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From June 30 to July 2, the “empowering people. Network” participated in the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum held in Bonn. The international conference convened around 2,300 journalists and representatives of development organizations from 120 countries. As a key topic, the approximately 40 panels and workshops emphasized the strong relationship between communications technologies, the internet and development.

The Forum presented a unique opportunity to pursue our objective to make the outstanding solutions in the Solutions Database well known to journalists and important actors within development cooperation. The dependency between simple technology and developmental perspectives were illustrated by the production of the OneDollarGlasses and many more prominent Network members present at the Siemens Stiftung booth.

Several new international ambassadors have joined the “empowering people. Network” - making the Forum a great success! Thank you to you all!


New on the epN Solutions Database

Flash Cast

Digital transit communications platform.


Equipment management software for hospitals.

NSP Solar Pump

A self- sufficient solar pump.


News for the "empowering people. Network"

An update on the JOMPY Water Boiler : When technology thrives

Lena Hiltrop of the JOMPY Water Boiler project informs us about the newest developments within the project since winning the Award.

Read the complete story here...

SimGas GesiShamba bio-digester finalist at the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®)

We're happy to congratulate our Award Winner SimGas for being nominated as a finalist of the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®). A jury of 24 international design experts chose the bio-digester as a finalist in the category “Social Impact Design”. The innovation competed with nearly 2,000 other products. A choice that places SimGas alongside companies such as BMW and Samsung.


“empowering people. Network” promotes the use of simple technological solutions in the area of basic needs

We officially launched the "empowering people. Network" and have also started with the promotion of the solutions within our database. Here you can read the official statement in our press release.



Events & Dates

Interesting Webinar coming up!

Engineering 4 Change will be hosting an interesting webinar on "Perspectives on Off-Grid Energy Solutions"

Tune in on July 24th, 2014 at 11:00 am New York, EDT

Read more about the webinar here

LGT Venture Philanthropy -  ICats Fellowship

The ICats Program connects social organizations in need of professional know-how as well as experts with the desire to apply their knowledge in a meaningful way, thus acting as “Impact Catalysts”.

LGT is currently accepting application - read more and apply here!

V4CAfrica & @The HUB Meetup Kampala

Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EAT) 

Kampala, Uganda

Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa.biz) is the largest online community connecting African entrepreneurs and investors. Their free meetups serve as an additional networking venue where VC4Africa members and supporters meet face to face to share thoughts and ideas. There are no speeches; no agenda and nothing planned which allows for lots of networking and info swapping.

Register for the event here...

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