University Grants Manager Jennifer Keller Jackson had the opportunity to travel to Peru to learn about UMass Lowell's drip irrigation project (2008 grantee):
Grantees, such as University of Colorado-Boulder's Sustainable Technology Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan team, collaborate with non-profit, for-profit, educational or government partnerto bring socially beneficial products to the poor via an economically sustainable business model (as opposed to traditional philanthropy):
Ross Evans, inventor and founder of Xtracycle, a former NCIIA E-Team, has managed to find a way to stand out from the cycle commuting crowd - using a single wheel and crutches. Intrigued? Watch the video here.
Modiv Media, a former E-Team from Babson College, has been recognized by the 2009 AlwaysOn East 100 List. The AlwaysOn East 100 Award is given to private, emerging technology companies creating new business opportunities in high-growth markets.
Modiv Media, based in Boston, provides the first multi-touchpoint, in-store media network that enables marketers and retailers to boost loyalty and sales, while saving money and time for consumers. The technology is used by a number of supermarket chains on the East Coast. While at Babson, the E-Team was called Vayusa. The team received an E-Team grant from NCIIA in 2002.
A student team from Stanford University's Design for Extreme Affordability program are heading to Myanmar this week to work on their projects with International Development Enterprises-Myanmar (IDE/M). The team's project, funded by an NCIIA Sustainable Vision grant, is to help IDE/M design and implement a new treadle pump manufacturing system, based around local conditions and needs. The team believes introducing an improved manufacturing process for treadle pumps will eventually diffuse to other areas, broadly improving the local metalworking sector.
California Institute of Technology, 2007 - $19,000
There are approximately twenty million people in the developing world who require a wheelchair to be mobile, but only one percent of those people actually have their own chairs. Even these chairs are second-hand most of the time and aren't suited to the rugged, off-road terrain often found in developing countries. As a result, many disabled people rely on their family members for support or resort to begging in order to live.To combat the problem, this team has founded a non-profit, Intelligent Mobility, to produce and distribute safe, durable, and affordable wheelchairs made primarily from old bicycles. The pedal axles on the bike are converted to rear-wheel axles on the chair, the pedals themselves are used for both the footrests and front caster assembly, the x-brace is cut from the metal on the back end of the bike frame, and the handle bars are used as push handles. The team believes this design makes for a less expensive, more durable, and more appropriate wheelchair for the developing world. It also takes less time to make than a standard wheelchair--about one-sixth of the current production time.