2016 Challenge

Crowded Urban Space

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Crowded Urban Spaces

The 2016 Hult Prize “President’s Challenge” is Crowded Urban Spaces and will focus on economic inclusion, more specifically, doubling the incomes of the residents who live in some of the toughest conditions in the world through improved mobility and increased connectivity to people, products, services and capital by 2022.¬† This challenge was selected by President Bill Clinton and announced at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York.

Official Challenge Document
Winner
Magic Bus Team

BuuPass

Earlham College

The four co-founders of BuuPass won the Hult Prize competition with their startup company that aims to help people as much as double their incomes with improved commuting. The group chose Nairobi as a test location for a cell-phone-based SMS messaging and mobile payment service to assist workers in reserving and paying for rides on commuter buses called Matatus.

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Finalists
Boston
BuuPass
Earlham College
BuuPass aims to connect the buses to the commuters through an o ine technology that serves as an automated ticketing service.
San Francisco
PROTRASH
Tecnologico de Monterrey
PROtrash will create financial incentives for communities to collect and deliver their own trash.
London
SIMPRINTS
University of Cambridge
Simprints is a simple, seamless biometric solution that allows organizations to identify beneficiaries anytime, anywhere with just the touch of a finger.
Dubai
SYNERGY GLOBAL
BRAC UNIVERSITY
Synergy Global matches skilled workers from marginalzied communities to ethical fashion brand.
Shanghai
MUSANA CARTS
Hult International Business School
Musana Carts provides a clean and
licensed food cart to actors of the shadow economy.

Past challenges