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Rob Goodier

Video: Effective, Low-Cost Prototyping

August 16, 2018

A Silicon Valley saying is “Never go to a meeting without a prototype.” A prototype magnifies the value of...

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Tecnologia para Salvar a la Lengua Quechua

July 3, 2018

Ingenieros de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú están desarrollando un software que interpreta la lengua indígena Quechua con...

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A New Microwave Pyrolysis System Targets China’s Mountains of Toxic Sludge

May 1, 2018

China has been burying itself under a mountain of toxic sludge, but one startup may have a technological solution....

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Origins of a Startup: The Mechanical Engineer Aline Saraiva Okello Co-Founded HarvestRainWater in Mozambique

April 27, 2018

The following is an excerpt from the book Founding Women: African Women Who Are Defying the Odds to Build...

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Satellites and Cell Phones: A Guide to Remote Monitoring of Water and Sanitation Technology in Global Development

April 24, 2018

From satellites peeping at water sources to “smart” latrines, new tools have emerged to help fix the problems with...

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The Key to Food Security Is Post-Harvest Management, Experts Say

April 9, 2018

As much as one-third of the food produced in the world is lost or spoiled before it can be...

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The Secret to Sustainable WASH Technology: Five Questions for Sean Furey

March 25, 2018

There is a secret to building a technology in a rural community so that it successfully scales up and...

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Five Questions with Ramla Qureshi, Founder of Women Engineers in Pakistan

March 1, 2018

Ramla Qureshi has seen firsthand the deep bias against girls and women studying STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering...

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What Your Call-Log Says About Your Creditworthiness

February 28, 2018

Brenda used to sell curtains door to door in Nairobi, Kenya, but she dreamed of opening her own storefront....

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A New Framework for Creating Meaningful Technology in Africa [Research Brief]

February 26, 2018

Is it possible that aid organizations hand out technologies to Africans that are actually tools of colonialism? And could...

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  • It's interesting, isn't it. The source is written on the bottom of the image, but I see now that the bottom is cut off in the display above. It says "created by @juancommander. That's a Twitter name where you can find the author.

    Global Educational Inequality Fuels the Demand for “Open Science” 
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  • You're welcome to apply to contribute to our site as a guest expert. Look for the link on this page: https://www.engineeringforchange.org/what-we-do/news-and-insights/ Thanks for your interest!

    10 Great Sites for a Free Online Education
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  • No, that is not what we do. If you're looking for products, though, we do standardize information about technologies that meet basic needs in underserved communities. You can find them in our Solutions Library here: https://www.engineeringforchange.org/solutions/products.

    E4C at age 1: The best of our inaugural year
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  • In the interest of fostering free speech I'm leaving your comment here, but please try to be more respectful in the future. You're not just wrong, but you're rude about it. It's easier to be polite than it is to be right, so at least shoot for a goal you can hit and say it nicely.

    Sexism and the city: how urban planning has failed women
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  • I might be able to help. I posted an update a couple of years after this article and you can see it here: https://www.engineeringforchange.org/news/a-teenage-inventor-upgrades-emergency-rescue-technology/ And Chase (now Alexis) Lewis has a website with contact info here: https://www.alexislewisinven...

    A 12-year-old engineer designs a life-saving travois for refugees
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  • That's an important point, thanks for making it.

    The New Digital and Mechanical Tools on African Farms
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  • Structures are tested in labs by placing them on a platform that moves like the ground might move in an earthquake. Also, just to nitpick here (sorry), they don't call structures earthquake *proof* because nothing can withstand any size of earthquake. Meaning that there are earthquakes that could po...

    Earthquake-resistant Homes in Haiti
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  • You'll find a complete biogas digester construction manual here: https://completebiogas.com/build.html. I updated the link in the article, thanks for mentioning it. Good luck!

