Looking for a way to change the ICT world? Join Inveneo’s newest competition: to design an ultra-efficient small-scale data center! Inveneo, in partnership with ARM Limited, is launching a solar powered Micro-Data Center Design Challenge, starting today.

Inveneo is looking for engineers, researchers, and students to submit innovative designs. The top prize for the competition is $10,000 and the winning design will be built and deployed in the developing world.

Given the harsh environments present in much of the developing world, designers will need to create a functional micro-data center that can be powered with a solar photovoltaic system, withstand intense heat and humidity, and run completely without access to standard air conditioning.

Candidates will use ARM based solutions to create the “micro-board chassis” design that will use off-the-shelf ARM based processor micro boards (i.e. Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi/Pro, ODROID, etc.). Inveneo has partnered with LeMaker, which is offering a discounted 15 Banana Pro kit that can be used to build a prototype micro-board chassis.

“We envision a new type of blade server enclosure design. The design will use 15 of these new generation microcomputer boards and will be very low energy usage, DC powered, and passively cooled,” says Bruce Baikie, Executive Director of Inveneo. “Just as BackBlaze changed the low end storage market with their open source design, we are planning to revolutionize the low end blade server market with this challenge.”

The contest is open to applicants who are at least 18 years of age, in teams that range from three to seven members. The contest’s panel of judges includes industry experts from Inveneo, ARM, and LeMaker, among others. The top two winning designs will be announced on July 15, 2015. Please note that the winning designs will be considered open source for anyone to use in the future.

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Fundraising for Innovation for Women and Economic Development - Facilitating Women's Livelihood Development and Resilience with ICTs in Ghana.

Over recent years, increased attention has focused on the role and potential of the emerging value-added services (VAS) of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a pathway to bridge the gender and economic development divide. Yet in Ghana there is a lack of a more holistic framework to address the pressing challenges for women to gain access to these new technologies and business opportunities to improve their livelihood. I have been working with stakeholders in this region and need your personal support.

The aims of this project are to:(1) promote awareness of women’s needs in West Africa Sub- Region in embracing new devices and services for enhancement in educational opportunities, career options and livelihood development; (2) identify and disseminate pertinent experiences and know-how of ICT innovations that can be replicated to broaden women’s capacities of doing business and enhance their resilience to risky environment; and (3) assist stakeholders to formulate innovative public-private partnerships (PPPs) which will facilitate sustainable new business models and policy environment for women.

To achieve these goals, three phases are designed. Phase I (2015) establishes a Public-Private Partnership Network (PPPN) as a taskforce in support of the project implementation. A conference together with the first workshop and PPPN meeting is to be held to provide overviews, share experiences, identify local needs, and design solution packages to address the needs. An inventory of existing practices will also be constructed and the demand for women’s use of ICTs to gain access to resources will be identified. Phase II (2016) demonstrates how PPPN can work with the member economies in developing pilot projects aiming at applying these packages to facilitate women’ access to ICT enabled services while simultaneously providing employment opportunities to women. A workshop will be held for practical implementation and mid-term reviews. Phase III (2017) analyses and evaluates the applications of these packages, disseminates findings and prepares a strategic plan for long-term project continuity after funding ends. A workshop and high-level meeting will be organized accordingly to provide policy recommendations.

I hope you can look for a donor which would be willing to support the above project in Africa. You can also donate personnally by sending me email.

Thanks

Cindy Johnson ( Country Director) iMass Innovation P.O Box 12739 Accra North Ghana West Africa Email: imassinnovation@gmail.com Website: www.imassinnovation.webs.com