RISE 2021/22 Showcase and Awards

It can be difficult to take a social enterprise or innovation idea beyond small-scale, local implementation, into something bigger. Creating global impact is even more of a challenge! 

RISE helps students realise this goal for their projects by giving them access to a global audience of potential supporters - like you!

Below you can see the 20 student projects from across the U21 network that were nominated to the 2021/22 RISE Showcase and Awards. 

Winners of the RISE Awards for 2021/22:

Most Impact: ADUX - Leaders for Education, from Tecnológico de Monterrey,  Mexico.  

Most Innovative: Moon Bean Co from National University of Singapore, Singapore  

Most Collaborative: Public Health Beyond Borders from University of Maryland, USA.   

Most Potential:  Delta Waterways, from University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Provost’s Award:  AILEMapp from Hong Kong University, Hong Kong

Many thanks to our judges:

  • Professor Jenny Dixon, Provost of U21
  • Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Hong Kong University
  • Jim Lowe, Assistant Vice Provost, Executive Director for the Center for Career Development, University of Connecticut
  • Alison Colburn, Chief Executive, Common Purpose International
  • Amber Bartlett, U21 Student Experience Manager

Around the Table

Hyo Jeong Choi, Sung A Kim & Hyowon Jang GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality| GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities| GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  • Korea University
  • The two most significant matters for allowing participation of the verbally disabled in society are environmental preparation for equitable communication and a receptive community for all people. Therefore, we created an AAC board (communication method for those with expressive disorders) and provided them to the restaurants and cafes near the university. We also organized events to promote the concept of AAC to a wider range of people. As we expanded the project, many were able to reconsider that using verbal Korean and successfully transmitting the intent of messages may have been taken for granted in the past.


    Sue Yeon Sim, Ji In Ryu & Ye In Lee GOAL 4: Quality Education| GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
  • Korea University
  • Our team ‘Edutainability’ aimed at providing quality architectural education to children, targeting SDGs #4 ‘Quality Education.’ Based on our goal and classification that we made, we devised a 3-day program that considers both imaginary space and real space in the sense of architecture. Throughout this program, we used various media(books, metaverse games, videos) so that children could create their art and experience their own space surrounding them with a broad view. We hope that this program could contribute to building a more comprehensive view of ‘basic education’ to the world.

    ADUX: Leaders for Education

    Eréndira Rodríguez de León, Andrea Mercedes Ortiz Díaz, Luis Ángel Cárdenas García & Pedro Pablo Ortiz López GOAL 4: Quality Education
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • ADUX: Leaders for education is an initiative that seeks to reduce the educational gap and school dropouts caused by COVID-19. The objective of the program is to give access to quality education to students that didn’t have the opportunity to access proper virtual learning during the pandemic. Our model is based on peer and adaptive learning for high school students in the areas of science and English, with a complementary program of socioemotional skills development.


    Eduardo Alonso Legorreta Sedano GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure| GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities| GOAL 13: Climate Action
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • SMAAD Drone Environmental and Atmospheric Monitoring System is a technology designed to provide high quality atmospheric and environmental data. A high-end monitor station embedded inside a drone that is equipped to do remote and autonomous monitoring. SMAAD features a modular design that enables easy upgrades and integrations of digital and analog sensors. Enabling industries, organizations, governments, and researchers to upgrade the system to recollect a wide spectrum of environmental and atmospheric data. We have used SMAAD to monitor air quality of urban and industry zones, track wildfires in national parks, monitor radiation near nuclear power plants and monitor gas pipelines.

    Project Transcreations

    Kshitij Raja, Khushi Berry, Dhanyeta Bansal, Alia Shirazi, Vrinda Luthra & Nitika Sehera GOAL 4: Quality Education| GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth| GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
  • University of Delhi
  • According to a study by the National Human Rights commission, about 92 percent of transgenders are deprived of the right to participate in any form of economic activity in the country, with even qualified ones refused jobs. Aiming to end this stigma and expand employment opportunities to the trans person folks of our country, we started our journey called TransCreations. VIBGYOR, one of the avenues is India's first range of beauty salons that would be entirely managed and operated by the members of transgender community.

    Project Khwab

    Khushi Berry, Kshitij Raja, Manoli Arora, Abhay Labru, Sameexa Sud & Kabir Sikri GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth| GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production| GOAL 14: Life Below Water
  • University of Delhi
  • Khwab aims to tackle the production of single use plastics. We create a range of zero waste sustainable products for personal care, thus aiming to prevent tonnes of plastic from going into landfills and oceans.After conducting need assessment surveys and analysis of the collected data, we came up with a revolutionary product which possesses the capability to bring revelation in the current market. After through market analysis and conducting a full fledged paid pilot we finally created one of its kind products, the Khwab drops. Khwab drops are small tablets that lather and dissolve in water faster than soap.

