• Asian farmer

      Mobile Social Network for Rural Asian Farmers

      8Villages Southeast Asian startup 8villages, a mobile social network for smallhold farmers, started in Indonesia in January 2012 as a new way for farmers to buy and sell using a mobile device. It offers farmers in Southeast Asian rural villages a...

    • Credit: St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School Journalism Club

      Finding Clean Water

      Water is scarce, costly, and contaminated in Kibera, Nairobi—one of Africa’s largest urban slums. On good days, the women and children of Kibera spend just under an hour finding clean water in their community. On bad days, the search takes al...

    • sugata

      Sugata Mitra – School in the Cloud

      “My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on int...

    • Students learning using Momath on mobile phone

      Mathematics on A Social Network

      Momath capitalizes on the growing popularity of social networking in South Africa. It is a mathematics teaching tool that targets users of the instant messaging platform Mxit. Mxit is South Africa’s most popular social media platform, with more th...

    • Le-Chal1

      Bluetooth Shoes for the Visually Impaired

      Over 285 million people in the world are visually impaired to one degree or another. One of the most important things for anyone with a disability is the need to be independent, at least as much as possible. Anirudh Sharma, a 24 year old researcher i...

    • readfortheblind

      Read for the Blind

      Read for the Blind is the first application of its kind. The simple-to-use app, developed in Thailand, gives blind people access to recorded books, magazine articles and websites. What makes the app unique is that the audiobooks are created by volu...

    • peek

      Portable Eye Examination Kit

      PEEK A smartphone app to diagnose cataracts and other eye-related problems in people in developing countries is undergoing testing. The Portable Eye Examination Kit or Peek includes an app-based diagnosis tool and clip-on hardware to examine catarac...

    • mpesa

      Banking without a Bank

      Inadequate, inaccessible financial services is undoubtedly one of the reasons why the poor are trapped in poverty. Without access to finance, the poor people cannot invest in tools to increase productivity, start a microenterprise, invest in educatio...

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