Nothing to Shake a Stick At: MIT Introduces Tree-Based Water Filters

  The UN estimates that 85% of the world’s population lives in the driest half of the planet. 783 million people don’t have access to clean water, and roughly 2.5 billion people don’t have access to sanitation. Various systems have been developed using charcoal, sand or chlorination to filter impurities and contaminants. Some are costly, some are complicated, some require …

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A Unique DIY Hospital in Rural Nigeria

  Over recent years there has been an influx of high-tech innovations geared toward poverty reduction in a variety of ways. It is important to remember that our concept of the digital age is unreachable for many in the Global South and not all innovations require the use of ‘modern technology’. While it is making strides in a variety of …

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Soccket, Kicking Up Power and Rolling Out the Fun

Soccer, the world’s most popular sport, has now added innovative technology to its ball with a goal of reducing poverty in the developing world. A few Harvard female entrepreneurs invented Soccket in order to bring light to where there is no light. Soccket is “much more than a normal soccer ball, the Soccket is a portable generator that provides fun and power …

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Economically Accessible Solar Power

With rapidly increasing efficiency, revolutionary battery designs, and growing interest from key players (more on that here), solar power is poised to fulfill the hopes it has long promised. What is still lacking is an affordable way to bring solar technology to the world’s poorest and most isolated communities. Without access to clean technologies of reliable (and affordable) electricity, millions …

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