In my last post, I wrote about the speakers at the closing ceremony for the 2011 graduates of Singularity University. I promised a follow-up post about the students’ projects- each one designed to alleviate a major global issue.
In the meantime, I came across Dean Takahashi’s article: Singularity University graduates a class of tech world changers which gives great descriptions of the projects. Rather than repeat what he’s written, I refer you to his article. While all the projects were impressive, my favorites were Matternet and Ignisolar.
Matternet will provide rapid access to medical supplies for people in regions which lack roads using a network of small autonomous flying devices. They produced a short video (which is on their website) that clearly illustrates the need for such a system and the value of their solution. It’s a unique approach to a problem that faces billions of people around the world.
Ignisolar created the Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar panel- a lightweight, transportable, easily assembled, flexible and affordable passive solar system. They’ve designed it to allow local distribution, installation and maintenance. I am trying to connect them to the Barefoot Solar Engineers – a group which I thought I had blogged about before but, looking back, appears I didn’t. So- will do so in the near future.
I hope for their sakes- and the world’s- all the teams experience great success with their projects.