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Paper USB Storage MOOCS made accessible to refugees in the form of camouflaged cardboard packaging & drones.


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What problem does your innovation solve?

Millions of students especially girls across the globe have no access to education because students are unable to go to schools and colleges due to threat to their lives and lack of infrastructure and educational facilities due to crisis which is natural or man made.

Explain your innovation.

My idea proposes to make educational resources like MOOC courses available to refugees and war or crisis affected areas where there is no access to internet & communication via paper USB Storage devices and micro SD cards or in places where students are unable to go to schools and colleges due to threat to their lives and lack of infrastructure and educational facilities due to crisis.
Microchips are embedded in packaging of cardboards used for biscuits, cereals, toothpastes and consumables to create educhips which are like pendrives in which MOOCS can be stored also micro SD cards for smartphones, the course content will be highly compressed video tutorials from EDX and Coursera. These educhips can be embedded inside cardboard packaging of consumables sold or supplied in areas with refugees. Educhips will form a part of cereal boxes,tooth paste & biscuit cardboard packages. Educhips can be cut out from the packaging or folded to form the paper USB storage devices that contains the course content. Once the user receives the course content then the user is encouraged to copy the latest course content into their personal computers, devices and this can be copied and distributed to a larger audience like friends and relatives.
The MOOCS will also give the critical information, contacts, waypoints, maps, live danger zones and other information needed for refugees to survive during hostile times and will include all clues and links to escape to safety.

Who benefits?

1. Providing high quality educational content from top universities like MIT & Harvard to refugees in hostile places where there is no access to internet, post & communication by using Educhips.
2. Providing very important vital information, contacts, waypoints, maps, live danger zones and other information that could help refugees escape to safety & freedom.
3. Lack of education & knowledge is the most important reason that stops people from coming out of a crisis or solving a crisis, by providing quality education and knowledge we plan to overcome crisis.
4. Providing a ray of hope.
5. Available in two forms paper pendrives and micro SD cards.
6. Exponential replication of course content in crisis affected areas spreading information & awareness.
Percentage of poorest females aged 7-16 who have never been to school
1 Somalia 95%
2 Niger 78%
3 Liberia 77%
4 Mali 75%
5 Burkina Faso 71%
6 Guinea 68%
7 Pakistan 62%
8 Yemen 58%
9 Benin 55%
10 Côte d’Ivo 52%

How is your innovation unique?

My innovation is unique because they are a lot of technical innovations that provide study aids in countries that encourage education but the real problem is the countries that discourage education by governments & authorities some even banning education for girls, they go all extend even threatening their lives. This is because they have feeling that if people are enlightened with education they will never be able to keep them as bonded labors.
So my idea Educhips provides a simple technical innovation that helps to "smuggle" seeds of education that is Educhips in locations where education is banned for Girls or boys or discouraged by governments & authorities. Since Educhips are distributed concealed in packaging boxes and using drone dropships in schools this new and innovative and because of which addresses a serious concern of education and also Lack of education & knowledge is the most important reason that stops people from coming out of a crisis or solving a crisis.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Is there any like minded people out there who believe this could work & really help students under crisis to get quality education?

Tell us more about you.

I am a serial innovator and inventor who loves solving simple & complex problems by using cross pollination of technology across various industries.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Extreme drought

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

Crisis affected zones.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

Crisis affected zones.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

In-country Networks


Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for less than a year.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We don't intend to register / don't need to in order to implement our innovation successfully.

Organization Location


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AADHITHYA SUJITH great ideas ! I would like to know more about what you mean by having microchips in the Cereal boxes and the purpose behind it ?

You spoke about paper USB storages. I would like to learn more about that too. If you could pass on some useful links please ?

Regarding content,Khan Academy - has resources for younger students.
I would like to help you with the content part for kids because I teach at an orphanage and creating curriculum for them -that is interesting as well as informative and improves their basics. I have also taught in a school where most of the students were Muslim and from uneducated,1st generation learner families. Infact,in my own family very few girls are as interested in education and innovation like me and my siblings are.

Looking forward to your response.


Madiha Ahmed Thanks for your feedback & support. The idea is to "Smuggle" out educational content like books & MOOCS into countries where education is banned in the form of hidden micro chips & cardboard USB storage devices concealed in the packaging of consumer products like cereal boxes, biscuits, toothpastes etc.
The companies themselves can help to sponsor the same and contribute to this great cause. Most of the countries under crisis don't have access to internet to download educational content and in many countries these sites are banned too.
Educhips will also provide other vital information required to escape to safety like waypoints and escape routes for refugees and steps they can take to be safe with information heatmaps of worst affected areas and caution to avoid these areas.
I agree Khanacademy and many other apps like Byju's app have the content but all require internet access but using Educhips this content will be made available without internet in an offline capsule.
I think you are already doing a great job teaching students and I appreciate it.

Thanks & regards

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