Welcoming the January 2013 Accelerator Teams!

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 in Accelerator, Get to Know
Welcoming the January 2013 Accelerator Teams!

6 months of mentorship.

There is a disconnect between technologists with the skills to effect humanitarian change and the organizations with the resources, networks, and know-how to put those changes into effect. This is where we come in. Geeks Without Bounds’ six month mentorship program provides agile, project-based teams with the guidance they need to create resources that can be used for humanitarian challenges.

How this works.
Teams submitted a five minute video about their intended project, a business plan, and any other relevant contextual information. Once submitted, our advisory board reviews each team and selects the ones we feel most closely align with the shared goals of humanitarian response and have the potential for the greatest impact. For more information, check out our lovely Prezi below (Follow at your own pace here):

The teams.

Three teams were selected for this round of the accelerator (see our recently graduated teams: BioMedLink, WaterMe, and FourTeachers).

AgroDomestics (a research branch of Agronautes) will develop free hardware and software tools for urban sustainability monitoring. By monitoring equipment performance through data collection, AgroDomestics hopes to share open source manuals, public interface device and consumption data APIs, and a platform of data visualization on the micro and macro historical level.

Note: Trigger warning for victims of assault.
The Bachchao team is developing a mobile distress app that aids crime victims in the event of an attack. The two main services the app provides should a crime occur are: 1) An SMS alarm to one or more trusted contacts and 2) records a video which can serve as a digital witness in a court of law. The message that contacts receive includes location information to help them guide police directly to the victim. The video is streamed directly to a server instead of stored on the mobile device in the event it is taken from the victim.

The Pineapple Project
The objective of The Pineapple Project is to provide useful and useable market information access for farmers in developing and developed countries. They plan to achieve this through extensive demographic research, a low-bandwidth, cell phone-based API system that provides information relevant to individual farmers’ planting decisions via SMS. The pilot effort focuses on use with prepaid, standard cellphones, but future expansion will take advantage of smart phones and web browsers.

We are pleased as punch to have these new teams on board, and can’t wait to see the amazing work they will do. We expect great things from them in our accelerator and beyond.