At Todaymade we have a mantra, do what you love, love what you do.
Although each Todymade team member has a different role, we all are brought together by a common passion of doing the one thing we love to do …solve problems through the use of technology. Our clients often come to us hoping we can help them build a web product, but our hope is to leave them with more than they ever could of ever imagined. We do this by using technology to streamline processes, increase efficiency, and to solve problems in ways our clients never thought was possible.
Technology is amazing. It can offer so many effective and creative solutions. Today I thought I would share four ways technology is being used to solve problems around the world.
Ever heard of Kiva.org? Well Kiva uses the power of web to help individuals all over the world receive loans so they can create their own opportunities and change their circumstances. Through Kiva anyone who wants to provide a loan to another individual can. All they have to do is visit Kiva.org.
The really awesome part about Kiva is that lenders can make a large impact with a donation as small as twenty five dollars and 100 percent of the funds will go directly to the individual in need. Throughout the life of loan those who provided the funds receive progress updates. As the loan is paid back by the borrower the money comes back to the lenders in an account as credit they are then able to use it to fund another loan or withdraw. How great is that? It’s not a donation, it’s a loan.
Unicef Tap Project
I think that we all would agree that we could benefit from unplugging and going without our phone for a while. Everyday we are constantly plugged in and sometimes you just need put away the technology. Through the UNICEF challenge you can do this and help others at the same time. UNICEF has a unique challenge called the UNICEF Tap Project. This project is using technology, or the absence of technology, to provide kids with clean water.
To take the challenge you simply sign up and put down your phone. For every minute you go without your phone sponsors will provide money to help provide water for kids. Going without your phone for ten minutes is enough funding to provide a child in need with clean water for one day! So hurry up and take the challenge and unplug.
Another awesome example of technology being used to solve the worlds problems is project Masiluleke. This project takes place in South Africa. South Africa has more HIV positive citizens than any country in the world yet most of the individuals are not receiving care. Project Masilueke is using mobile phones to change this situation in three ways.
1. First, they are using specialized text messages to educate the general public about HIV/AIDS.
2. Second, through the use of a mobile phone, South Africans can stay connected to care. TxtAlert technology reminds patients to schedule check-ups and receive treatment.
3. Finally, they are using technology to develop a self testing model. This might seem extreme but the truth is, in some provinces, more than 40% of the South Africa population is infected but only 2% have actually been tested for HIV.
ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge
Unless you are living under a rock you’ve heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Through the use of social media this challenge has spread like wild fire, raising over a million dollars in support of ALS awareness. It is as baffling as it is amazing but it goes to show how interconnected we all are through the web. Just is case you haven’t seen enough people pour ice on their head here is one more!
The examples above are just a few of the ways technology has been used for the power of good.