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Projects fuelled by Open Source- The MatternetIt is estimated that almost 1Billion people in the world live in Roadless cities.1/7 of the worldwide population is disconnected from the rest of the world at least 6 months a year which is translatedinto a lack of economic and social development: - Medicines don’t arrive when it is needed. - People can’t transport their goods to the market - hence they can’t be independent economically. - Also they lack of basic needs such as furniture, tools and other stuff to keep developing their lifestyles.Only in infrastructures and road connections, Africa would need more than 50 years to catch up with the world.The Matternet projects defends that Africa and the developing countries don’t need to spend 50 years catching up onroads connections. They shouldn’t go through the same slow process we have been through because now we canmake a jump on time and use common technologies to solve that problem.The aim is to alleviate poverty and accelerate economic growth for the rising billion through a roadless transportationnetwork. Introducing the LIFTOFF. Prototype helicopter capable of transporting goods for more than 30kilometers, completely autonomous
Projects fuelled by Open Source LIFTOFF Roadless cities during winter and rainny seasons Technology can help them with the transport issue during theses seasons –medicines, – the few roads they can use become flooded. trade goods, communications and other basic transport needs… Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3The idea is to create Liftoff station in villages so they can start using the tool. The idea will spreaded and hopefully will build new and simple transport routes.
Case Study Exploring InformationTechnologies Rwanda
Projects fuelled by Open SourceCanergie Mellon University has created their first African Campus in Rwanda –starting inSeptember 2012-.Africa as a whole is ripe with opportunity in the mobile communications arena for cloudcomputing, broadband and more. Therefore Carnegie Mellon University will open a new campusin Rwanda focused on developing technologies that serve the Rwandan market.The University offers a Master of Science In Information Technology beginning this August.
Projects fuelled by Open Source The World Bank decided to do something about the problem of the Water Supply in Africa. They created a “water” hackathon – gathering together IT experts, designers and programmers from around the world. But first was needed to collect all sort of water problems from different sources. Problem> One of the challenges came from Botswana: where they provide water service but the customer service centre is often overwhelmed by calls requesting bill status updates. Customers encounter a busy signal, become frustrated and abandon payment efforts. Others have to travel to the service centre to have basic questions about their bill answered. Solution> The solution came from two students: The team built a functional prototype that simulated how a customer in Bostwana could send an SMS message enquiring “what is my bill?” and instantly receive their billing information on their mobile phone from the utilities’ database. In addition to saving customers’ time, this simple technological solution can potentially improve the utility’s revenue collections and operating efficiency.http://owni.eu/2011/11/11/geeking-out-for-development-water-hackathon-generates-solutions/
Projects fuelled by Open SourceSpray Paint AntenaDevelopment on Nanotechnology is bringing newpossibilities to the way weunderstand and applytechnology.Antenas are an imprescindiblepart of our current technologicdevelopment. Everythingnowadays uses antenas – totrack, to transmit andreceive, satelliteconnectivity,…-A recent study shows thatAntenas radiate high levels ofheat – which means that theyare not really efficient as theyare.This Nano-Spray On Antena System allows you to decrease the power needed increasing theperformance of the antena. From 5 to 700. Also It can be sprayed anywhere, includingplanes, ships, under the water, in the ground… Amazin applications in Developing Countries.