GTC is held specifically to help GPU developers connect, learn, discover, and innovate. It is quite the opportunity.Continue Reading
Tom Hoffman and I spoke about SchoolTool at the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire. This system helps remotely-located schools share data with national governmental ministries of education, through Ubuntu and SMS.Continue Reading
A few months ago, William Kamkwamba spoke at MIT as he wrapped up a speaking tour of the US with coauthor Bryan Mealer. This video is the whole evening’s presentation, and includes the introductions and question/answer session afterward. William starts at around 11 minutes.
The talk was sponsored by MIT’s Technology and Culture series and he was introduced by Amy Smith of D-Lab. There is a brief segment in the evening on Moving Windmills, a documentary film about William and his story.
The other night I checked out the volunteer night at Bikes Not Bombs in Jamaica Plain Boston. At the end of the night, there were about a dozen volunteers working together to “flatten bikes” so they could be efficiently shipped to Ghana in West Africa. The crowd was mostly young adults with a balance of […]Continue Reading
[Photo from Godisa] Approximately 10% of the world population has a disabling hearing impairment, and 80% of them live in developing countries. The most expensive part of a hearing aid is the battery, which needs to be continually replaced. The Solar Aid solar-powered hearing-aid battery recharger, developed in Botswana, helps those with hearing disabilities afford […]Continue Reading
In Malawi, like in many other developing countries, the bicycle is king for transportation and cargo carrying. The bikes we saw a few years ago were primarily Chinese or Indian manufactured. They looked like the old 3 speeds once widely available in the states. On the back of nearly every one was a sturdy steel […]Continue Reading
Photo from Third World Tech Third World Tech is a neat site with loads of technologies that are used and created in the developing world. One feature on their site is this great idea of making bamboo bikes. The bicycle is such an incredibly important tool for people living on very little in low tech […]Continue Reading