Sustainability Problem: Safety and Health – Lack of affordable, accessible, and trustworthy health information
Technology: Your.MD is an app that describes itself as a “Personal Health Assistant” that provides users with more relevant and “trustworthy” health information from end to end. The app integrates with Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Slack and other messenging apps to help users better understand the problems and solutions for their personal health questions as well as connect them to services as needed in a seamless experience. Artificial intelligence facilitates a smarter and more personalized experience based on reliable data.
Implementation: (1) Partner with Hospitals to work directly with patients on a pilot basis; make enhancements based on feedback from patients and doctors. (2) Integrate with health news sites and apps where consumers are already looking for better health information. (3) Integrate with other specialized health apps such as those that specialize in on-call personal doctor services to create a true “one-stop” experiences for all personal health needs.
3D printing could be a feasible solution to reduce waste in manufacturing. This is a different type of manufacturing that adds materials to the product until completion, therefore creating less waste. Less waste means less garbage sent to landfills and less overall pollution.
We could also expect a reduction in fossil fuel use as 3D printing becomes more standard and we become less reliant on traditional shipping methods. Products will be printed within your home instead of delivered by truck.
3D printing could allow for additional recycling opportunities. For example, a used plastic bottle or other materials could be turned into filament for this printer.
Consumers are the primary stakeholders that must utilize this technology in order to see an impact. Also, businesses within the manufacturing industry can take advantage of the cost savings from 3D printing.
The first three steps in deploying this product would be:
Partner with manufacturers to implement 3D printing for its products.
Identifying the most efficient ways of recycling using the 3D printer and how this can be done at home.
Providing access to a low cost version of a 3D printer for home use that consumers can use on a daily basis.
Energy: Growing cities can struggle to keep up with energy demand, and increasing demand is often met with unsustainable technologies such as electric generation from coal. Renewable means of generating electricity are needed.
Increasingly there is a shortage of fresh water to meet the needs of growing human population across our planet caused by rampant industrialization, wide spread pollution and unhindered commercialization of this once abundant, naturally clean resource.
Slingshot – a water purification unit developed by Deka Research (of Dean Kamen fame) uses a technology called vapor compression distillation.
Slingshot can purify 250,000 liters of water per year – no matter how dirty, and make it potable for satisfying the needs of 300 people.
Partnering with Coca Cola Company, developed a sustainable, entrepreneurial modular system called the EKOCenter integrated with Slingshot to distribute them around many developing locations around the world.
Disaster relief and emergency medical organizations like American Red Cross.
Companies like Coca Cola, Nestle, Pepsico that use significant amount of fresh water to make their products for consumers around the world.
Partner with governments and NGO’s in developing countries to identify, support entrepreneurs to invest and manage EKOCenter type systems
Develop funding opportunities through organization sustainability commitments, government subsidies and micro-loans for entrepreneurs.
Recommend an internship program with a partnership between Columbia University and Coca Cola to enable interested students to install EKOCenters in various countries/locations of their choice.
Many people are interested in using solar power as a renewable energy source and to achieve cost savings, but making the transition can be difficult and most people don’t know where to start.
2) Technology: Google’s Project Sunroof to help identify solar power opportunities
Google’s Project Sunroof aims to catalyze the transition to solar power
Using the existing information provided by GoogleMaps, Google can determine if residential homes are suitable for solar power, how much energy a rooftop could generate, and how much could be saved on electrical bills
Project Sunroof assists users with finding solar providers in their area
By April 2016, Google expanded to 42 states, granting easy access to solar information and quotes to roughly 43 million rooftops!
Serves as a lead generator for solar companies
Solar users and potential solar users
Solar power companies
Make available in all 50 states
Partner with any and all reputable solar energy companies
Nopalimex is a Mexican enterprise, considered a pioneer in the generation of energy from the biomass of cactuses (nopales in Spanish). Overall, the process consists on mashing the cactuses, and letting them decompose for them to release methane. This gas is then used as fuel to generate electricity.
Although this project is starting at a low scale, it already has the potential to provide with cheaper and carbon neutral energy to the population of Zitacuaro, Michoacán; the municipality where the company operates. In this sense, this technology could help Mexico to comply with a recent law that was passed in 2015 in an effort to fight climate change. It establishes that 35% of the power generation has to come from clean sources by 2024, without putting its energy security at risk.
Even though it is starting at a small scale, there are various agents that can be benefited with it. First, the is the population in Zitacuaro, as they are going too access a portion of the energy they need at a lower cost. Secondly, the government in its three levels can be considered a stakeholder because, as mentioned before, this technology will help the country to achieve its clean energy goals, while ensuring its energy security.
Scaling up this technology is not going to be easy. The main issue regarding its implementation is the availability of the cactus. Feasibility studies are going o be needed to ensure this plants can be produce in a larger scale in a sustainable way. On the other hand, the recent energy reform gives a lot of benefits to renewable energy projects, from which Nopalimex could be benefited.
1. Technology: the creation of The Renewal Workshop, a business model and company that has teamed together with apparel brands to give returned and damaged garments new life as Renewed Apparel. Renewed Apparel is either sold back to the brand partner to be sold through existing sales channels or sold direct-to-the consumer through the Renewal Workshops own ecommerce marketplace to be launched in the fall of 2016. The Renewal Workshop partners are the first in the industry to become closed-loop brands leading the circular economy.
2. Sustainability Problem: This business model addresses the 12.7 million tons of textiles that end up in landfills each year. A jacket with a broken zipper will no longer be sent to the landfill, instead it will be cleaned to a hospital grade clean using state-of-the-art waterless cleaning technology from Tersus Solutions and the zipper repaired, creating Renewed Apparel that meets the highest standard of quality certified by the brands. Issues: Landfill Waste
3. The technology stakeholders include, the founding company, The Renewal Workshop, its apparel partners, prAna, Ibex, Mountain Khakis, Toad&Co, and Indigenous with additional pioneering brands to be added in the coming months. Other stakeholders include VTF Capital and Closed Loop Ventures, leading venture capital funds backing the business model.
4. The process of technology implementation required the founders to look at product supply chain management in the textile industry. This enabled them to create the circular loop between its rehab factory and its apparel partners, and the establishment of The Renewal Workshop’s own website to sell the Renewed Apparel.