Engineering for Change

Interest: ICT

The boom in mobile phone ownership has been one of the unanticipated success stories of global development. And with all of that computing power in the hands of so many people, software engineers are at the leading edge of the work to improve lives. Other electronic hardware is also gaining momentum, with innovations like e-readers, drones and 3D printers. These tools are how communities can leapfrog over phases of development to catch up with the pack.

Interest: ICT

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Five Operational Lessons Nonprofit CEOs Can Learn from the Closure of SIMLab

February 19, 2018

Before the Social Impact Lab (SIMLab) closed its doors in January, CEO Laura Walker McDonald published an honest and...

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Rob Goodier

Five Questions with Dr. Kommy Weldemariam, IBM’s Master Inventor

February 13, 2018

Komminist Weldemariam is IBM’s first Master Inventor in the company’s African labs. Kommy, as he is known, owns 65...

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Guest Author

ICT in the DRC: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunity

February 10, 2018

Poor Internet access and a lack of electricity cripple startups and other commerce in the Democratic Republic of Congo....

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Rob Goodier

Hello Tractor’s Business-Saving Pivot from Hardware to Software

January 30, 2018

The “smart” tractor company closed its manufacturing operation to focus on agricultural ICT. By September of 2016, an agricultural...

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Rob Goodier

A Better Portable Air Quality Monitor

December 28, 2017

Camera sensors and machine learning may make portable air quality monitoring more cost effective and accurate. Ever wondered how...

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Elisabeth van Overbeeke

Mapping Precedents and Techniques: A Review

November 13, 2017

Digital tools have changed how mapping is performed in two ways: the tools can be used by anyone anywhere,...

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Gustav Isaksson

Love and ICT improving waste management in Maputo

November 9, 2017

As the first sun rays cross the Indian Ocean and hit the streets of Maputo, waste collectors begin their...

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Rob Goodier

Video: How the ITU Views ICTs for Global Development

October 29, 2017

For four days in September, 2017, the International Telecommunication Union convened representatives of industry, governments, non-profits and other experts...

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Rob Goodier

Reinvented Toilets Take on a Lack of Sanitation Access with Internet Connectivity and Waste Processing

October 5, 2017

Nine startups that are reinventing the toilet have won spots as finalist candidates for the Toilet Board Coalition’s accelerator...

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Rob Goodier

Five Questions for Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D)

September 22, 2017

Brahima Sanou has taken the wheel at the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommuniction Union (ITU) at a...

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    Heating a mealworm farm without Electricity
    eduardo.gmora
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    Good Earth Nepal Earthbag Construction
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    I-Beam Pallet House
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    I-Beam Pallet House
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    Tiguri Green Village
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    Tiguri Green Village
    Matt_Advisor
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    Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit (Modular Housing Scheme)
    Matt_Advisor
  • Again, this seems more like an article about a concept or prototype that can serve to inspire designers but has limited value as a solution to be replicated. I guess there are some lessons learned from the failure, but that may be better suited to a different format or different section.

    NLÉ Makoko Floating School
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    NLÉ Makoko Floating School
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