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The Failed Quest for a Cleaner Cookstove –

It has long been assumed that giving people around the world better cookstoves is an easy and effective way to save lives. So why aren’t those who really need the stoves using them?
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Warka Water – Every Drop Counts

Warka Water – Every Drop Counts | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it


Warka Tower is a vertical structure designed to collect and harvest potable water from the air, providing an alternative water source for rural populations that face challenges accessing drinkable water. The canopy creates a shaded social space where the community can gather for education and public meetings. With photovoltaic panels, the Tower serves as a charging station, allowing villagers to power mobile phones and laptop computers, and offers an illuminated place to study and socialize after the sun goes down.


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'Peek' is a new way to test your eye health — all through a phone.

The app could restore sight for millions of people.

 

This is how fast the world is evolving, we talked about it in class and later the same day I found it in my feed. 

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How Manshuk Lal Prajapati brewed the Mitticool success story from a roadside tea stall

How Manshuk Lal Prajapati brewed the Mitticool success story from a roadside tea stall | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Whenever his in-laws  stepped on to the highway, Manshuk Lal Prajapati would crouch behind his tea- stall to hide. Prajapati, 48, was a defeated man. He ha
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Truly Local Power: African Wind Turbines Built From Scrap

Truly Local Power: African Wind Turbines Built From Scrap | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Solar power has become the clean energy source du jour for the developing world, and for good reason--it’s relatively inexpensive and many solar panels are robust.

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From toilet to table, overcoming the ‘yuk’ factor

From toilet to table, overcoming the ‘yuk’ factor | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
In the poorest country of the Americas, a simple but unglamorous measure is improving basic sanitation, reducing the risk of disease and transforming thousands of gallons of excrement into nutrient-rich compost.
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Innovators Should Consider Local Customs - AllAfrica.com

Innovators Should Consider Local Customs - AllAfrica.com | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
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On the other hand though, 'appropriate technology' introduced to save womens' time sometimes turns out to be rather inappropriate.
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A Safer Way To Carry Water - PackH2O

Every day, Esther walked 10 hours a day to get water for her family - bearing the heavy weight on her forehead and neck. Now, thanks to a partnership between...
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In the video, you can see how this backpack is changing lives all over the world. By the end of this year, they will distribute 100,000 backpacks. With the visibility they can get from this award, they will be able to distribute more.

So please vote ( you can vote once a day until Oct. 11) and share this with your friends and family. You can vote here:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/design-awards/Vote-for-the-Winner-of-the-2013-Peoples-Design-Award-222361091.html?c=y&page=15&navigation=thumb#IMAGES
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A New Frontier in Big Data: Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid ...

A New Frontier in Big Data: Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid ... | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
They are using existing technology to collect data and understand customer behavior - an increasingly important proficiency when serving the bottom of the pyramid (BoP). Though the BoP represents the fastest growing ...
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Google X Announces Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet For Rural, Remote And Underserved Areas | TechCrunch

Google X Announces Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet For Rural, Remote And Underserved Areas | TechCrunch | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Google X, the secretive lab behind projects like Google Glass and Google's self-driving cars, announced its latest project today: balloon-powered Internet access for those areas of the earth where regular terrestrial Internet isn't a good option.

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1.6 Billion People In The World Don't Have Electricity — So Here's A Cool Solar-Powered Light Called 'Luci'

1.6 Billion People In The World Don't Have Electricity — So Here's A Cool Solar-Powered Light Called 'Luci' | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Flexible and light.
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Chek out http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/power-pitch/little-light-helped-one-man-raise-over-1-115208794.html#more-290

"MPowerD was founded in 2012 and headquartered in New York. They currently have seven full-time employees and have raised $1.6 million from friends, family and the former CEO of Hasbro Toys, Alan G. Hassenfeld." "

"The question is will they buy it? The Luci retails for $14.95 and Piverger, the CEO and co-founder of MPowerD, believes his little light will help change the world. He told CNBC his company has already sold more than 100,000 lights with backorders for 100,000 more. 

Piverger told CNBC "We feel as many as we can produce, we can sell, and we're trying to augment capacity to 200,000 a month within the next two to three months,"

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How Indian Farmers Use Phones to Water Crops

How Indian Farmers Use Phones to Water Crops | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Some Indian farmers now use cell phones to activate their irrigation systems, highlighting just how vital mobile technology has become in developing countries.
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Cell phone information sharing technology

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BBC - Capital - One surprising idea to help solve a water crisis

BBC - Capital - One surprising idea to help solve a water crisis | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Arid Jordan faces refugee and water challenges, but these women are here to help
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Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform - dedicated to improving the well being of present and future generations through the promotion of sustainable development.

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Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators ...

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This Video goes  under intellectual because a 15 year old boy in Sierra Leone taught himself how to invent things. He invented a battery to keep peoples lights going on in their house at night. He loves to invent that even people in third world countries with poor education can do amazing things. 

 

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President Clinton Announces 'Buckets to Backpacks' Commitment to Action - YouTube

President Clinton Announces 'Buckets to Backpacks' Commitment to Action at the CGI Middle East and Africa Meeting held on May 5-7 in Marrakech. More than 600...
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A Liter Of Light : free light for millions homes

A Liter Of Light : free light for millions homes | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Designed and developed with students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Light is is rooted on the principle of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily ...

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Appropriate Technology

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Collecting Rain for gardening. This system of rain barrels also provides water pressure.
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Irrigating Fields With Sunshine, The Sunflower Pump Is An Insipired Low-Cost ... - CleanTechnica

Irrigating Fields With Sunshine, The Sunflower Pump Is An Insipired Low-Cost ... - CleanTechnica | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Irrigating Fields With Sunshine, The Sunflower Pump Is An Insipired Low-Cost ...
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Transforming Health Through Technology: What Works - What Doesn't? - Huffington Post

Transforming Health Through Technology: What Works - What Doesn't? - Huffington Post | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Transforming Health Through Technology: What Works - What Doesn't?
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And, of course, it was also important to establish a clear governance structure with appropriate accountability among all partners.
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Google hints at possible “X Phone” with long battery life, wireless charging, and an unbreakable case

Google hints at possible “X Phone” with long battery life, wireless charging, and an unbreakable case | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Google really wants you to know that as early as spring of 2013, something big is coming from Motorola, the mobile phone manufacturer Google acquired in May 2012.

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Improving access to healthcare in rural Kenya through mobile ...

Improving access to healthcare in rural Kenya through mobile ... | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Our team was tasked with investigating ways to further improve access to healthcare for people at the base of the pyramid (BOP population usually living on <$2/day) through the use of mobile technology.
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Hike, Kick, and Dance to Charge Your Gadgets

Hike, Kick, and Dance to Charge Your Gadgets | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
In The Matrix, human bodies are plugged into an elaborate grid where their energy is harvested to power our robot overlords.
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Spreading Joy in Afghanistan and Cambodia, One Skateboard at a Time | Playbook | Wired.com

Spreading Joy in Afghanistan and Cambodia, One Skateboard at a Time | Playbook | Wired.com | Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Oliver Percovich didn’t set out to help kids heal from the ravages of war or bridge socio-economic divides between ethnic groups or create safe havens where 1,600 children ride skateboards. He just wanted to teach kids how to skate.
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