving towards the person. Our product AI4VI is a patent-pending wearable sensor that alerts a visually impaired wearer to any obstacles that may pose a danger to them. The sensor detects obstacles that are beyond the immediate range of the guide dog or the cane especially those obstacles that are higher than the hip or any fast moving towards the person. Our product is small, lightweight, and can be worn on the body providing several advantages. First, the wearer does not need to hold it in his or her hand, thus freeing up the hands for normal use. Second, it is lightweight so it can be worn on the body for extended periods of time. Third, it provides audible and haptic feedback to the user so they can be alerted in all types of environments. Fourth, we have a companion smartphone app that can provide additional feedback via haptic alerts to the user. The companion app can be updated further to provide more features on an ongoing basis.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The injuries sustained by the head bumps and falls not only carry an immediate medical cost for the person but there are other long term impact as well. In case of senior citizens there are additional risks of more severe injuries from falls that may require hospitalization and associated direct medical costs and indirect costs to persons providing support services and the impact on the medical system too. There is also a hidden cost of lifestyle changes resulting from loss of confidence that are well documented. By providing a device that can proactively stop most if not all of these injuries there is a positive impact to the overall well being of the community not the least of which is the reduction in health care costs. Based on our analysis there are millions of people around the world that can benefit from such a low cost device, especially in third world countries where there are still accessibility challenges to visually impaired people. We can measure the success by the immediate lifestyle improvements that the wearer can see and some of the indirect reduction in medical and other related costs. Furthermore, we are working on other improvements to our device that can help visually impaired people to venture beyond their comfort zones and expand their independent travel further. Through our device we hope to make a sustainable improvement in the community and beyond.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

We worked with one of our medical advisors, Dr. Nelson Eng who provided guidance and advice on requirements and expectations from such a device. We also demonstrated our device to the students at NY Institute of Special Education. We also had the students try out our device and got great feedback from them. We also presented our device at last year's World Maker Faire in New York City where visitors to our booth provided very positive reviews and comments for our device. Our analysis indicates that the competing products are very expensive and require additional services to be purchased. Our business model is to move into the lower end of the market with an affordable device that we can quickly bring to the market. Our prototypes cost around $40 and we expect the costs to go down once we start producing in volume. By introducing the device in a specific segment, we hope to hit intermediate milestones for our investors that will help set us up on track for the subsequent milestones. Our goal is to sell our product online. Once we achieve some economies of scale we also want to provide our device at a subsidized price to underprivileged market segments. For our initial work and prototypes we obtained funds from our families and will further use those funds to continue our ongoing research and development work. We are looking to tap into funds from our families as well as seek other external funding that will help us do a targeted marketing and advertising campaign both to expand visibility for our product and obtain further funding for volume production.

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Your profile

We are an enthusiastic Science and Innovation team from New York. Our team is called D²NK, which stands for our names and our motto: Design Into Knowledge. We use our strengths in research and technology and work on various STEM initiatives to build devices for specialized purposes and write mobile apps to solve all types of challenges. Our aim is to use technology to make a difference in the lives of the people and community around us. Our AI4VI innovation won the Future Innovators award at the Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition in April 2019. We were also named as Conrad Innovators at the Conrad Challenge 2019 and selected as a Finalist at the Paradigm Challenge 2018 contest. We were selected to showcase our AI4VI wearable sensor at the World Maker Faire New York last year. We participated as part of a First Lego League team and won several awards including Core Values Award at the Razorback Invitational at Arkansas where teams from more than 40 countries participated. Team Members: Nitin Seshadri, Age 15, Sophomore at Somers High School, Somers, NY Deeya Patel, Age 16, Sophomore at Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY Divek Patel, Age 15, Freshman at Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY Karan Keerthy, Age 13, 8th grader at Briarcliff Middle School, Briarcliff Manor, NY

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June 26, 2019 10:30

Hello esteemed friend, I have come again today in the hope to encourage you as well as vote for your brilliant idea. I wish to share with you another quote today that will motivate you even further. Robert Collier said, Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
With this i hope you consider taking a look at my idea and cast out a vote.
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Thank you, I am very grateful to you!!

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June 25, 2019 21:07

Hello! Vote #33

Dont stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done!

Lets continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

Ecological Community PopulAction:
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Have a great day!

June 25, 2019 16:47

Hello

I hope you are doing fine. I have not seen you comment on fellow competitors posts
You are missing out on the networking opportunities the platform has to offer.
Please get on board and lets get engaged , chat and support each other more often.
I hope to hear from you soon.

