Robin Low's blog http://civ.do/blog en Art Impact Nepal http://civ.do/robin-low/art-impact-nepal <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Art Impact Nepal</span> <div class="field field--name-field-img-main field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="http://civ.do/sites/civ/files/img/main/14124960_323321521343576_7415205490877915903_o.jpg" title="art3" data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-blog_post-11-lE4B6iykrO4" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{&quot;alt&quot;:&quot;art3&quot;}"><img src="/sites/civ/files/styles/medium_220_wide/public/img/main/14124960_323321521343576_7415205490877915903_o.jpg?itok=TISvcoCu" width="220" height="124" alt="art3" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-220-wide" /> </a> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/robin-low" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robin Low</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/02/2017 - 21:38</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Cover" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="39c77e3f-5cf1-4223-95b4-9fb64aee836a" data-image-style="large" src="/sites/civ/files/styles/large/public/img/inline-images/13043808_265316947144034_6156737315574901776_n.png?itok=Fzj3Jr32" width="480" height="160" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></p> <p>2015 Nepal Earthquake killed more than 8,000 people and leaving more than 2,000,000 Nepalese people homeless. Villagers affected by earthquake were already living in poverty.</p> <p>Tourism, a big source of income for Nepal is badly affected, even though the popular destinations are not really damaged by the earthquake.</p> <p>A lot of donations are received after the Earthquake, but most of them focus on infrastructure, and little goes to local economy. Hundreds of millions pledged went to hire foreign labor, buy foreign materials to rebuild roads and buildings.</p> <p>Lessons learnt from Haiti is that when continual aid is pumped into the country, local businesses are affected and the marginalized people will become worse off and eventually dependent to the source of aid. Today, Haiti – once an agriculture produce country for France – is no longer able to feed itself as donated and subsidized food destroyed the farming industry.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Art Impact 1" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0b95cd09-eef1-4833-b416-5f54a4a845b4" data-image-style="large" src="/sites/civ/files/styles/large/public/img/inline-images/18486388_470897473252646_4962917016784681767_n.jpg?itok=8JaBZmaB" width="264" height="480" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></p> <p>Relief 2.0 is an organization running the last mile in the field in disaster response through independent field units supported by mobile technologies and social networks, connecting resources, stakeholders, needs, organizations, volunteers and survivors in an efficient, effective and timely manner, filling the gaps created by bureaucracy and slow response from top-down hierarchies.</p> <p>After the Earthquake, Relief 2.0 ran several empowerment workshops in Nepal and a group of artists were interested in using art for disaster recovery. After brainstorming, the plan was to sell their art to help the recovery process, and to make the who initiative sustainable, the funds raised by the sales of art was to go to build art studios where the artists train the villagers in the damaged villages to make handicrafts, and eventually bring these handicrafts to market and sell them to increase the incomes of the villages so that they can earn more money to rebuild their own homes.</p> <img alt="art2" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="994a33a2-6bde-4322-9186-938545529985" data-image-style="" height="270" src="/sites/civ/files/img/inline-images/14100400_322584088083986_8647611114114657615_n.jpg" width="480" class="align-center" /><p>Art Impact Nepal is a social initiative that engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and peace. Using art as a medium, Art Impact Nepal brings artists and innovators to other countries and allow the exchange of ideas and crowdsource solutions for marginalized communities.</p> <p>Art Impact Nepal is a series of events.</p> <ul><li>Mithila art workshop to share the appreciation of Mithila art.</li> <li>Art for social good workshop talks about art as a medium of communication. Artists can come and exchange ideas and learn more about Nepalese Art</li> <li>Social Innovation Workshop to share how art can be used for disaster recovery and alleviate poverty.