A response to Bill Gates’ “Accelerating Innovation with Leadership”

A response to Bill Gates’ “Accelerating Innovation with Leadership”

Earlier today Bill Gates wrote a powerful op ed on his blog ‘gatesnotes’, arguing that the world is at a pivotal moment, where conditions are ripe for transformative innovations. He outlined four objectives which he believes the next US president, and leaders across the world, need to prioritise over the next decade.

These four objectives were:

1. Provide everyone on earth with affordable energy without contributing to climate change

2. Develop a vaccine for HIV and a cure for neurodegenerative diseases

3. Protect the world from future health epidemics, which might be more infectious than Ebola and more deadly than Zika

4. Give every student and teacher new tools so that all students get a world-class education

Following on from our Springwise ‘Action on Innovation’ initiative, we’ve put together some of the best innovations we have seen at Springwise over the past 12 months to address the four challenges outlined above.

These ideas go some way to showing that we have the power to create a future that is healthier, safer, more productive and more inclusive. We hope that leaders across government, business and education globally can learn from these ideas, and help to create positive action on innovation.

Provide everyone on earth with affordable energy without contributing to climate change

1 Renewable energy powers Chile’s subway system

A wind and solar power collaboration will soon provide Chile’s Metro de Santiago with 60 percent of its energy requirements.

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2 Coffee grounds recycled into sustainable fire logs

Clean tech company bio-bean is crowdfunding Coffee Logs, its latest sustainable biofuel product and first to be available to the public.

Read more about Coffee Logs »

3 In Bangladesh, DIY aircon made with plastic bottles

Made from empty plastic bottles, the Eco-Coolers use no electricity and can cool a home by five degrees Celsius.

Read more about Eco-Coolers »

Develop a vaccine for HIV and a cure for neurodegenerative diseases

4 Global sharing of HIV vaccine research

DataSpace collects and analyzes global research for HIV vaccine, so scientists can quickly test ideas, make unforeseen connections, and avoid duplicating efforts.

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5 Fragrance alarm clock stimulates dementia sufferers’ appetites

Ode aims to reduce malnutrition in dementia sufferers by emitting delicious scents three times a day, encouraging patients to eat.

Read more about Ode »

Protect the world from future health epidemics, which might be more infectious than Ebola and more deadly than Zika

6 AI can predict where epidemics will happen

AIME use big data and AI algorithms to pinpoint the geolocation of dengue fever outbreaks, three months before they occur.

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7 Energy efficient street lamps are also mosquito traps

Researchers at University of Malaya develop street lights powered by wind and solar, which attract and trap mosquitoes using a 'human' scent.

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8 In Ethiopia, tsetse fly populations are controlled with drones

Drones Against Tsetse is a project using unmanned aerial vehicles to control the numbers of flies that carry diseases such as sleeping sickness.

Read more about Drones Against Tsetse »

Give every student and teacher new tools so that all students get a world-class education

9 Gamified lessons via educational tablet helps kids learn

Connected to an interactive knowledge base, Etisalat’s Cliqlite tablet helps children from eight to 15 access fun, in-depth lessons on a variety of subjects.

Read more about Cliqlite World »

10 Underwear could help African girls stay in school during their period

BeGirl are reusable sanitary pads and underwear, with a waterproof pouch that can be filled with materials such as cloth or toilet paper.

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