On 8 June 2018, the UNLEASH Closing Ceremony selected five winners.
ADYA, a social franchise run by women, for women, won the ‘Gender Equality Award’. ADYA, which means ‘power’ in Indian, provides affordable and convenient fitness classes through a train-the-trainer model leveraging unused infrastructure in Chennai, while simultaneously creating employment opportunities for women.
Urban Cool won the ‘Most Innovative Solution Award’. As slum communities need affordable cooling, both in the short- and long-term, to reduce their vulnerability in light of the rise in urban temperatures, Urban Cool can equip communities with solar-powered evaporative coolers, training and franchise models. Increased humidity from the coolers aids the growth of air plants and climbers, which allows for the installment of a green mesh on top of the roofs that lowers temperature.
Read more about the winners here: UNLEASH: https://unleash.org/news/winners-unleash-found/