Hello Tractor: a pioneering solution to global food and income security

Hello Tractor is a first of its kind agricultural technology company responding to the needs of resource-poor farmers. Starting in Nigeria, the company designed an innovative, low-cost “Smart Tractor” specifically to meet the unique needs of small farmers. Smart Tractor owners can tailor its use for a variety of crops and stages of the production cycle. Hello Tractor tracks usage and gathers data on location, market trends, and uptake. A cloud powered booking system allows farmers to request, schedule and prepay for tractor services from nearby Smart Tractor owners through SMS messaging and mobile money. Hello Tractor has global scale potential for the #NeedEconomy!

PartPic: electronic catalog of industrial parts

PartPic has developed proprietary, patent-pending visual recognition software poised to digitally streamline the industrial parts industry’s entire value and supply chain (manufacturer to retailer to end-user). Industrial distributors, retailers and suppliers license the technology which is designed for seamless cross-platform integration (websites/mobile apps). A given company’s entire replacement parts inventory becomes part of PartPic’s vast database. An end-user in search of a part takes a photo through the PartPic app and said part is searched, identified by specific type and a point of sale is provided to facilitate ease of purchase; all made possible though PartPic’s detailed feature extraction algorithm. Beyond screws and rivets, the application possibilities are vast. Currently in Beta.

Uncharted Play: harnessing clean energy for the #NeedEconomy

Uncharted Play envisions a world with sustainable, clean and renewable energy, all while promoting the importance of physical activity and making meaningful social impact. It’s first product, sOccket, is an energy harnessing soccer ball that powers a 3-LED lamp after hours of play. The more you play, the more energy is generated. Second is Pulse, a jump rope that acts as a portable battery charger. Charge it by plugging it into a wall or laptop, or by using it to jump rope. Uncharted Play’s most recent development is a proprietary technology called M.O.R.E., or Motion-based, Off-grid, Renewable Energy, designed to seamlessly integrate into nearly any object, from bicycles and wheelchairs, to baby strollers or skateboards, to either power the object itself or other objects. #NeedEconomy

PlanGrid: construction industry disrupted

PlanGrid brings time, cost and user efficiency to the construction industry. Architects, designers, individuals and general contractors alike can use the cloud based service to upload, share, update and store blueprints and documents on iPads, Android tablets and smart phones. Entire teams can access, update and share information, as well as address & fix problems quickly and efficiently, with the security of knowing that everyone is literally on the same page of any given project whether in the field or in the office, on or offline. PlanGrid is the largest blueprint repository in the world. Available for Windows, iOS and Android #NeedEconomy #DesignTech

Pro:Up matches Detroit youth with meaningful opportunities

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An education and employment platform – created by the Evolve Lifestyle Group – that aims to provide talented high-school youth with high-impact job and personal growth opportunities. Free for students and parents. Annual subscription fee for programs and organizations. Detroit based. #NeedEconomy

Cross Dakar City: gaming to highlight child poverty

Can an app inspire impact investors, industry leaders and policy wonks to champion sustainable solutions to cyclical child poverty? This entry into activist gaming is brought to the world by Senegalese engineer, Ousseynou Khadim Bèye. The app, compatible with most devices, highlights the perils of life as lived by a Talibé child who, often exploited, must beg for money. The objective of the game is to get him safely to his parents while surmounting a number of obstacles in the city of Dakar, Senegal. #NeedEconomy

LinkNYC: the coronation of a Smart City as leader in public service tech!

This pioneering communications network replaced over 7500 public pay phones across NYC’s five boroughs with structures known as Links. LinkNYC provides New Yorkers and visitors with super fast, free Wi-Fi hotspots + free phone calls within the USA. Also: device charging and a tablet for internet browsing, access to city services, maps and directions. For the first time in the world, one experiences a Smart City as both traveler and local public service provider. With the deployment of LinkNYC, the Big Apple continues to live up to its much deserved reputation as the world’s premier international city. Funded by advertising. Free for everyone. #NeedEconomy