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Rob Goodier

A solar thermal aerator prototype could improve aquaculture in developing countries

March 7, 2017

A low-cost solar fish pond aerator could boost yields in most of the world’s aquaculture operations. Most artificial ponds...

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Open source geospatial maps and cheap new tools improve farming in Africa

March 2, 2017

Aerial drones, crowds of folks gathering soil samples and new analysis techniques combine as pieces in digital maps that...

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Drones and other robotics for social good: Five questions with Andrew Schroeder

February 27, 2017

Three robotics labs in Tanzania, Nepal and Peru put aerial drones into the hands of citizens to augment humanitarian...

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Data Scientists Pinpoint Sources of Lead Contamination to Solve the Flint Water Crisis

February 1, 2017

The Swiss mechanical engineer Lt. Eduard Rubin invented the copper-jacketed rifle bullet in 1882, right about the time that...

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Promising Prototypes to Watch in 2017

January 19, 2017

Prototypes are pushing the field of global development technology forward as they evolve in workshops, universities, laboratories and even...

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An Overdue Remodel of India’s Artisanal Fishing Industry

December 29, 2016

In 2004, the earthquake in the Indian Ocean and the tsunami it triggered splintered fishing villages along the coasts of...

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Recycling on Tricycles in Lagos: Five Questions with Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola

December 23, 2016

Like many major cities in the throes of economic development, Lagos has a trash collection problem. But with a population estimated at...

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The case for open source design in low-cost medical patient transport

December 21, 2016

People who need medical care in rural developing countries can be stranded by long distances to clinics, a lack...

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Meet Yi Wei, ‘Sexy’ Loo Designer & One of More than 200 E4C Volunteers

December 19, 2016

Yi Wei, Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at iDE is one of more than 200 volunteers who has dedicated...

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Our Most Popular Webinars of the Year, from Behavior Change to 3D Printing in Disasters

In a year that started with a webinar on Food Security and ended with Electronic Medical Records in Low-Resource Settings, we have seen...

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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
    Rob Goodier
  • Huh, interesting. Sounds like there might be more money in recycling these days...?

    Recycling on Tricycles in Lagos: Five Questions with Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola
    Rob Goodier
  • 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
    Rob Goodier
  • 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
    Rob Goodier
  • 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
    Rob Goodier
  • 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
    Rob Goodier
  • 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
    Rob Goodier
  • 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
    Rob Goodier
  • 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
    Rob Goodier
  • 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
    Rob Goodier
  • 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
    Rob Goodier
  • 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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