The Tech Awards 2015 laureate: Lumkani
The Tech Awards 2015 laureate: LumkaniWHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “a simple sensor detects fires in crowded communities and informal settlements”
Neighborhood fire alarm
Simple, yet so effective. In many African slums, people live at close-quarters. In case of a house fire, chances are huge it spreads across nearby shacks. Social enterprise Lumkani, based in Capetown, has developed an innovative fire-detection device which sets off all nearby devices in a 60 meter radius, thus alerting the whole community.
Meet Amy Kaherl//Founder, Detroit Soup
Meet Amy Kaherl//Founder, Detroit SoupWHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “Detroit Soup is a program which funds creative projects: participants pay a 5$ donation for dinner and then vote for the pitched ideas.”
Connecting over soup
Detroit Soup is a micro-granting dinner that funds creative projects for the city of Detroit. After dinner people can vote for and discuss the best pitched ideas, which then get awarded the entry fees of all the people who came in.
What is Wikipedia Zero?
What is Wikipedia Zero?WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “Free sharing of knowledge. The operator "zero-rates" access to Wikipedia and the sister projects on the mobile web or apps.”
Knowledge should be free
Wikipedia is a great free service (and collaborative project), but accessing the website on a mobile device will cost you data, thus money. Wikipedia is all about open access and started Wikipedia Zero, a campaign in which they ask providers to wave their costs when people navigate to Wikipedia.
Health care on the road in Kenya
Health care on the road in KenyaWHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “Riders for Health is an international NGO working towards improving the healthcare system in Africa, by providing access to transportation.”
Riders for Health
Improve Kenyan healthcare by teaching doctors and healthcare staff how to repair motor cycles. Prevent downtime of the whole medical system to the last mile.
The Plastic Bank's Social Plastic Movement
The Plastic Bank's Social Plastic MovementWHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? “The Plastic Bank makes plastic waste a currency to help reduce global poverty, while stopping plastic from entering the ocean.”
A bank for plastic
One initiative we specifically like is the Plastic Bank, which turns waste into currency. It enables the exchange of plastic for money, items or services to help people living in poverty build better futures, while at same time stopping the flow of plastic into the oceans.