Hi everyone! I'm Eti, a senior researcher with XPRIZE, and the lead researcher on the Infinity Water XPRIZE. My background is in global policy, politics, and international development, specializing in peace & security and climate risk. Just before XPRIZE, I worked at the UN on Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and here, on the Wildfire XPRIZE. I have an MPP from the University of Cambridge and over the past decade worked with / advised governments, IGOs, startups, and nonprofits across the MENA region and global hubs to include London, Brussels, and New York.
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Re: Your Design Concepts to Help Low-Income Communities
I would look into the following projects for inspiration:
Another question is then affordability, I think James Ehrlich touches on it via regen, and ICON with 3D printed communities also levels on this.
But beyond that, a (Housing) community that generates its own electricity and harvests its own water and sells to the grid, can potentially grow its own food and pay for its own lifecycle (from conception to decommissioning). This home could even claim carbon credits through CO2 reduction by planting mycelium.
The house must also be able to purify wastewater and return it for use in washing, gardening and plumbing.
I think blockchain and smart contracts will also enable better mobility as community members come and leave the neighbourhood.
But this housing must then seek to understand its inhabitants, through understanding them, can it build a better household, which will, in turn, build a better community.
To make this housing affordable the contribution will have to be both financial and data. Yes, that is right, you will pay the house buy selling it your data too.
Re: Why Isn’t the Housing Industry More Innovative?
I've thought about this question repeatedly over the past few years. I have a few theories from my observations in both Michigan and Washington DC, as well as attending numerous housing/real estate development/urban planning conferences across the US. I am focusing these comments on the for-profit housing industry, because the non-profit industry is to some degree a different story.
Why isn't the housing industry more innovative?
1. Lack of profit incentive, aka a surplus of success - since the Great Recession, the housing developers who survived have been doing very well churning out their standard products. There is high demand and undersupply in most markets. So why would they rock the boat by innovating?
2. Fear of risk - most developers are still shaken by the Great Recession and most lenders have changed their comfort with risk, so there is very little tolerance for anything risky. To the extent that innovation = risk, it is discouraged.
3. The impact of government regulation - housing development, more than most businesses, is heavily constrained and directed by multiple levels of regulation, most powerfully local zoning. As someone who worked in local zoning, I can say it is an extremely innovation-averse system. So anything innovative will run up against a regulatory system that discourages it.
And for the affordable housing industry specifically, I'd add a #4:
Heavy reliance on state and federal funding programs, like LIHTC, to make the project pro forma work. Those programs in most cases are even MORE averse to innovation than local zoning.
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Hi I am ElsaMarie DSilva, Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) based in India. I am also on the Board of XPrize India.
Safecity is a platform that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. This data which maybe anonymous, gets aggregated as hot spots on a map indicating trends at a local level. The idea is to make this data useful for individuals, local communities and local administration to identify factors that causes behaviour that leads to violence and work on strategies for solutions.
Our aim is to make cities safer by encouraging equal access to public spaces for everyone especially women, through the use of crowdsourced data, community engagement and institutional accountability.
Since our launch on 26 Dec 2012 we have collected over 12,000 stories from over 50 cities in India and directly reached over 500,000 people.
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I'm Greg Brodsky, Founder at Start.coop, we are an accelerator for shared ownership companies. I'm interested in how can we create smarter alternatives to winner take all economics. We support entrepreneurs building business models that share prosperity among the many, not just the few. Excited to help think about how we can foster a more inclusive economy!
Hi all! My name is Elianne and I managed the field test of Global Learning XPRIZE in Tanzania. So if you have any questions on the implementing part, please let me know! Soon I will be moving back to Europe, after 6 amazing years in Africa and I am looking forward to spread 'the word' there.
Greetings, fellow water enthusiasts! I direct a multi-institution research center called Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems (
), supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and have an active research program in new materials-based technologies for clean water (
). Our team at Argonne National Laboratory strongly believes in
rethinking the water use cycle
, closing the loop by recycling and reusing wastewater locally. This prize could be a powerful tool for incentivizing novel innovations toward this goal.
Re: About the Future of Work Prize Design
Much needed xprize to prepare the world for future of work.
Re: Air pollution and waste removal
CO2, NOx and SOx are all products of combustion. So is particulate matter. The BEST answer to all of these is to stop using combustion for energy release. Abundant clean energy, and zero industrial waste will solve clean air. Clean cookstoves are the best first step, and many are on that.
I work in agriculture, closing the loop for some of the most environmentally impacting operations. We take manure apart in a multi step process. Biological, chemical, mechanical and thermal, to move the process to zero waste. The newest component is hydrothermal oxidization, that uses heat and pressure to make water a solvent, and O2 to cause reactions/conversions. Biomass in, nitrogen solution, phosphorus with all of the nasties the process can't break down (metals) in a sand like ash, and acetic acid (vinegar) that has a bunch of applications comes out. We harvest sulfur from a different part of the process, and all of the components get recombined to make precision agriculture products. The next step is to add methane to protein production via microbial conversion. Calysta and UniBio are the main players were watching for this. Last step water polishing will be done with duckweed in closed containment. (phytoremediation).