Fascinating, curious people who love to learn gathered at World Maker Faire this year to share what they have made. Some people made an electric giraffe, others made a crocodile ride and there was a tent workshop on lockpicking, but a few talented people built things that can improve people’s lives, especially in developing countries. E4C’s content strategy manager, Iana Aranda, visited the event and captured some of the creativity in photographs. The full gallery is available in a Flickr photostream, and here we feature some of the technologies that could make a difference in global development.

All photos on this page are by Iana Aranda / E4C

Solar Puff is a solar-powered inflatable light designed to provide an affordable light source to disaster-relief victims. The patent-pending Solar Puff uses the principles of origami to fold into a flat envelope and pop open into a cube. This is a lightweight solution that lends itself to easy packing and storage.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth and Homebuilt, LLC collaborated on a new way to rapidly build affordable housing. Partnering Habitat’s amazing volunteers and Homebuilt’s cutting edge robotic technology, this initiative makes community-built housing more efficient, putting families in better homes more quickly.

Crowds gathered to see the drones duke it out. Drones matter in global development, and Patrick Meier explains why in our webinar, Humanitarians in the Sky: How UAVs are Changing Disaster Response.

Apitronics is an open platform for farm data collection. Suited to the outdoors, the system of connected sensors helps farmers monitor environmental conditions, which allows them to make more informed management decisions. Inspired by natural systems, Apitronics describes their sensors as “bees” that direct information to a centralized “hive.”

Future electrical engineers explore circuits.

Sénamé Koffi , Founder of WoeLab demos 3D printing technology from Togo – made of recycled parts. Learn more about his work on our webinar, 3D Printing and Development: Impact and Challenges

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