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Solar Conduction Dryer Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge

  Solar Conduction Dryer Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Dell Social Innovation
  Challenge

  *Student team from India addresses the 20 to 30 percent food spoilage rate
    for poor rural farmers, via cost-effective dehydrators powered by solar
    conduction
  *Finalist projects range from new cancer diagnostic tool and nonprofit
    fundraising platform to solar power crowdsourcing and recycled shoes
  *Entrepreneurial students and their innovative ventures celebrated at
    finals event

Business Wire

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- May 15, 2013

Dell announced today that Solar Conduction Dryer received the $60,000 grand
prize in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC) to help fuel their
innovation. Solar Conduction Dryer and young social innovators from four other
finalist teams convened in Austin this week to compete for the cash prize as
part of the DSIC, which recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from
around the world who envision, create and implement social innovation projects
that help communities around the world.

Solar Conduction Dryer aims to address the 20 to 30 percent food spoilage rate
for poor rural Indian farmers, via cost-effective dehydrators powered by solar
conduction. The innovation will enable farmers to keep more of their crops and
sell dehydrated fruits and vegetables as another income source.

“Our solar conduction dryer will act as a boon for the farmers and fishermen
with poor access to electricity,” said Shital Somani with Solar Conduction
Dryer. “The platform provided by DSIC will help us in scaling up our
technology to reach the farmers and thus provide them with a revolutionary
sustainable technology, to cope with the agrarian crisis and prosper.”

The other four 2013 finalists included:

  *Foot Soldiers: In second place, Foot Soldiers received $40,000 to sell
    affordable shoes for the 48 million Bangladeshi who cannot afford proper
    footwear and are thus at risk for various diseases associated with bare
    feet. The project will use rubber tires that are currently thrown away or
    burnt as Bangladesh’s car population rises.
  *Good-Benefits.com: In third place, Good-Benefits.com received $20,000 to
    create a “401k for charity” by helping people make payroll contributions
    to tax-exempt micro-foundation accounts from which they can give funds
    over time to nonprofits. The project will help companies run simple,
    engaging workplace giving campaigns.
  *The final two finalists, Semka Biomedical Technologies and Citizen Power /
    Sunriding, received $10,000 each to launch their ideas. Semka, from
    Mexico, is developing a device capable of performing non-invasive tumor
    biopsies through blood extraction. Citizen Power, a German team, is
    building a peer-to-peer online social platform for crowdsourcing urban
    solar installations.

The five finalists participated this week in networking, mentoring
opportunities with social innovation leaders and the final pitches to vie for
the grand prize. They presented their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of
judges comprising business leaders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and
the winner was selected following the pitches.

The DSIC identifies and supports promising young social innovators who
dedicate themselves to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems with
their transformative ideas. Introduced in 2007 by the RGK Center for
Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The
University of Texas at Austin, the Challenge provides students with
world-class teaching and training, as well as start-up capital and access to a
network of mentors and advisers. Entries are judged on three primary criteria:
clarity of the innovation and potential social impact; demonstration of a high
probability of success; and potential impact from winning DSIC. In 2013, more
than 2,600 projects from teams presented ideas that addressed issues impacting
more than 110 countries.

“Two of the most powerful forces in the world are innovation and
entrepreneurship,” said Suzi Sosa, DSIC executive director and associate
director, RGK Center. “The Dell Social Innovation Challenge empowers students
to become innovators and entrepreneurs.Through our competition, university
students from any country are inspired to tackle the issues they are most
passionate about and are equipped with the tools and training to bring their
ideas to life.This year we will provide mentorship or seed funding to more
than 250 teams whose projects span multiple issues, including health, energy,
poverty, education and much more.Through our program students are able to
create the jobs they want while building the world they want at the same
time.”

Dell’s support for the DSIC includes tools and technology, experience and
expertise, and funding. The company became the competition’s title sponsor in
2008; at the close of the 2011 Challenge, Dell announced a $5 million grant,
distributed over five years, to expand the Challenge’s efforts worldwide and
support its goal of engaging more students per year. This year, more than
1,200 Dell employees volunteered to participate in the DSIC as both judges and
mentors.

“Dell was founded in a dorm room, and the spirit of entrepreneurship runs deep
in our company’s DNA,” said Trisa Thompson, Dell’s vice president of corporate
responsibility. “We know that students can change the world, and we’re excited
to support them with technology, mentorship, networking and funding that can
bring their ideas to life.”

About Dell Social Innovation Challenge

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC), identifies and supports promising
young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most
pressing problems with their transformative ideas. DSIC, which is the flagship
social entrepreneurship initiative of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and
Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of
Texas at Austin, provides university students with world-class teaching and
training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors
and advisors. For more information, visit www.dellchallenge.org.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative
technology and services that give them the power to do more. Powering the
Possible is Dell’s commitment to putting its technology and expertise to work
where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Learn more at
www.dell.com/poweringthepossible.

Contact:

Dell Corporate Responsibility Communications
Jenny Robertson, +1-512-728-3575
Jenny_Robertson@dell.com
or
Dell Global Education Communications
Kari Sherrodd, +1-512-728-2835
Kari_Sherrodd@dell.com