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Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss: Winnovating Dresses
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I think there is one phrase that is universal to womankind prior to any sort of significant event: “I have nothing to wear.”   As it happens, that is exactly the phrase that launched a website that we discussed as a prime example of winnovating when we launched this site. Rent the Runway began in 2009, when Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss were at...

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Gabi Gregg: Winnovating Swimwear
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  Summer is upon us! For those who aren’t in Denver (like myself) and therefore haven’t been experiencing torrential downpours and hail: it’s time for fun in the sun! With the negative body images seen throughout magazines, malls, and our minds, it can be easy for many of us to shy away from sporting swimwear in public. And especially for ladies with more to...

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Ayah Bdeir: Winnovating Legos
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When I was a child, there was one thing that you could always count on my Christmas and birthday wish list every year: Legos. I remember spending hours with our big box of Legos creating new homes, cars, instruments, and other out-worldly creations. While I loved my Legos, they were limited in what they could do. They couldn’t light up, move, or make any...

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Amy Hunter: Winnovating St. Louis Racial Justice
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Early in August 2014, I was sitting in an airport, exhausted after an eight hour plane trip from Spain to the United States. I still had to catch my final flight from Atlanta to New Orleans before I was done traveling. Feeling anti-social and jet-lagged, I slumped into a chair at my gate, pulled out my phone, and began scrolling through Facebook to pass...

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Octavia Butler: Winnovating Science Fiction
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I’ve always been a nerd. Growing up I consumed all kinds of books, but I always had a shy interest in fantasy, sci fi and dystopia novels and stories, even though most of my other interests were in arts and social justice. While it may be easy for me to admit to my nerdhood now, when I was growing up, it was hard for me...

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Ai-Jen Poo: Winnovating Labor Rights
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I am writing this piece on March 9th. There are twenty-seven countries (the United States is not one of them) around the world that are observing today as a national holiday. A holiday that was inspired over 100 years ago when over 15,000 women marched through New York City in 1908 demanding shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights. This holiday is International Women’s Day,...

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Chien-Shiung Wu: Winnovating Nuclear Physics
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While we usually profile women who are currently making a difference in their communities, today I wanted to do a Throwback Monday of sorts in honor of International Women’s Day yesterday. (I know #throwbackmonday isn’t a thing, but hey, all social media trends have to start somewhere, right?) After all, while we are still fighting for better and more accurate female representation today, it...

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Kimberly Bryant: Winnovating the Brogrammersphere
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 For Black History Month, Winnovating is highlighting Winnovators in the Black community in the United States and all across the African Diaspora As Black History Month comes to a close, it is important to continue to recognize historical strides that have been made by Black Americans in the U.S. throughout the year. At the same time, it is equally as important to recognize the numerous areas where Black...

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Misty Copeland: Winnovating Diversity in Ballet
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 For Black History Month, Winnovating is highlighting Winnovators in the Black community in the United States and all across the African Diaspora For a long time, not many people outside of the ballet world had ever heard of Misty Copeland. Then, this amazing Under Armour commercial came out: And for good reason, it was all anyone could talk about. You may have seen the commercial like everyone...

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Quvenzhané Wallis: Winnovating Representation of Black Girls in Media
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For Black History Month, Winnovating is highlighting Winnovators in the Black community in the United States and all across the African Diaspora Here at Winnovating, we are proud to highlight the innovative accomplishments of women who may not often receive recognition. After brainstorming for a few weeks on whom to profile, my mind kept coming back to one young woman. Despite my usual tendencies to feature women...

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Cleo Kentaro: Winnovating TransActivism in East Africa
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INTERVIEWER’S NOTE: Cleo has an Indiegogo campaign to help cover the cost of her gender reassignment surgery that ends on Feb 6th, 2014. Please donate if you can!  In the past two years, the small East African country of Uganda was in international news due to the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act which was passed by the Ugandan parliament in late 2013 and signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni in early 2014 (the...

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Tri Mumpuni:  Winnovating Micro-Hydro Power
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Last night, while I was studying – my light burnt out.  As night was drawing near, I became frustrated because I couldn’t see clearly. ‘Lights out’  is  reality for millions of people around the globe who don’t have access to electricity. Tri Mumpuni is an Indonesian winnovator who has developed microhydro projects that brings electricity to over a half million people in Indonesia. Ms....

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Coretta Scott King: Winnovating the Civil Rights Movement
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Everyone’s heard a variation of the old saying — “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman.” There are countless examples of this, especially since the media is obsessed with power couples. But for this post, I want to take it back fifty years and focus on the great woman standing behind the great man everyone is talking about this month: Coretta Scott King. It’s...