    Delta Waterways

    Morgan Dolfing, James Lear, Brendan Bell, Matt Moran, Ander Castelltort & Hannah Wetzel GOAL 15: Life on Land
  • The University of Auckland
  • "All over the world human density and industry is damaging the health of our freshwater systems. This has serious adverse effects on all terrestrial life (SDG 15). It is essential to care for our waterways better, and the first step to doing that is effectively monitoring waterway health. Delta Waterways is a startup out of The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology which uses high resolution satellite data and sophisticated data analysis techniques to monitor waterways. Our goal is to launch waterway monitoring into a new era of cutting-edge technology which empowers positive change. "


    Xinyao Liu, Venus Yick & Christina Zhao GOAL 4: Quality Education| GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth| GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • In Arabic, AILEM means knowledge and means family in Turkish. AILEMapp aims to provide language education for refugees and asylum seekers to help integrate in a foreign country. The project has already been started in Europe and helping refugees in Wales and Belgium. But we are now also looking to expand to the refugee community in Hong Kong. Our goals of AILEM are the same goals as our target users', which makes our app stand out as we focus on the people in need and take on this empathetic model to tailor our app to them. Made by refugees and asylum seekers for refugees and asylum seekers - This is the human centric approach. The app is completely free and the language curriculum is designed by taking into account the region and the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. AILEM is unparalleled with anything on the market.

    Emergency Transmitter

    Asemahle Poro GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Emergency transmitter device that is network independent and has an implanted unit that absorbs solar energy indirectly for a long- lived power. It has a button that when it is pressed it automatically transmits information to the nearest health care facility to request a home health care service. This will reduce the congestion of people in hospitals and clinics to reduce the rate of infections of the covid-19 and prevents lack of space and beds thus ensuring the health and well-being of people. This strategy is efficient rather than using telecommunication which can be affected by network problems.

    GBV Navigator

    Neo Thobejane Mankoane GOAL 5: Gender Equality| GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • University of Johannesburg
  • A robot-like structure which will be programmed to know everything about GBV. It will have an anonymous section where victims can confide in the Robot to be able to get help from Police officers. Police officers will be notified through an app which will contain certain information about the victims . Users will be able to ask questions based on GBV such as prevention methods ,survival methods and mental health care tips

    The Moonbeam co.

    Jia Wei Lim, Qi Herng Kong & Varden En Cheng Toh GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth| GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production| GOAL 13: Climate Action
  • National University of Singapore
  • Of the 665,000 tonnes of food waste Singapore generated in 2020, only 19% was recycled. the moonbeam co. is a Singaporean impact start-up that is changing the way food waste is treated: upcycling it to create sustainable products. They are transforming unserved cooked rice into beer that they call the Extra Rice Pilsner, or the ERP. Consuming this beer made from food waste reduces greenhouse gas emissions and raw materials utility related to rice waste disposal and beer production. Today, they are striving to bring the ERP to you and fulfil Sustainable Development Goals 8, 12, and 13.


    Shi En Tan, Megan Trixibelle Poh Zi-Yi, Aleksandr Salov, Samantha Gedalya, Jason Tey Jiang Wei, Gabriel Yang Yao Guang & Joanne Chandini Joseph GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities| GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production| GOAL 13: Climate
  • National University of Singapore
  • EzCompostr wants to grow a wave of passionate communities to repurpose their household food waste through composting and sustainable actions. EzCompostr is developing software with, an Education feature to empower households to kickstart their sustainable journey with us and a Centralized Marketplace for both composting and gardening, Users can first gain experience and knowledge with education features and then sell their end-products produced like compost or plants on our centralized marketplace with someone who needs it. We aim to simplify the complicated processes and provide an opportunity for households to earn extra or passive income.

    SavvyCare for Older Adults in Australia

    Rehab Meckawy GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • UNSW Sydney
  • SavvyCare is an Ad-hocly activated health project based on a Web Application having a client side and a provider side where older adults from permanent residential care centers will be matched with Aged Care workers (Physicians, nurses, and Lab technicians) recruited from local NGOs, respectively. Given that, in the Covid-19 era, unsustainable delivery of health services, attributable to precariousness of health staff availability, has resulted in disproportionate deaths and poor health outcomes among older adults. Notably, SavvyCare is not a competitor but a COMPLEMENT to existing services of Australian Aged Care.


