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3 student projects aiming to solve real-world problems with tech

Graphic image of three people stacking blocks that represent the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals

More than 1900 student developers representing more than 100 countries serve as leads of Google Developer Student Clubs (GDSC) on their university campuses, where they are learning and building with Google technologies to solve real-world problems. They partner with local businesses, startups and NGOs to build solutions for their teams.

In 2023, Google Developer Student Clubs hosted the fourth-annual Solution Challenge, inviting students from around the world to address the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals using Google technology. These goals target issues such as poverty, equality and climate action.

Student teams each spent six months developing their projects. Google selected 10 finalist teams to demonstrate their solutions before a panel of judges on the 2023 Solution Challenge Demo Day livestream event.

The 2023 Solution Challenge winners

All student teams showed ingenuity, passion and innovation in their application of Google technologies. The top three winning teams and their digital solutions are:

Image shows the three out of four of the Wonder Reader team. Three men are standing in their university, facing the camera, wearing t-shirts and trousers. Their names are Philipus, Jason and Jason.

Team Wonder Reader includes Philipus, Jason and Jason (and Aric, not pictured)

Wonder Reader, BINUS University International, Indonesia:

Wonder Reader is a 3D-printed digital braille device that helps students who are blind and low-vision learn. The device allows teachers to send questions to the device through Bluetooth and receive answers from students by using the built-in braille keyboard. To learn more, watch the demo video.

Built with: Google Cloud, Firebase, Flutter and Google Text-to-Speech API.

Image shows four members of the BuzzBusters team. There is a man in the foreground taking a selfie of the group. The three other people in the photo, one man and two women, are looking at the camera and smiling.

Team BuzzBusters includes Moises, Sergio, Wendy and Saleth

BuzzBusters, Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno, Bolivia:

BuzzBusters is an early-warning system designed to detect mosquito-borne pathogens and prevent epidemics of mosquito-borne diseases. To learn more, watch the demo video.

Built with: Vertex AI, TensorFlow, Firebase, Flutter, Google Cloud Storage, Google Maps and Google Colab.

Four members (three men and one woman) of the HeadHome team are wearing white t-shirts and smiling and waving at the camera.

Team HeadHome includes Jing Xuan, Marc, Hui Xiang and Dao Zheng

HeadHome, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore:

HeadHome is a mobile app that utilizes technology and community involvement to enhance the lives of dementia patients and caregivers. It focuses on dementia wandering, a serious issue that can lead to injury or death. To learn more, watch the demo video.

Built with Cloud Run, Google Maps and Firebase.

People's Choice Award winner

Four members of the Farm X team are smiling at the camera and putting their fists together in celebration.

Team FarmX includes Festus, Lekan, Oluwaseun and Victor

FarmX, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria:

Farm X is a repository of digital tools that empower modern farmers to make informed decisions about their crops. To learn more, watch the demo video.

Built with TensorFlow, Flutter, Firebase and Google Cloud.

Join your local GDSC community

Students in GDSC communities learn and grow their skills in Google’s developer technologies like Android, Google Cloud, machine learning, artificial intelligence and others. They also connect and cultivate relationships with the wider community of Google Developers such as Google Developer Groups, Women Techmakers and Google Developer Experts.

Interested in being part of the 2024 Solution Challenge? Join your local Google Developer Student Club today.

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