Greetings and welcome to the Development Marketplace '09 blog! After a brief hiatus, the DM blog is back on board. My name is Aaron - I am the newest member of the DM team and will be a frequent voice here. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with you. If you are a past DM winner, we’d love to hear how things are going. If you have news about upcoming competitions, let us know. If you have any suggestions on how we can do things better, send me a note or add your comment here!
You are invited to participate in the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 Challenge! It's an open call for innovative mobile technology applications for developing countries that increase access to knowledge for higher development impact. It is USAID's first ever open source challenge. The winning project ideas will receive grants of up to $10,000 and present before USAID, the development community, and industry officials in Washington. You can access the Challenge at www.netsquared.org/usaid.
In my last posting, I mentioned the importance of securing new funding to scale up activities. I’ve got some great news to share today and that is that our efforts to secure more financial resources have borne fruit in that we’ve just received news that we’re one of 12 winners of the biennial Dubai Awards.
Now that your project is a success, you’re going to want to do more of it to impact more people in more and different contexts. How do you do it?
I am really in a rush, I am leaving Vientiane to participate in The Tech Award ceremony, organized by The Tech Museum in San Jose, California in the next hours. We were selected as a Laureate for one of our innovative concept of selling Light per hour with portable battery lanterns charged by a central village charging station operated by a village entrepreneur.
BATTANPUN, Cambodia – Some 30 people gathered in late February 2008 to talk about their experience using a rope pump that was introduced to the village a few months earlier. Many stopped by on their way home from the fields, asked questions and considered the pump.
On October 22, 2008 fifty winners were announced at the end of this year China Development Marketplace entitled “Supporting Grassroots Innovations for a Harmonious Society.” With a total award pool of US $ 1 million, this competition identified efforts targeting poverty reduction and addressing development challenges towards building a ha