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Evenflo's new car seat is designed to help remember the baby in the car. Here's how it works.

Some people think it could never happen to them. Others beg to differ.

Evenflo's new car seat is designed to help remember the baby in the car. Here's how it works.

Each summer, we hear more stories about babies accidentally left behind in cars.

Under the cruel heat of the summer sun, cars are like ovens.

This man demonstrated it by sitting in a parked car in the sun for 30 minutes with all four windows generously cracked.


GIF from Pet Health Network.

Last year, 31 children died from being left unattended in hot cars.

It's heartbreaking, and it's terrifying for loving parents who see how it could happen when sleep-deprived and functioning on "autopilot."

The Internet has responded with all kinds of hacks to try to save children's lives.

But if you're looking for a more advanced solution, you're in luck. There are new technologies meant to ensure a parent never forgets their child in the backseat.

Intel has a new Bluetooth product called Smart Clip that is compatible with any car seat and works with your smartphone to remind you of your precious cargo.

GIF from CNET.

The app gives you information like temperature of the car and whether it's moving, but the best feature is that when your smartphone gets a certain distance away from the clip on the carseat, you get a pop-up message and audible tone that repeats every 20 seconds until you have retrieved your child and unclipped the product. It is scheduled to be available in late 2015.

But if you need peace of mind right now, Evenflo has just released a new carseat called SensorSafe. Similarly to the plug-in device that car insurance companies use to offer a safe driving discount to customers, a small piece of hardware gets plugged into the car's onboard diagnostic system, and it communicates with the car seat. If the car seat sensor detects weight after the ignition is turned off, a musical beep sounds to alert you immediately before you exit the car.

You could hope and believe it would never happen to you. Or you can take proactive steps (product-wise or homemade hacks) to decide now and every day that it won't.

Just over a year into the coronavirus pandemic, we're finally seeing a light at the end of our socially distanced tunnel. We still have a ways to go, but with millions of vaccines being doled out daily, we're well on our way toward somewhat normal life again. Hallelujah.

As we head toward that light, it's natural to look back over our shoulders at the past year to see what we're leaving behind. There's the "good riddance" stuff of course—the mass deaths, the missing loved ones, the closed-up businesses, the economic, social and political strife—which no one is going to miss.

But there's personal stuff, too. As we reflect on how we coped, how we spent our time, what we did and didn't do this past year, we're thinking about what we'll be bringing out of the tunnel with us.

And some of us are finding that comes with a decent dose of regret. Maybe a little guilt. Some disappointment as we go down the coulda-woulda-shoulda road.

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The past year has changed the way a lot of people see the world and brought the importance of global change to the forefront. However, even social impact entrepreneurs have had to adapt to the changing circumstances brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Founded in 2019 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Joseph Deitch, The Elevate Prize is dedicated to giving unsung social entrepreneurs the necessary resources to scale their impact and to ultimately help inspire and awaken the hero in all of us.

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The application process will take place in two phases. Applicants have till May 5 for Phase 1, which will include a short written application. A select number of those applicants will then be chosen for Phase 2, which includes a more robust set of questions later this summer. Ten winners will be announced in October 2021.

In addition to money, winners will also receive support from The Elevate Prize to help amplify their mission, achieve their goals, and receive mentorship and industry connections.

Last year, 1,297 candidates applied for the prize.

The 10 winners include Simprints, a UK-based nonprofit implementing biometric solutions to give people in the developing world hope and access to a better healthcare system; ReThink, a patented, innovative app that detects offensive messages and gives users a chance to reconsider posting them; and Guitars Over Guns, an organization bridging the opportunity gap for youth from vulnerable communities through transformational access to music, connectivity, and self-empowerment.

You can learn more about last year's winners, here.

If you know of someone or you yourself are ready to scale your impact, apply here today.