Daily Archive for September 23rd, 2010

MIT’s Young Innovators Shine at USAID, UN Science and Tech Fair


It was Standing Room Only at the USAID-UN Science and Technology Fair September 22, 2010 in New York City.

Four technologies developed by IDEAS-winning teams were presented, along with several other technologies developed through D-Lab classes, at a well attended Science and Technology Fair hosted by USAID and the New York Academy of Sciences September 22 in New York.

Guests – including UN delegates, government leaders, foundation representatives, and NGO leaders – were welcomed by New York Academy of Sciences president Ellis Rubinstein and the science and technology innovation showcase was opened with an inspiring talk by USAID Administrator Raj Shah.

In addition to table-top displays, invited presenters had the opportunity to send up one-minute pitches to the gathering, and MITs young innovators completely rocked. It was clear that the Institute that helped put a man on the moon cares as much about the global development crisis today as it did about America’s space leadership in the 1960′s.

Among the teams present were Green Grease (Angela Hojnacki), Komera (Amrita Saigal and Kate Smyth), Lebone (Stephen Lwendo), and Leveraged Freedom Chair (Mario Bollini). The five D-Lab teams present were Bicilavadora, Global Cycle Solutions, Leveraged Freedom Wheelchair, Solar Autoclave, and Spiral Pine Needle Stove. Each team was selected for its demonstration of the kind of innovation and entrepreneurship USAID would like to put at the center of its development strategy.

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