</li> <li>The art exhibition displaying art from prominent artists will be on exhibition and for sale, with the proceeds going towards the Impact Art – Nepal project. (see goals)</li> <li>A bazzar selling handicrafts made in Nepal by the villagers</li> <li>Challenging conventional giving <ul><li>Donors -&gt; Conscious buyers,</li> <li>Recipients -&gt; Generators of wealth.</li> </ul></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>The Goals of Art Impact Nepal</strong></p> <ul><li>To support entrepreneurial activities in Nepal, transforming the survivors into entrepreneurs before they get turned into refugees by the conventional system.</li> <li>To engage international innovation community on solutions to rebuild a better Nepal.</li> <li>Run art programs in these studios to enable villagers to make handicrafts and art and increase their income.</li> <li>To create more awareness of Nepal and Nepalese art and crafts.</li> <li>To promote art and culture of Nepal.</li> <li>Allow visiting (international and domestic) artists to come and visit the villages and train the villagers and create collaborative works.</li> <li>Allow visiting international artists to return to their countries to spread the beauty of Nepal.</li> <li>Build earthquake proof art studio centers with land provided by local artists in Bhaktapur, Bungmati and other regions where the earthquake damaged, for artists to work and stay.</li> <li>Build rooms for international artists to visit stay to engage with locals in the studios and to be inspired by the scenery in Nepal.</li> <li>Promote social art-tourism, where international artist can interact with local artists and exchange ideas.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>How can you help?</strong></p> <p>If you are interested in supporting Art Impact Nepal. You can do the following:</p> <p>Follow: Art Impact Nepal <a href="https://www.facebook.com/artimpactnepal/" title="Art Impact Facebook">Facebook Page</a></p> <p>Follow: Markets of Hope <a href="https://www.facebook.com/marketsofhope/" title="Markets of Hope Facebook">Facebook Page</a></p> <p>Help us organize and invite us to your art event.</p> <p> </p> <p>Feel free to contact me robin(at)doing.gd for more information.</p> <p> </p> <p>-- Robin Low</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <div><div class="juicebox-parent"> <div id="node--11--field-img-additional--rss" class="juicebox-container"> <noscript> <!-- Image gallery content for non-javascript devices --> <p class="jb-image"> <img src="/sites/civ/files/styles/juicebox_medium/public/img/additional/14138027_323322454676816_390160171196111674_o.jpg?itok=mWFCaqlR" alt="art 4" title="art 4" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <br/> <span class="jb-title">art 4</span><br/> <span class="jb-caption">art 4</span> </p> <p class="jb-image"> <img 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Robin Low 11 at http://civ.do Resilience Innovation Lab http://civ.do/robin-low/resilience-innovation-lab <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Resilience Innovation Lab</span> <div class="field field--name-field-img-main field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="http://civ.do/sites/civ/files/img/main/civ-resilience_innovation_workshop-2016_sep_30-07.jpg" title="Image of brainstorming ideas and processes." data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-blog_post-7-kHcJoepHwSg" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{&quot;alt&quot;:&quot;Image of brainstorming ideas and processes.&quot;}"><img src="/sites/civ/files/styles/medium_220_wide/public/img/main/civ-resilience_innovation_workshop-2016_sep_30-07.jpg?itok=FqzmLjtn" width="220" height="391" alt="Image of brainstorming ideas and processes." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-220-wide" /> </a> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/robin-low" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robin Low</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/06/2016 - 18:08</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Disaster Scenario Planning Workshop:<br /> Open Scenario Planning</h2> <h3><strong>Short summary:</strong></h3> <ul><li>Disasters come in many form, and how communities respond and recover depends a lot on the communities themselves. An unprepared community can react negatively, constantly firefighting problems that crop up, whereas another community could be responding in an orderly manner, as everyone knows exactly what to do.</li> <li>In emergency situations, regular training and guidelines may not work as people tend to panic and forget what to do, but if they are part of the community that help create solutions, everyone knows their role and what they can do for the community.</li> <li>In many disasters, it is hard to be prepared to every situation, but communities themselves know their own strengths and problems, and can find ways to overcome some problems by opening up communication channels before the disaster, and finding ways to seek resources even before the disaster happens.