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February 13, 2010

After a fun and informative three days, Tech4Society has come to a close. The event, which brought together pioneers on the cutting edge of innovation in solar energy, clean water, mobile technology, science education, agriculture and healthcare, was sponsored by Ashoka and The Lemelson Foundation (with generous support from Microsoft)

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February 11, 2010

Over in Hyderabad, India, things have wound down after a packed first day at Tech4Society. The day's activities featured a keynote address on entreprenuership and innovation, as well as a panel with several Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows discussing the lessons they've learned as serial-entrepreneurs.

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January 14, 2010

Thousands of people in the developing world have been given the gift of hearing thanks to the efforts of Howard Weinstein, and now people around the globe are starting to hear more and more about Weinstein and his project, Solar Ear.

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December 30, 2009

Late last week, the full proceedings document was made available from the EV Roadmap Conference which was held in Portland, Oregon on Nov. 9. The day-long event was a convening of a broad coalition of the region's individuals, businesses, EV manufacturers and suppliers, nonprofits, and public sector organizations to discuss what work had been done towards preparing the Oregon for electric vehicle (EV) adoption and to coordinate efforts into a community of interest with a look at what was on the horizon for electric vehicles in 2010 and beyond.

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December 22, 2009

More praise for the 'Design for the Other 90%' exhibit. Yesterday's issue of The Oregonian featured a nice story on the exhibit, which highlights the growing trend among designers to develop low-cost solutions that address basic needs of the poor, particularly the 5.8 billion people (90% of the world's total population) with little or no access to food, clean water or shelter.

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December 21, 2009

The latest edition of the AshokaTech podcast was released late last week. The audio interview features Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow Bright Simons talking about his innovation – a mobile technology that could improve health and safety in West Africa, using an easy-to-use SMS identification system to eliminate the proliferation of fake pharmaceuticals.

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December 16, 2009

Last week, Villgro featured it's first "Unconvention" in Chennai, India which featured a opportunity for rural innovators to meet, share their innovations, and recognize accomplishments. Activities for the 4-in-1 convention included: An Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship conference, a business plan competition for social entreprenuers, a fair where innovations can be showcased, and an awards ceremony to honor outstanding innovators.

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December 8, 2009

Solar lamps designed and distributed by former NCIIA E-team Greenlight Planet are lighting up the lives of people in rural India, as reported yesterday in The Wall Street Journal. Greenlight Planet was started as a E-Team by students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a solar-charged, battery powered LED lantern for use in India and China.

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November 30, 2009

RAMP India innovator K. Vivekanandan was featured last week in The Hindu, the national newspaper of India. Vivekanandan's innovation is a modified pin pulverizer for grinding spices in rural villages. The technology eliminates the need for villagers to travel long distances to find similar machines, which require too much energy and are too expensive for use in rural areas.

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