Alongside Gator Halpern, who we introduced to you in our interview, six further young men and women were awarded the prize in 2018.
Arpit Dhupar, a 25-year old mechanical engineer from India, was awarded the prize for his technology that filters out 90% of the fine particulate matter produced by diesel generators without any reduction of their mechanical efficiency. Instead of being disposed of as a waste product, the carbon particles extracted by the filters are utilized for the production of pigment-based inks for the printing industry. Fine particulate matter for a good cause.
The Palestinian-Kuwaiti businesswoman Heba Al-Farra (30) won the award for her social engagement. She founded the initiative “Women in Energy and Environment”. This project provides support to women in the engineering and environmental sectors in the Middle East and North Africa. At the same time, it is a mutually-supportive community of like-minded women.
Hugh Weldon (25) is an Irish mechanical engineer and a co-founder of Evocco. He was awarded the prize for a smartphone app that enables users to scan checkout receipts and determine the environmental impact of what they buy.
The Chinese diver and business owner Miao Wang (30) received the prize for “Better Blue”. She wants to set up a global network of divers and diving centers. Participants can offer scientific education programs in the network and make their own, personal contribution to marine conservation.
The 24-year old Miranda Wang from the USA, the co-founder and CEO of BioCollection, was chosen as a winner for her chemical recycling technology that makes new products and materials recyclable for the first time.
The Egyptian artist and painter Shady Rabab received the prize for the “Garbage Conservatoire Band”. His engagement brings together children who work as waste pickers in Luxor. The 26-year old shows them how to make musical instruments from garbage. His plans see the band eventually making appearances with their self-constructed instruments. With this, the musicians set an example for better waste management in Egypt and elsewhere.