Monthly Archives: June 2011

Open Innovation: Connecting Businesses with Innovative Ideas

The New York Times profiles Edison Nation and other “open innovation” companies that connect companies to individuals with an innovative idea but no business experience: “We focus on the people who have great ideas but want to keep their day … Continue reading

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Our biggest failures and what they taught us

We’re putting together a book right now, and it’s got us looking back through old projects to explore what we’ve learned over the years. This may not surprise everyone, but we’re finding that the greatest lessons we’ve learned over the … Continue reading

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IDEO and the Obama Administration

MetropolisMag.com looks into a new wave of US government contracts for the California-based design and innovation firm IDEO: Four different government entities have awarded contracts to IDEO in the past two years: the Social Security Administration has asked the firm … Continue reading

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Technocratic Innovation

Over at 3quarksdaily, our own Aditya Dev Sood has posted an essay exploring the innovation legacy of Muhammand bin Tughluq: Tughluq provides the very paradigm of a technocratic innovator, someone who could never cast his eyes on any part of … Continue reading

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Predicting Crowd Behavior in an Emergency

Fast Company writes up MassMotion – a 3-D crowd simulation program for modeling how people will move through a building. The program creates thousands and thousands of autonomous model people. Each one has his or her own destination and reacts … Continue reading

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34 ways to save lives in rural India

A recent m-health initiative (an sms-based health service) taken by the government of the state of Bihar, the first of its kind in India, is expected to drastically improve immunization coverage by reaching out to 2.5 to 3 crore children. … Continue reading

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The City of the Future, On a Budget

IBM’s announces its “Intelligent Operations Center” services, a “plug-and-play system for cities that want the benefits of real-time data crunching.” The idea is to create a system of real-time city data analysis for cities that can’t afford to develop their … Continue reading

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Requiem for a Mixer-Grinder

Aditya Dev Sood eulogizes the Sumeet Mixer-Grinder: The earliest versions of the Sumeet look somehow basic, with each individual form expressing its own functionality, the whole never coming together in a kind of visual-aesthetic package. Middle-class Indian families in the … Continue reading

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Ultrasounds for Improving Maternal Healthcare, Curbing Foeticide

The Times of India reported last week about government efforts to curb the misuse of ultrasound machines. Right now, the process of getting a license to use an ultrasound is quite tedious, and a lot of Ob/Gyns don’t go through … Continue reading

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The Most Time-Consuming Part of Vaccination? Paperwork

At CKS, we’ve been working on a project for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at improving the tools used to deliver vaccines to children in rural areas. Through this project our primary goal has been to reduce the … Continue reading

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