Project Heha Super Happiness Challenge

Stay tuned for more details of Super Happiness Challenge - Final Pitch Day on October 20, 2017 in San Francisco

Vote for your favourite Teams to help them win the US$5,000 prize

Stay tuned for more details of Super Happiness Challenge - Final Pitch Day on October 20, 2017 in San Francisco

Vote for your favourite Teams to help them win the US$5,000 prize

Project Heha - The movement to co-create a happier world

About Project Heha and the Super Happiness Challenge

The Super Happiness Challenge is one of the first initiatives of Project Heha—a worldwide movement to help people achieve super happiness, and co-create a happier world.

At Project Heha, we believe that people have an innate need to be happy and to share that happiness with others. However, our collective level of happiness has not kept up with its potential growth despite technological advances and improved quality of life.

The Super Happiness Challenge is designed empower ideas and solutions to directly address this unmet need for happiness.

We have developed the Project Heha's "5+1+Others" happiness framework. It covers Health, Family, Work, Friend and Leisure, plus Mindset and Others (including ideas and habits out there that fit you).

To learn more about the Project Heha's happiness framework, please check out the Project Heha Book at ProjectHeha.com.

THE CHALLENGE OFFERS TWO TRACKS FOR SUBMISSION

Who Should Enter

We encourage hardware and software solutions, products, services, community, inventions, business model innovations, and strategic partnerships. All solutions may leverage ideas from any industries that align with goals. Any edible or pharmacologic solutions will not be considered.

Idea Track

The idea track is open to individuals who have an
innovative,creative solution that promotes happiness.

All winners receive a 3-day trip to San Francisco for
the Pitch Competition.

$35,000
Runner Up
Three Finalists

Startup Track

The startup track is open to entrepreneurs with an existing business
which aims at promoting happiness and creating a happier world.

All winners receive a 3-day trip to San Francisco for
the Pitch Competition.

Up to $1M
Grand Prize
Runner Up
Three Finalists

All winning teams have the opportunity to negotiate for up to $1 Million USD investment. For the startup track, the potential investment will be funded by Happiness Capital. For investment details, please refer to the Terms & Conditions.

Timeline

5/22 APPLICATIONS OPEN
8/17 APPLICATIONS CLOSE
8/31 SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
9/1 SECONDARY APPLICATIONS OPEN
9/13 SECONDARY APPLICATIONS CLOSE
9/22 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
10/20 FINAL PITCH COMPETITION IN SAN FRANCISCO

How to Participate

WELCOME

The Super Happiness Challenge is a global competition to find solutions that help people achieve true happiness, and share their unique solutions to co-create a happier world.

The competition is open to individuals submitting any executable idea that promotes happiness, as well as startup companies of any stage whose business promotes happiness under the '5+1+Others' framework.

APPLICATION

You may apply as an individual for the Idea Track or an individual/team may apply on behalf of their startup company for the Startup Track. When you are ready to register.

PREPARE SUBMISSION

To prepare your submission you will need to complete all the fields in the application site and submit your responses by 23:59 Pacific Time on August 17, 2017 to be considered for the challenge.

SEMI-FINALISTS

Semi-Finalists for both tracks will be announced August 31, 2017.

Semi-Finalists will be required to complete a short secondary application (open September 1, 2017 closes September 13, 2017).

SECONDARY APPLICATION

Semi-Finalists are required to upload a short video (90 seconds max) providing a high-level overview of their solution and the impact it will drive in promoting happiness. They will also be required to answer a number of additional questions.

FINAL PITCH COMPETITION

Selected Finalists will be announced on September 22, 2017.

Finalists will attend the Final Pitch Competition on October 20, 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area to present their solution and compete for the Grand Prize.

Judges

Joi Ito JOI ITO MIT Media Lab Director

Joi Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab, Professor of the Practice at MIT and the author, with Jeff Howe, of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, 2016)

Joi Ito

JOI ITO

MIT Media Lab Director

Joi Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab, Professor of the Practice at MIT and the author, with Jeff Howe, of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, 2016).

Ito is a Visiting Professor of Law from Practice at the Harvard Law School.

Ito is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and serves on several other boards, including The New York Times Company, the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation. He also serves as a strategic advisor to the Sony Corporation. He is the former chairman and CEO of Creative Commons, and a former board member of ICANN, The Open Source Initiative, and The Mozilla Foundation.

Ito is a serial entrepreneur who helped start and run numerous companies including one of the first web companies in Japan, Digital Garage, and the first commercial Internet service provider in Japan, PSINet Japan/IIKK. He has been an early-stage investor in many companies, including Formlabs, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, and Twitter.