</li> <li>There are many possible disasters that may happen; terrorism, earthquake, volcanic eruption, floods, etc. Most of the time, planning is only handled by the respective disaster agency and the government, and the communities and society are largely excluded. Response is generally a kneejerk reaction for certain urgent need that happens, and there is always over-reaction and sometimes chaos.</li> <li>Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing.</li> <li>Similar workshops were run before the Boston Marathon and different departments worked on solutions and communicated issues and problems.</li> <li>With stakeholders identified and solutions in place, when the disaster happened, everyone knew how to respond to the situation, and there was no panic, resulting in less casualties and effective containment of situation.</li> </ul><div class="boxout default"> <h3>Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing</h3> <p>Similar workshops were run before the Boston Marathon and different departments worked on solutions and communicated issues and problems. With stakeholders identified and solutions in place, when the disaster happened, everyone knew how to respond to the situation, and there was no panic, resulting in less casualties and effective containment of situation.</p> </div> <h3>Objective</h3> <ul><li>To allow communities to think about disasters and how they can contribute and collaborate, before the disaster. Resilience is about proper response.</li> <li>To allow communities to understand the roles of others in the disaster, so they can better understand the full picture of disaster relief.</li> <li>To allow participants to build connections and map resources to aid in planning for a disaster.</li> </ul><h3>Methodology</h3> <ul><li>Formal presentation by an expert on information from their research with regards to the disaster.</li> <li>Detailed information and research data on scenario presented to enable stakeholders to plan and make decisions.</li> <li>Unconference Style workshop.</li> <li>Community and stakeholders meetings to understand the needs, challenges, build trust and solutions together and validate assumptions, findings, strategy, planned activities and proposed solutions.</li> </ul><h3>Event</h3> <div class="boxout default"> <h3>Past Experiences</h3> <p>In the past few events, the experts shared their information and research, giving participants knowledge of the situation. Grouping the problems and defining other possible problems, existing solutions are also shared, and the participants shared the gaps they see with the current solutions and offer ideas on other possible solutions.  The form groups to create popular solutions (voting) and the groups move in a cafe style to cross pollinate ideas. Eventually, the groups will realize that all the solutions will converge to 1 or 2 solutions, and groups with existing projects can also combine, share resources and collaborate.</p> </div> <ol><li>Presentation by the expert and their background</li> <li>Detailed scenario described with data and research presented.  <ul><li>Focused on immediate impact, economic impact, social impact, long term impact, etc.</li> </ul></li> <li>Introduction of Minihack <ul><li>Explanation of process and purpose.</li> <li>Who are you, which organization do you belong to and what topics are you interested in?</li> </ul></li> <li>Identification of Topics <ul><li>Priorities and voting (Unconference style)</li> <li>After understanding the facts, participants will list resulting potential problems.</li> <li>Facilitator will have a list of topics prepared, but topics will be crowdsourced. <ul><li>list all topics of interest, vote for topics to be discussed and focused.</li> <li>combine similar topics together</li> <li>Group high priority topics according to subject / fields to be discussed. </li> <li>List Topics and add to the board</li> </ul></li> </ul></li> <li>Selection of Priorities <ul><li>Voting process on the interested mentioned.</li> <li>Identify main priorities of the stakeholders.</li> </ul></li> <li>Socialization - Group Work <ul><li>Participants divided into small groups to work on the priorities selected</li> <li>Identify simple ideas that could be implemented immediately by the people to accomplish that interest.</li> <li>Cafe Style mixing of groups to get more ideas.</li> </ul></li> <li>Presentation <ul><li>Each group presents their solution to the problem identified.</li> <li>Q&amp;A and add on to the solution.</li> </ul></li> <li>Create connection, identify gaps, resources.</li> </ol><h3>Outcomes</h3> <ul><li>Solutions created by communities can be remembered by communities when disaster happens.