Rachel Pott

Rachel Pott

Rachel Pott is a writer, teacher and human rights advocate from Peterborough, Canada.

Driving Innovation in Africa – The AMPION Venture Bus

There are many opportunities for entrepreneurs to toss around ideas, build networks, and test products. However, only one – the AMPION Venture Bus – places innovators on a seven-day road trip across Africa to attend pitching events and build products on the road.

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BRCK by BRCK – Solving Last Mile Connectivity in Africa

“What if we could overcome the problem of unreliable internet and electricity, and reduce the cost of connection?” The BRCK was created to meet this challenge. This portable, rugged, self-powered Wi-Fi device makes accessing the internet simple and reliable, no matter where you are.

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Solar Suitcases to Light the World

Over 1.4 billion people – nearly 20% of the world’s population – are without access to electricity, while an additional 1 billion have access only to unreliable, intermittent electricity networks. The non-profit WE CARE Solar has created a portable off-grid solar electric system, the Solar Suitcase, which is providing dependable electricity to clinics, schools and emergency medical centres to help change this reality.

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Turning the Desert Green

Can deserts be turned back into arable land? Yes, according to the Sahara Forest Project. Their solution uses what we have enough of, like deserts, saltwater and CO2, to produce what we need more of: sustainably produced food, freshwater and energy.

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This networked heat-detector is the future of fire prevention

South Africa has 1.9 million people living in informal settlements, a direct result of apartheid. In these high population density communities, it is not uncommon for massive shack fires to erupt. Lumkani’s solution is a device that both detects fires and alerts nearby residents.

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Syria’s First Responders

    It is rare that an uplifting story emerges from Syria. In the midst of an intractable civil war that has been raging for nearly four years, the White Helmets first responders are voluntarily rushing to each bombing and clawing through the rubble to save lives. Unpaid and armed simply with white construction helmets, the Syrian Civil Defense, also …

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