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17 stories: Last updated 04/23/2014
Building A Low-Cost Teff Seed Planter
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
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Working with the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), IDEO.org is designing a new low-cost teff row planter to improve the livelihood of farmers in Ethiopia.

6 stories: Last updated 04/19/2014
Developing Remote Monitoring Systems (RMS) for small-scale hydro-power projects deployed by Indonesian non-profit IBEKA
Indonesia Engineers for a Sustainable World, Stanford; Indonesian non-profit IBEKA
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The Remote Monitoring System (RMS) project is a collaboration between Stanford Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) and the Indonesian non-profit People-centered Institute for Business and Economy (IBEKA). IBEKA, an award-winning organization focused on enabling sustainable rural development, has 20 years of experience installing community-owned micro-hydro systems in rural Indonesia. A major issue that IBEKA faces is the difficulty in finding a streamlined way to monitor each project post-construction and short-term supervision to ensure long-term sustainability. Two reasons that contribute greatly to this issue are that IBEKA has limited human resources and power generation sites in rural areas are often difficult, expensive, and time consuming to access. In order to address this issue, we will design an affordable and easily maintained micro-controller complemented by a user-friendly application that will store and analyze power generation data for use by IBEKA. Our aim is to provide IBEKA beneficiaries where community owned micro-hydro system technology exists to be able to monitor and improve the electrification systems. The project will be prototyped through June 2014 and implemented in one to five pilot communities by the end of the 2014 summer.

4 stories: Last updated 04/17/2014
An Integrated Solar Solution for Smallholder Farmers
Stanford, CA, United States Engineers for a Sustainable World / Stanford University
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Stanford students take on the challenge of designing an affordable multi-use solar solution for a smallholder farmer's domestic and agricultural needs.

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April 22, 2014
Our Planter's First Steps

Martin Schnitzer tells of his team's second day field testing in Ethiopia and their experience overcoming yet another large obstacle to make a functioning teff planter prototype.

April 22, 2014
Urban Gentrification in San Francisco

A shift in urban communities, focusing on transitioning neighborhoods in San Francisco, is moving the average person out of their home, letting wealthier residents and businesses take over the land.

April 21, 2014
Proposal

With Joe and Carol back from their trip, we're ready to make progress on the summer project.

April 19, 2014
Debating with fellow citizens the Future of our cities

We need to create more debate around local issues that affect our cities. In Portugal a team of 26 college students and first-time job seekers are trying to start a conversation around the important issues, while developing objective solutions.

April 19, 2014
Week 3 Spring 2014 Update

A weekly update from the RMS team

April 17, 2014
Carol and Joe have returned!

Carol and Joe are back from their recon trip to India

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