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Educhips

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

N.A

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

India

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Photo of Jessica Gross
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thanks for sharing this creative tech solution! https://digitalpaathshala.com/ You do a great job outlining the high level problem you are solving. Would love to see little more specificity around the problems facing the individuals you will be helping first.

Photo of Madiha Ahmed
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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 -https://www.khanacademy.org/ 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.

Photo of AADHITHYA SUJITH
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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
Aadhithya

Photo of Ashley Tillman
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Hi AADHITHYA, thanks for sharing this creative tech solution! You do a great job outlining the high level problem you are solving. Would love to see little more specificity around the problems facing the individuals you will be helping first. Can you also get a little more granular in the 'Who Benefits" section about the exact people you want to solve for first? Who are they? Where do they live?

Looking forward to learning more!

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Team

Ashley Tillman Thanks  I will add more details in who benefits sections to give a better understanding.

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I like that this idea is potentially scalable, i.e. once you finalise exactly what the hardware and software looks like, you could potentially prototype pretty quickly. One thing that I haven't seen really addressed in any of the ideas I've read though, is what kind of knowledge / education we should be providing to refugees? I agree that there may be local info / news that they need, but beyond that, I wonder if traditional education topics (maths, chemistry, etc.) are the most relevant to their situation - perhaps, for instance, a course in Design Thinking might help them to develop solutions to their own current problems; or, maybe something directly practical, like carpentry. I'm not arguing that refugees don't deserve access to all kinds of learning (they do), just making the point that if only one or two educational resources "make it" to the learner, you want to be sure that its the most useful info they could have.

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Hi Hoagy,

Thanks for your support & believing in my idea. I think this is easy to manufacture & prototype. The challenging aspect will be the minimum cost at which it can be made available without compromising the quality and capacity of the storage device. Regarding the content, I will do more home work and add in more details after research.

Thanks & regards
Aadhithya

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Hoagy ,I agree with you. Traditional Knowledge may not be helpful for them. Design Thinking is a great idea but then again when you explain this concept to kids,would they really understand ? Would their minds,disturbed and fearful be willing to think of the fearless possibilities ? I wonder. The content is a good point to research for now. I am going to do that. Thanks !

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Hoagy ,I agree with you. Traditional Knowledge may not be helpful for them. Design Thinking is a great idea but then again when you explain this concept to kids,would they really understand ? Would their minds,disturbed and fearful be willing to think of the fearless possibilities ? I wonder. The content is a good point to research for now. I am going to do that. Thanks !

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While the idea is certainly novel, the issue is that the Target Audience is school children. MIT and Harvard do not have course material for school children. So can we look at content which is more appropriate? AADHITHYA SUJITH perhaps if you were to reach out to Byju's Tutorials in Bangalore, they would be happy to collaborate? Aban Llyod in Chennai also have developed similar content, based almost entirely on graphics and mapped currently to all state syllabi in India and also to CBSE and ICSE. But there again the mapping is not entirely relevant. There are universal truths in every discipline of study. Pythagoras theorem is universal - for instance. I will be happy to collaborate with you in your project.

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Hi Achuthan,
Thanks for your feedback and insightful thoughts. I agree MIT & Harvard has amazing content for learning mainly targeted towards under graduate students. I have mentioned these as an example only. Since the inception of MOOCS there is a lot of educational resources and content for kids and school children too. I will try to research more on this and add it to the proposal.

Thanks & regards
Aadhithya

Photo of Ashley Tillman
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Hi Addhithya, another resource for inspiration might be the Stanford K12 Lab: https://dschool.stanford.edu/programs/k12-lab-network.

Very creative solution excited to see how your project evolves!

Photo of AADHITHYA SUJITH
Team

Hi Ashley,
Thanks for your support and informative link.
Thanks & regards
Aadhithya

Photo of Karen Sorensen
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I like this too. Can it be made with a 3D printer?

Photo of AADHITHYA SUJITH
Team

Hi Karen,

Thanks for your suppprt. The proposed technology is best for mass production because of which I don't recommend 3D printing for it. Also it will be embedded in cardboard.
Thanks & regards
Aadhithya