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EngStarter

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EngStarter

While many DIY kits for STEM learning purpose do a great job to teach how to build robots, drones, and cars, there are no education kits in the market that enable students to build socially meaningful application (ex. System to monitor water needs in a farm OR energy efficiency in a solar powered place). Additionally, students experience barriers to turn their ideas into real prototypes due to hardware fragility and lack of materials to test projects in challenging environments. In light of these challenges, we designed the EngStarter. EngStarter was designed either for schools or application in challenging and remote environments with harsh climates and unreliable power. The modular architecture enables users to easily transpose from little engineering projects to real-world application.


What are emergencies?

Who are our target applications?

Emergencies refer to refugee camps, locations in political, economic, and environmental crisis, asylum seekers, low-income regions, and regions with lack of opportunities to use engineering for social development.

Engineering students, schools, universities, research institutions and education initiatives in underserved regions.

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Highlights

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Finalist - Innovate for Refugees 2019

Innovate for Refugees Competition (IFR) is a global competition for the best tech-driven solutions addressing the challenges faced by refugees across the globe. Launched on World Refugee Day in 2016 by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, the competition awarded 12 solutions with over 240,000 USD in equity free investments. This year’s ‘Innovate For Refugees’ was extra challenging to judge and evaluate, especially as we have received applications from over 50 countries from around the world that were diverse both in scope and level of growth.

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Finalist - Thought for Food Challenge 2018

The annual TFF Challenge is a global “collaborative competition” to launch promising new ideas that address how we will feed and nourish our growing global population. Thought For Food is the world’s leading organization dedicated to supporting and funding the next generation of startups and leaders for food and agriculture. To date, TFF has catalyzed the creation of 40 new social-impact startups in key areas like nutrition, synthetic biology, vertical farming, logistics, new proteins, big data and appropriate tech for smallholders. Selected from 800 teams from 160 countries, the 10 Finalists were evaluated based on their potential for positive social and environmental impact, as well as the scientific and business feasibility of their ideas. 

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Finalist - Cities for Our Future 2018

Cities for our Future is a new global competition, encouraging students and young people to find solutions to the issues facing the world's rapidly expanding cities. To help solve these challenges, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has partnered with RICS – the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – and the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO on the Cities for our Future competition. The 1,200 entries were assessed by expert panels of judges from across the world who narrowed it down to the final 12.

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