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International networks are an essential fundament for knowledge exchange, knowledge sharing and inspiration – but they can only become vibrant through their members, the people that are involved onsite. Our recent workshop held in Jinja, Uganda, showed that local meetings in person along with cooperative team work can initiate hubs that energize a network on the ground in the long term – by strengthening qualification and interconnection opportunities – which finally bring it to life!

The "empowering people. Network" will set up a series of offline activities for entrepreneurs and inventors offering urgently needed solutions to daily basic supply challenges and will not only constitute a database and online platform. We are delighted to see that the number of entrepreneurs and inventors is growing – welcome to the new projects and the aspiring people behind them! Feel free to learn more about them in our Solutions Database. Our aim is to actively involve more and more of our Network members and thereby meet them, learn about their needs and help them facilitate their daily work.


"empowering people. Onsite"

With its pilot project in Jinja, Uganda in September 2014, the Siemens Stiftung aims to start a series of hands-on oriented workshops for members of the “empowering people. Network”.

These workshops are in comparison to from other settings, regionally based and have an emphasis on praxis combined with a hands-on character instead of theoretical discourse.

Some impressions from the #epOnsite


New on the epN Solutions Database

Drip Irrigation by EOS International

A low cost drip irrigation system.


A parabolic solar cooker that allows for emission free cooking. Read more...

Portable Household Toilets

Sealable containers that enable easy and hygienic removal of the household waste. Read more....


News for the "empowering people. Network"

Interview: Roland de Vicq on the SuniCook

Roland tells us more about his project the SuniCook and how he tries to serve local communities with solar energy.

Read more here...

Our aim is to make the whole lot of amazing solutions of the “empowering people. Network” accessible and well-known for interested organizations or potential partners all over the world. That is why the Network cooperates with international organizations to spread the word further. We are happy to announce that the epN’s solutions will now also be showcased on the Technology Exchange Lab (TEL)'s website.

explore here


Events & Dates

New interesting Webinar coming up!

Engineering 4 Change will be hosting an interesting webinar on "WASH in Emergencies: Lessons Learned and Way Forward”

Tune in on October 28th, 2014 at 11:00 am New York, EDT (04:00 pm CET)


V4C Africa Meetup Port Harcourt

On October 26h a new VC4Africa meet-up will be held in Nigeria!

It will take place at the Red Coral Restaurant in Port Harcourt

October 26th, 2014 from 4-6pm


Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) in Mexico City

November 27-28, 2014, Mexico City

The Global Social Business Summit is the leading forum for social business worldwide. It serves to spread awareness of social business, foster discussion and collaboration.


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