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Mashable, UN Social Good Summit Challenges Tech Startups To Save The World (SLIDESHOW)

First Posted: 09/20/11 10:05 AM ET   Updated: 11/20/11 05:12 AM ET

Could a Facebook competition encourage users to cut their utility usage? Can a mobile communication network help rural farmers share crop tips? Bringing together activists, world leaders and tech influencers, the second annual Social Good Summit seeks to answer these questions and more.

The summit, which kicked off on Monday in New York, aims to find new ways to use new media and technology to make the world a better place.

Presented by Mashable, the UN and New York nonprofit community center 92Y, the summit will host a number of events, including an inaugural "Startups for Good Challenge." This competition showcases new businesses whose primary goal is to tackle, and solve, domestic and international issues. The organizations will compete for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize.

The following eight finalists have been selected to pitch their idea at the Social Good Summit:

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For those living in remote areas, a lack of basic necessities may be due to a lack of accessibility. Kopernik aims to solve this problem by providing an online marketplace that offers such simple technology as a rollable water container or a portable filter that removes bacteria. Kopernik connects tech providers and investors to supply these items to NGOs.
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