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

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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

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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

February’s Top Picks for Sustainable Development Technologies

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We just got back from Mumbai, India, where Cycle Technologies Founder Leslie Heyer spoke at the World CSR Congress on “Innovative Solutions to Address Family Planning Needs Globally.”  The presentation focused on how technology is bringing new options to family planning and the critical factors for impactful innovation. We think understanding the problem you’re trying to solve is key, and this month we’ve chosen to highlight social impact companies that are working to address clearly defined problems and developing brilliantly simple solutions in the process.

Here are our February favorite picks for sustainable development technologies.

1. Kite Patch

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Mosquito-repellents have been around for decades but one company is developing a mosquito-repellent patch that combats mosquitos in a very different way. Kite Patch is a “sticker” that is applied to clothing (like a decal) that keeps mosquitos from detecting your presence for up to 48hrs. The project was backed by 11,254 supporters and reached an impressive 743% of its goal on Indiegogo. The science-based technology has been in the works since 2013 based on research conducted at the University of California, Riverside. According to KitePatch’s Facebook page, field testing (Phase 1) to see how well the decals performed took place in Uganda in April and May 2015, and as of December 2015, the new technology is “getting close to completion” We look forward to seeing this at work!

 

2. Meet Luci by MPOWERD

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There have been a lot of portable lights around but Luci offers something different. For every Luci purchased, MPOWERD gives a light for someone in need. According to their website, the company created Luci to “empower the 1.5 billion people in the developing world who still live without electricity.” When folks purchase Luci, NGO partners distribute the lights directly to people in areas where they are needed the most – including Kenya, Haiti, Philippines and Nepal. Luci is inflatable, waterproof, lightweight (4 ounces), shatterproof, and can provide up to 12 hours of light per solar charge.

 

3. Refugee Wearable Shelter

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We stumbled across an interesting article published in Fast Company recently about a group of textile students from the Royal College of Art in London who designed a “jacket” that transforms into a tent for Syrian refugees. Led by Dr. Harriet Harriss, the students wanted to create something that was light enough to wear throughout the day to protect then from the elements but also expand into a durable tent that allows for a parent and a child to have shelter at night. The jacket is made out of Tyvek which is waterproof and fully recyclable. The student chose to keep the white color in order for the jacket-tent to act as a canvas so that the families can draw on them with markers or personalize their shelters. We hope to see this project reach its potential.

We believe that 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 let us know and contact us.


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

January’s Top ​Picks for Sustainable Development Technologies

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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

Remember “Little Moe”, “Gigi” and “Neil”? Those Germ-Zapping Robots Are At It Again!

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Are you a Star Wars fan? Last year, TheBrilliantlySimpleBlog.com featured an invention from Texas-based Xenex Corporation that resembled R2-D2 from the infamous movie. Xenex’s robot that has the ability to zap HAIs (an acronym for Healthcare Associated Infections – one of the leading causes of death in the United States.) It uses UV light disinfection technology.  Those cute and cleverly named robots we wrote about last October are now ready to zap more threats. Not only can they zap the ebola virus, but now anthrax too. Keep it up, Xenex! and may the force be with you.

Featured Innovation: Ooho, The Edible Water “Bottle”

While some reviewers have complained that it looks like a “breast implant” or a “jellyfish”, this blob is actually a cool way to package water.  It’s goal? To replace billions of plastic bottles used worldwide each year. Called Ooho,  it’s made from seaweed and is edible. There are still a few issues to resolve – How do you distribute this to a mass market? How do you keep from spilling water when you drink?

But Ooho just won a Sustainability Award from the EU so hopefully the people behind it at Skipping Rocks Lab will figure out those details. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get rid of plastic water bottles once and for all?

A few recent articles written on Ooho:

Smithsonian Magazine

The Guardian

Fast Company