Ito has received numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Golden Plate Award from the Academy of Achievement, and he was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2017, he received the IRI Medal.

Ito has been awarded honorary doctorates from The New School and Tufts University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kasisomayajula Viswanath DR. KASISOMAYAJULA “VISH” VISWANATH Co-Director, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Viswanath’s work, drawing from literatures in communication science, social epidemiology, and social and health behavior sciences, focuses on translational communication science to influence public health policy and practice.

Kasisomayajula Viswanath

DR. KASISOMAYAJULA “VISH” VISWANATH

Co-Director, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. K. “Vish” Viswanath holds a joint appointment at the MacGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is the Director of the Center for Translational Health Communication Science at Harvard Chan and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Viswanath’s work, drawing from literatures in communication science, social epidemiology, and social and health behavior sciences, focuses on translational communication science to influence public health policy and practice. His primary research is in documenting the relationship between communication inequalities, poverty, and knowledge translation to address health disparities.

He has written more than 200 journal articles and book chapters concerning communication inequalities and health disparities, knowledge translation, public health communication campaigns, e-health and digital divide, public health preparedness, and the delivery of health communication interventions to underserved populations. He is the Co-Editor of three books: Mass Media, Social Control and Social Change (Iowa State University Press, 1999), Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research & Practice (Jossey Bass, 2015), and The Role of Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use (National Cancer Institute, 2008). He was also the Editor of the Social and Behavioral Research section of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Communication (Blackwell Publishing, 2008).

In recognition of his academic and professional achievements, Dr. Viswanath has received several awards, including the Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award For Excellence in Tobacco Research, American Society for Preventive Oncology (2014), the Dale Brashers Distinguished Mentorship Award, National Communication Association (2013), Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award (2010), jointly given by the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association, and the Mayhew Derryberry Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for his contribution to health education research and theory (2009).

Sammy Lee SAMMY LEE Chief Invisible Officer of Project Heha

Sammy Lee is the Founder and Chief Invisible Officer of Project Heha. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of the LKK Health Products Group Limited. LKKHPG is a HK-based corporation with diversified businesses in TCM health products, property investment, Chinese herbs plantation and trading, and venture capital for startups.

Sammy Lee

SAMMY LEE

Chief Invisible Officer of Project Heha

Sammy Lee, one of the fourth generation family members of Lee Kum Kee, a well-known Chinese condiment enterprise founded in 1888. Sammy graduated from the University of South California in the United States majoring in business management and finance. He is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of the LKK Health Products Group Limited. LKKHPG is a HK-based corporation with diversified businesses in TCM health products, property investment, Chinese herbs plantation and trading, and venture capital for startups.

Under Sammy's leadership, AON Hewit honored Infinitus, a subsidiary of LKKHPG, with the awards "Best Employer in Asia" (2005 and 2007) and "Best Employer in China" (2005, 2007, 2015 and 2016). In 2011, Fortune China named Infinitus as "Best Workplace in China" for the third time. In 2016, LKK Health Products Group Limited was named among the best companies to work for in Asia by HR Asia Magazine. Infinitus was certified by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer China 2016.

In addition, he is a representative of the CPPCC National Committee, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). With his enthusiasm in advocating trade cooperation between Mainland China, and Hong Kong, Mr. Lee has been appointed as the President Honoris Causa of Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in China ─ Guangdong since 2004.

Sammy has been proactive in giving back to the society, and he is enthusiastic in helping people live happier and healthier. In April 2016, a gift of more than US$21 million from the LKKHPG was announced to establish Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to help people live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Meanwhile, Sammy has initiated Project Heha which is a movement to create a world of Super Happiness, encouraging everyone to develop habits that bring positive change. Project Heha has recently collaborated with Singularity University organizing an open innovation contest for individuals and startups to source ideas and new products or services that bring people better lives.

Recently, he has written the publications The Power of Si Li Ji Ren and The Autopilot Leadership Model. The Chinese version of The Autopilot Leadership Model set the Guinness World Record in 2013 for hosting the single largest book signing session, where 4,649 books were signed within 11 hours at Shenyang Northern Book Centre.

Pascal Finette PASCAL FINETTE Singularity University Vice President, Startup Solutions

Pascal heads up the Startup Program at Singularity University where he grows startups tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.

Sammy Lee

PASCAL FINETTE

Singularity University Vice President, Startup Solutions

Pascal heads up the Startup Program at Singularity University where he grows startups tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.

He loves technology and believes that the Internet is deeply impacting mankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good, POWERUP and The Coaching Fellowship; the GyShiDo (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated The Heretic newsletter.

He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact. As a trained Co-Active executive coach he works with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. But most of all – Pascal loves to work with entrepreneurs who are making things better and go from zero to one.



FAQ

Idea and Startup Tracks

How do I enter?

submit the application by the deadline, August 17, 2017.

When do I need to submit my application?

The application must be completed and submitted by the deadline on August 17, 2017.

What is the process for application?

First, login to get to the application page. Submit the application by the deadline on August 17, 2017. If selected as a Semi-Finalist, you must submit a video and answer additional questions by September 13, 2016

Who will determine the winners?

A team of industry experts with entrepreneurial, innovation, and venture capital backgrounds will evaluate each entry based on the judging criteria.

When will the winners be announced?

Semi-Finalists will be informed on August 31, 2017 and required to complete a short secondary application (open for submission September 1 to 13, 2017). Finalists will be announced on September 22, 2017 and compete for the Grand Prize at the Pitch Competition on October 20, 2017.

What happens if I am a Finalist?

Finalists will receive a 3-day/2-night trip to San Francisco Bay Area to attend the Pitch Competition on October 20, 2017. The winners must attend to collect their minimum prize and to compete for the Grand Prize. Startup Track teams will be able to send a maximum of two team members to participate in the Pitch Competition.

Why was my entry disqualified?

Entries that do not meet the submission criteria, eligibility, or violate the Terms & Conditions may be disqualified. Additionally, any entry with inappropriate or objectionable content may be disqualified.

Idea Track

Who can enter for the idea track?

Any idividual who shares our vision of super happiness.

Can I enter as a team for the idea track?

No, the Idea Track is open to individuals only.

What are the idea track prizes?
  • Grand Prize: US$35,000
  • Runner up: US$10,000
  • Finalists (3): US$5,000

All recipients of the above prizes will also receive a trip to the Pitch Competition on October 20, 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area with travel and accommodation expenses covered.

What kind of ideas is this challenge looking for?

Solutions that overcome any impediment to happiness. Ideas must be creative, yet realistic and executable.

What are the judging criteria for the idea track?

Based on the application responses, the judging panel will evaluate:

  • Disruptive Factor
  • Happiness Impact
  • Feasibility
  • Creativity

Startup Track

Who can enter for the startup track?

A team or a representative from a startup can enter a startup company for the startup track. All entries must meet eligibility and rules outlined

How many team members can be in a startup team?

A team may be entered in the startup track with a maximum of 5 members, with a designated team leader. Note that if selected as Winners, a maximum of two representatives will be able to participate in the final Pitch Competition in San Francisco.

What are the prizes?
  • Grand Prize: US$25,000
  • Runner up: US$10,000
  • Finalists (3): US$5,000

Startup Track Winners may receive a potential investment up to US$1 million from Super Happiness Challenge's sponsor Happiness Capital.

All recipients of the above prizes will also receive a trip to the Pitch Competition on October 20, 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area with travel and accommodation expenses covered.

Startup Track teams will be able to send a maximum of two team members to participate in the Pitch Competition.

What kind of startup is this challenge looking for?

We are looking for any business that has a mission and ability to promote happiness. This may not be its primary commercial proposition, but the resulting impact of the business achieves this goal. Guided by the Project Heha "5+1+Others" happiness framework, businesses can be platforms fostering networks, communities, software and hardware solutions, and anything in between. Startups should have a disruptive element to their business to enable scale, be this through the technology they use, or through its business model. If you are unsure of whether or not your idea falls within these parameters, please feel free to contact us at question@superhappinesschallenge.com

What are the judging criteria for startup track?

Based on the application responses, the judging panel will evaluate:

  • Happiness Impact
  • Disruptive Factor
  • Scalability
  • Feasibility
  • Team
  • Traction


Results: Finalists

Finalists will be contacted individually



Results: Semi-Finalists

Results are listed in alphabetic order

Semi-Finalists will be contacted individually.

Idea Track


  • Augus: machine learning to co-design paths to happiness
  • Being My Sweet Age
  • Care robot arms
  • ConnectAGE
  • Diary persona
  • Hap-App Happiness
  • InnerG Bus
  • Luminary legacies
  • Micro-insurance scheme using garbage as a financial resource enabling slum folks pay for health care
  • Mirrorable
  • NUTROALL PH
  • Smile Mirror
  • The Daily Experiment
  • WATER PACIFIC
  • You Matter Marathon - No running required

Startup Track


  • Affectiva: Happycam
  • Aware Mind Inc.
  • BLITAB
  • Envoy/HelloEnvoy
  • iBuddy
  • KSF.LLC
  • Mush
  • Never Eat Alone
  • PlanSnap
  • Playnote Limited
  • SidekickHealth
  • Suggestic
  • The Good Cards
  • Wefarm
  • Wizdy

To learn more about the semi-finalists, please check out this site.

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