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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Rob Goodier

Research Brief: Showing Videos Improves Adoption of New Agricultural Techniques

January 9, 2020

Animated videos on phones and other devices may be an effective method of teaching new agricultural techniques to farmers...

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Rob Goodier

Social Entrepreneurs Need Two Improvements to Their Financing Access

October 29, 2019

Two ideas emerged to improve access for social startups when Siemens Stiftung convened a round table of experts on...

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The Conversation

We Used Smartphones to Screen Children for Vision and Hearing Loss

October 19, 2019

Healthy hearing and vision in early childhood are the foundation for success at school. Hearing and vision difficulties are...

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Guest Author

Mobile Mesh Devices Keep a School Running in Venezuela

October 10, 2019

In the midst of economic and political crisis, Venezuela is a tough place to keep a school running. Electricity...

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Mechanical Engineering Magazine

3D Printing Food to End World Hunger

October 8, 2019

Printable food is finding a niche in high-end experimental cuisine as the technology develops, but 3D printers may someday...

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The Conversation

New Technologies Can Be a Force for Good in Africa if They’re Developed from the Ground

October 3, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa is at a point where new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) could present both opportunities and...

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The Conversation

We Built an App to Detect Areas Most Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Haze

September 12, 2019

Forest and land-use fires are ravaging Indonesia’s Sumatra and Kalimantan islands. Haze from these fires threatens lives as inhaling...

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Justin Harrison

Dodging Censorship and Rural Poverty: Satellite TV Beams Disguised Information into Homes

August 28, 2019

Satellite receiver dishes mount the roofs of homes and community centers around the world. Even in rural villages where...

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Senka Hadzic

Connecting the Unconnected: A Human-Centric Approach to Internet Access

August 27, 2019

While technology giants experiment with drones, balloons and satellites to deliver the Internet to the world’s hard-to-reach communities, one...

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Carlos Garcia Lanchares

Software for Soil: Computer Assisted Design can Check Erosion

August 23, 2019

The soil is in trouble. About one-third of the world’s land is moderately to highly degraded, suffering from erosion,...

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