The Summer’s Brilliantly Simple Innovations

Photo by: Cycle Technologies

Photo credit: Cycle Technologies

Hello, Summer! We’ve selected a few brilliantly simple ideas we think you should know about:

ROTHY’S SHOES

Beautiful, comfortable shoes made out of discarded beverage containers? Yes please! The San Francisco-based Rothy’s Shoes has found a way to use some of the more than 2 million tons of water bottles discarded in U.S. landfills each year. Made from 100% recycled water bottles, these breathable, washable, and durable shoes are crafted by an innovative, patent-pending 3D knitting process. As of now, there are two styles and a few colors from which to choose.  Co-Founder, Roth Martin says the limited color-palette speaks to their emphasis on simplicity.  Send samples please!

 

WARD + ROBES

Can a hospital gown be couture fashion? When top designers collaborate and leverage their creative talents, it can be. Starlight Children’s Foundation of Canada and Ward + Robes are redefining the hospital gown to ease the sulkiness of staying in the hospital. Check out the video and see for yourself the impact this is having on these young lives. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you really understand your patients’ needs.

 

TACKLING OBESITY WITH DESIGN

Cycle Technologies Features Work of Hayden Peek on The Brilliantly Simple Blog

Photo credit: Hayden Peek

Do you know what’s in your grocery basket? Reading labels gets tedious, but if we’re going to fix the obesity epidemic we need to find a way to make people more conscious of what they’re consuming. Hayden Peek, a British designer, has come up with with “a ridiculously simple way” to cut through the noise and educate us; a simple graphic that would print at the bottom of every supermarket receipt, with color-coded symbols for things such as calories, sugar, and saturated fat.  Color-coded symbols on your grocery receipts could alert you if there is too much sugar, fat, sodium…you get the idea. What do you think? Would this change your shopping habits? 

 

These “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today. Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please contact us!


Cycle Technologies is a socially minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions to help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com

March Top Picks for Sustainable Development Technologies

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Happy Spring! Here are our March favorite picks for sustainable development technologies.

1. Dot Period & Fertility Tracker

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We can’t help but feature Cycle Technologies‘ – Dot Period & Fertility Tracker (#DotTheApp) this month! Dot was recently chosen to be featured at the Women Deliver Conference along with nine other amazing apps that are “changing the face of global health for women and girls”. The conference, which takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark May 16-19, will give participants a chance to interact with these cool technologies during it’s APPY Hour reception. We’re so honored to be on the impressive list of innovative companies and organizations making an impact on global health around the world, including Jhpiego, BVKit, MobileODT, Fundación Capital, Love Matters India, Maternity Foundation, IntraHealth InternationalWorld Vision USA Girls and Football SA. Let us know if you will be at Women Deliver conference this year. We’d love to connect!


2. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Photo credit: Sharmeed Obaid Films

March is a celebration of Women’s History, and we believe that Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will go down in the history books as a woman who is a catalyst for change. Obaid-Chinoy made history on March 7th when her film, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness won an Oscar. In fact, she is the only Pakistani who has won TWO Oscars. “This is what happens when determined women get together,” she said during her Oscar acceptance speech. “That is the power of film.”  With more than 1000 women killed in the name of “honor” in Pakistan every year, this documentary follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale. To learn more about this masterful, social impact change-maker, visit Sharmeen Obaid Films.


3. AgriLux

Cycle Technologies Brilliantly Simple Blog Features AgriLux Spectrum LED Lightbulb

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Ontario-based AgriLux developed a new lighting system led by poultry-science expert, Dr. Gregoy Bedecarrats from the University of Guelph. The research shows that providing a new type of lighting for chickens results in an increase in egg production. The data show that making the chicken more comfortable, calmer and happier led to a better outcome – thus more egg-laying capacity.

Dr. Bedeccarat’s research and commercial partnership with Thies Electrical Distributing in Cambridge, Ontario, helped bring AgriLux lightbulb to the poultry science field. Take a look at the innovation behind this lightbulb and delve into the research on Agri-Technology Commercialization Center website for further information.

Hmmm…this is making us rethink the lighting at our office.

These “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today. Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please contact us!


Cycle Technologies is a socially minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions to help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com

January’s Top ​Picks for Sustainable Development Technologies

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(c) Cycle Technologies

Happy New Year! We’re in full swing here at Cycle Technologies HQ offices working on our own brilliantly simple innovations that help address unmet needs in family planning and contraception.

We also want to applaud others who are committed to sustainable, innovative technologies on The Brilliantly Simple Blog. We think many of these organizations and exciting “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today.  Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email.

Here are our January favorite picks for sustainable development technologies.

​1. ​Odon Device

The BD Odon Device assists child births in settings where caesarians aren’t an option. It was included in the Innovation Countdown 2030 report as a technology that can save lives and has  “great potential to accelerate progress toward the proposed SDG health targets.” Cycle Technologies featured this innovation in 2014 on our blog. Check it out!

​2. ​Hippo Roller

Millions of women and children struggle daily to access water. They often collect water by carrying heavy  containers on their heads in order to survive. The Hippo Roller is a drum with a handle that can be easily rolled along over rough terrain. It allows users to carry 5x more water (up to 24 gallons!) with less effort.  Anyone can get involved in this project. Take a look at their website to learn more. Now that’s Brilliantly Simple!

3. Ashudinashak

​Swati Bedekar was teaching at rural schools in Gujarat, India when she discovered that girls were absent and often dropping out of school altogether, due to their menstrual cycles. She worked to provide them access to sanitary pads, but even when the girls could get sanitary pads, they weren’t using them.  Why? Because they couldn’t dispose of the pads in a discreet, safe way.   Seeing the issue, Ms. Bedekar’s husband invented a cheap, ecofriendly machine that could burn sanitary pads safely and hygienically. They called this terra-cotta “hearth-like” machine Ashudinashak. To date, the machine has already been installed in +2000 schools in rural India at a cost of less than $30 per machine.

Check back with us next month and follow us on facebook and twitter for the latest updates. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please let us know by dropping us a line at info@CycleTechnologies.com

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Cycle Technologies is a socially-minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions that help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com

It’s Almost Here! Another Brilliantly Simple Health Innovation by Cycle Technologies Is Almost Here!

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You may have heard that Cycle Technologies is up to something very cool, very innovative, and very smart. Our big reveal is only a few weeks away and we’re excited to share a new family planning innovation with everyone soon. THANK YOU to our beta testers who have given us great feedback. In the meantime, keep it hush hush until we are ready for the launch! Stay tuned and be in the know by following us on twitter @CycleTechGlobal, on facebook/CycleTechnologies or sign up to receive an alert when we officially launch at www.DOTtheApp.com

Seeking Beta Testers for New Fertility App

Cycle Technologies Looking for Beta Testers for new Fertility App

Cycle Technologies is all about creating brilliantly simple and innovative solutions. Our focus is in the reproductive health space, and we’ve developed a number of effective family planning solutions for women all over the world since 2002. Now we’re about to launch the next BIG thing, and we want your feedback to make it super!

Specifically we are looking for:

  • Women who have used the CycleBeads iPhone app (to track, plan or prevent pregnancy)
  • Are between the ages of 18-49
Ideal candidates would be available for an in-person 30 minute interview on May 11 or 12 at our technology team’s offices in Washington, DC at the Wonder Bread Factory (U Street Corridor). Candidates who can’t be there in person, may be considered for a video interview. Qualified participants will receive a $50 gift card!
Learn more and take a brief survey here: