Reaching the semi-finalist round, the Stern Social Venture Competition helped us to develop our ideas and think about our "student project" as a viable social-venture business that could actually make a difference.
ICTD "aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use of information and communication technologies in development practice to meet to discuss the latest research advances in the field." Our paper, SIMbaLink: Towards a Sustainable and Feasible Solar Rural Electrification System, was accepted to the poster presentation session, and members from our team will be attending the conference in December.
Dates: July-August, 2010
Location: 319 Scholes (Brooklyn, New York)
Components: 5 32-watt solar kits, each connected to a prototype SIMbaLink module
Notes: This past summer we successfully installed our very first test deployment on the roof of 319 Scholes, a performance/gallery/ research space located in Brooklyn, New York. Read more about this deployment on our blog.
Dates: September-October, 2010
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Components: Details to come
Notes: Details to come
SIMbaLink is Nahana Schelling, Meredith Hasson, Ariel Nevarez, and Sara Huong. The group met and started SIMbaLink while taking the Solar Design for Development class at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the Tisch School of the Arts (New York University). Now in collaboration with NYU's multidisciplinary research group CATER Lab (Cost-effective Appropriate Technologies for Emerging Regions), the four are working to build SIMbaLink into a fully operational social venture.
SIMbaLink's key collaborators are CATER faculty member Prof. Lakshminarayanan Subramanian (Assistant Professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences) and Dr. Harald Schützeichel, director of Stiftung Solarenergie (Solar Energy Foundation), a non-profit foundation working to create sustainable solar markets in developing countries.
Without the invaluable help and advice of the following contributors, SIMbaLink would not be where we are today: