22Lightbulbs: Taking the Portable Light Industry by Storm

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with LuminAID founder Andrea Sreshta. A duo of aspiring young women sit at the cornerstone of LuminAID. Our guest, Andrea Sreshta, and her co-founder Anna Stork, have embarked on a mission that incorporates humanitarianism and sustainability within the portable solar-light industry. LuminAID was conceived in the wake of the Haitian earthquake[…]

EcoZoom

22Lightbulbs: Eco friendly cooking with biomass

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with EcoZoom founder Ben West.  In 2011, Ben launched EcoZoom, a company that designs, manufactures and sells biomass cookstoves and solar products, primarily in developing countries. In 2015, Inc. 1000 named EcoZoom one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Ben opened offices in Mexico in 2011[…]

Dayone Response

22Lightbulbs: DayOne Waterbag – Water Treatment Plant in a Bag

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, Tricia Compas-Markman, founder and chief executive officer of DayOne Response, Inc talks about using engineering skills to produce life-saving solutions like reliable, clean drinking water during disasters. Think “water treatment plan in a backpack!”  The DayOne Waterbag has proven to be a compact, low-profile and easy-to-use water treatment solution for a[…]

Robots to the Rescue

The thought of a piece of robotic-looking scrap metal the size of a dinner plate approaching you over the horizon is not the most comforting – unless you are in need of its assistance in an emergency or humanitarian disaster. In the past few years, drones have been quickly entering the emergency response and aid[…]

WakaWaka Solar Energy

22Lightbulbs: WakaWaka Shining Bright for Africa

In this episode, we chat with Camille van Gestel, the co-founder of WakaWaka.  (And we also talk Shakira). Camille brings 20 years of experience in product development and manufacturing to the company’s vision to create safe, sustainable solar power and lighting. He’s passionate about solving energy poverty.  In 2013, Camille delivered a TEDx speech on his mission[…]

Madidrop on 22Lightbulbs

22Lightbulbs: Cleaning Water With Madidrop

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk to David Dusseau, the CEO and CoFounder of Madidrop, a product that is revolutionizing the water and sanitation industry. With this small tablet that fits in the palm of your hand, 2,000 liters of water can be treated over the course of 6 months providing families and communities[…]

FC2 Female Condoms

22 LIGHTBULBS: Female Condoms and Women’s Empowerment

  In this episode of 22LightBulbs, we talk birth control and women’s empowerment with Denise R. van Dijk, president of the Global Public Health Sector Division of The Female Health Company. (Don’t be shy – this is really important stuff!) She is responsible for developing female condom markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America[…]

Lifeflo Oxygen

22Lightbulbs: Simple and Affordable Oxygen

  Lifeflo CEO Dan Normand discusses what simple and affordable oxygen means and how Lifeflo can save lives, especially infants. We discuss the importance of having oxygen in any emergency situation and Lifeflo’s goals to make this happen.   Dan has 30 years of medical device experience with companies like GE Healthcare, Covidian, ThermoRespiratory Group,[…]

22LightBulbs Podcast Stower Energy

22Lightbulbs: Wireless Electricity

Andrew Byrnes discusses wireless electricity and the nexus between the humanitarian aid market and the outdoor industry. One is about survival and one is about privilege, but some of the design principles are the same.  Stower designs and runs wireless electricity systems for individuals and homes, delivering reliable, economic, sustainable solutions to specific power needs[…]

22LightBulbs Podcast

22Lightbulbs: Ready to Use Nutritional Foods

In this episode, we speak to two powerhouses in the ready-to-use food industry from Edesia, Navyn Salem, and Maria Kasparian. Edesia is a unique organization that manufactures specialized ready-to-use foods (RUFs) that treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations. Since its inception in 2010, Edesia has produced and shipped enough food to help transform the[…]

Search and Rescue Drones

22Lightbulbs: Search and Rescue Drones

  Ivan Stamatovski, founder of Easy Aerial ,talks about search and rescue drones as “zero responders.” Ivan is a digital strategist, entrepreneur and tech aficionado, designer of flying robots. His company, Easy Aerial, provides industry specific, custom aerial solutions.  Search and Rescue Drones With eyes in the sky, drones are changing the nature of search and rescue missions as they[…]

Plumpy'Nut

Ready-to-Use-Food: Combating the Effects of Malnutrition

  Coverage of the famine in South Sudan and ongoing food shortages in Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen is reaching world news platforms, and critical large-scale humanitarian resources have been engaged (thanks to the World Food Program). But there can never be “too much” awareness, and to that end, it’s time to raise public consciousness about potential[…]

solar lending libraries

22Lightbulbs: Solar Lending Libraries in Africa

Megan Birney is the President of Unite to Light, which aims to bring light to those in poverty. Megan is an expert in renewable energy policy and finance. Throughout her career she has focused on increasing access to renewable energy.  In this episode, we’ll talk about how solar lending libraries dramatically improves education in Africa[…]

Flooring for Refugees

22Lightbulbs: Modular Flooring for Refugees

Scott Austin Key CEO and Co-Founder of Good Works Studio, a social company founded by two students at Rice University that’s created modular flooring for refugees. Good Works Studio believes in the power of design to innovate and are using it in creative ways. Scott has spent a significant amount of time in refugee camps[…]

Basic Water Needs

Creative Female Innovators in Humanitarian Aid

On International Women’s Day, we’ve been reminiscing about the profound positive impact of creative female leaders all over the globe. Women at every stage of life and business continue to shape the world with their groundbreaking ideas, sense of humanity, and dogged determination to make the world a better place. In honor of all the great female[…]

Infusion Rate Monitor for Rural Clinics

22Lightbulbs: IV Infusion Rate Monitor for Rural Clinics

Beth Kolko is the co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based company Shift Labs. The company creates simple and affordable medical devices, such as the Dripassist Infusion Rate Monitor, for rapidly growing healthcare systems, such as rural medical clinics, that are in rugged environments and lack infrastructure. Beth is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator, who blends disciplinary[…]

intelligent sanitary pads

22Lightbulbs: Intelligent Sanitary Pads

Trine Angeline Sig is the co-founder and managing director of Real Relief in Denmark, a global organization whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of millions of vulnerable people across the globe.  Trine has 16 years of experience in aid & relief, working with UN organizations as well as NGOs. In this[…]