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The city Shenzhen were enlightened by UNLEASH Innovation Lab-2019 – By Rahman Mahfuz

The city Shenzhen were enlightened by UNLEASH Innovation Lab-2019

An Environmentalist, Environmental and Financial Topic writer, Engineer, and a social worker and Organizer

From November 6 to November 13, the UNLEASH Innovation Lab-2019 program was held in Shenzhen, China. Every year, a total of 1000 young talent change-makers selected from around the globe, were invited to join the Unleash Innovation held at Shenzen, China. Its mission is to accumulate young talents from all corners of the globe put their minds together for developing solutions that can help their countries achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The meaning of UNLEASH is free/release from chains, or freedom, etc. There are a lot of talents from all over the world, UNLEASH gather the talents from around the world in a lab and platform, dedicated to achieving SDG and where these talents directly determine the values and access a unique ecosystem of corporations, their thinking, foundations, non-profit organization and in a fundraising company.


UNLEASH is an innovative lab with an extensive laboratory that helps to transform hundreds of ideas from the people of all over the world into the personal insights of talented young people and build a sustainable network of Sustainable Development Goals. It is a non-profit program that takes place in Denmark in the year 2018 and in Singapore in the year 2018. This year it was held at Shenzhen, China’s seaport, in 2019.

The talents were invited under criteria set up by Unleash of age between 25 to 35 years. This year more than 8000 talents were applied and 1000 talents were selected based on their views on the proposed solutions of different themes in light of achieving SDG. These talented are nominated according to their views on SDG and according to the nomination from some organizations. From them, there were 9 talented from Bangladesh were also nominated and joined to the UNLEASH 2019. The talented participants of Bangladeshis are:

01.Tanjila Mazumder Drishti
Senior Manager, BRAC Bangladesh
Application on SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

02.Jawwad Shadman Siddique
Co-founder, Waste-Bin
Application on SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

03.MM Zimran Khan
Associate Project Analyst, ADB
Application on SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

04.Fariha Hossain
Program Officer, RHSTEP
Application on SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

05.Farhana Shahnaz
Fundraising Officer, Practical Action
Application on SDG 4: Quality Education

06.Riffat Ashrafee<
Project Manager, Simprints Technology Ltd.
Application on SDG 4: Quality Education

07.Rinita Rezwana
Former Communication and Gender Officer, Integrated Farm Management Component, DAE-Danida
Application on SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

08.Wahid Hossain
CEO & Founder, TigerBow
Application on SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

09.Galiba Rabbani
Coordinator Fundraising, BRAC International
Application on SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being


This year 1200 Talented peoples (in place of 1000) from over 160 countries were attended and the talents were divided into 220 teams to solve the problems, considering the SDG arena, and each team was supported by a committee of experts, facilitators, and investors. The themes of this year were “Good Health and Well-being”, “Quality Education”, “Clean Water and Sanitation”, “Affordable and Clean Energy”, “Industry and Infrastructure”, “Sustainable City and Communications”, “Responsible Consumption and Production” and “Climate Action”.To resolve the themes the groups of talented worked in Shenzhen Polytechnic, Shenzhen Energy, Shenzhen Water Group, Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology, China Zen Bank, BGI and the Vankedy Zine community.

From November 12 to 13, 2019, the talents presented their innovative solutions to a jury board. This year, a total of 4 teams were awarded for 4 goal-based innovative solutions, given the following:

Most Promising Partnership

The team named KINDS won this prize. The team consisted of five members, Nzambi Matee from Kenya, Sowmya Lakshminarayanan from India, IzmanSuhail from the Maldives, DidoneyVilhete from Sao Tome and Principe, and Kerry Lim from France. The team also received the Most Promising Partnership Award under the theme of Sustainable Cities and Communities. They highlighted the dumping of organic waste in open spaces in Kenya and how it’s impacting the environment and living circumstances of Kenyans. The team proposal was an innovative solution offering the social enterprise which will divert the organic waste from landfills and use for producing low-cost building construction materials such as eco-bricks.

Most Scalable Solution

The team “WASTE AWAYERS” worked on the theme of Responsible Consumption and Production and figured out their innovative solution to preserving the fish. The team consisted of six members, named Friedrick Hogdal from Denmark, Nimpaye Didier from Burundi, Pamela Alcocer and Ariela Gildeson from Mexico, and Amaka Chukwueme and Yusuf Bilesanmi from Nigeria. Twenty-five billion tons of fish are wasted annually due to a lack of proper preservation. Fish is very important for humans because it provides about 25% of the protein for peoples of the world. The team figured out the way to save fish at an affordable cost. They find a way to preserve the fish with the help of Enzymatic Action that will prevent bacterial growth and can be sold the fish to market before rot.

Most Disruptive Technology

The team CHLOE ASSIST was awarded this prize. They work on how women can reduce the demand for new clothes by extending their use of old clothes for a longer period of time. The squad was composed of Kathrine Reippurt Nielsen from Denmark, Richard Johnson from the U.K., Bianca Rangecroft from South Africa, Cristina Echenagusia from Spain and Lavanya Garg from India. They worked with the theme named Responsible Consumption and Production

They have worked with women in the United States. They have shown that women in the United States use their purchased clothes on average for 7 (seven) times. The team puts forward the use of AI-powered Digital Stylists that can track women’s desired combinations from existing dresses and how to transform their important clothes into their digital attire instead of buying new clothes. The team appeared before the jury board with several innovative solutions.

Most Innovative

Team CRYPTICS has come up with innovative solutions that can provide low-cost health care and medical equipment for lower benefited people across the world under the theme of Good Health and Well-Being. The team consisted of Yusuf Shittu from Nigeria, Dattatreya Sitaram from India, Zhao Chenchen from China, Talia Rose from Australia and Collins Santhanasamy from Malaysia.

Yusuf Shittu is a younger doctor in Nigeria. While working in a Nigerian hospital, he found that many children died in the first month of birth due to a lack of oxygen support in hospitals. In line with his experience, his team came up with an idea of how to reduce the infants’ mortality rate in hospitals by creating an oxygen-dispensing machine called Bubble CPAP. Where the main machine has the highest price of $6000 and the lowest price is $400 dollars. But the machine they invented will cost only $40.

UNLEASH 2019 was concluded with a magnificent gala ceremony at Schengen Concert Hall. At the closing ceremony, the respective parties were rewarded for four solutions. The event begins with traditional Chinese dance which was following distinguished guests’ speeches. On the occasion, Mr. Flemming Besenbacher,

chairman of the Carlsberg Group and UNLEASH Group of Carlsberg Foundation, Mr. Hongpeng Liu, Director of the Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Chen Rugui, mayor of Shenzhen, Mr. Meng Qinghai, Vice President and Executive Secretary of China Association of Science and Technology and two Nobel Laurent’s Dr. Muhammad Yunus and Leymah Gboweespoke.

A congratulating video message from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shown on the occasion.

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