How will you change the lives of a billion people?

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An effective, cheap landmine detector, a growth monitoring system measuring infants’ physical measurements using 3D scanning, and a smartphone app linking everyday heroes with people who experience acute medical crises. Those are just three of 23 awe-inspiring and ingenious projects presented at the Singularity University GSP14 Closing Ceremony on August 21st 2014.

The ceremony marked the conclusion of the annual Graduate Studies Program (GSP), which convenes future leaders, entrepreneurs, and technologists for 10 weeks to work on team-based technology solutions to widespread global challenges. Whichever solution, all 80 participants are faced with the same challenge – to change the lives of a billion people within 10 years.

Singularity University is a benefit corporation that provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a startup accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies, and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people.

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This year’s GSP had no less than three Danish participants, two of whom worked together with a team of five to develop the revolutionary smart-pad Besense built to measure selected biomarkers in menstrual blood to discover, diagnose, and provide valuable insight to the health of women.

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Besense provides you with a detailed monthly screening of your health, avoiding the hassle of visiting a lab, getting rid of the scary needles and most importantly: empowering you to do it yourself, at home and without the necessity of changing your routine.

The third participating Dane, Søren Therkelsen, is a serial entrepreneur and former intern at Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley. Søren has started 5 companies and is the Co-founder of SCALEit, Innovation Center Denmark’s very own bootcamp for startups in Silicon Valley. In a recent article we describe how Søren won a full scholarship for the Singularity competition through Danske Idéer (red.: Danish Ideas) with his idea Crowd Care a system to summon via smartphones people with first aid skills in case of emergencies such as a heart attack.

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