Helpen NamedFinalist in Software Category of Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing IdeasAwards
From a 3D printed vaccine patch to an electric truck, a seawater-powered lamp, and countless other bold innovations, the sixth annual awards honor the products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are driving change, tackling issues from climate change to inequality, and so much more.
NewYork, NY [May 3, 2022] -- The winners of Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, and other creative works that are supporting the growth of positive social innovation, tackling social inequality, climate change, and public health crises.
Helpen, a finalist for Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas in the software category, is a charitable platform that gives kids a chance to help others, right at the dinner table. Each week, families receive nonprofit postcards containing some incredible organizations. The Helpen experience enables each family member to donate a micro-donation seamlessly after scanning a QR code, turning helping others into a family activity.
Now in its sixth year, the WorldChanging Ideas Awards showcase 39 winners, 350 finalists, and more than 600honorable mentions—with climate, social justice, and AI and data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent FastCompany editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,997 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, health, social justice, and more. In addition, several new categories have been added this year including climate, nature, water, and workplace. The 2022 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Switzerland to Hong Kong toAustralia.
FastCompany’s Summer 2022 issue (on newsstands May 10, 2022) will showcase some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling global challenges. The issues highlight, among others, probiotics for coral reefs, easy-to-assemble kit homes for refugees or disaster survivors, a 3D printed vaccine patch, an electric truck, a system to heat homes from the waste heat of a name-brand factory, and prosecutor-initiated resentencing for overly long prison sentences.
“I’m very proud of our team at Helpen for being named 1 of 12 finalists for Fast Company’sWorld Changing Ideas in the software category. Building experiences that help shape today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders is unbelievably rewarding,” says Helpen founder and CEO Craig Sanders
“At the core of Helpen is the concept of using dollar donations as teaching tools for generosity, a means to an end. We’re very bullish on using money flows (of all sizes) as tools to create new kinds of engaging, purposeful experiences and incredibly excited for what’s on the horizon.”
“We are consistently inspired by the novelty and creativity that people are applying to solve some of our society’s most pressing problems, from shelter to the climate crisis. Fast Company relishes its role in amplifying important, innovative work to address big challenges,” says David Lidsky, interim editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists have identified some of the most ingenious initiatives to launch since the start of2021, which we hope will both have a meaningful impact and lead others to join in being part of the solution.”
About the World Changing Ideas Awards: WorldChanging Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, FastCompany draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.
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