THINKING HUTS SELECTED AS FINALIST IN DEVELOPING WORLD TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY OF FAST COMPANY’S 2021 WORLD CHANGING IDEAS AWARDS
new technologies, the 5th annual awards honor the products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet.
New York, May 4, 2021 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality.
Thinking Huts is a nonprofit on a mission to close the global opportunity gap by building 3D printed schools. By leveraging humanitarian-driven technology, a future can be envisioned where education and opportunity are paramount. Thinking Huts is fundraising to support the launch of their first 3D printed school in Madagascar and aims to scale the concept in partnership with communities where infrastructure is needed. 3D printing provides an innovative opportunity to decrease traditional construction time from months to days, reduce carbon emissions by limiting waste, and lower costs with economies of scale.
Now in its fifth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 33 winners, more than 400 finalists, and more than 800 honorable mentions—with Health and Wellness, AI & Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. Plus, several new categories were added, including Pandemic Response, Urban Design, and Architecture. The 2021 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Brazil to Denmark to Vietnam.
Showcasing some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling exigent global challenges, Fast Company’s Summer 2021 issue (on newsstands May 10) highlights, among others, a lifesaving bassinet; the world’s largest carbon sink, thanks to carbon-eating concrete; 3D-printed schools; an at-home COVID-19 testing kit; a mobile voting app; and the world’s cleanest milk.
“It is an honor to be recognized by Fast Company as a world changing idea. Amidst a challenging year, there exists an opportunity to catalyze hope-filled change. We are dedicated to addressing a real infrastructure problem within the education crisis and creating tangible solutions that embrace innovation where it is needed most,” says Maggie Grout, founder and CEO of Thinking Huts.
“There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times. So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have discovered some of the most groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020.”
About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing 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, Fast Company 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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Thinking Huts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages innovative, humanitarian-driven tech solutions to close the global opportunity gap.
We envision a future where quality education is accessible via 3D printed schools.
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