Mashable discusses this year's LAUNCH Systems Challenge innovations and asks, "Do you think these innovations might actually change the world?"
The LAUNCH Valuation Report aims to capture the impact of LAUNCH as a social entrepreneurship enterprise beyond conventional return on investment. To better understand the value impact of LAUNCH, the valuation model developed for LAUNCH explores the underlying motivations, approaches, and impact of innovation, collaboration, and sustainability – the core of LAUNCH.
As you may recall from our last update, 6 months ago we had just closed our Joint Venture with India's most successful ice equipment manufacture in Mumbai, received our biggest purchase order to date, and closed a round of funding from an Indian investor. With money in the bank, a great local partner, and a customer order in the books, we began setting up our volume production.
Congratulations to the 2013 Top 10 LAUNCH Systems Challenge Innovators
With an enthusiastic tweet of, "Public. Voting. Now. Please share, we need you. http://vote.launch.org " we have turned on public voting to select the final 10 LAUNCH innovations for this year's Systems Challenge. A wide variety of technologies and innovations are included in the current list of 20. The top 10 will be invited to present at the LAUNCH: Systems Forum at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on September 26-28, 2013. We assure you, our list includes radical and ground-breaking work. What are you waiting for, go and vote!
"LAUNCH 2020 hoped to harness the collective wisdom of the experts in the room to encourage innovation, collaboration, and transparency in business and beyond."
In this summary of the LAUNCH 2020 summit, designer Eric Benson describes how the the two-day event was unlike any sustainability event he had previously attended.
Bioneedle, an innovator chosen during our LAUNCH: Health Challenge has released this lnformative and lighthearted video about how they are improving vaccination technologies.
"Get lost in the woods, but don’t lose your charge! The HALO powers devices for the outdoor enthusiast and emergency preparedness."
LAUNCH: Energy Alumni Point Source Power has started a kickstarter for their HALO fuel cell to gather funding for product manufacturing.
SEaB Energy, a LAUNCH: Beyond Waste alumni won this year's Resource Revolution Award with their micro-anaerobic digestion system that can be installed in a transportable shipping container. The Resource Revolution Award was presented to SEaB CEO Sandra Sassow on May 11, 2013. Pictured in the photograph is Louise Wallace from the UK AD & Biogas Association, Sandra Sassow CEO of SEaB Energy, Ltd, and MC for the event Oliver Heath.
Popular Science has posted an article featuring LAUNCH: Energy alumni Point Source Power. Enthusiastically, PopSci explains that, "VOTO is a new device that turns fire into a power source for cell phones. Now, where there's fire, there can be modern civilization!"
Congrats to another LAUNCH innovation making waves throughout the world!
The LAUNCH team is proud to have been chosen as a leading example of innovation in the US federal goverment.
I was recently invited to participate in a special LAUNCH event, which was held at Nike's headquarters this week. I was so impressed with the event that I wanted to share some highlights with you.
Nike hosts LAUNCH 2020 Summit to collaborate across the system of materials.
We are interested in innovations with potential to scale in 2 years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.
“Asthma alone is a $50 billion problem in the United States. We look forward to accelerating our commercial efforts to improve asthma control and produce sizable economic savings,” said David Van Sickle, CEO and co-founder of Asthmapolis. Mark Gehring, Asthmapolis president and co-founder, added, “To date we’ve helped our users achieve an extra 20,000 asthma-free days. Each day they feel better is also a day they don’t end up in the emergency department, which means reduced costs for our payer and health system customers.”
Running under the headline of "SEaB Energy – allowing your business to convert its waste into energy. For free." is a great piece about LAUNCH: Energy innovator SEaB Energy. Read about how SEaB is able to convert waste into energy.
Yashraj Khaitan of Gram Power presented an integrated microgrid technology at LAUNCH: Energy on November 12, 2011. After receiving an email about Gram Power's recent successes we caught up with Mr. Khaitan to talk. Yashraj had this to say about the unique benefits of LAUNCH: