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The BIG Challenge – April 2017
Delivering Basic Needs to the Developing World
The developing world is faced with different problems than the developed world. Basic needs that we take for granted such as:
- Electrical power;
- Clean drinking water;
- High quality nutrition;
- Access to high quality health care;
are unreliable in many parts of the developing world.
The reasons for this difference are too numerous to inventory here. However, it is clear that the cost of delivery is a major impediment, i.e., methods the developed world uses to deliver these basic needs are simply not affordable in the developing world. For example, in the developed world, electrical power is typically generated in a central location and distributed to users through a large, extensive and expensive network. This ‘point of generation’ method (which is duplicated for many of our basic needs) requires investments in distribution infrastructure that are much larger than the costs of the raw material like coal or gas that are used to generate the electricity in the first place.
Your B.I.G. challenge is to choose one of the basic needs listed above – or define your own - , investigate how it is delivered today in the developed world and in the developing world and, recognizing the financial constraints of developing countries, devise a new way of delivering this basic need – in other words, how can we deliver this need at an affordable cost? Your solution can be focused on delivery at the household level, small village/community, or larger city/district.
This month's BIG Challenge is sponsored by UND’s Research and Economic Development Division.
Mar. 31st April challenge issued.
Apr. 7th Deadline to register teams (limit of 8) in 323 Harrington Hall. Teams will be assigned space in the Big Ideas Gym.
Apr. 21st Deadline to submit a short (3 min.) video presentation of their ideas. These will be used to select the finalists.
Apr. 28th 3:30 PM In the Hamilton Atrium of the Collaborative Energy Complex, each of the finalists will deliver a 3 minute pitch presentation to judges and fellow students, who will score the team and select the winning idea.
MGT BIG Challenge Presentation 2017
April BIG Ideas Challenge-EWB team