These Hands Promotes Technological Innovation

The These Hands team has been very busy over the last few months. Since the successful completion of the D’Kar Innovation Center and the conclusion of the 2016 International Development Design Summit (IDDS) in D’Kar, our work has aggressively expanded. During IDDS, development practitioners and engineers from around the world[…]
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IDIN Microgrant-Funded Social Enterprise Launches Unique International Development Social Media Platform That Doesn’t Require Internet Access

This article originally appeared on IDIN.org and can be found here. Many developing countries have low levels of internet usage, often times resulting from a lack of internet infrastructure. However, in places where the internet is available it is often prohibitively expensive for the average person to use. Unfortunately, this[…]
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Presentation Day

We got a great showing! We kept having to pull out more benches from the church to seat the people coming. I hope our audience found our prototypes interesting – as a participant, I was impressed with what we were able to do in just two weeks, especially considering that[…]
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Working

It’s make-it-work time. I went to Ghanzi to scope out our material options. On the list was sheet metal, rod, hardened steel blades. These things exist, but not necessarily in the dimensions desired. There are three hardware stores and they all carry similar stock. We also stock up on groceries,[…]
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Camp Fires & Star Gazing

A wonderful thing about having IDDS in the middle of the Kalahari Desert is that every night we get to witness a brilliant panorama of stars. With no air pollution or streetlights in sight, constellations are bountiful. The other day a family staying within the D’Kar community even invited us[…]
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Build-Its!!

The first week of the summit was focused on helping participants grasp the concepts of design thinking, sketch modeling, and prototyping. In order to encourage teamwork and a mindset of continuous inquisitiveness and problem solving, we split the participants into groups to perform a Build-It activity. Each individual in each[…]
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“Arrival” – Reflections by Claudine Chen

By ten we are on the road. Even though we are spaced out, the conversation flows easily. What are you reading, what was your Peace Corps experience like, what are you doing now – it’s like sunrise conversations from college but with people with twice the life experience. Beep beep[…]
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Packing List!

Hello IDDS Dkar participants. As the summit approaches we want to make sure that you have a comprehensive list of things for you to bring to the two weeks of co-creation that lies ahead of us. If you like, use this list as a checklist when you’re packing to come[…]
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