    Biodigester Energy Generation
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  • Hi Autumn, please note that this is a news article about 4Ocean and their bracelets, but this site is not related to that organization in any way. It's likely that nobody at 4Ocean will read your comment on this site, I'd suggest that you write or call them directly with your complaint. Thanks for r...

    Can a bracelet craze clean our oceans?
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  • Interesting take on the three things, Cristian. It seems like there is a value in volunteering time in addition to donating money, and that's probably the driving force behind "voluntourism." But after thinking of it from your point of view, maybe the best use of money might be to send it directly t...

    Service Learning or Voluntourism?
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  • Yes, brave is a good desccription. Glad you appreciated it.

    What We Can Learn from the Closure of SIMLab
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  • Thanks, bringing it up with site admins

    Everyday Transportation Around the World
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  • Hi Peter, sounds interesting. Note that this news article is about a Greenpeace contest that took place a couple of years ago. Comments you leave here will not go to anyone at Greenpeace, so if you'd like to get in touch I'd suggest emailing them. Or better yet, look for a current contest and enter...

    15 concepts to replace diesel-powered water pumps on Indian farms
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  • Hi Godfrey, I suggest that you get in touch with the African Robotics Network. They have a website and a google group with a newsletter. For more on their work, see our article, Build Your Own Robot Affordably. Good luck!

    Build Your Own Robot Affordably
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  • Recordings of the webinars are available to view as videos often within one week of the presentation. This video is not up, yet, but it should be up by next week. You can look for it here: https://www.engineeringforchange.org/webinar/how-cities-are-managing-their-transportation-growing-pains/. Thank...

    How Cities Are Managing Their Transportation Growing Pains
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  • Thanks, just added you to the list.

    Tools You Can Build From Recycled Parts
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  • E4C offers this free online training in the principles of engineering for global development. Completion awards 1 CEU for continuing education for engineers. Find it here: https://www.engineeringforchange.org/what-we-do/intro-to-egd/. Good luck!

    10 Great Sites for a Free Online Education
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  • Please contact the researchers for more information. Their lab's website is linked in the article. Thanks for your interest!

    A solar thermal aerator prototype could improve aquaculture in developing countries
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  • I believe they will be available soon. They said they plan to ship the kickstarter units in August and they should be sold publicly after that. Check their site in the links above!

    Packable solar picnic grills subsidize sales in underserved communities
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  • There is no single organization that manufactures all of those things, so you will have to contact each manufacturer directly. I suggest googling their sites, or some of them are in our Solutions Library and you can find contact info there. For example, the Ayzh Clean Birth Kit: http://solutions.eng...

    100 Under $100 catalogues technologies that improve women's lives in developing countries
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  • That sounds like an interesting project and I'd suggest that you contact One Earth Designs directly through their site. Here's a link to their contact page: http://www.oneearthdesigns.org/contact-us/. Good luck!

    Packable solar picnic grills subsidize sales in underserved communities
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  • It's taken to a recycling center.

    Can a bracelet craze clean our oceans?
    Rob Goodier
  • You can find them at 4Ocean's site here: https://4ocean.com/. Thanks for your interest!

    Can a bracelet craze clean our oceans?
    Rob Goodier
  • Interesting about the microgardening. I'm going to send you an email.

    Why technology alone will never provide sanitation for the poor
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  • Hi Graham, besides the logistical comment I just made I also wanted to address the concern you raised here. I think it goes to the heart of a debate and a shift in global aid and development in which charity models are being supplanted by subsidized sales or even straight, capitalistic (unsubsidized...

    Why technology alone will never provide sanitation for the poor
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  • Hi Graham, thanks for commenting. I noticed that your post had some odd capitalization and I saw another commenter mention that there might be a bug in our commenting fields, so I took the liberty of editing your comment to give it normal capitalization. I assume that's what you intended (but of cou...

    Why technology alone will never provide sanitation for the poor
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  • Yeah, that's weird. I edited your previous comment to take out those capitals. I'll bring it up with IT. Thanks for saying something.

