Seven Apps and Websites Changing The Landscape for Youth Mental Health

Mental health continues to be an overlooked and underfunded issue, despite suicide being the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year-olds globally. Over the last three years the team at Innovation Labs in the UK has worked to develop digital tools to improve young people’s mental health and well-being. The result? Seven well researched, expertly tailored apps and websites that offer a broad range of information and support for youth and those who care about them.

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Drones Delivering Supplies to Remote Communities

While completing summer courses at Singularity University, social entrepreneur Andreas Raptopoulos conceived a plan to deliver life-saving materials to remote and isolated communities throughout the Global South. That idea has now turned into a company that utilizes unmanned aerial vehicles (UVAs), called Matternet.

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From Simple USB Key to Educational Software for $7

Nissan Bahar and Franky Imbesi are the inventors behind the Keepod, an 8 GB USB drive that contains its own operating system with complimentary apps all running on the Android OS. The issues these inventors are seeking to address are the connectivity concerns found with schools in the Global South. Schools strapped for cash often receive their computers as donations …

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An $80 Prosthetic Knee for Amputees

U.S. non-profit product design company D-Rev has developed a fully-functional, ruggedly designed prosthetic knee aimed specifically at those living under four dollars per day. At only $80, it is significantly cheaper than others on the market, making it feasible for more of the 80% of global amputees who lack access to modern prosthetics.

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Mobile App Speeds Up Family Reunification in Humanitarian Emergencies

During the commotion of a natural disaster or armed conflict, children are often separated from their caregivers. The longer a child is missing, the greater the risk that they will not be found and will become victims of violence or exploitation. As a result, the immediate aftermath of an emergency is especially critical for tracing and reunifying families. The new …

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Ballooning Internet Access in Remote Regions of Brazil

An estimated 50 percent of Brazilians lack internet access, a figure that is disproportionally higher in hard-to-reach, rural areas that are not covered by fiber-optic cable networks. In response, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is working to bring connectivity to isolated communities through internet-transmitting balloons. These balloons, equipped with radio transceivers, would be anchored in strategic locations including …

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Connecting Small Farmers to Big Markets in Mali

In 2005, Tree Aid and Sahel Eco collaborated to address market-access issues confronting Malian farmers through the Mali Shea Tulu project. As Mali is one of the largest countries in Africa, farmers and producers are often located far from commercial centers. This logistical challenge limits producers’ ability to identify buyers for their products and often makes them reliant upon local …

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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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