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Uncategorized By Jessica Colaço / September 30, 2011

Milking the Rhino: Innovative Solutions Showcase


The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program at Penn State will be hosting a global competition called Milking the Rhino: Innovative Solutions Showcase and would like to invite students in all disciplines to participate.

Milking the Rhino: Innovative Solutions Showcase is created for students from all disciplines as a venue to foster critical thinking about sustainable community development, developmental entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in enabling new solutions to global inequities.

We want students to explore the ethical intricacies of globalization and loss of indigenous cultures, and the role technology plays in fostering and hurting sustainable self-determined development. MTR: ISS first originated at Penn State in 2009 and is inspired by the eponymous award-winning documentary by Kartemquin Films. “Milking the rhino” refers to leveraging natural resources in an organic manner to empower indigenous communities while preserving their unique culture.

Student teams with one to four members are invited to submit a 3-minute video pitch explaining the specific problem, innovative solution and the solution’s feasibility, sustainability and potential for expansion. The pitches can address any general or specific problem related to the indigenous peoples’ livelihoods, including wildlife and natural resource management, access to income, famine, gender inequity, human rights and ethics. The context should be either the Maasai or Himba people and their natural surroundings, or any other indigenous people with similar challenges in Africa.

There will be $4,500 in cash prizes awarded to videos selected by expert panels across various categories. The video pitches are due on October 31st, 2011 and the final showcase will be held on November 16th, 2011. This event is open to all students across the world who have an original, sustainable and scalable solution to a social, environmental or economic issue specific to the African continent.

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Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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