Synergy is “the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.” Long have sports teams, businesses and friends known the benefits of synergy, but why not internet providers?
Today Presto Wireless is bringing the concept of synergy to wireless internet connections. It seems that everyone who has used wireless internet is familiar with the frustrations of a weak connection. Presto Wireless is a software that allows users to pull connection from multiple wireless and data signals to piece together the fastest internet connection possible. This exciting new development is especially useful in the developing world where internet connections are available but wildly inconsistent and spotty. We are excited about the future of Presto Wireless, which is not only making life more convenient for internet users across the world, but allowing for more efficient business to be done, saving money and progressing the world economy.
One in six people worldwide does not have access to safe drinking water. Forty percent of deaths in Pakistan are caused by a water-borne disease. While serious, these problems are preventable.
NANO-TECH has created a water purifier that, while using the most advanced water purification technology, requires no electricity, requires only minimal water pressure, and has minimal maintenance costs. The system filters out 99.99% of contaminants and requires two basic chambers, a sand-based filter for large particles and a membrane based chamber for heavy metals, viruses and bacteria.
NANO-TECH is aiming to save lives across the worldwide. It is starting with middle class individuals who may still have problems accessing clean water. They will also market their filters to governments, NGOs and nonprofits so that these entities can provide clean water to some of the world’s poorest. With a bold slogan like “save water, saves lives,” we are excited to see the impact Nano Tech will have on the world of clean water.
GuideMe is a new technology soon to be available to the blind to help with navigation in uncharted territory. Although blind people are generally adept at navigating places they are familiar with, even these places can change with construction, or even with the amount of people on the sidewalk.
People with full sight often get disoriented in new places and these places are all that much more challenging for someone who cannot see them. The technology, however, exists to help change that, and GuideMe is excited to get it into people’s hands as soon as possible. Actually the more appropriate term would be to get it onto people’s feet as soon as possible.
GuideMe is an obstacles detection device designed for visually impaired which is integrated within the shoes and talks to the user through a smart phone app to provide navigation. It uses 3D Sensors on all sides of the shoe and relays those to the smartphone, which turns those signals into communication, telling the user where the obstacles are and which direction is best to move in.
As the idea stage winner in our 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, and with 285 million people who are visually impaired worldwide, look for for GuideMe to break into the market very soon.
Startup Winner, Tonee Ndungu of Kytabu, speaks with Secretary of State John Kerry among others at GIST’s Tech-I Compeition Finals
After an amazing week in Kuala Lumpur we are excited to announce the full list of winners from the 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition!
- Eneza Education
- Votek Technology
- Presto Wireless
Best Female Competitor:
Immensely helpful and responsive voice-recognition engines have existed for several years now, but that doesn’t matter for Arabic speakers who have no workable application to speak of in their language. This is all changing with the introduction of Votek Technology’s “Juhaina.”
Although Arabic is among the 10 most widely spoken languages all around the world, there have been few attempts to build a robust and advanced Arabic speech recognition engine due to language difficulty and variety of accents. After nearly three years of research in the field of Arabic language, processing, and speech recognition, Votek have succeeded in building the world’s most advanced Arabic speech recognition software.
It is innovative in that it works offline and can serve as a useful search engine as well as a helpful customer service agent for the users own device. With this system now in place, we look forward to seeing how app-developers will take advantage of the technology.
Many low-income workers suffer, not from a lack of work ethic, and sometimes not even from a low pay rate, but a lack of actual jobs to fill their day. The survival of families is often dependent on their abilities to find small ways to make money. As of May 2012 mobile devices are accessible by 68% of people worldwide. These devices are quickly becoming even more accessible to the low-income population.
This is where Odd Jobber comes in. A Pakistan based company, Odd Jobber connects taxi and rickshaw drivers, domestic workers, cooks, delivery men, and construction workers to a mobile platform that allows them to see availability of jobs and respond, even via text-message alone. Odd Jobber moves finding these kinds of short term jobs from frustrating and disorganized to easy and simplified.
Never has such a sophisticated and simple product been created for low-income individuals. This speaks to the proliferation of mobile technology as well as Odd Jobber’s commitment to social change. We look forward to the ways that Odd Jobber will improve job accessibility to lower income individuals.
Pakistan has an abundance of skilled craftsmen, however, the local industry has been in decline recently. HOMETOWN is working to offer a solution by providing fine handmade Pakistani leather goods to consumers worldwide through the internet.
The idea started when back in 2010, when Waqas Ali, Founder and CEO, met with a group of craftsmen in his hometown. They told him the problems they were facing because of limited resources, and having no way to reach customers directly.
HOMETOWN has already been successful in selling locally handmade products to customers in over 20 countries worldwide. HOMETOWN’s artisan to customer model is transferable to countries and local products worldwide. We look forward to HOMETOWN leading the charge in a new wave, connecting artists and craftsmen to potential customers worldwide.