The groups hope to follow in the steps of Roshni Rides, the Rutgers team that won the $1 million prize last year.
The challenge: Find out a way to harness the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people in less than a decade. The prize: $1 million in seed money to support a sustainable, start-up businesses that addresses a humanitarian need.
Rutgers students came up with two award-winning solutions to address access to clean drinking water for residents in developing countries that enabled them to advance in the Hult Prize competition. One idea – a device that harnesses the power of the sun to sanitize water – grew out of a class that promotes social innovation at the Rutgers-New Brunswick Honors College. Students named their project Sulis, which draws on the culture and language from civilizations around the world eluding to Sol, the Latin root for sun, Surya, the Hindu Sun God and Sulis Minerva the Romano-British Goddess of Springs.
The second proposal for a system named LivingWaters that captures, filters and purifies rainwater, developed out of another student’s research into the daily challenges of people living in settlements throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia which don’t have access to electricity.
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