Engineering for global development online
Welcome to our roundup of news, how-to guides, studies, jobs, grants, contests and events from around the Web. This is a snapshot of what happened this month in technology, engineering and design for global development.
Easy vetting of disaster relief organizations
InterAction lists trustworthy organizations working to save lives in the Philippines and in Syria. See their vetted list to make donations to the groups that are making a difference.
Car Mechanic Dreams Up a Tool to Ease Births
A video showing how to remove a cork from inside a wine bottle using a plastic bag inspired a car mechanic in Argentina to invent a new birthing device. Jorge Odón's device inflates around the baby's head to grip and pull the baby out. The device now has financial backing and the World Health Organization's endorsement.
-New York Times
Urban Agriculture Keeps Pace with Population Growth in India
From the article: "Urban agriculture plays an important role in enhancing urban food security. The costs of supplying and distributing food to urban areas based on rural production and imports continue to increase and do not satisfy the demand."
How to make bricks out of dirt
The Vermeer compressed-earth block making machine by Dwell Earth is featured as one of Popular Science magazine's "Best of What's New."
Apply for an InvenTeam grant
The Lemelson-MIT Program has launched its 2014 InvenTeam Initiative to tap into the creativity of highschool students. InvenTeams comprised of students, teachers and mentors use grants of up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions to a problem affecting the world's poorest people.
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Canadian invents affordable 3D printer
An inventor tinkering with 3D printer designs in his garage hit on an idea for a cheap, $100 printer and landed $700,000 in crowd-sourced funding to develop it.
Listings for jobs that make a difference
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New Solar LED Minimum Quality Standards Take Effect Jan. 1
The Minimum Quality Standards for LED-based off-grid lighting have been updated with major changes including a required 12-month consumer warranty and a ban of batteries with cadmium or mercury, among others.
US EPA Takes Proposals for its Student Design Competition for Sustainability
The US EPA Student Design Competition for sustainable technologies is offering funding to teams that apply by Dec. 17th.
IBM's "The World Is Our Lab" Photo Competition
IBM opened its first global research lab in Africa and to ring it in, it has joined with A24Media and iHub in Nairobi, Kenya, to hold a photo competition. Anyone with a camera - even a phone camera - can submit images that show the challenges and opportunities for tech research in Africa. There are more than 100 submitted so far - follow the link to see them!
-IBM Research | Africa
"I think it will be normal by 2025 for everyone to want to own a toilet. So those who still don't have toilet will demand it as a top priority and they'll get it in due course depending on their circumstances and the prevailing public policy."
-Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization
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