Resilience to Environmental Damage, Natural Disaster & Conflict

Context

Populations in the world's poorest countries are also the most vulnerable to externalities beyond their immediate control: natural disasters, severe degradation of the environment, and wars.  They often are unable to adequately prepare for such events; nor do they have the means to quickly recover from them.

Our program will focus on technology solutions to help vulnerable communities mitigate the damage caused by such destabilizing events, and recover in their wake. 

Current portfolio

  • Conflict: A device to detect and geocode landmines, using magnetic induction
  • Conflict: Low-cost, sturdy and modular housing materials for refugee camps
  • Environmental damage: A microbe-based mechanism to naturally clean up oil waste (used effectively in the 2010 US Gulf oil spill)