StaticLogoAvnet_04_Small REDUCED SIZE FOR WEB.png

The Not Impossible Award winners had their work showcased at CES® 2018 in Las Vegas from January 9 - 12, 2018 and celebrated at an Awards Show at Zappos Headquarters. 

Additionally, our "Class of 2018" Award recipients will receive world-class mentorship from our Advisory Council of industry leaders and experts from fields ranging from electronics to neuroscience and opportunities to incubate and accelerate their work through participation in strategic partnerships with members of the Not Impossible network.

We come from different backgrounds, industries, and experiences. But we share a common mission: To recognize absurdities in the world and then commit to figuring out solutions.
— Mick Ebeling, Founder of Not Impossible Labs

The Winners

The Not Impossible Limitless Award
Made Possible by No Barriers

2018 Winner: BecDot
For The Ability to Break Through Barriers

Jacob and Beth Lacourse’s young daughter Rebecca was born with Usher Syndrome which has rendered her deaf and is progressively robbing her of her vision. Inspired by their desire to give her the best opportunities possible in life, Jacob set out to design a toy that can teach braille concepts to children as young as toddlers. Not only is BecDot an accessible tool that can be used in schools everywhere to increase early braille literacy, a special tagging system can allow parents to integrate their children’s favorite toys as tools to help make literacy tangible for their children at an early age.

The Not Impossible Commitment Award

2018 Winner: ANDE Rapid DNA Identification Technology
For their Dedication to Evolving Tools to Progress Public Safety

The ANDE system performs Rapid DNA Identification--the fully-automated generation and interpretation of DNA IDs--in less than two hours, outside the lab, by non-technical users. Moving DNA from the lab to the field enables Law Enforcement, the Military, and Homeland Security to identify criminals quickly. Conventional laboratory technology can take months to years to process DNA evidence—ANDE is revolutionizing the field by generating high-quality DNA IDs quickly, when and where the results matter most. 

The Not Impossible Ignition Award
Made Possible by National Grid and Hawaiian Electric Company

2018 Winner: OffGridBox
For their Commitment to Accessible Energy

OffGridBox is a modular and compact unit that provides renewable energy and treated water in off-the-grid areas. Set up in under three hours, OffGridBox is transforming communities across the world in developing countries and places recovering from disaster. Units installed in Rwanda are piloting the pay-as-you-go business model that is cheaper than what is locally available. For a few cents a day, people will be able to access clean water and sustainable power at a station continually attended by local hires.

The Not Impossible Connectivity Award
Made Possible by Avnet

2018 Winner: DCTclock
Fot Their Utilization of Connected Devices to Improve Lives

The analogue Clock Drawing Test has been used for decades by health care providers as a way to detect cognitive impairment from Alzheimer's, dementia, and Parkinson's. An inspired husband/wife team working at MIT and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center evolved the technique to create DCTclock, a diagnostic tool that leverages data and connectivity to transform the familiar Clock Drawing Test into a precise measure of cognitive function that can lead to early detection, better care, and increased quality of life.

The Not Impossible Vitality Award
Made Possible by Blue Cross Blue Shield

2018 Winner: VR-Project Δ and VR-Qualis Est Vita
For their Innovation in Healthcare

VR-Project Delta (Δ meaning "change") is being developed by Dr. Patrick Bordnick, dean and professor at the Tulane School of Social Work. VR-Δ will put patients into realistic virtual worlds using smartphone-based VR, recreating situations that identify and trigger cravings akin to drug and alcohol addiction. This tool allows for individualized patient diagnostics and aids in treatment by teaching coping mechanisms to avoid relapse. Dr. Bordnick is also repurposing and transforming the technology of VR- Δ to create environments that help children and adults with autism develop interpersonal skills.

Mick Ebeling, Founder of Not Impossible Labs

Mick Ebeling, Founder of Not Impossible Labs


The Not Impossible Awards Advisory Council is comprised of leaders from across a diverse range of industries and backgrounds.  Advisors will be involved throughout the Awards campaign and have the opportunity to continue to nurture nominees whose work connects with their expertise. 

Advisers include representation from partner organizations committed to meaningful support of their nominee throughout the Awards process and beyond.

Advisory Council members to-date have included:



You must be 18 years or older and resident of the United States during time of submission. All completed submissions will be reviewed by the members of the Not Impossible Awards Advisory Council -- all of whom are senior executives with diverse scientific, business, and creative backgrounds and recognized experts in their fields. 

The Advisory Council reviews and choose the nominees based on excellence in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Execution, Impact and Creativity.

CONCEPTOpportunity, Intent, Innovation and Implementation

We are interested in projects that identify absurdities in the world and work to address them through out-of-the-box approaches that often lead to new markets or industries. With your help, we want to understand the journey you and your team are on to develop, innovate, prototype, and implement your solution. 

VALUENeed, Feasibility, and Accessibility

We are looking for individuals and companies who have taken actionable steps to create disruptive technological solutions with the intent to solve issues of inability and inaccessibility. We want to understand what need your product addresses and in what ways it provides a solution or separates itself from existing solutions. 

EXECUTIONAudience, Reception, and Accomplishments

We find value in knowing our audience and pride ourselves on being able to communicate with them in a way that is both inspiring and impactful. We want to understand the message and story behind your innovation. Who are your consumers and what are some notable ways they have reacted to and/or engaged with your product? If your product has yet to launch, what is your innovation's value proposition and how do you hope your product will be received?

IMPACTData, Scalability, and Potential

Not Impossible works with experts from across all industries and skill sets to build meaningful and viable progress towards making a larger impact. Help us understand the potential of your innovation's current and future impact on society and the world through examples of story and data.

CREATIVITYOriginality, Character, and Story

Not impossible's mantra of "help one, help many" has manifested in our signature ability to reach and impact people at large with the way we tell the stories of the people we support. In addition to concrete examples of your work, we want you to be bold and share your failures along with your successes as well the turning points and crises you experienced along your journey.

These criteria are meant to encompass the ever-evolving meaning of "innovation" and act as a guideline for applicants and judges alike. We believe these guidelines create an equitable evaluation criteria that allows for a thorough and creative assessment of each candidate. 



The Not Impossible Awards recognizes the inspiring work of people and companies who share Not Impossible’s mission to create innovative technology to improve the well being of others. If you or your team are working on a technological solution to address issues of inability and inaccessibility through disruptive innovation, we want to hear from you.

Stay tuned for our call for entries for the 2019 Not Impossible Awards. We look forward to learning about your project!