Wednesday April 08, 2009
Intel Chairman Announces Winners of INSPIREEMPOWER Challenge
Four Winners Awarded $100,000 to Fund Technology Projects Solving Real-World Problems
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM
LadyDragon During his keynote today
at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, Intel Corporation
Chairman Craig Barrett announced the four winners of the INSPIREEMPOWER
Challenge. Launched at the IDF in San Francisco last summer, the
challenge called on the developer community to submit the most
innovative ideas for applying technology to address some of the worlds
most pressing problems related to education, health care, economic
development and the environment.
More than 200 proposals were submitted from companies, non-profit
organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGO), universities and
individuals from 44 countries around the world.
"The caliber of submissions demonstrates the incredible collaborative
power of the developer community to use technology to help solve
real-world problems," said Barrett. "Today we honor the winners of this
challenge and celebrate the hundreds of other innovative ideas aimed to
help promote social and economic growth worldwide."
The winners of the four $100,000 prizes were evaluated primarily for
impact sustainability and innovativeness. The prize money will be used
solely toward the implementation of the solution.
* CellScope: Telemicroscopy for Disease Diagnosis: Daniel
Fletcher, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, leads a
research team responsible for the CellScope, a blend of "cell phone" and
"microscope." This new approach turns camera-enabled cell phones,
smartphones, handhelds and netbooks, such as an Intel-powered classmate
PC, into high-resolution, handheld microscopes with the capability to
capture and transmit images. CellScope provides a portable and
inexpensive way to diagnose and monitor infectious diseases, such as
tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world.
* Great Lakes Cassava Initiative (GLCI): Michael Potts, Catholic
Relief Services director for GLCI, is overseeing a pilot project using
laptops to help cassava farmers increase food availability and incomes.
Millions of families in East and Central Africa rely on cassava as a
primary food source, but two virulent diseases are wiping out fields
across the region. GLCI aims to educate 1.15 million farmers in six
countries about these diseases and provide them with disease-resistant
cassava plants. The laptops will facilitate information exchange among
farmers, field agents and project managers; support remote distribution
of training modules; and improve disease monitoring through automatic
* Mobile Solar Computer Classroom (MSCC): Eric Morrow, executive
director of the Maendeleo Foundation in Uganda, operates a
computer-lab-on-wheels that takes teachers to multiple schools each week
to provide PC skills, training to up to 100 children per day. Topped
with solar panels to re-charge the computers, the MSCC is a modified SUV
with a foldable tent, tables, chairs and 15 Intel-powered classmate PCs.
The foundation hopes to open the doors to better paying jobs and to spur
an African-owned and -operated computer services industry to boost local
economies, decrease unemployment and help alleviate poverty.
* Rural Livelihood Enhancement: Bibek Chapagain, Clean Energy
Group director at Winrock International, has proposed a Rural Livelihood
Enhancement project to deliver information and communication technology
(ICT) services to rural communities in Nepal. To address the lack of
grid electricity, the project will utilize renewable power from
micro-hydro stations and solar photovoltaic panels. The goal of the
project is to bring about economic development and improve access to
energy, education, employment and information in remote areas. The ICT
service centers will serve as computer labs for students and will be
open to the public during off-school hours to provide services to the
For more information on the challenge, visit www.intelchallenge.com