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Meet our 2017 Tech Impact AllStars! These social innovators are using technology to solve some of America's greatest challenges.

Technology is at the forefront of solutions in almost every major sector: healthcare, food security, government, education, national service, environment and beyond. It is changing the way we approach and solve age-old issues.

Together with Comcast NBCUniversal, we are on a mission to find the innovators behind these solutions and help them move the needle forward.

NationSwell and Comcast NBCUniversal both believe that innovation is good for communities. Our partnership is supporting diverse startups, social entrepreneurs and nonprofits using the power of media and technology for good.

AllStar Finalists 2017

Check back in the fall to watch their stories and vote for your favorite!

Previous AllStars

We’ve had the honor of working with some amazing AllStar innovators over the past three years. Visit our AllStar Archive and learn more about the extraordinary work of AllStar Alumni.

2016   2015

All 5
AllStar Finalists
will receive:

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One 3- to 5-minute video about their incredible work, made by our expert story producers.

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One 700- to 900-word feature article to accompany the video spotlight.

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A chance to win the Tech Impact Award, a $10,000 grant to help further their important work.

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An all-expenses-paid trip to New York City.

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A speaking slot at the NationSwell Summit on Solutions.

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A marketing campaign reaching prominent media outlets, bloggers, influencers and more.

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AllStars in the News

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Raj Karmani—Zero Percent

Zero Percent turns to crowdfunding to prevent food waste

Billy Parish and Wahleah Johns: The Crowd-Funders

Billy Parish—Mosaic

The Fossil Fuel Resistance: Meet the New Green Heroes

Zakiya Harris

Zakiya Harris—Hack the Hood

Hack the Hood: Preparing low-income youth for tech jobs

Karen Washington, A Believer in Vacant Lots

Karen Washington—Rise & Root

A Believer in Vacant Lots, Urban Farming’s Grande Dame: Karen Washington

Eli Williamson—Leave No Veteran Behind

These Veterans Help 8,000 Chicago Students Get To School Safely Each Day

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Devone Boggan—Advance Peace

The controversial method that helped turn one of America’s most murderous cities into one of its safest

Amy Kaherl—Detroit Soup

Can soup change the world?

Kate Stagliano holding baskets full of vegetables

Kate Stagliano—Katie’s Krops

Katie Stagliano Feeds the Hungry Through Her Gardening Nonprofit

Jim Withers treating a homeless woman on the street

Jim Withers—Street Medicine Institute

Meet the doctor who treats the homeless

Morgan Dixon—GirlTrek

GirlTrek is Transforming Lives of Black Women Through Walking