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:
The "Fierce 15" champions innovation and creativity. The 2012 Fierce 15 winners are:
Goonj, a voluntary organisation working with poor communities and helping preserve the environment by recycling cloth and other waste material was given the ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2012’ award here on Tuesday. The award was given by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organisation of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation and conferred by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
A team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab)’s Ashok Gadgil is the recipient of the 5th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.
Goonj featured in a David Bornstein article in the New York Times... "Goonj is bringing efficiency and integrity to work that is often handled carelessly and without consideration for the lasting effects on communities."
World Economic Forum recognizes 23 pioneering tech companies for innovation and leadership in IT/new media, energy/environment and life sciences/health.
The guys at Re-Char, a small startup that makes carbon-negative products, were faced with a problem. They wanted to ship products to Kenya, but the options available were wasteful, costly, and not nearly as efficient as simply manufacturing near to the customers. To do it, in a place with little industry or infrastructure, Re-Char designed something new—a fully functioning, off-the-grid factory inside a shipping container. ...
In rural Rajasthan, Gram Power's solar-powered microgrid kept the lights working and the buttermilk churning
Indian blackout held no fear for small hamlet where the power stayed on.
At the end of July, India experienced the worst blackout in modern history. At least 20 states lost power in three huge grid failures covering an area home to more than 700 million people. In one tiny village in very rural Rajasthan, the lights stayed on. Buttermilk machines churned, televisions blared and fans whirred, providing respite from the drenching humidity of the post-monsoon heat.
Gram Power's Yashraj Khaitan and Jacob Dickinson featured in USAID's Frontlines publication.
Yashraj Khaitan (left) and Jacob Dickinson, both founders of Gram Power, stand next to several solar panels in India. The panels are part of Gram Power’s central infrastructure being built in Indian villages for electrification. Distribution lines run through the village, connecting each home to the central infrastructure of solar panels and a generation station.
LAUNCH Innovator Sanergy is featured in USAID's Frontines publication.
Sanergy hosts a marketing event in a Kenyan community to generate demand for its low-cost, hygienic sanitation centers. The toilet facilities are proving to be one solution to the long-standing problem of sanitation in developing countries.
News from LAUNCH: Health Innovator Samuel Sia:
OPKO Health, Inc. (OPK) has been awarded a contract and selected to participate in a development project directed by NASA to implement the OPKO point-of-care diagnostic platform (Claros-1™) with the objective of in-orbit use on the International Space Station...
LAUNCH innovator LUCAS is rated #7 in 30 Innovations That Will Change The World