Prasoon Kumar is an urban planner and architect with over 10 years of experience in design firms across in India, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. But over the years, he had a nagging feeling that he could do more. One thing he had learned in school was to ‘design for everyone’, but the reality was different.
So in 2013, he quit his job to start billionBricks, a non-profit design and technology studio aiming to solve one of the world’s most pressing issues: homelessness. billionBricks innovates shelters that are scalable, sustainable, and able to create opportunities for communities to emerge out of poverty.
Ashton Kutcher called it, ‘innovation at its finest’ when its social media campaign went viral with over 40 million views. PowerHYDE is world’s first solar home for the homeless which produces enough energy to pay for itself. Since founding billionBricks has rehabilitated more than 4,300 homeless and disaster-stricken people in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal, United States, Canada and Europe. Prasoon has won numerous global awards for his work. billionBricks was awarded the prestigious Global Grand Challenge Award at the 2017 Singularity University Global Summit for designing powerHYDE. Prasoon graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning and an Outstanding Graduate Award for the year 2005.