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Featured Humanitarian Open Tool: Bamboo House

Bamboo HouseThe research conducted in advance and throughout the development of the CSEB / Bamboo House Prototype seeks to develop improvements to earthen architecture practices with a focus on shelter disaster risk reduction in areas that are subject to an array of water related concerns. The work aims to investigate the efficiency of earthen solutions exploring the opportunity to use earth appropriately within low-income housing and offering construction improvements. The intention is not to provide new alternatives but offer low-cost improvements based on successful existing practices that can be adopted by individuals and families with limited assets. Learn more about the CSEB / Bamboo Prototype and view the Report!

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Featured Humanitarian Open Tool: Outernet

outernetOuternet – Free access to content from the web!
Outernet is a filecast service provider, providing global file distribution over the L-band satellite stream. It provides information without censorship for educational and emergency purposes and information about “news, civic information, commodity prices, weather, construction plans for open source farm machinery” and other types of information. In addition, it will be providing access to “courseware,” which includes textbooks, videos, and software and Outernet will be available also when access to regular Internet connection is down for any reason.

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Featured Humanitarian Open Tool: KALite

KALite

KA Lite by Learning Equality.org is a light-weight web server for viewing and interacting with core Khan Academy content (videos and exercises) without needing an Internet connection.

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Humanitarian Innovation Corner: April 2016

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The last few weeks were marked by the entry into force of the first strategic partnership with the Global Innovation Exchange, the presentation of a research on drones and mine action in a conference in occasion of the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, and the Keynote Talk introducing HTH and IIHA in a series organized by the World Food Programme (WFP) HQ in Rome. Both events, although very different in nature, announce exciting opportunities for development and represent just a first step in what will be a long, shared process. Also, HTH and its technical partner, I2M Factory – Digital Agency are proud to announce the opening of the Labs to the public for the first time since the launch of HTH. To test the platform, we will be accepting a limited amount of registered users willing to support us facilitating innovators worldwide in creating new humanitarian technology. With IIHA being the key partner in the initiative, IIHA Alumni and Faculty will be granted a red-tape access to the public beta testing. Don’t be shy, we’re opening on the 26th of April!

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Featured Humanitarian Open Tool: Hydraulic Ram Pump

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Hydraulic Ram Pump – A water pump working with just gravity, designed by Clemson University

Learn more on the HTH website!

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Featured Humanitarian Open Tool: 3D Printed Stethoscope

Gliax-stethoscope3D Printed Stethoscope 

A fully functional and research-validated stethoscope composed of a few 3D printed parts and some easy to source materials like a few centimeters of tubing, a cut out from a report cover for the membrane and a rubber band to fix it on the 3D printed head. The ear plus are cast of plumber’s sanitary silicone in a 3D printer mould. The pieces are printed on an open-source 3D printer. The complete stethoscope it is a welcome tool for doctors in a part of the world where even procuring stethoscopes is almost impossible. The final goal is for the bell and the rest of the stethoscope to cost between $4 to $5 to produce and distribute.
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Humanitarian Innovation Corner: What is Open-Source?

The term open-source refers to a decentralized model of production whose process and final result is freely available for the public to view, edit, and redistribute.

The open-source model is often presented in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in traditional industries and companies, where the creative process is usually confined to labs or R&D departments and the final product protected under copyright or any similar patent.

As recalled by Wikipedia, which constitute one of the best known examples of open source system, a main principle of open-source software development is peer production, with products such as source code, “blueprints”, and documentation available to the public at no cost. The open-source movement in software is arguably the most known, and began as a response to the limitations of proprietary code, and has since spread across different fields.
However, the same model is also used for the development of open-source appropriate technologies, and even open-source drug discovery.
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