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Faizun Kamal: Winnovating the Luxury Apparel Sector
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That shirt you’re wearing, have you read the label? Have you thought about the conditions it was made in, the resources needed to create it, and the human hands that touched it throughout the process? I’ve been fortunate enough to tour factory floors in Asia. When I actually saw all of the resources and people involved in the pair of jeans they were meticulously putting...

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Ada Deer: Winnovating Native American Advocacy
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Thanksgiving is coming up this week, although with the amount of Christmas advertisements already on televisions and radios, it’s easy to forget that. Many people love Thanksgiving, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a day set aside to be with your family, be thankful for what you have, and enjoy some delicious food. We all learned the history of Thanksgiving in elementary school,...

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L’lerrét Jazelle Ailith: Winnovating Transgender Youth Activism
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When I was in college (Tulane University Class of 2014), I spent a lot of time on my laptop reading articles, studying for exams, but mostly reading, liking and commenting on things posted on Facebook while trying to make it look like I was still doing my work. (Look, we all know if you’ve ever pulled an “all nighter” or went to the library to “study with...

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Karen Lewis: Winnovating Education Reform
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It has been a long-standing fact in American society that urban public education faces many challenges. Organizations like Teach for America, and policies such as No Child Left Behind have tried to address these challenges with different approaches and received much criticism for their attempts. When I was graduating college I applied to Teach for America thinking it had all the answers, but I...

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Maryam Eskandari: Winnovating Inclusive Islamic Architecture
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In September, my editor-in-chief at altMuslimah co-founded and launched altFem Magazine, a new online magazine which seeks to create a more inclusive definition of feminism that includes and celebrates women of faith. Often, women of faith feel excluded from secular feminist spaces which view them as oppressed, as well as from their faith communities, which see their feministic views as problematic. Like my editor, Asma...

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Paula Aboud: Winnovating Space for LGBTQ Women in Politics
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This past month, I had the amazing opportunity to meet former Democratic Arizona state senator, Paula Aboud. As a part of a women’s leadership cohort I am involved in at the University of Arizona, we get to hear from and speak with various state leaders about their experiences of being women in political leadership. Since I’m not from Arizona originally, Aboud was not a name I knew....

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Andre Feigler: Winnovating School Enrichment
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As Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters receded and the rebuilding process began across New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the city was flooded again with individuals looking to transform the Big Easy into something better, whether it was through the arts, safety, sustainable housing, or education. Andre Feigler was one of those people. When I first met Andre, I was a fairly new runner just coming...

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Sydney Gray: Winnovating Women’s Access to Water
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    I’m not sure about you, but I seem to be thirsty all day – which means I drink a lot of water. Over the course of a day, I get water straight from my fridge, at school it’s only a short walk to the water fountain, and when I’m really desperate, I can run to the store to get a bottle of...

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Natalia Noguera – Winnovating Angel Investments
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The world of angel investments is one that’s pretty foreign to the average person on the street. Most of us don’t have the financial ability to invest large amounts of money into a business, even if it has a mission about which we care deeply. To be an accredited investor in this country, you must make at least US$200K in income or US$300K joint income...

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Tess Brustein: Winnovating Teacher Development
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Recently, I stood in front of a classroom, sweaty palms sliding over the keyboard. I do not normally get nervous speaking in front of a crowd but, usually, I am not trying to teach. This day, however, I was trying to ingrain in these fellow college students  the procedures for the Model United Nations conference we host. I had no idea how to be...

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Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins: Winnovating Clean Energy Economies
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Growing up, my knowledge of environmental challenges was very limited in scope. Access to clean water, healthy food, and breathable air was something I took for granted, and whether I went to one of three local parks to roll around in the grass, or climbed trees in my backyard, I always had the opportunity to engage with nature in a personal way. And as...

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Jenga Mwendo: Winnovating Urban Agriculture
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The name Jenga Mwendo may not be familiar to you, but her work probably is. If you had a young child (or were a young child…like me) in 2002, then chances are you’ve heard of the movie Ice Age.  Just what exactly does Mwendo have to do with that trailer? After she graduated from a New Orleans high school in 1995, she left the Big...

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Soraya Chemaly – Winnovating the way the Mainstream Talks about Feminism
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The first article of Soraya’s that I read had been posted to Facebook.  It was in the middle of the 2012 elections when the GOP candidates for office could not stop making blunders regarding rape, women’s bodies and how they will “shut that whole thing down” about pregnancies resulting from the former. I clicked on the article, 50 Actual Facts About Rape, expecting what usually comes...

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Anna Maria Chavez: Winnovating Bossy
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Anna Maria Chavez, Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, has been in the limelight this past week for her new #BanBossy campaign. The moment I found out Chavez hails from Arizona, I knew I had to write about her. Not only did she grow up in Eloy, Ariz., she attended The University of Arizona College of Law, after attending Yale. I may not be...

