It’s Rice Vs. Seaweed Vs. Solar ATMs For A $1 Million Prize

Members of the winning team pose with former President Bill Clinton during the Hult Prize Awards Dinner at U.N. headquarters. From left: Kisum Chan, Lincoln Lee, Julia Vannaxay, Vannie Koay It may not sound like a hot ticket, but on a balmy Saturday night at the United Nations earlier this month, a throng of smartly dressed millennials from around the world piled into the elegant, tiered rows of the United Nations Economic and Social Council chamber. They had come to see who would win the $1 million dollar Hult Prize , a winner-take-all award that would go to just one team among six who had spent the previous nine months putting together environmentally-friendly business projects aimed at doing good in the world. A number of those in the audience of several hundred had themselves been among the semi-final cohort of 18 teams that had competed for the prize. They were among approximately 100,000 college and graduate students from 121 countries who had presented their ideas in early stages of the competition — but had not made the cut to the next round. Rather than letting that deter them, they came to cheer on the finalists — and also network […]

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