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Drones and other robotics for social good: Five questions with Andrew Schroeder

Three robotics labs in Tanzania, Nepal and Peru put aerial drones into the hands of citizens to augment humanitarian work and foment small business. These drones and other robotics are helping to map land, assist in searches and rescues and perform other humanitarian work with guidance by a non-profit called WeRobotics.

Silvana Bonnet (in the middle) discussing with other workshop participants

“Diversity is the key…”

We talked to Silvana Bonnet, Communication Manager of Canales Asociación Civil, one of the winners of the empowering people. Award. The winning solution Videobooks in Sign Language enables deaf children access to literature and reading. The videos, created by Canales Asociación Civil, combine children’s books and young adult literature read in sign language, with voice-overs […]

epExpert service

“The hardest thing is to challenge your personal perceptions.” – An interview with David Hoffmann on the launch of the epExpert service

Offering the empowering people. Expert Service (epExpert), Siemens Stiftung  devises a program to support social enterprises, inventors and organizations that are part of its empowering people. Network. These often face deficits in knowledge and with workforce and are thereby hindered in the development of their products or services. This can, more often than not, prevent […]

Dr. Anil Kumar Gupta

Voices from the jury: “A great deal more remains to be done”

Professor Anil Gupta talks about grassroots innovations, the mobilisation of social and ethical capital and his role a s juror of the “empowering people. Award” The National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF) started functioning in March 2000 as India’s national initiative to strengthen the grassroots technological innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge. Its mission is to help India […]

epOnsite Indonesia, March 2016

“Nothing can replace personal contact when it comes to establishing lasting connections.”

Within the empowering people. Network, Sabine Baumeister is responsible for activities including offline workshops and training sessions and helps to make the virtual network visible in “real life”. The German and Scandinavian studies graduate is working since the founding of Siemens Stiftung in 2009 with social entrepreneurs. Before this she spent over ten years in […]

Daniel Gonzales

El empowering people. Award 2015 promueve el desarrollo de tecnologías para el impacto

Este prestigioso concurso internacional de la fundación Siemens Stiftung, que busca ofrecer soluciones basadas en la ciencia, ingeniería y tecnología para la industria y el público general, tiene abiertas sus inscripciones hasta el 30 de noviembre de 2015 Daniel Gonzales, director programático de la Fundación Avina, fue designado este año como uno de los miembros […]

One Lamp, Uganda

Interview with Derrick Hosea, OneLamp

The online bootcamp on market research, which was held in 2015, was an initiative by the Inclusive Business Accelerator and the Siemens Stiftung’s “empowering people. Network”. Aimed at social entrepreneurs, the training sessions focused on marketing and distribution strategies and entrepreneurs were given information on how to improve their models to reach low-income customers.

Claudia Juech

Innovators Wanted: Insights into Award-Winning Technological Solutions

Innovation occurs daily in the technology sector. To tackle complex social challenges, global foundations look to the tech sector to help deliver as many powerful tools in their arsenal as possible to design novel and useful solutions. Identifying innovations, nurturing innovative capacity and supporting innovators are mechanisms to support ideas for the public good.

Paul Smith Lomas

Interview with Paul Smith Lomas, “empowering people. Award 2015” jury member and Chief Executive of Practical Action.

Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. It finds out what people are doing and helps them to do it better. Through technology it enables poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions – transforming their lives forever […]

Andy Bastable

“Initiatives like the “empowering people. Award” show that you can have an idea and make a difference.”

Oxfam GB is a globally renowned aid and development charity with 70 years of experience, working and campaigning with partners in over 90 countries worldwide. Oxfam and its supporters share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t inevitable. We chatted with Andy Bastable, “empowering people. Award 2015” jury member and technical […]