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Mamphela Ramphele: Winnovating South African Politics
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I spent the fall of 2012 studying abroad in South Africa. The program I was in facilitated homestays with an urban Xhosa family (the Xhosa are an African cultural group), a rural Xhosa family, an Afrikaner family, and a Cape Malay family. During my multicultural semester, I was struck by the physical and socioeconomic separation of races and cultural groups, but also by the similarities amongst the...

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Allison Bechdel:  Winnovating Women in Movies
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Growing up movie nights were a family bonding event: we would all get our biggest sweatshirts, curl up on the couch with popcorn, and prepare to be marveled by the movie. Obviously, I thought I would grow up and be saved by some fine young gentleman with a well defined jaw bone and chiseled abs. As I grew older, I learned my man would...

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Evanna Hu:  Winnovating Mobile Technology
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When I look down at my phone, I see this marvelous contraption that lets me read the news, listen to music, book my plane tickets (i.e. everything referenced in those google commercials).   Today’s Winnovator goes beyond the google commercial! Through my work, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some far flung places and rural villages (the kind that require small planes and hours in...

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Manizha Naderi: Winnovating Justice for Afghan Women
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There are some instances in life that make you take a step back and be thankful for what you have. Sometimes, it’s because things are going so well in your own life. Others, it’s because you learn just how difficult life is for other people. My most recent moment was caused by the latter – specifically, reading about just how terrible life still is...

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Deborah Ahenkorah: Winnovating Children’s Literature in Africa
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Not too long ago, while discussing childhood memories with several friends, the conversation veered toward books we remembered with great nostalgia. Classic stories like Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and When You Give a Moose a Muffin were discussed at great length, but throughout the duration of our talk, I realized that several books I grew up reading were not widely consumed by...

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Kendis Paris:  Winnovating America’s Highways (and the attitudes of those who drive them)
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Before first meeting Kendis Paris of Truckers Against Trafficking, I was wracking my brain, trying to think of where I had first heard of her and the program. The only logical explanation I could come up with was seeing an article about TAT on Twitter, back when working for Winnovating’s predecessor, the Global Women’s Network.  During the year that I was doing social media...

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Tulsi Gabbard: Winnovating Politics and Military
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As a proud political junkie and Women’s Studies major, I’m lucky to constantly surrounded by stories of inspirational and revolutionary women. My most recent unapologetic girl-crush obsession is with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI. I don’t even know where to begin with Gabbard’s accomplishments and accolades. Assuming office in 2013, she serves the second congressional district of Hawaii. She has previously served on the Honolulu...

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Melissa Banigan: Winnovating Advice to Teen Girls
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When I was thirteen, I got what I consider to be a decent sex education. My health teacher was pretty open and straightforward with my eighth grade class about sexually-transmitted infections, the anatomy of (heterosexual) sex, pregnancy, and the like. It wasn’t perfect, but it was better than most. Talking to my peers—especially those who grew up in the conservative southeast United States like...

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Cynthia Koenig – Winnovating Water Transportation
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Imagine this – you arrive at baggage claim at LaGuardia Airport. You stand with the rest of the passengers around the carousel, waiting for it to begin moving and dispense your belongings. When your bag finally arrives, you take it off of the belt, hoist all forty-two pounds of it onto the top of your head, and proceed to walk a few miles to...

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Panmela Castro: Winnovating Brazilian Street Art
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We’ve heard derivations of the same tale told time and time again. A woman, or girl, is attracted to an idea, a passion, or profession dominated by men. Driven by intrigue, determination, and gall, she breaks barriers and paves the way for future generations of women. For Rebecca Lee Crumpler, it was practicing medicine. For Amelia Earhart, it was flying planes. For Panmela Castro, it...

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Amy Cuddy:  Winnovating Body Language
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Our bodies change our minds, and our minds change our behavior, and our behavior changes our outcomes. – Amy Cuddy As I sat down to brainstorm what Winnovator to write about as 2013 comes to a close, I found so many  amazing women innovators that I could write about and each of them inspires me in a different way.  It could have been young...

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Jane Ballantine: Winnovating Mobile Learning
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In the spirit of finals weeks coming upon students everywhere, meet Jane Ballantine of Edinburgh. She has revolutionized mobile studying and modern learning for youth. Ballantine founded rAPPidRevise, a mobile application for fun, on-the-go studying, in 2009. After waiting for years, she decided to develop the app when no major companies thought of it first. The app has myriad options and subjects, and caters...

