LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Roddenberry Foundation today announced the inaugural winners
Several thousand interested parties submitted over 600 applications from across the globe to re-imagine how we teach and learn, care for our environment, eradicate disease, and connect more deeply to each other and to the issues we care about. The Roddenberry Foundation is proud to recognize this portfolio of solutions for their effort and dedication in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time.
The Roddenberry Prize consists of one $400,000 Grand Prize winner and four $150,000 Innovation Award winners. The winners are:
Grand Prize Opus12 – Converts industrial CO2 emissions into valuable chemicals and fuels, reducing the carbon footprint of the world's heaviest emitters while creating a new revenue stream from what is discarded today as a waste product. At commercial scale, the technology will have the CO2-converting power of 37,000 trees, but in the volume of a suitcase. Submitted by Nicholas Flanders/Opus 12, Inc.
"We are thrilled by the breadth of issues being addressed, the solutions offered, and the diverse group of bold innovators behind them. The potential for real, tangible impact as a result of their work is extraordinary." said Rod Roddenberry, the son of the late Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek.
The judging panel included such accomplished and honored individuals as Majora Carter, Andrew Frishman, Dr. Helene Gayle, Erik Hersman, Leah Hunter, Capt. Mark Kelly, April Reign and Sonal Shah.
The foundation would also like to recognize four finalists whose ideas and organizations were inspiring:
About The Roddenberry Foundation Launched in 2010, The Roddenberry Foundation is committed to finding and supporting remarkable people and organizations who can disrupt existing dynamics, challenge old patterns of thought, and discover new ways to help us move towards a better future. The foundation provides grants to accelerate the development of great, untested ideas and invest in models that are challenging the status quo and improving the human condition. Together, these interconnected initiatives offer opportunities for original thinkers and innovators from all walks to life to pursue significant, lasting change. Visit http://roddenberryfoundation.org.
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