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Dear Partner & Friends,
Thank you for your interest, engagement, and support in the Extreme Tech Challenge's vision. We have officially wrapped up the XTC 2021 Global Finals and are sharing the below highlights. Check out the recorded segments and the XTC 2021 Global Finalists Cohort as they are looking to connect with investors and corporate strategic partners to help scale their impact. Look forward to more opportunities for engagement for XTC 2022! 

- XTC Team

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE XTC
2021 GLOBAL WINNERS



This year, the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) judges announced two startups as the XTC 2021 Global Winners. Congratulations to Dot Inc. and Hillridge Technology!
Dot Inc.'s technology is enabling accessibility of knowledge for the visually impaired through barrier-free kiosks and IoT
infrastructures. Hillridge Technology has developed weather-based parametric insurance for farmers to help protect crop yields and livestock. These startups are creating massive impact and we are excited to see what they do next!

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ANNOUNCING UNITED NATIONS
FOOD & AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION
PARTNERSHIP

At the XTC 2021 Global Finals this past Thursday, XTC Co-Founder Young Sohn and Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Beth Bechdol announced a strategic partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to leverage XTC's pool of transformative startups to improve nutrition and food security worldwide. XTC and UN-FAO have announced the development of the World Food Forum Startup Innovation Awards, powered by XTC, to identify contestants who have entered the 2020 and 2021 competitions and that show the greatest potential for advancing our agri-food systems. 
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ANNOUNCING A NEW REGIONAL
COMPETITION FOR HISTORICALLY
BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

At the XTC 2021 Global Finals, XTC Co-Founder Bill Tai announced a new regional competition track for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to empower underrepresented minority founders. In partnership with Smartpreneur, an entrepreneur development agency, the winners of this new competition track will advance to be global finalists and have the opportunity to compete in the XTC 2022 Global Finals. 
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XTC CO-FOUNDERS ON POWERING THE 
FUTURE THROUGH TRANSFORMATIVE
TECH

In this fireside chat, Young Sohn and Bill Tai speak about how breakthrough tech innovations are disrupting industries. How can business, government, philanthropy, and the startup community come together to create a better tomorrow? These thought leaders discuss not only how technology can shape our future, also where the biggest opportunities lie.

"Today we are in the fifth technology era, driven by data and AI, which is giving us much more insight about what we do, and it enable actions that can make huge differences," says Young Sohn.

"We're in this world of accelerating rapid change, and if you do not have your fingers on the pulse of the new things that are going to disrupt your business, you could be gone. And so, no company can have every person in the world that's innovating in their sector under their own umbrella. It's just not the way the world is anymore," says Bill Tai.
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WATCH THE ELEVEN CATEGORY AND
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS' PITCHES

Agtech, Food & Water: Wastelessa patented fully automated AI solution that applies optimal markdowns in real-time, based on products’ expiration dates and other factors – to reduce food waste and increase profitability.
Cleantech & Energy: Mining Process & Solutions, a non-toxic, natural alternative to cyanide and acid for the extraction of metals in mining operations.
Edtech: Testmaster, a mobile app that helps secondary students in West African countries successfully pass their matriculation exams.
Enabling Tech: Dot Inc., the maker of the first tactile monitor that can enable STEM education, visual works, and games for the 285M visually impaired people worldwide.
Fintech: Hillridge Technology has developed weather-based parametric insurance for farmers to help protect crop yields and livestock.
Healthtech: Genetika+ combines genetics, patient history and unique brain biomarkers to help those suffering from depression, thereby helping to save patients’ lives, physicians’ time and healthcare payers’ costs.
Mobility & Smart Cities: Fotokite helps public safety teams save lives with elevated and actionable intelligence at the push of a button. Fully autonomous and field-proven, Fotokite solutions are used daily by firefighters and first responders to assess, visualize, and document their incidents within seconds of arriving on scene.
COVID-19 Innovation: Sunfox is a medtech R&D company building smartphone-based portable, minimalistic and affordable cardiac diagnostic tools with cloud-enabled analytics. Its flagship product is the world’s smartest ICU monitor that allows physicians to manage patients remotely in scale.
Ethical AI: Vitalk leverages AI-powered chatbots to make mental healthcare more accessible in Latin America. Vitalk currently works with employers and insurance companies in Brazil and is set to expand to other countries next year.
Female Founder: The Live Green Co. is building a proprietary technology platform, Charaka, to replace not only the animal but also the synthetic and ultra-processed ingredients in food products with 100% natural, functional and sustainable plant alternatives at ten times R&D speed and savings.
People's Choice: PathGen disrupts the molecular diagnostics market for cancer through inclusive, robust, and affordable platforms. With a strong ecosystem of academic-business-government-community partnership, PathGen seeks to democratize precision medicine, especially in developing countries, and enable molecular diagnostics for all.

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