</li> <li>Enable different groups to find out what each other is doing and how efforts can be enhanced instead of duplicated.</li> <li>Allow communities and groups to identify gaps of resources, and connect them to and provide communication channels to enable collaboration.</li> <li>Communities educated on their options, enabled and empowered by knowledge on the disaster’s impact reduction for proper response.</li> </ul><h3>Supporting Structures and Mechanisms provided by:</h3> <ul><li>Partner local community organizations.</li> <li>Larger social organizations.</li> <li>Resilience Innovation Lab: <ul><li>1 strategy expert.</li> <li>1 unconference host.</li> <li>Validated and tested open source tools and content.</li> </ul></li> </ul></div> <div><div class="juicebox-parent"> <div id="node--7--field-img-additional--rss" class="juicebox-container"> <noscript> <!-- Image gallery content for non-javascript devices --> <p class="jb-image"> <img src="/sites/civ/files/styles/juicebox_medium/public/img/additional/civ-resilience_innovation_workshop-2016_sep_30-01.jpg?itok=wCkwMJPK" alt="Image of brainstorming ideas and processes. 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(5)</span> </p> </noscript> </div> </div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://civ.do/robin-low/resilience-innovation-lab" data-a2a-title="Resilience Innovation Lab"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=http%3A%2F%2Fciv.do%2Frobin-low%2Fresilience-innovation-lab&amp;title=Resilience%20Innovation%20Lab"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">resilience</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en"> disaster relief</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">disaster recovery</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5" hreflang="en">social innovation</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/6" hreflang="en">community</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/7" hreflang="en">human capital</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=7&amp;2=field_blog_comments&amp;3=comment" token="3h2MLpIr9vIsNQ5sz4-Gx-WUb5ni1HFWKBdJltLMqbo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:08:23 +0000 Robin Low 7 at http://civ.do Solar Forward http://civ.do/robin-low/solar-forward <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Solar Forward</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/robin-low" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robin Low</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/20/2016 - 19:47</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="logo" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8121f650-0d57-4f20-9d92-145861780557" src="/sites/civ/files/inline-images/571f9ff68bdfee2de8002d27_5187732f23d78ac74d3c.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/O3D32mdGWEw">https://www.youtube.com/embed/O3D32mdGWEw</a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="solar kits" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d06a9bfe-9d48-4ea7-baa5-a817377d2d5a" src="/sites/civ/files/inline-images/P_20160914_105722_0.jpg" /></p> <p>Number of Rural Solar Units: 500 units @ US$50 each</p> <p>Total Amount to be raised: US$25,000</p> <p>I was in Nepal after the Twin Earthquake in 2015 and a year later in April 2016 and realized an urgent need for sustainable energy in the rural areas especially those affected by the disastrous earthquake. I am working with 3 local partners; Lumbini World Peace Forum, Joint Youth and Student Platform and Rural Development Initiative for the initiation, implementation and monitoring of the project<br /><br /> We are aiming to raise an amount of US$ 25,000 for the cost and logistics of Rural Solar Energy Solution for 500 families in the Earthquake Affected community of Gorkha district of Nepal which was the epicenter for the disastrous 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake on 25 April, 2015.<br /><br /><strong>Solar Forward Overview</strong><br /><br /> Solar Forward is a social movement that will spread the use of sustainable energy in rural communities. This is an innovation model that we intend to prototype and test the impact in Nepal, promoting the use of solar energy in increasing income.<br /> Partnering with charities and other responsible companies, Solar Forward will also create more awareness on solar energy and work with communities in rural areas to increase income.<br /><br /><strong>The Problem</strong><br /> In Nepal, a lot of resources spent for the public has not much impact in many communities. In the wake of the disastrous earthquake, the money provided by the government to rebuild their homes is not enough, and the farmers currently live in temporary homes on their farms, further reducing their ability to earn income.