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Crowdsourced Citizen Science

A local parish uses a smartphone app to let their members collect air pollution data in their community. The app recommends whether it is safe for them to be outdoors and allows them to contribute this data to the parish pollution network for aggregate analysis and mapping of pollution in the parish. Once they find the most polluted spots, they can initiate clean-up and lobbying efforts to benefit their community.

by: Mathias Crawford and Jason Tester, IFTF | Jun 12, 2010

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100 Mile Food Game

Want to play a game that makes eating local food easier? Are you a hunter, gatherer, or farmer? Playing the 100 Mile Food Game is simple and fun! You use your mobile device to win local food prizes, team up with allies to hunt for sweets and goods, trade tips, geo-tag nutrient sources, nurture gardens, earn badges, and more! Have you heard of the "100 Mile Diet"? The goal is fun: eat food from within 100 mile radius! Now that's impact! The developers of Plantacious.com bring you the 100 Mile Food Game! Are you ready to play???

by: Daniel Durrant | Sep 1, 2010

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Revolutionize Drug Development, Really, Not on Paper

Thousands of new compounds (or old compounds for new indications) are not being tested because of boxed thinking within the current system, and prohibitive cost of clinical stages of development. The proposal is to utilize a completely transparent crowdsourcing model and convergence of modern computer sciences / healthcare IT with drug development know-how. As a result, higher quality data will be generated faster and cheaper, bringing many of new chemical entities and "repurposed" generics to patients. The adoption of this method will make the legacy drug development paradigm obsolete, and result in dramatic savings to the healthcare systems globally.

by: Tomasz Sablinski | Aug 25, 2010

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Level Up!

If you work on the 20th floor of a building then taking the stairs, not the elevator, isn’t a practical proposition. But what if you were to walk the last 3 floors, or 2, or even 1, then that would be better than nothing. Combine this with a pass card that rewards those that do take the stairs and you get Level Up! It’s like a loyalty card for the day-to-day exercise you’re probably missing out on.

by: Jon Brown | Aug 10, 2010

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Folk and official medicine

In the past, folk medicine and state regulated medicine were equal in using healing drugs and substances. The state or official medicine is usually more rigid in choosing healing ways but both have errors. Folk medicine may be more creative and successful especially in cases of erroneous dogmas of official medicine. Now folk medicine is prevented from using an immense class of chemical compounds and drugs. Effective healing involves creativity in the use of these medicines, and the capacities of talented folk healers may be used in full by correcting today's situation.

by: Arcady Soclakov | Jul 26, 2010

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Nutrient Thermometer

Whether we're at a restaurant or cooking at home, we can only infer the nutritional value of the food we eat. Is what we're eating healthy? Will it make us sick? We can only answer in terms of nutrition labels, if available, and they may not accurately reflect the properties of our food after cooking. I propose the design of a thermometer-like device able to assess the nutritional value of food and detect bacterial and chemical contamination to help ensure that the food on one's plate is as healthy and safe as farmers and cooks believe it to be.

by: Jules Wellinghoff | Aug 7, 2010

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Wellcome

Ever been laid up in a bed with a major illness or injury? Visiting hours only cover a small portion of the day in hospital and even at home friends and family are often at work. Medication, procedures and lack of routine can leave patients awake and lonely at all hours. We have the technology to solve this right now. Think iPads and an application like Twitter and you get Wellcome, a place where patients and voluntary supporters from around the world (different time zones mean there's always a volunteer who's awake) congregate to chat and connect.

by: Jon Brown | Jul 26, 2010

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Children's Social Skills Toolkits

As a School Psychologist, I am in close contact with students, teachers and parents. I witness daily the need to prepare children to become optimistic citizens, open to exchange, cooperation and solidarity. Thanks to local partnership, I gathered relevant documents (115) to support teacher's action in their own classrooms. With my support, they can loan one of the three suitcases (following their school level) and later pool their experiences on a dedicated blog, open to any other reader. Aiming to develop children's social skills, these toolkits may improve the climate, their sense of responsability and motivation in classrooms and schools.

by: Daniele Ruaud | Aug 29, 2010

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Gezellig

Gezellig is a Dutch word that means 'comfortable.' My idea is a suite of objects for elderly users who are transitioning into care homes for Alzheimer's and dementia. The objects are all recognizable to elderly users: a radio, serving tray, and a quilt. The radio and serving tray interact with the user by playing familiar music when a meal is served. The quilt is designed to recognize when it has been tucked in, and turns on an embedded heating blanket at night. These objects all work using RFID and Arduino microprocessors.

by: Stephanie Vacher | Aug 19, 2010

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Home Robot Pharmacy

Put your a fingernail, couple of strands of hair and a swipe of saliva and just like the expresso machine out pops a bottle of pills with all the vitamins and minerals you are short of...copy of the data to your physician. (it also has optional connection to your scales and blood pressure monitor)

by: Alan Houghton | Jun 22, 2010

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