Unpacking the Mobi-Case: UNICEF’s Digital School-in-a-Box

Teachers and textbooks are not easily mobilized to crisis-affected and remote rural areas. The Mobi-Case is a portable, suitcase-sized digital classroom containing a projector, speaker, laptop, scanner and free educational content. It provides many of the tools needed to enable education service delivery in hard-to-reach regions anytime, anywhere.

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Raising the Bar in Water Purification with Nanotechnology

The World Bank reports that over 88% of worldwide illness is related to contaminated water. An Oregon-based company has successfully produced a highly effective personal water purification system that could be of massive benefit to humanitarian relief efforts. The Solar Bag, developed by Puralytics, boasts the ability to not only filter, but truly purify water of up to 99.999% of …

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PEEK-a-Boo: A Mobile App that’s Easy on the Eyes

A team of ophthalmologists, engineers, business experts and software developers based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is developing a mobile app that is changing the way that eye exams can be conducted. Called Peek Vision, the group has developed a Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK), which consists of new innovative technology that allows health care workers …

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A Floating Power Generator for Off-Grid Disaster Relief

Power generation in post-disaster areas and for remote development projects is often costly, can use unreliable fuel supplies, and may take too long to become active. To address this need, Altaeros Energies is currently testing the Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), which operates at 400-600 metres (1000-2000 feet) above the ground, and does not require the long and expensive construction associated …

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The Luminaid: a portable light-source for disaster relief

The designers of the LuminAID, Anna Stark and Andrea Sreshta, invented the light in response to the disaster following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The LED light’s innovative design is compact, light-weight, inflatable, and waterproof. They are now being honoured as Mothers of Invention by Toyota and Women in the World.

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A Fifty Cent Paper Microscope Set to Revolutionize the Fight Against Malaria

One of the largest hurdles in the fight against malaria is reliable detection. There are many strains of the disease, so reaching for a cure-all pill without a proper diagnosis can do more harm than good. Often medication is given for the wrong type of malaria, or to patients who have a different ailment altogether. Standard testing can be expensive …

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Let the Oceans Clean Themselves: The Ocean Cleanup Array

  A young Dutch engineer named Boyan Slat is currently conducting a feasibility study for a device that could help clean up our oceans. The device, dubbed The Ocean Cleanup Array, would consist of a series of floating booms and 24 manta ray-styled processing platforms that could collect and filter floating debris. The processing platforms would be anchored to the …

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The Phone Oximeter: An innovation for maternal health in design and process

    One of the most pressing needs that many communities in the developing world have is maternal care. If children born in these communities face challenges while still in the womb, their capacities to go forth and be a force for change is made all the more difficult. Adding to that, expectant mothers should be worrying about making things …

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