Entries by Sabine Baumeister

empowering people. Award 2015

Interview with Carola Schwank

Carola Schwank is the Project Manager of the “empowering people. Award”. First started in 2012, this Award is fast becoming popular in the developmental work community because of the long-term support that is provided not only to winners but also to all promising technical solutions that can help basic supply problems following the close of […]

Bertil van Vugt

“The Inclusive Business Accelerator supports social entrepreneurs to connect to investors”

Bertil, you are the Director of Strategic Projects at VC4Africa and you are working on the new Inclusive Business Accelerator initiative. Could you give us a brief explanation of what you are doing exactly?

Communications in organizations dedicated to social innovation

During the “empowering people. Onsite” workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, we got to talk to one of the participants, Anita Rivera: Hello Anita. Could you please explain to us what type of organization TriCiclos is and what your part in the organization is?

WADI

Can you use sunlight to clean water? The smile on WADI says “yes”

Contaminated Water is still one of the main causes for the diseases of millions of people worldwide. We’ve asked Lukas Landerl from HELIOZ some questions about it.

4 Questions to Gang Chen of the Desert Greenhouse Project

1.  How did you come up with the idea of building a Desert Green House? Gang Chen: There exist several hundred thousands of small green houses

Cultivating an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs - Panel discussion.

Cultivating an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs

The Role of Investors, Researchers and Philanthropy With the emergence of the social entrepreneurship sector in recent years, the questions how to further grow the sector and thus scale social impact are becoming more and more important. It is quite evident that social entrepreneurs will benefit from a strong ecosystem that includes a variety of […]

The medical backpack – A way to sterilize medical equipment using solar energy

Siemens Stiftung: How did you come up with the idea of developing a device that helps to conduct “germfree operations everywhere”? Raphael: Philipp and me got to know each other during our studies of engineering in Nordhausen. There we developed a special water processing device – run by solar energy – to produce sterilized water […]

Solar Power for Development

Mexican sun and German technology are the two key components of Gregor Schapers’ innovative project. Deep in rural Mexico, in a small town of 450 inhabitants called El Sauz, Schapers, a German entrepreneur, founded Trinysol, a firm specializing in building cheap solar reflectors for small local businesses to bake, cook and fry food, or generate […]

The creator of the SuniCook – Roland de Vicq

Siemens Stiftung: How hard was it to get support when you started your project? What would be your advice to someone with an idea but who doesn’t know how to make headway?

Eden Full

7 Questions to Eden Full

How did you come up with the idea of building a Sun Saluter whilst studying to be a mechanical engineer? Eden Full: I built my first solar car when I was 10, and have been fascinated with solar energy ever since.