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DSI in the World

October is a busy month, and this one included a lot of travel, mentoring and judging. In Austin, DSI Chair Cheryl Heller was one of five judges for the Startup Showcase in Social Impact. Her fellow judges included Carey Meyers of the Rockefeller Foundation, Ben Schiller from Fast Company, Matt Petronzio, from Mashable, Inc., and Caleb Tiller from the United Nations Foundation. From a group of nine startups, the judges choose Sisu Global Health as the winner, presented by Carolyn Yarina, CEO. Evaluation was based on a viable business model, track record, and the potential impact of the product or service.


Next, in Paris, Cheryl Heller helped select one hundred posters in the “Right to Healthcare” campaign for the organization Poster for Tomorrow. Hervé Matine, the founder of Poster for Tomorrow, has engaged a large global network of designers who create posters for campaigns throughout the year. The posters are exhibited around the world, and made available to non profits that are working on issues related to the campaign. Fellow poster selectors included Marion Deuchars, UK; Lex Drewinski, Germany; Rafiq Elmansy, Egypt; Cédric Gatillon, France; Mila Melank, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Florence Robert-vissy, Morocco.

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This was at the end of this afternoon, October 9th at Poster for Tomorrow headquarters in Paris.

“Right to Healthcare” top 10 designers in alphabetical order are:
Dariush Allahyari | Iran, Eva Chan | Belgium, Baron Chau | Australia, Leslie Chuquin | Ecuador, Elham Hemmat | Iran, Janani Iyer | India, Dhiya Khairina | South Korea, Martin Martinez | Canada, Selcuk Ozis | Turkey and Baowen Zhang | China


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And finally, Cheryl Heller traveled to Maine to mentor another crop of extraordinary PopTech fellows. Over the course of a week, on North Haven, an island off the coast of Camden, nine fellows met with faculty members Kevin Starr from the Mulago Foundation; Erik Hersman, founder of Ushahidi and BRCK; Bob Metcalf, founder of PopTech and inventor of the ethernet; Grant Tudor of Populist; Peter Durand of Alphachimp; Michael Duarte from Duarte Design; and Leetha Filderman, president of PopTech. Beginning on this secluded island, the fellows and faculty engage in deep conversations about their business and funding models, communication, impact and presentations. Then the group moves to the Camden Opera House, where the fellows present their organizations on stage. The PopTech Social Innovation and Science Fellow now number 170. They work in over 140 countries and have touched the lives of over 300 million people.

This year’s group was truly stellar, and included:

Susana De Anda, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Community Water Center (CWC); Taylor Downs, Founder of Open[Fn]; Edith Elliot, Co-Founder and CEO of Noora Health; Emily Falk, Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication; Raj Jayadev, Founder and Director of Silicon Valley De-Bug; Manmeet Kaur, Founder and Executive Director of City Health Works (CHW); Joyce Kim, Executive Director of Stellar; Primoz Kovacic, Co-Founder and Director of Spatial Collective; and Shah Selbe, an engineer and Conservation Technologist.

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