UpPrize is a social innovation challenge to solve some of the most important issues of our day. The sponsors of UpPrize are seeking to fund and support product or service ideas that can meaningfully impact one of two key challenge areas: Technology and Healthy Food. More than 100 worthy ideas have been submitted for consideration.
Voting for your favorite ideas plays a part in which projects are selected as finalists. View the ideas here. To vote, select an idea and click the heart that appears on the left of the page. Your vote is tallied once you login using Facebook, Google, or by creating an account on the UpPrize site.
Several organizations that partner with or participate in Sustainable Pittsburgh programs are in the running. Etna Borough’s Garden of Etna is part of the Community Gardens Sustainability Project organized by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Etna is a Silver Certified Sustainable Pennsylvania Community. Libraries in Baldwin Borough (Gold Certified), Brentwood Borough (Silver Certified), and Whitehall are focusing on providing free mobile internet access for their residents. As part of its Resilience Strategy, the City of Pittsburgh proposed a website to serve as an information and coordination system for connecting the 90 distinct neighborhoods and their residents, groups, and events. The Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant 52nd Street Market proposes a Market Basket idea which would offer customers “locally sourced ingredients to make a meal that’s seasonal, nutritionally appropriate and based on the average $4/day SNAP budget.” And 412 Food Rescue, along with collaborators, proposes The Good Food Project, the next step in ensuring everyone has access to healthy food.