Clean Energy Hubs empowers underserved communities by removing financial, cultural and geographical barriers to energy efficiency, educating those communities about combating global warming and providing energy efficiency upgrades to small commercial buildings. The program’s mission is to democratize the clean energy sector by bringing women, people of color and rural communities into the profession.
MedHaul provides access to safe, cost-effective and reliable non-emergency medical transportation for individuals in under-resourced communities. The online platform streamlines the scheduling process by screening the transportation requirements of each patient and matching them with the appropriate driver.
RE-Assist is a digital platform that replaces the paper list directory in care planning in an effort to improve the transition of care from hospitals to post-acute care services. The program’s goal is to create more efficient, transparent communication between patients, case managers and service providers.
Tarjimly (which means “translate for me” in Arabic) is a mobile app that provides accessible translation services that remove language barriers between refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and humanitarian support workers. With over 120 languages offered, users can submit document translations, seek medical support and access interpretations via text and voice.
The next phase
“Ava” has come a long way since the game’s initial play tester (then a six-year-old of the same name) embarked on the first video voyage in 2018. Social Cipher’s development team — over half of which is neurodiverse — has woven real-life social-emotional elements and situations into the narrative with the help of hundreds of young neurodivergent testers, as well as counselors, mental health professionals and educators.
The team plans to build a new mode of gameplay that’s even more accessible and increases creative expression for neurodivergent youth, with a goal of expanding their impact to 30,000 kids by 2024.
“I saw a lot of myself in [Ava the young play tester],” Castañeda Gill says. “I wanted to make sure that she would never feel or think about herself in the harmful ways I thought about myself at that age. I wanted to make sure the future would be better for her.”