See 34 ingenious, inspirational winners of the 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

It's a big day: Today we're announcing the winners of Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards. Our winners run from a machine that turns old  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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It’s a big day: Today we’re announcing the winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards.

Our winners run from a machine that turns old sweaters into new clothes to a company giving people in jail a free way to video call their loved ones, to a library of banned journalism hidden in Minecraft. There are 34 winners total, along with long lists of exceptional finalists and honorable mentions in each category. Together, they are a remarkable display of the ingenuity and caring that emerged from the pandemic.

If these are the kind of ideas around which we can coalesce as we rebuild, the future should be even better and brighter than what came before this last, lost year.

Morgan Clendaniel
 
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See 34 ingenious, inspirational winners of the 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

These projects helped fight the pandemic—and will help rebuild society beyond where we left it.

 
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This machine monitors mosquitoes to find—and stop—pandemics before they start

Microsoft’s Premonition platform—a winner of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards—tracks, captures, and analyzes mosquitoes, to give health officials a sense of what pathogens are circulating in the area.

 
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How Regeneron developed its COVID-19-fighting antibody cocktail

The biotech company’s treatment regimen—a winner of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards—has treated tens of thousands of patients and will be vital as the pandemic continues around the world.

 
 
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How innovation is helping to close the gap on food inequality
The pandemic inspired Dole to launch an ambitious new program to bring nutritious sustenance to one billion people by 2025. Learn more here.
 
Shareholder activism becomes another tool that can be used to get a seat around the table and negotiate with an employer about terms and conditions."
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Why so many songwriters you love are selling their catalogs for millions to this guy

Hipgnosis has been a driving force behind artists selling their bodies of work. Can the song fund deliver on its promise to songwriters and shareholders?

 
co.design
To keep schools open during the next pandemic, they’ll need to look like this

Rosan Bosch Studio designed a school in Lima, Peru, that ditches packed classrooms in favor of flexible spaces that embrace the outdoors.

 
tech
Why you might not be seeing iOS 14.5’s new privacy pop-ups

iOS 14.5’s biggest new feature might be invisible, depending on your settings.

 
co.design
What if you could condense all your pills into one? With 3D printing, you can

Researchers debut a new technique that proves pills can be designed for individual patients.

 
co.design
New Balance unveils the world’s ugliest shoes

It may be ugly, but New Balance’s Made Responsibly shoes signal a sustainable new approach for the company.

 
recommender
Madewell designed a lightweight, hemp denim line for the summer—and I’m totally in love

Hemp denim is better for the environment, unbelievably soft, and will keep you cool even on the hottest of days.

 
 
recommender
Dyson’s new vacuum uses lasers so you can spot hidden dust particles

Dyson’s latest vacuum models—the V15 Detect and Omni-glide—promise to help you clean better with new technology and mobility. I put them to the test.

 
NEWS
Reality check for Clubhouse: What you need to know​​​​​​
New data suggest that the peak for Clubhouse may already be over. 
After a sharp spike in February to 9.6 million downloads, the audio platform is down to around 900,000 downloads worldwide for the month of April, according to Sensor Tower, a company that offers intelligence on the “app economy.” 
The firm still gives Clubhouse an A+ grade overall, factoring in visibility and internationality. However, the competition is coming in hard on Clubhouse’s heels. 
Twitter recently launched an audio service called Spaces, Reddit is unveiling Reddit Talk, and Facebook is working on multiple Clubhouse-like alternatives.
 
 
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