    Stella Antonogiannaki, Alex Geciova & Gregory Dayao GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure| GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities| GOAL 13: Climate Action| GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • "HYPED is a team of students at the University of Edinburgh dedicated to developing the Hyperloop concept and inspiring future generations about engineering. We are the best Hyperloop team in the UK, having received awards from SpaceX, Virgin Hyperloop One and Institution of Civil Engineers. Hyperloop is a proposed network of near-vacuum steel tubes to transport humans and cargo in magnetically levitating pods. Managed and run solely by some of the brightest students from the University of Edinburgh, HYPED finds itself an incubator for start-ups and connecting students with industry. We hope to inspire students to follow a career in STEM."


    Iana Minakova & Margarete Schweinitz GOAL 5: Gender Equality
  • University of Amsterdam
  • "WREQUAL is an international organization that has the intention to spread awareness of the still existing gender* inequality and injustice in the 21st century by including voices from all backgrounds, nations, and perspectives. WREQUAL is a community that is open to everyone. It is a safe space where everyone can speak up, invite the world to listen, and collaborate with people from around the world to spread awareness of the ongoing fight for gender inequality. "

    Drink Guard

    Bhavika Nayyar, Siyuan Huang, Xiaoou Yang, Jasmine Wang & Yu Zhang GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being| GOAL 5: Gender Equality
  • McMaster University
  • Drink spiking is a prevalent issue that disproportionately affects women. Being odorless, colorless, and tasteless, the presence of date rape drugs often goes undetected by victims and can lead to severe consequences such as sexual harassment and human trafficking. Our solution, Drink Guard provides a reliable and effective mechanism to detect the presence of common date-rape drugs in beverages, thereby reducing the risk of drink spiking incidences. By taking Drink Guard to the next level, we aim to help women and other vulnerable populations feel safer in social settings and alleviate gender and minority-based violence.


    Areeb Khawaja, Shivalika Sirohi & Nidhi Gupta Relan GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being| GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth| GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure| GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
  • McMaster University
  • Individuals with disabilities have the skills to perform just as well as anyone, but often challenges with performing a minor task - like walking to a building, can make the entire activity nearly impossible. The lack of a standard process for requesting accommodations leads to a feeling of exclusion which eventually affects their performance. For employees who require accommodations in the workplace to contribute productively and employers who are responsible for providing the same, AccessAble offers a reasonable accommodation management platform that streamlines the process of requesting accommodations so that, it is faster, easier to navigate and provides the right accommodations at the right time.

    Public Health Beyond Borders

    Veeraj Shah, Sara Hatfield, Sushant Kundal & Sarita Miller GOAL 2: Zero Hunger| GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being| GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation| GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
  • University of Maryland
  • Public Health Beyond Borders is a start-up nonprofit that aims to empower families and communities, both locally and globally, to achieve their best health through health education workshops and advocacy. We envision a world where the next generation of global health professionals works collaboratively with communities to identify, combat, and reduce health disparities. Founded in 2013 as a student club at the University of Maryland, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in June 2021, current projects are located in Compone, Peru; Calaba Town, Sierra Leone; Varanasi, India; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Prince George’s County, Maryland.

    Farming Around the World

    Nadia Moukanni, Anca Barcu, Andressa Goncalves-Vidal & Akshaya Karthikeyan GOAL 2: Zero Hunger| GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being| GOAL 4: Quality Education| GOAL 5: Gender Equality| GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities | GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption
  • UC Davis
  • The Farming Around the World project was started in 2020 by two female graduate students at UC Davis who shared a common passion for sustainable farming, global learning, and building connections across countries. Their efforts crystallized in the First Global Student Farm Symposium where participants from 11 countries on 5 continents came together virtually in 2021 to work on UN Sustainable Development Goals. After the spectacular success achieved with this event, it became an annual event, with UC Davis hosting the 2022 Symposium. In 2023, Universidad de Talca, Chile will host the Symposium, followed by other partner universities.


    Alina Karlsen, Arthur Guillaume-Gentil, Tess de Rooij, Sonal Gupta & India Hollway GOAL 5: Gender Equality
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Delhi
  • THIS IS GENDERED is the first encyclopedia, designed to normalise and facilitate conversations about gender and feminism. We unpack the gendered aspects of all the things that make up our world, from everyday objects to institutional biases. In this way, we make gender, feminism and intersectionality tangible, engaging, and accessible, and we provide a safe space to learn and share. Besides, we develop and deliver educational material and workshops about, for instance, inclusive language and gender bias at work. Why? Because gender, feminism and intersectionality are still abstract, academic and taboo topics in today‘s world. Visit www.thisisgendered.org to learn more.