The Alva Award

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Who will be the next great serial inventor—possibly even the next Thomas Edison? Someone who can not only envision incredible ideas, but also lead them to the finish line? Great inventors—and great inventions—solve problems, address real needs, and make the world work better.

99U recognizes these world-changing creators with the Alva Award and invites them to share insights from their creative process at our annual conference.

As the presenting sponsor of the Alva Award, Adobe is thrilled to honor those who are helping to shape the future by putting ideas into action.

2014 Alva Winner: Krista Donaldson

Krista's 99U talk
Whether she's creating an inexpensive, state-of-the-art prosthetic knee or inventing new ways to fight jaundice, Krista Donaldson uses design and pure grit to solve the world's biggest problems affordably.

Krista Donaldson is the CEO of D-Rev and has worked in international development, product design and engineering for more than 15 years. As D-Rev’s CEO, Krista has led the design and scaling in emerging markets of Brilliance, a radically affordable treatment for babies with jaundice, and the ReMotion prosthetic knee, now worn by over 5,500 amputees. She has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the 50 designers shaping the future and the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer.

Prior to D-Rev, Krista was an economic officer at the US Department of State where she worked on economic policy and the reconstruction of Iraq’s electricity sector, and as a design engineer at KickStart in Nairobi, Kenya.

Selection Committee

Sebastian Thrun
2013 Alva Award Winner, Google Fellow & CEO of Udacity
John Maeda
President, Rhode Island School of Design
Joe Gebbia
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Airbnb
Beth Comstock
Scott Belsky
Co-Founder & Head of Behance, VP Products - Community, Adobe
Tina Seelig
Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Michael Ventura
Founder & CEO, Sub Rosa
Josh Rubin
Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Cool Hunting

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