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Inventor stories:
19 August 2014
Robert Haendel and COMMLIGHT’s first customer, Jackweld Fishfarm owner, Mr Loo

Lighting the Streets »

In Robert Haendel’s student days, he earned a bit of holiday-cash as a carpenter atop the roofs in his home town in Germany. It was the summer of 1995, long before the potential of solar energy was widely understood. But when the engineering student felt the sun’s blazing rays piercing his bare back, he started thinking about how he could better harness the sun’s power.

By Josie Vine

Kopernik in action:
15 August 2014
Eight months after Typhoon Haiyan, many students have returned to their classrooms, but some are studying under temporary tents as they wait for their schools to be repaired

Always Pack Sensible Shoes »

When I spotted the steep, slippery path ahead of me, I knew I was in trouble. I’m up for almost any challenge, but my ballet flats were not. From my viewpoint high in this mountainous region of San Carlos, in the Philippines, I looked down to the forest far below, and gulped. After slip-sliding down a treacherous part of the path, and grabbing at small branches - and my colleagues’ hands - to stay upright, I knew the shoes had to go.

By Çantika Marlangen

Kopernik news:
13 August 2014
USAID administers the US foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide

Tech Kiosk network secures support from USAID »

Kopernik is very pleased to announce the strengthening of the Tech Kiosk network in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia thanks to generous support from the American people, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

USAID administers the US foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

By Sally Bolton

Media coverage:
11 August 2014
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Lasting mile: how Kopernik has reached more than 200,000 BoP users with great products

"Crowdfunding is a crucial part of Kopernik’s operations. The organisation uses crowdfunded donations to fund the upfront cost of sending technology to the last mile, to make these products available in places that standard supply chains simply don’t reach. When products are sold, they reinvest the money in more technology to reduce poverty.

Kopernik in action:
11 August 2014
Eko introduced his grass-chopping bicycle at the tech fairs

Great minds, simple solutions »

My background is in product design, and one of the best parts of my job is meeting the people who are designing simple technology for the last mile. In my second week working with Kopernik, I joined K-Team members Nonie Kaban and Iman Kasih Sembiring on a field trip to Java. We traveled to Solo (Surakarta) for two technology fairs, as part of our partnership with ICCO.

By Prita Raditiarini

07 August 2014
BoP World Convention & Expo 2014

Toshi Nakamura to Speak at BOP World Convention & Expo »

Kopernik Co-founder and CEO Toshi Nakamura will speak at the inaugural Base of the Pyramid (BoP) World Convention & Expo in Singapore on 28-30 August 2014. The convention is designed to encourage leaders from multiple sectors and industries to share knowledge, engage with issues and explore partnerships to bring sustainable and affordable solutions to impact millions of lives. Toshi will speak on a panel titled 'Distribution: Transforming the BoP Value Chain'.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 09:00
ITE Headquarters & ITE College Central

Kopernik news:
06 August 2014
JAL & Kopernik partner to serve the last mile

Connecting People to People: Japan Airlines Expands Partnership with Kopernik »

Kopernik is proud to partner with Japan Airlines (JAL) on a second Charity Mile project, this time supporting solar lights for the Philippines. Until 17 August 2014, JAL Mileage Bank members can donate frequent flyer miles to support a special solar light project in the Philippines. Millions of people in the Philippines do not have access to electricity and rely on dim, dirty, dangerous kerosene lamps for light. This project will provide clean, bright solar lights that will improve the safety and efficiency of hospitals, health clinics, schools and community centres located far from the electricity grid.

By Namuun Purevdorj

Inventor stories:
24 July 2014
The JANMA Clean Birth Kit from AYZH

The Gift of Empowerment »

Growing up in urban India, Zubaida Bai witnessed the struggles her sisters, cousins and friends faced when becoming mothers. What should have been a joyous occasion could turn into one of economic, emotional and physical hardship. So she set out to make the lives of her fellow females easier through health education and economic development.

By Josie Vine

Media coverage:
17 July 2014
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5 Success Factors for Technology Distribution and Adoption in the Last Mile

"How can innovative technologies be distributed and adopted at scale in the last mile? This is a key question driving activities of many social enterprises and nonprofits aiming to leverage the power of innovative products designed for the poor." Tomohiro Hamakawa, Kopernik's project manager, shares five key factors that serve Kopernik as guiding principles in its work today.
Media coverage:
01 July 2014
Center for International Relations

International Affairs Forum Interview: Ewa Wojkowska and Toshi Nakamura

The International Affairs Forum, a publication of the Washington DC-based Center for International Relations, recently published an interview with Kopernik co-founders Ewa Wojkowska and Toshi Nakamura. "We are working hard to expand the distribution networks that we have established," says Ewa. "We view the Tech Kiosk and Tech Agent models as very promising, and want to expand these micro-social-franchises in Indonesia. We are also working to expand our partnerships with local organizations across Asia."