XTC 2022 Applications Are Now Open


XTC - Tech for Purpose

XTC is a non-profit organization supported by leading corporations, VCs, foundations, policymakers, universities and tech conferences.

Opportunity for Investment

Top finalists will receive an opportunity to pitch to a panel of investors, subject to compliance with all applicable local laws, rules, and regulations.

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals that serve as the framework.

Special Awards

  • Female Founder Award
  • People's Choice Award

Extreme Tech Challenge 2021

Global Finals Judges

Young Sohn

Young Sohn

Chairman of the Board, HARMAN International

Founding Managing Partner, Walden Catalyst

Co-Founder, Extreme Tech Challenge

Bill Tai

Bill Tai

Extreme Tech Challenge

Partner Emeritus,
Charles River Ventures

Regina Dugan

Regina Dugan

President and CEO,
Wellcome Leap

Lars Reger

Lars Reger

Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President,
NXP Semiconductors

Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang

Founding Partner,
AME Cloud Ventures

Co-founder & Former CEO,

Michael Zeisser

Michael Zeisser

Managing Partner,
FMZ Ventures

2020 Global Finalists


Stonestep is a Swiss-based insurtech firm that is changing how insurance is delivered in emerging markets. Its ‘Microinsurance as a Service’ platform makes it easy for consumer-facing digital companies to work with local insurers to address the needs of first-generation insurance customers.


Driving the first Smart City concept in Indonesia, Qlue has helped reduce potential flood points by 94%, improved government performance by 61.4%, and increased public trust to the government by 47%.

Advanced Animal Diagnostics

Advanced Animal Diagnostics aims to minimize antibiotics, meet consumer needs for a safe, abundant supply of animal protein, and ensure profitability of livestock production. Treat The Cow, Not The Herd.

Okra Solar

Over 1 billion live without reliable electricity. Using mobile payments, modular grid design and remote monitoring, Okra Solar provides utility companies with a low-cost, data-driven solution to operating solar networks in hard-to-reach places.


Rewire boosts economic growth and financial independence in developing countries through a digital banking platform that is designed to serve the unique needs of migrants wherever they are. Led by ideals of social good, Rewire offers complete transparency, equal opportunity, and a fair banking system that’s available to everyone.


Around 30% of the global food supply is pollinated by bees, but 40% of bees die every year worldwide (and not from natural causes). Beewise.ai uses AI, robotics, and computer vision to offer an autonomous beehive that enables bees to thrive, for the benefit of the bees and the world's food supply.


swIDch is a cybersecurity startup that helps businesses to identify its users through our patented algorithm, one-time authentication code that generates in a networkless environment, to tackle problems of identity theft and CNP frauds


AID:Tech develops identity-focused solutions that enable people to own, control and manage their own data. They hope to improve global challenges such as legal identity, financial inclusion, anti-corruption, and more.


Most cancers are currently detected in the late stages resulting in poor treatment outcome. Lucence’s precision medical-testing technology detects cancer signals in blood more quickly, accurately and cost-effectively. It’s time to end avoidable deaths caused by cancer.


Bearing is at the forefront of bringing AI to the maritime shipping industry. Their technology platform combines real-world data with deep learning to streamline many aspects of shipping operations — from reducing fuel consumption to optimizing market opportunities.


Over a billion people are financially and socially excluded, because they can’t prove their identity. Digizen offers a transformative solution based on NFC smart cards, which can be issued and read, even offline, via standard Android phones.


Saathi’s platform technology enables 100% compostable and biodegradable sanitary pads from banana tree fiber. Compared to conventional wood pulp or cotton, this approach saves on land usage, contains no bleach nor chemicals, and decomposes faster.


Vexi provides secure 1st-credit-card experiences for the underbanked population in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Their technology promotes access to credit for all.

Swap Energi

Swap Energi created a sustainable refueling platform for electric motorcycles through swappable batteries and automatic shared battery stations within a city.


Bridging the gap between the needs of a culturally diverse low-literate population from rural and semi-urban India and services that would be otherwise out of reach. Navana Technology has created a new interface that speaks and listens to the users in their native Indian languages.

TOMi Digital

K-12 teachers can create awesome interactive classes to engage students remotely or in-person, even without classroom internet. Annual subscribers get a free device that enables the classroom with internet connection simulation, artificial vision for grading in-paper exams automatically, and turns any wall into a smartboard.


