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Taylor Quinn: Combatting Poverty with Nutritious, Culturally Relevant Food

Taylor Quinn: Combatting Poverty with Nutritious, Culturally Relevant Food
Taylor: The current way the world tackles malnutrition is not okay. I have been obsessed with providing nutritious low-cost food that is accessible to families living in extreme poverty. This work is especially urgent today because the rise of processed food in developing countries is creating a new reality—obesity and diabetes alongside chronic malnutrition—a double burden of malnutrition. The international development community collectively believes there is no business model for selling nutritious food to the poor. I have seen it work, though, and at the same time, I have so many close friends who have suffered the ravaging effects of malnutrition on their bodies and minds. For me, my work with Tailored Food is not a "career" or a "job" but a deep passion. 

Maya Burhanpurkar: Harnessing Autonomous Technology for Wheelchairs and More

Maya Burhanpurkar: Harnessing Autonomous Technology for Wheelchairs and More
Maya: Did you know that greenhouses, hospitals, and airports have been hit with labor shortages and dangerous working conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic? We developed autonomous self-driving software to automate existing wheeled equipment that helps farmers alleviate labor shortages, protects essential workers, and keeps doctors and patients safe. Our system is retrofittable, so customers can automate their existing equipment fleets quickly at low cost. So far, we have automated power wheelchairs, greenhouse tugs, and floor cleaners.

Aditi Sivakumar: Empowering Women and Girls Facing Violence During the Pandemic

Aditi Sivakumar: Empowering Women and Girls Facing Violence During the Pandemic
Aditi: I am working towards ending gender-based violence. I serve as a peer supporter where I provide emotional and social support to women and children who are facing violence. I plan community-based events to advocate for ending violence against women and children. I also founded “Everyday Essential Express (Triple E Delivery)”, a contactless delivery service for domestic violence shelters across the Ottawa, Canada region, during the pandemic.