Items Tagged “indiegogo”

Angaza Design: Clean, solar light for Africa

An idea presented on Indiegogo earlier this year:

We are on a mission to replace dirty kerosene with sustainable, clean and affordable light.

The Problem:

Imagine life without light! Families in the developing world spend over 30% of their precious income on dirty, unsafe kerosene fuel just to have light after the sun goes down. .... Children who study by kerosene light inhale the equivalent of smoking 2 packs of cigarettes each night. This is the reality of life for over 1.6 billion people across the globe.

The Solution:

Angaza Design was started in early 2009 with a focus on eradicating energy poverty in rural communities around the world. After months of living in rural villages in Tanzania and seeing the debilitating effects of dependence on kerosene light, we set off with a goal of creating high-quality, high-performance solar lights and battery chargers for off-grid families and small businesses, to fulfill their pressing need for clean and reliable energy.

Selected Perks:

  • $55 Give a light! Deliver 1 Angaza SoLite to a rural hospital, school, or community center in East Africa.
  • $120 Give a light, Get a light! Deliver 1 Angaza SoLite to a rural hospital, school, or community center in East Africa and get one to you too!

Visit their website to learn more.

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TeloMe - a telomere test

A scientific project at Indiegogo earlier this year:

TeloMe has developed the first affordable, direct-to-you telomere test. Take control of your long-term health with our convenient, saliva-based test.

Selected perks:

  • $99 Saliva-based telomere test
  • $139 listed as "Give One, Get One" but actually just give half:

Pledge to support the Personal Genome Project (PGP) by covering half of the cost of one standard TeloMe test for the PGP's data set and get one for yourself at a discounted rate!

A little science:

Telomeres are the protective pieces of DNA on the ends of our chromosomes. They've been compared to the caps on the ends of shoelaces. They've also been compared to clocks inside our cells because they tick down, or shorten over time and exposure to various stresses. As they wind down, so do our cells. Short telomeres are associated with higher risk of a wide range of failing health, and older people aren't the only ones at risk.

Lots more on their website.

Tags:   2013 indiegogo

Luci: The Beautiful Solar Powered Light

From earlier this year at Indiegogo:

A solar powered light designed by MPOWERD that’s beautiful enough for your own home but within reach of the whole world

The two most popular perks:

$50 Give a Luci, Get a Luci - Give one light to a family in the developing world and get a Luci of your own. We'll also send you a thank you Tweet.

$100 Give Two Lucis, Get One - Give two lights to families in the developing world and we'll send you a Luci for yourself along with a thank you Tweet.

The current retail price on their website is $14.95 (for 'give' or 'get'), with a $5 discount for subsequent 'give' purchases. The retail product is also available at Amazon.

One thing that's not clear from their Indiegogo project or the company's website: the light is inflatable. From a review:

You use this Luci solar lantern by blowing it up like you would a beach ball or raft. When it’s fully inflated after a few puffs, it has metallic reflection plates on the top and the bottom. These diffuse the light and make it spread across the room or tent. It’s surprisingly bright on the high mode—good enough to read by while cozy in your sleeping back or cheap guesthouse room with one dim bulb.

Tags:   2013 indiegogo solar-light

Waveborn - Shades That Give Sight

Here's a current project, with only 2 days left:

Waveborn makes sunglasses that combine affordable fashion with a mission to have a major social impact.

Waveborn sunglasses are designed and handcrafted in Italy, and we sell them at a price point well below typical designer brands. For each pair of sunglasses sold, Waveborn helps a person in need in one of two ways: a) we provide a new pair of prescription eyeglasses through our nonprofit partner Unite for Sight, or b) we fund a portion of a vision-restoring cataract surgery for a person in need though our new nonprofit partner Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International.

Perks chosen so far range from 33 people for $5 each (to donate a pair of eyeglasses), to 3 people for $500 each: get 11 pairs, given eleven pairs (or fund 2 sight-restoring surgeries) -- plus several levels in between. Impressive!

Tags:   2013 eyewear indiegogo

Canadian Escapades: a great story, dual-language, aligned by sentence was created by Germancosm, publisher of Canadian Escapades.

It's a story worth reading: a daring adventure ... with a twist. It's a book worth sharing: help us send to schools & libraries.

Don't worry if you can't read a word of German; just ignore that column and enjoy the story in English.

Please take a minute to review the project at Indiegogo, or related material on YouTube, Flickr, or the blog. Thanks!

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