Lilu builds tech enabled products to empower new moms, starting with a suite of products to make breastfeeding more comfortable and efficient. Our first product, the Lilu Massage Bra, is the first pumping bra with automated breast massage to help moms pump more milk, hands-free.


FreshoKartz optimizes agricultural practices through AI and machine learning. Integrating farms, farmers, service providers, banks, government, and corporate buyers in a single platform at the village level.

Project Etopia

Project Etopia provides an all-in-one solution to house building with smart technology integration, especially in the developing world. Simultaneously, Project Etopia innovations strive to work with in conjunction with the planet rather than against it.


SPRK’s mission is to make the global food supply chain food-waste-free by turning millions of tons of surplus food into a sustainable impact venture. SPRK's AI-powered online distribution platform matches food oversupply with local demand, reducing food disposal costs and CO2 emissions while making more food available in cities.


Millimeter-wave, radar-based, touchless sensing mixed with AI. Unlike vision technology, it does not invade personal information, and unlike voice technology, existing UI services can be expanded by replacing the problem of language complexity with intuitive gestures.

Nexford University

Nexford is a next-generation university leveraging technology to deliver affordable, effective education, 100% online. Nexford aims to enable greater social and economic mobility across the world by providing learners access to high-quality, affordable, dynamic online education that prepares them for the global workplace.


HARA connects rural smallholder farmers with banks, insurance companies and input producers by collecting and sharing data that is usually hard to obtain. Their mission is to promote inclusive sustainable growth and contribute to the economic prosperity of people in rural communities through the exchange of valuable data.

Hala Systems

HALA System’s Sentry platform uses IoT, AI, remote sensing, and distributed ledger to mitigate social challenges in the most dangerous places on Earth -- civilian casualties; documenting war crimes; emergency response; ceasefire monitoring; and disinformation.


Elucidata’s mission is to break barriers to using biomedical data to discover better drugs, faster. We want to create a future in which data and information transform and accelerate biomedical discovery and improve health and health care. A critical element of this future creation, we believe, is to make more biomedical data/computational tools/protocols findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. We will enable the invention of tools and services to turn this F.A.I.R. data and information into knowledge and insight. Polly, our AI-enabled cloud-based platform provides teams with access to structured biomedical data in a ready-to-use form to generate actionable insights.


Simusolar provides and finances accessible, affordable, and energy-efficient appliances designed for off-grid homes and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. They envision communities that don’t have to migrate to find better work and quality of life, and companies that profit while improving the environment in which they operate.

Amira Learning

Reading science meets AI. Amira is the first intelligent reading assistant that recommends appropriately challenging stories, listens as a student reads aloud, and intervenes when helpful. The software assesses oral reading fluency and analyzes errors to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses. Amira accelerates reading mastery.


Neteera’s human sensing platform provides contactless and precise monitoring of vital signs from a distance through clothing or furniture, while being reliable under motion. Its applications range from remote patient monitoring, to IoT, to child and elder care, and much more.


Nurochek is a portable brain assessment device that measure’s the brain’s electrical activity and sends the results to a smartphone for analysis and the cloud for secure storage. It is deigned to take the uncertainty, and controversy, out of the assessment of 10 million brain injuries annually.


CropX’s AgAnalytics platform revolutionizes the farm and the decision-making process, by integrating above-ground data sets with real-time soil data measured by proprietary sensors, to provide insights & automations that help farmers grow more food, using less resources and causing less environmental damage.

Geofast Rumah 3D

Where construction requires fast-setting cement, Geofast Rumah 3D product is greener than ordinary options because there is no carbon emission, recycling nickel slag and nickel industry waste.

Amai Proteins

Amai cures the food system one protein at a time. The first focus is the heaviest health challenge of sugar over-consumption. Coupling computational protein design to precision fermentation Amai's hypersweet protein is the first healthy, tasty, affordable, and sustainable sweetener.

Blue Planet

Blue Planet’s technology aims to create economically sustainable carbon capture. They use C02 as a raw material in the production of synthetic limestone without expensive purification steps, which can then be used in place of natural limestone rock mined from quarries.