<br /> For communities that have started to rebuild their homes, they have exhausted all their savings, and with the fuel and energy shortage throughout the country, many do not have access to electricity. Furthermore, money provided to rebuild homes does not include any grants for provisioning installation of electricity.<br /> The subsidy being provided by the government only covers the full height of the house not even the roofing costs. In this situation, the agencies are not even contemplating the fact that the survivors need electricity to light up their homes. <br /><br /><strong>The Solution</strong><br /> Solar Forward project plans to launch phase 1. A pilot to provide 500 solar panels to people living in rural communities to increase their income, so that they can earn more to rebuild their homes. <br /> Solar Forward wants to not only identify who to give these panels to, but also create a model where recipients can be empowered to help others as well.<br /><br /><strong>Who?</strong><br /> The average family size in the region is 5 individuals so providing the solar energy solution to 500 families will directly benefit approximately 2500 survivors. The active recipients are people living in the rural areas who can benefit financially when they are provided a solar kit solution.<br /> E.g. A farmer may also be a tailor, and if he has light, he can earn a few more dollars a day working at night.<br /><br /><strong>What?</strong><br /> The solar kit consists of an 10W solar panel and 3 highly efficient LED bulbs and a controller which has a USB outlet and adapters for the user to charge various cell phones. The kit costs about US$50 (arriving in Nepal) and requires 8 - 10 hours to charge, providing 1 bulb 24 hours of energy or 3 bulbs 8 hours each.<br /><br /><strong>Why?</strong><br /> These active recipients who can earn more will be asked if they will be interested to give other worthy recipients in their village if they were to make enough money from working extra hours at night. <br /> Instead of being passive recipients who get something for free, they will be tasked to earn more to allow others to benefit as well, giving them responsibility to strive to work harder so others can get the solar kit as well.<br /><br /><strong>How?</strong></p> <ol><li>Solar Forward will identify the active recipients for the solar kits.</li> <li>These recipients will explain how the solar kit would benefit them, and estimate how long it would take for them to earn enough EXTRA income to buy a solar kit for other deserving recipients in their village.</li> <li>Solar Forward will record the video and monitor the progress of the recipient.</li> <li>Solar Forward will consolidate the earnings from the recipients and bring in more panels for others to benefit.</li> <li>Post project interview will be conducted to find out what went wrong, what made it successful, what the team learned from the project and how it can be better.</li> </ol><p><br /><strong>When?</strong><br /> Solar Forward intends to start this in May 2016, 1 year after the Nepal Earthquake. The implementation will take 4 months.<br /><br /><strong>Goals:</strong><br /> We hope the recipients would be empowered to support others in their village with the same solar solution they received, thus paying it forward. This also make them active recipients giving them responsibility and a sense of purpose and dignity.<br /><br /> We want to promote a new approach of supporting marginalized communities. A new mindset to change the current "Donor - Recipient" model to one that is "Conscious buyer - Generator of wealth"</p> <p><br /> We also hope to change the mindsets of these communities that they can be a positive change and they can use renewable energy to make more income and empower others. <br /><br /> We will consolidate what we learn and create a report with our findings and share this new model with other communities interested to learn.</p> <p>Currently, we are working with World Vision and Nepal Innovation Lab, trying to get a grant for the report. 100% of the funds raised will go towards buying the Solar Kits at Cost and the logistics involved to bring them to the recipients in the villages.<br /><br /> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</p> <p> </p> <p>We raised a total of $1000 from Solar Forward which will provide 20 units to rural farmers and provide them with sustainable energy.</p> <p>We will provide the results of Solar Forward as we get the data.</p> <p>So far, the panels are getting shipped to Nepal as I am typing this.