Top 12 Tech Startups for the 2016 Holiday Season

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For many of us, the holiday season has once again arrived—but innovation for the greater good is a year-round affair, so it’s in this spirit that we present the following tech startups that best embody the holidays for 2016.

Technological never ceases to amaze, but innovation for the greater good is divine; check out these 12 tech startups developing solutions to improve the world and the lives of its inhabitants, no matter how marginalized or underrepresented.

12. RecyclePoints

Source: recyclepoints.com.
Source: recyclepoints.com.

As covered back in 13 Tech Startups from Africa You Need to Know About in 2016, RecyclePoints is a waste recycling and social benefit venture that is working to fix waste management issues in Africa. Users simply register, send a text message for waste to be collected from their home, and earn points for redeeming household goods.

11. SnowWorld

Source: firsthand.com.
Source: firsthand.com.

Firsthand Technology’s SnowWorld uses VR gaming to help reduce the pain and anxiety related to burn-injury-related injuries, wound care, and other hospital procedures. We first covered SnowWorld in 11 Healthcare and Medical Startups Building Virtual Reality Products or Services.

10. Bright

Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Source: Wikimedia Commons.

In our coverage of 7 Greentech Latin America You Need to Know About in 2016, we featured Mexico-based Bright: a startup that offers residential solar to the developing world for $0 upfront.

9. Buckets Engineer

Source: bucketsengineer.com.
Source: bucketsengineer.com.

Technology can of course be applied to improve the lives of everyone, not just traditional consumers. Buckets Engineer brings subscription-based services to 1.5 million autistic kids in Bangladesh to improve their skills. We first featured this startup venture in 15 Tech Startups from Bangladesh You Should Know About in 2016.

8. Bravemind VR

Source: ict.usc.edu.
Source: ict.usc.edu.

Veterans have given the ultimate gift to their fellow citizens by putting their lives on the line for country—Bravemind VR uses the latest VR simulation technologies to treat veterans suffering from PTSD. We first covered Bravemind VR in 11 Healthcare and Medical Startups Building Virtual Reality Products or Services.

7. Sunu

Source: sunu.io.
Source: sunu.io.

SUNU is making this holiday season both safer and more festive for the visually impaired—its sonar-based smartwatch/bracelet is a potential game-changer for the visually impaired, helping users to detect objects around them safely and effectively. We first covered SUNU in 11 Tech Startups from Guadalajara to Watch Out for in 2016.

6. SkyEye

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Source: skyeyeph.com.

The Top 15 Tech Startups from Manila You Need to Know About in 2016 included SkyEye, a startup providing faster/easier and cheaper UAV-assisted aerial mapping and photography services. The company often plays a critical role in local natural disaster recovery efforts.

5. Renovion

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Source: renovion.com.

We covered Renovion earlier this month in 13 Tech Startups from Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. Many patients will be receiving the gift of a new lung this year—this Durham-based startup is developing a therapy for chronic inflammatory airway diseases to improve their survival rates.

4. Diagnochip

Source: diagnochip.cl.
Source: diagnochip.cl.

We first covered Diagnochip in 13 Tech Startups in Latin America to Watch Out for in 2016. This Chilean startup is developing innovative solutions to improve and broaden access to health services, especially for poor populations living in rural areas or where medical resources are scarce.

3. X-shirt.club

Source: x-shirt.club.
Source: x-shirt.club.

As covered in 13 Tech Startups from Lima You Need to Know About in 2016, X-shirt.club specializes in custom t-shirts 100% responsibly made in Peru. The company fully controls and supervises the entire supply chain—from the cotton plant to the finished t-shirt—to ensure ethical business guidelines are in order.

2. My Dream Home

Source: ourdreamhomes.biz.
Source: ourdreamhomes.biz.

For many families around the world, having a roof over their heads for the holidays is the ultimate Christmas wish. My Dream Home (MDH)—featured in Top 9 Tech Startups from Phnom Penh You Need to Know About in 2016—develops interlocking, Lego-like bricks for building construction that makes housing easier/cheaper to build and therefore more affordable to lower income citizens.

1. Medic Mobile

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Source: medicmobile.org.

Medic Mobile made news earlier this year when it secured $1 million in funding from Palo Alto-based Peery Foundation. The tech startup develops free mobile and web tools for helping health workers perform functions in the field like registering pregnancies, tracking disease outbreaks, keeping stock of medicines, and communicating about emergencies, among others.

From more affordable solar energy solutions to VR for treating PTSD, the following are the top 12 tech startups that best embody the holiday spirit this year. Be sure to keep them in your sights in the months and years to come. And from all of us at Techflier, have a safe and joyous holiday season!

 

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