Archive for October, 2012

Happy interviewed Josh Scotland at GHTC 2012. Josh was a volunteer at the first GHTC last year when he was a student at UW. This year Josh is one of the candidates in the student competition. Happy hopes to see Josh at each GHTC in the future.

Happy found out that Josh graduated recently and he is working in Cupertino, CA now and so he becomes a GOLD member this year! Josh also pointed out he likes Byron Reese’s presentation at GOLD session a lot. GOLD session was great and ice cream made that night even better =)


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Join the GHTC closing plenary LIVE

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Finalist – Edupad: A tablet based educational system for improving adult literacy in India

Finalist – automobile Safety using Smart Phone

2nd place – Efficient Production of tactile text books for blind students

2nd place – Tropical storm Wind Turbine

1st place – Wound Pump

Check out the GHTC blog for more details of these projects HERE

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The first portion of the presentation establish models to evaluate parameters effectiveness to the energy system. It’s a useful tool to do trade studies to determine the priorities of system design optimization. Similar approach could be tailored to different systems or parameters. This approach provides a means to take the system holistically instead of individual components.

The HOMER presentation presented similar approach for different power system architecture in rural area.

AKM Azad presented solar home system component qualification testing procedure. This is the first presentation that works with qualifying actual of the shield product. To provide a comparison, figure of metric is also established.

Nathan presented a study for the new cookstove adoption to the rural area. The figure of merit not only takes the cookfuel efficiency, which includes time to prepare biomass, but also the adaption rate for the cookstove. It shows that a great product may have great performance but lacks of the adaption greatly reduces the value of the product. Also, there is no solution fits all because the “customer” need simply varies from cooking 5lbs to 100lbs food. Differentiation for different needs are needed.

Yaser, the last presenter, adds an new element to the figure of merit on the global level- Peace, to address the conflict of energy resources. It’s an new thought to integrate the energy solution to a larger global scale.

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Low cost, low power 12VDC Surgical Suction Device for use in Developing Countries

By Pritpal Singh

The project started because the author was moved by a presentation of a woman from Nigeria in the conference a few years ago, who brought the solar panel box to the conference. The existing technology of surgical suction cost $250-3500 per year. The goal of the project was to develop a low-cost suction device for lower than $50 that can run off 12V power supply. With this project, students in University of Villanova were awarded a prize as well.

Optical Measure of Enamel Health: Ability to Triage High Risk Children without Dental Practitioners

By Liang Zhang

Tooth decay among children is widespread globally. The current primary diagnostic techniques are more than century old. The objective of the project was to develop a simple and robust method to discriminate healthy and diseased enamel. The proposed setup uses spectrometer, and in this project, the technique quality was examined.  For devices to be made in the future, the team is considering to invent a low-cost bench top or handheld device as well as a device to classify between healthy and unhealthy tooth.

‘Gest-BOT’ A highly convenient locomotive solution for the elderly and physical challenged

By Ramesh Nair

The developed product is a wheelchair with the function of gesture recognition. The results of the responses of gesture recognition under different situations were shown in the presentation. The video of working prototype was also shown during the presentation.

Options for Medical Oxygen Technology Systems in Low-resource Settings

By Beverly Bradley

The proposed system is a solar-charged battery system of oxygen technology for developing countries. More of the work will be done in the future in order to achieve the implementation of the proposal.


By Lakshika Paiva

Obstructed labor is a big cause for maternal death in developing countries, especially in rural areas. In order to help on this cause, the team develop the PartoPen to help WHO officers record the partograph with more detailed information as well as more instructions. The author went to Nairobi in Kenya to test the product, and she got positive feedbacks from the nurses in the clinic. They also conducted student pilot, and currently are running the nurse pilot. The next step of the project is to scale up as well as to explore the data collection potential to influence global health.

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Creation of iSPACES provide science, systems and entrepreneurship, very similar to hacker spaces. Instead of focusing on education, focus on creating an application. Knowledge is only useful if it can be applied. Otherwise, it is useless to people who traditionally learn through experience.

Revamping schools by introducing a rapid prototyping center thorough an innovation space provides teachers and the community opportunity for innovations. One solution iSPACES promotes is a universal connector solution, one place will manufacture while anyone can create prototypes. The prototypes are then sent off to the informal workshops that are very good at cloning things with good quality.

\There are different options that make this feel very much like Kinects or an Erector Set. Using materials readily available and of quality that will last for at least 10 years. The expected result to all of this is creation of businesses.

Opportunities for Social Innovation at the Intersection of ICT Education and Rural Supply Chains

Trans-formative education. Education that can be applied right now. Utilize skills already known, but transform that job into something that pays more. If carrying a basket is the current job, why not carry bricks for higher pay? They are creating a dynamic system for distributing videos on anything someone wants to share for a “how-to”. People go to the CLC (central learning center).

If I have a product, I would make a video on how to use a product. Then the traveling distributors can train the customer.

Scalability has not yet been discussed.

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What’s New at IEEE Xplore
Speaker: Michael Shapiro, IEEE Client Services and University Partnership Program Manager for Latin America

HAPPY is helping at the IEEE Xplore display table while listening to Michael about what’s new in IEEE Xplore, where all papers are peer reviewed, easily searched, based on reliable research… … All of IEEE conferences, standards, journals, same with IET and many more conference proceedings.

Searching also now supports both British English and American English spellings such as “fibre optics” and “fiber optics” Lots of searching options and fields. There’re also eBooks and eLearning materials too.

Try it out, you’ll find it to be one of the most useful research tool!

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