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Inventor stories:
21 April 2014
Rahul Panicker with the Embrace Nest

A Warm Embrace for Newborn Babies »

With a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, you might expect Rahul Panicker to be immersed in the Silicon Valley world of high-tech devices. Instead, he has dedicated his life to serving communities where access to electricity ranges from unreliable to non-existent.

By Sarah Wilson

Events:
21 April 2014
Earth Day Bali 2014

Meet the Kopernik Team at Earth Day Bali 2014 »

Kopernik is proud to be a part of the Earth Day Bali 2014 Festival on 26 & 27 April 2014.


Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:00
Blahkiuh Village Temple
Bali
Indonesia

Kopernik in action:
17 April 2014
Sari-sari store in San Mariano, Mindoro, the Philippines

Adding technology to the mix in sari-sari stores »

Distributing technology to the last mile has obvious challenges, from collecting repayments to the physical barriers to distribution, such as communities becoming cut off during rainy seasons. However, basic household goods always find their way into these remote markets. In the Philippines, it is through sari-sari stores, which exist almost everywhere and offer a selection of everyday needs, including coffee, bread, rice, and vegetables.

By Catherine Howe

Kopernik in action:
04 April 2014
Marife Saron is able to pay for her d.light solar light in instalments, as she lives close to GIYF-FFS

A Final Instalment From Oriental Mindoro, The Philippines »

This is my last week working with Kopernik's local partner in Oriental Mindoro, the Gelacio I. Yason Foundation Family Farm School (GIYF-FFS), before I relocate to Manila to start another phase of my fellowship conducting interviews with female entrepreneurs and working with the Solar Light Foundation. I took the time this week to conduct follow-up interviews with Marife Saron and Ernie Flores, who live in the community adjacent to the farm school.

By Catherine Howe

Kopernik in action:
25 March 2014
We connected simple microscope technology with students at Songan 5 Primary School in Kintamani, Bali

Seeing the Bigger Picture »

I've been living in paradise (aka Bali) for six months now. In this time, I've been fortunate to enjoy some of the breathtaking scenery and man-made attractions that make Bali a world famous tourist destination. But when you take a look closer at the everyday life of the Balinese, especially the education sector, a different picture emerges. My job allows me to explore parts of Bali that few tourists see. This includes Songan village, at the foot of Mount Batur in the Kintamani district of central Bali, where Kopernik is working to connect educational toys with students through our Make Science Fun projects.

By Oktavina Qurrota Ayun

Kopernik in action:
24 March 2014
Interviewing fish buyers in Tuban, East Java, Indonesia

From Baltimore to Bojonegoro: Five Lessons Learned »

As three engineering students from Johns Hopkins University, our Global Engineering Innovation program had partnered with an international non-profit organisation based in Indonesia - Kopernik - and was planning to send us to villages 13 time zones away. As any college student would, we had jumped on the idea. Our task was to interview local residents of Bojonegoro and Tuban, in East Java, Indonesia, to gather information about their daily lives and prototype engineering solutions to increase the efficiency of their agricultural processes.

By Citra Savitri

Media coverage:
22 March 2014
Bali Daily logo

Program helps kids get clean water

"A program by non-profit organization Yayasan Kopernik helps children in remote Balinese villages get access to safe and clean drinking water through the distribution of water filters to primary schools. The project, which was launched on the island last year, has so far reached 14 schools in four areas, Payangan, Tabanan, Kintamani and Karangasem."
Inventor stories:
20 March 2014
Freeplay's Assist Radio designed specifically for emergency preparedness

Information is Hand-Powered »

John Hutchinson, Chief Technical Officer for Freeplay Energy, is a pioneer when it comes to the wind-up radio. Experienced in developing power systems and manufacturing and maintaining aircraft serving remote areas, he helped develop the world’s very first wind-up radio in 1994. Initially created to combat the transmission of HIV/AIDS in Africa, the radio was designed to spread messages - not by doctors with formal health warnings, but through ongoing serials and dramas that people could tune into each day to learn about issues facing fellow Africans.

By Sarah Wilson

Kopernik in action:
20 March 2014
Water filters on their way to schools on Semau Island in eastern Indonesia

Drink Up Semau, East Nusa Tenggara »

Two Kopernik staff, two volunteers, two motorbikes and 100 water filters in one small boat, heading to an island named Semau. It was definitely not the best time to be crossing the ocean. The storm clouds gathered and the rain poured down on us without mercy. Nevertheless, anytime is the best time to provide clean water to the places in Indonesia that need it the most.

By Rara Sekar Larasati

Kopernik news:
15 March 2014
Kopernik CEO Toshi Nakamura talks effective philanthropy with visitors from the Institute for Philanthropy

Encouraging Effective Philanthropy »

On 10 March 2014, 30 guests from the Institute for Philanthropy joined us at our Tech Kiosk in Ubud to learn about how innovative organisations in Indonesia are maximising the impact of philanthropic funding. Kopernik Co-founder and CEO Toshi Nakamura introduced Kopernik's unique technology distribution and feedback model to the visitors, who had flown in from nine countries in Asia, Europe and North America.

By Sally Bolton