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June 24, 2019 07:18

Hello! Vote #32

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

Have a great day!

June 23, 2019 10:11

Hello! Vote #31

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

Have a great day.

June 22, 2019 16:35

Good morning

Am back again. How are you finding time around the campus platform so far?

Lets keep supporting each other through teamwork. Have a great weekend..

Regards
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June 22, 2019 04:36

Hello!! Vote #30

I hope your project is one of the finalists of "Best Ideas 2019" in General Competition.

I count on your support for the Ecological Community PopulAction as one of the Best Ideas 2019 in Youth Competition!
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.

June 20, 2019 21:50

Hello,

I'm here to give your great project my support. I really hope you can achieve your goals and your project to evolve.

Together we are stronger, friend!

Support my project also: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/vinibastos/ideas/my-ideas/13884/

Thank You

June 18, 2019 04:09

Hello!

I checked your idea and I think there is a great potential and impact. Congratulations. I'll vote for you.

You also can support me at this link: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/anachafemann/ideas/my-ideas/15444/

Thank you!
Ana Claudia Hafemann

June 16, 2019 08:15

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EKJ
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June 16, 2019 08:15

Hi, I apologize, I have not been active on campus for some days now but am back now and will vote every idea that has left a comment or message for me if you have not done so, please check it out and leave a comment quickly to get two votes today thank you https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/?
EKJ
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June 15, 2019 10:57

vote 26

TODAY IS ANOTHER DAY to support on this amazing opinion lets make a change that will benefit the entire world . all the best

kindly let continue with the support

Regards
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June 15, 2019 05:49

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June 14, 2019 12:15

Hi dear,
its another beautiful day of voting, I believe sustained efforts and your creativity will pay off, on and off this platform. keep doing what you do and all the best
EkJ-edUnify
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June 14, 2019 12:14

Hi dear,
its another beautiful day of voting, I believe sustained efforts and your creativity will pay off, on and off this platform. keep doing what you do and all the best
EkJ-edUnify
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June 13, 2019 23:12

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June 13, 2019 23:12

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kindly let continue with the support

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June 13, 2019 23:12

I am here again to support on this amazing opinion lets make a change that will benefit the entire world . all the best

kindly let continue with the support

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June 13, 2019 19:49

Hello

Well done and i wish you all the best in this competition and implementation of your idea. Let continue supporting each other through votes and comments. You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a vote and comment https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 10, 2019 22:29

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June 9, 2019 23:20

Your idea has the potential to change the world as we know it. keep working on it, comment on my idea and i will be sure to vote you tomorrow, well done https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 7, 2019 09:53

Hi, I see your idea is quite impactful, Keep making modifications until its perfect. if you can leave a comment on my idea, i know you are active and when i come back online i will vote you. well done. kindly vote too if you can. https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 5, 2019 21:37

Hello

Your idea is wonderful, well done and i wish you all the best.You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a comment and vote https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 4, 2019 16:00

Great idea. Please vote for my Idea comments are appreciated.
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June 4, 2019 00:23

You have my vote!! I am Impressed!!! truly amazing the way how you plan to solve social and economic problems through critical thinking, keep up.

If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15064/

Let us make a difference in the world!

June 3, 2019 18:20

It's a beautiful day to vote, since it's a a new week, plus i will vote for your idea, kindly vote mine on your next activation. if you vote mine, kidly drrop a comment and ill make sure to vote you too. Thank you.
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June 3, 2019 08:25

Hi,
Your idea is great and I hope it has a great impact.

Lets Support each other. Can you please spare some time and vote for my idea STEP (Slums' Transformation & Empowering Population) in order to support slums and alleviate poverty.

Click on this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14234/ to vote.

Thank You

Best Regards,
Haleema zia from Pakistan

May 29, 2019 07:22

Greetings,

Happy International Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Your project idea is amazing :)

We're so excited to have been nominated under the youth best ideas competition category. Kindly show your support by reading commenting and voting for us at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15089/

Thank you,
Natasha Sichula
HERZ CEO

May 23, 2019 22:05

Awesome idea I'll definitely vote for you. HoweverMy idea "THE PITCHING APP" has been nominated for the young citizen entrepreneurship competition, under the best idea category 2019. Read about my idea via this link
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13916
Do comment and vote for me thanks in anticipation
Cheers.