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26 World-Changing Ideas:
Improving Everything from Food to Health to Materials to Transport

How nice to stop thinking about COVID for a minute and revel in the potential of some truly groundbreaking creations! Here are some of Fast Company’s most recent list of 26 World-Changing Ideas that we’re especially excited about …

General Excellence: Vulcan II (Icon) – a massive 3D printer that can extrude the walls of a house in just 24 hours; new 3D-printed communities in southern Mexico and Austin, Texas offer large-scale proof that 3D-printing tech could be a viable solution for quickly building affordable housing for those in need.

Company of the Year: Abbott – From a new implant to keep babies’ hearts healthy, to fighting malaria, to addressing the social determinants of health through its Future Well Kids and Future Well Communities programs.

App: Food Rescue Hero (412 Food Rescue) – A ‘DoorDash for surplus food’ that connects extra food from restaurants to hunger-fighting organizations — and will now offer rides to people in need, as well.

Art and Design: Aguahoja (Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group, MIT Media Lab) – An installation project utilizing 3D-printed “biopolymers” — materials from the natural world that could replace plastic and degrade at the end of life, eliminating the need for recycling.

Net Zero: Aspiration vs. Reality in CPG & Retail

With thousands of consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and retailers making net-zero commitments, but only 25% of them on track to meet them by 2035, there is a clear gap between aspirational thinking and reality on the ground. Join us as Capgemini and frog detail some of the tools, technologies, and shifts in mindset and skillset needed for companies to walk their talk and leave a legacy of resilience and stewardship for generations to come — Tuesday, Oct. 17 at SB'23 San Diego.

Consumer Products: Evrythng – the IoT platform that makes every consumer product intelligent, interactive and trackable now lets consumers scan a package for visibility into their purchase’s entire supply chain

Food: Full Harvest – An online marketplace that connects food companies with farms to buy ugly and surplus produce to fight waste

Impact Investing: As You Sow – the nation’s leading nonprofit shareholder advocacy organization has long been persuading corporates to improve their policies on everything from packaging to energy to textiles. It also offers a suite of online tools to help average investors find mutual funds that invest in companies they believe in.

Transportation: Convoy – The company developed a program that eliminates the millions of tons of shipping emissions produced each year produced by truckers driving around with no cargo.


  • Asia-Pacific: Oacis (Phononic) – the system keeps spaces cool without the energy use and toxic coolants of traditional air conditioning.

  • EMEA: Youmma Solar Fridge (Youmma, Nidec Global Appliance) – A refrigerator designed to run on solar power to make it easier for developing-world households to keep perishable goods

  • North America: Etsy’s carbon-offset shipping – creating a new model for e-commerce sustainability

  • South America: Fazendo FuturoBrazil’s answer to Impossible Foods or Beyond Meat; if that beef-heavy market can embrace plant-based alternatives, there may be hope for us after all.

Read about all of 2020’s World Changing Ideas, as well as the finalists and honorable mentions, here.


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