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Laura Murphy: Winnovating the Fight Against Human Trafficking
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Laura Murphy and I met because of pizza. Alright, it was a bit more complicated than that. But essentially, the seductive nature of pizza is what it came down to. I’m just like any other college student – if you promise me free food, I am guaranteed to show up at whatever event you’re hosting. When I received a Facebook invite in early 2013...

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Marla Spivak: Winnovating Bee Health
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What’s all the buzz about bees? Not only are bees essential for healthy ecosystems, they are also vital for human food security. More than 1/3 of the world’s food production depends upon these busy little creatures. While bees are flying from flower to flower to eat, they are unintentionally providing a valuable service to us humans – pollinating our food crops (and making delicious...

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Kavita Shukla:  Winnovating Sustainable Food
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“Don’t ever discount your own simple idea.” – Kavita Shukla Click To Tweet With Thanksgiving approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about food and a lot about leftovers.  I’m not a big Turkey eater on the actual day, but I do wonders with my leftovers.  I love me some Turkey curry.  The travesty of thanksgiving is that many leftovers will go to waste in...

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Carol Bartz: Winnovating Women in Technology and Business
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Carol Bartz is unapologetic about her female role in the tech industry. Having previously served as the former president and CEO of Yahoo!, Bartz paved the way for women to own their identities in the business and tech worlds. Her small-town upbringing in Winona, Minnesota (also the stained glass capital of the United States – who knew?), wouldn’t lead one to believe that she...

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Juliana Bernard Winnovating Witch Hunts
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There was a point, not so long ago, when the only good thing about Halloween was the candy. I am a giant chicken, and when skeptical adults refused to give enthusiastic, dressed-up 17 year olds candy, I became ambivalent about the holiday. Monsters and zombies and horror movies were are so not my thing. The Ring gave me nightmares for years. I do love a good...

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Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu:  Winnovating Sustainable Shoes
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When people think of innovation they think of a new technology or some such thing but innovation is in fact substantively improving the state of what was before. Last year, I was jet lagged and unable to sleep in a hotel room in New Delhi, India.  BBC World came to my rescue and I learned about this week’s Winnovator, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu.  Forbes and Oprah...

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Anne Githuku-Shongwe:  Winnovating Mobile Gaming
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In a week which saw the new Grand Theft Auto make over $800 million in its first day, I’m left to think about the power of gaming.  I’m not the only one who has thought about the power of gaming.  Anne Githuku-Shongwe has also thought about it.  In particular, Anne looked at her young children and how their mobile phones seemed to be attached to their hips while...

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Yamile Jackson: Winnovating NeoNatal Care for Premature Babies
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  The other day, I was sitting in the living room table talking to one of my best friends when our conversation turned to the subject of our early childhood. I recalled my blissful youth growing up in Kenya surrounded by my family, friends and often, farm animals. I reminisced on my happy memory of having once had the honor of playing the xylophone...

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Françoise Barré-Sinoussi – Winnovating HIV Treatment
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“There is always hope in life, because there is always hope in science.” – Françoise Barré-Sinoussi In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of hopeful news coming out of HIV/AIDS research. From the “Boston patients,” who received bone marrow adult stem cell treatments for lymphoma, and along with anti-retroviral treatments, and were effectively cured of the retrovirus in the process. Similarly, the “Berlin patient”...

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Ana Couvinhas: Winnovating Community Development
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Like a lot of people, I used to keep a journal.  This habit dwindled while I was in college, partly because I engaged in that Type-A frenzy of involving myself in everything until the point where I would need to clone myself to fit it all in.  It also was a failed endeavor because I realized that my journals were mainly an outlet for...

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Tricia Compas-Markman:  Winnovating Water
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How do you access clean drinking water?  As a child in Wisconsin, it was as simple as filling a glass of water from the tap.  As an adult living in Washington D.C., it’s as simple as using my Brita water jug out of the fridge (I don’t trust D.C. tap water).  Almost a billion people around the world don’t have access to clean drinking...

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Alli Sosna:  Winnovating Affordable Healthy Food
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When was the last time you ate a nutritious meal for 3 dollars and 50 cents?  The last time I tried to eat a meal for $3.50, I threw the notion of health out-the-door and ended up at McDonald’s.  When was the last time you fed a family of four a nutritious meal for 3 dollars and 50 cents?  Unless sharing my McDonald’s with three others...

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Fabiola Gianotti : Winnovating Physics’ Greatest Discovery
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“Of course there are many women in leadership positions at CERN”, said one physicist, “Why do you think the experiments have been so successful?” I consider myself an artist…of sorts. Much of this is because, like most people, I am merely a product of my upbringing. My father studies and teaches theater and my mother works in teaching and community organization (which, if you’ve...

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