FarmSense’s patented FlightSensor technology enables real-time monitoring of pest insects on farms. This unique insect data transmitted concurrently with weather information provides more accurate crop impact analysis which reduces pesticide use and increase crop yields.


Drishti’s computer vision AI digitizes human activities in the factory and allows manufacturers to benefit from human analytics for the first time. Drishti aims to use technology to augment people, not displace them.

Education Vision Technologies

EVT uses AI to autonomously generate online courses which enable efficient learning, supports diverse learners, and provides a 100x cost reduction for creating digital learning. EVT can rapidly transition entire universities' catalogs online while generating high quality online courses. The EVT device autonomously generates notes from board writing, transcribes everything spoken, converts a presentation into categorized video segments, and connects all material together for an efficient and engaging learning experience.

Decomer Technology

Decomer develops environmentally friendly, water-soluble, and edible packaging material, as a replacement to plastic and other non-biodegradable materials.

Swoop Aero

Swoop Aero integrates small autonomous aircraft into the health supply chain to deliver essential supplies and pathology samples, on-demand. Operations have taken place in Vanuatu, DR Congo, Malawi, and soon Mozambique.


An AI-based cognitive therapeutic app with the world’s largest volume of content to diagnose and provide interventions for developmentally delayed children. Recently authorized by the Korean and US governments to provide for children unable to attend special-needs programs during COVID lockdown.


Pioneers of microsatellite technology advancing the frontiers of space business, reimagining traditional ways of using space, and creating a society where everyone on our planet can make space part of their life.


Tyto Care provides a complete telehealth solution that delivers easy, affordable, high quality telehealth visits, complete with medical exams of the heart, lungs, ears, throat, skin and temperature. Their technology can turn any location into a comprehensive telehealth clinic.


C88 Financial Technologies Group helps millions of emerging customers in Indonesia and the Philippines manage credit, price and persistency, with the aim to spread credit responsibly and equitably in society.


NovoNutrients makes food and feed from carbon capture. They are the protein behind the protein, using 250x less water than soy cultivation and 1500x less than raising beef cattle.

Green Dot Bioplastics

Green Dot Bioplastics use renewable and sustainable raw materials instead of petroleum based raw materials to create plastics, aiming to advance the unique characteristics of bioplastics to help designers and manufacturers create inspired products that empower consumers to contribute to a more sustainable world.


Genecis converts food waste into biodegradable plastics and other high value materials. They use a scalable platform to reprogram bacteria to make high performance materials from low-value organic waste streams, while significantly reducing GHG emissions.

MicroGen Biotech

Two billion children are ingesting unsafe level of toxic heavy metals like arsenic through dietary consumption. MicroGen Biotech develops Natural Functional Microbiomes to reduce heavy metals in crops to protect the health of all mankind while improving the health of soils, 3 billion global acres of which are contaminated by heavy metals.


90 million people in the world need, but cannot purchase, prosthetics & orthotics. An unprecedented 3D-CAD, 3D printing and machine learning (AI) technology creates an affordable and high-quality 3D printed prosthetics & orthotics delivered to the door, for individuals of all income levels.


Medusoil turns soil into stone, which provides solutions to mainstream construction and environmental problems such as soil erosion, landslide risk mitigation and soil consolidation.


Growing cities need to transport more people with fewer vehicles. Fleet orchestration technology enables the demand-responsive transit solutions smart cities need to reduce congestion and pollution. Mobility providers use Bestmile to offer innovative autonomous and human-driven mobility services using any vehicle brand, deploying coordinated fleets that meet operator efficiency and passenger convenience requirements.

Cayuga Biotech

Blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death both for civilians and the military. Cayuga Biotech seeks to commercialize innovative platelet-like nanoparticles to accelerate the body’s natural coagulation process.

Turtle Tree Labs

TurtleTree Labs is the first biotech company in the world with the ability to create milk from all mammals. To maximise impact, the team will work with industry leaders to adopt their sustainable and safe methods to create milk. TurtleTree Labs is able to have a 98% reduction in carbon footprint and as a result will help to save the world by replacing dairy cows in the future.


Industrial processes that involved chemical separation account for up to 15% of the planet's entire energy consumption. SEPPURE’s nano-filtration technology to separate chemical mixtures at a molecular level is a green alternative with world-changing potential.