Darlene Damm

Faculty Chair and Former Vice President of Community and Impact, Singularity University

Darlene Damm is Faculty Chair and former Vice President of Community and Impact at Singularity University and a pioneer of the impact technology industry. She co-founded two of the world’s first impact technology companies, Matternet and DIYROCKETS, and mentored thousands of founders who went on to build impact technology companies. Darlene served with Ashoka, the World Bank, nonprofits in Vietnam and Myanmar and has spoken at the United Nations, the World Food Programme, SXSW, Google, Intuit and delivered TedX talks in Vilnius and Budapest. She has written articles for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Spiceworks, the OECD, the Qatar Foundation and GRIT Daily. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS, was a fellow with Japan-US Community Education and Exchange, is an advisor to the World Food Programme, a mentor with Google’s impact accelerator, a judge for Stanford BASES, and served on the Biden Administration’s Working Group on Cross Border Trade. She holds patents in drone technology and Authority Magazine featured her as a social impact hero.

Judge’s selections

Illumination Prize

Sea vegetable Circulation


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The Endless Possibilities for Future Generations Prize



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The Vulnerability of Innovation Prize

Guilty Flavours

Eleonora Ortolani

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The Living Lodestar Prize

Lichens as an bioindicators of "Well-being"

Yixuan Wang (collaborated with Julio Obscura)

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Doing the Hard Work Prize

CirculaRElectronics by VERTMONDE


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