    Why technology alone will never provide sanitation for the poor
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  • Thanks for sharing this. You make an interesting comparison with food systems. Does that mean that you're not a fan of concepts like vertical gardens for improving urban diets?

    Why technology alone will never provide sanitation for the poor
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  • You can become a member by signing up at this link (it's free): https://www.engineeringforchange.org/sign-up/ .

    10 Great Sites for a Free Online Education
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  • You can earn the equivalent of 10 Professional Development Hours awarded by IEEE upon completion.

    Introduction to Engineering for Global Development: E4C’s new online course prepares newcomers to the practice
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  • Huh, interesting. Sounds like there might be more money in recycling these days...?

    Recycling on Tricycles in Lagos: Five Questions with Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola
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  • I'd change the description a little to explain better about what it is. Here's a re-write: The G110 is a three-wheeled farm truck that hauls goods and doubles as a power source for attachable tools. The truck provides power and transportation to small-holder farmers and agricultural businesses that...

    MiraCradle
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  • I edited this piece and, at the risk of speaking for the author, the phrase is a clever way to say that reliable repair documentation is lacking in urban and rural communities in developed and developing countries worldwide. Thanks for your interest.

    Don't toss it... Fix it! How to find the information you need to repair electronics and appliances
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  • Dylan Lunney at OHorizons answered your question by email. Here's what he said: "Thanks for your question! If you reference the Parts of the BioSand Filter image at the top of the article, you’ll see that there are two levels of gravel below the sand. The lowest level of the filter is filed with lar...

    How to make a wooden mold for biosand water filters
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  • The discussion takes place live during the webinar, but in some recordings you can see a copy of the comments that each participant typed out. Thanks for your interest.

    Emerging Trends in the World of Social Entrepreneurship
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  • Yes, I agree and I'm sure I speak for my colleagues at E4C who would also agree with you. That would be ideal and nobody wants fellows with that kind of background more than we do at E4C. The short answer as to why we haven't is resource limitations. This year required that we limited our geographic...

    Welcome to E4C's Fellows
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  • Hi Ilkim, nice to hear that you're a fan, thank you. E4C's course is online and does not require an application. Just sign up as an E4C member and you can access the course for free and qualify for a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) (equivalent to 10 Professional Development Hours) upon completion. G...

    Introduction to Engineering for Global Development: E4C’s new online course prepares newcomers to the practice
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  • Thanks for this insight. I think what might be missing in this discussion is that this was a test of materials that are known to be available in developing countries in shops that might not be as well stocked as their developed-world counterparts. The kerosene that your great grandfather used would...

    How to Make Penetrating Oil
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  • Thanks for this insight. I think what might be missing in this discussion is that this was a test of materials that are known to be available in developing countries in shops that might not be as well stocked as their developed-world counterparts. The kerosene that your great grandfather used would...

    How to Make Penetrating Oil
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  • Chlorine is considered a method of treating water! Our goal was to treat water by removing life-threatening pathogens. But chlorine can be a problem, too. The bad taste it leaves can deter people from using it. If you know of effective, low-cost ways to remove it please share.

    Ten low-cost ways to treat water
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  • Hi Alistair, thanks for your interest. You can try asking Kurtis Heimerl: https://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~kheimerl/. Good luck, and please let me know how it goes if you get a system set up. I'd love to post pictures.

    Open-Source Cell Network Could Cut Costs
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  • Blood in the urine could be a sign of a serious medical condition. I'd suggest that the person see a doctor to address that problem first. Fertilizing the crops can probably wait!

    Urine is fertilizing crops and saving money in India
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  • Thanks so much for your comment and criticism. We debated including the Desolenator for the very reason that you state, but in the end we decided to go with it and add the reviewer's caveat about the lack of specs. The reason is that this is a snapshot of prototypes, which by definition are not prov...

    Promising Prototypes of 2015
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