</p> <p> </p> <p>-- Robin Low</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://civ.do/robin-low/solar-forward" data-a2a-title="Solar Forward"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=http%3A%2F%2Fciv.do%2Frobin-low%2Fsolar-forward&amp;title=Solar%20Forward"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a></span> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6&amp;2=field_blog_comments&amp;3=comment" token="dpYbd2vVnCJCXcQ8O44h111--q6kOHp4vaZqvGM8kLU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:47:37 +0000 Robin Low 6 at http://civ.do Solar Energy Storage Hackathon 2016 http://civ.do/robin-low/solar-energy-storage-hackathon-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Solar Energy Storage Hackathon 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-img-main field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="http://civ.do/sites/civ/files/img/main/SES_Hackathon.jpg" title="SES H@CKATHON logo" data-colorbox-gallery="gallery-blog_post-5-lE4B6iykrO4" class="colorbox" data-cbox-img-attrs="{&quot;alt&quot;:&quot;SES H@CKATHON logo&quot;}"><img src="/sites/civ/files/styles/medium_220_wide/public/img/main/SES_Hackathon.jpg?itok=pzbvw-7G" width="220" height="165" alt="SES H@CKATHON logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium-220-wide" /> </a> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/robin-low" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robin Low</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/20/2016 - 19:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Registration started on 18 April, 2016, this event lasted the next few weeks with workshop on Solar Energy, Carbon Footprint Calculation, and Social Business. </p> <p>The actual Solar Energy Storage Hackathon is on 14 - 17 June at the Science Center Singapore. Many secondary school students, junior college students and undergrads joined the hackathon.</p> <div class="shortcode-social facebook" data="https://www.facebook.com/SEShackathon/posts/1647859092190892"></div> <p>This is a multidisciplinary event for collaborative creation over a weekend of solutions, prototypes and models of innovation for a sustainable development energy storage solution.</p> <h3>Objective</h3> <p>To find solutions to harness, store and use energy in a sustainable and cost effective manner to impact the lives of many.</p> <p>Enable and empower communities to access energy in a sustainable fashion.</p> <p>Impacting many sectors of society (Environment, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Youth, Schools, Sciences, Public Sector and Civil Society) on the challenges of climate change. Create awareness on sustainable energy, and find solutions to harness and store the energy to use in the various sectors. Create opportunities and collaborative initiatives.</p> <p>Catalyze innovation in these sectors to promote multidisciplinary innovative projects.</p> <p>Identify individuals with potential to be part of the change.</p> <h3>Expected Results</h3> <ol><li><strong>Sectoral Impact:</strong> <ul><li>Solutions to the energy storage to renewable energy.</li> <li>Unconventional approaches and solutions.</li> <li>Collaboration of multidisciplinary teams.</li> <li>Collaboration and closeness between actors and sectors.</li> <li>Awareness and education challenges.</li> </ul></li> <li><strong>Tangible Impact:</strong> <ul><li>Creation of new organizations and companies.</li> <li>Deeper understanding of renewable energy sources and energy use.</li> </ul></li> </ol><hr /><p>The hackathon was run successfully with many great participants. The ideas were very innovative and the students really did learn from a lot of hands on hacking, more so than their regular books and lectures.</p> <p>During the hackathon, the students tried out their theories and build energy storage devices to store solar energy. The solution range from weights to springs to water, all to store the energy. It was indeed a challenge to build a solution in a short amount of time and proper planning of time is very important.</p> <p>The pressure is on to build and present the prototype and it has to work on the final presentation. Where we were outside to test the prototypes.</p> <p>Thanks to our corporate sponsors Ricoh, the winners also won the new Ricoh Theta, 360 degree camera.</p> <p>Some of the prototypes will be shared with rural communities and the students are invited to Nepal to continue to work on their prototypes to build an actual storage device, however, due to lack of funding, we could not send the winners to Nepal.</p> <p>Throughout the events, there were several interns trained by us for event management, and they helped us greatly for making this a success.</p> <p>Thank you for your support, we will plan to launch another new challenge in a different country soon!</p> <p>-- Robin Low</p></div> <div><div class="juicebox-parent"> <div id="node--5--field-img-additional--rss" class="juicebox-container"> <noscript> <!-- Image gallery content for non-javascript devices --> <p class="jb-image"> <img 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