CU Peru Wins the Posner Center Poverty Hack

Did you miss the Posner Poverty Hack? Check out the recap of the first night here.

The Posner Center Poverty Hack, hosted by the Posner Center for International Development and Biennial of the Americas, brought awareness to the ways in which innovation in technology can alleviate global poverty. Quick Left joined as a sponsor for this three-night event, and will be providing software consulting services to the winners, CU Peru

Recap of Night #3

The Poverty Hack ended with a pitch from the three teams in competition, IDE, GGDF, and CU Peru. Each team is a tenant at the Posner Center, which is home to many non-profits working towards the alleviation of poverty through their creation of innovative business initiatives. The teams were competing for a week of development from Quick Left. Development will include one designer or developer to aid in the discovery and build of the technical solution, valued at $7,000. 

The Non-Profits and Their Challenges

IDE: Solar H2O Pump Financing Model

International Development Enterprises

International Development Enterprises strives to increase the overall profitability for international smallholder farmers by boosting productivity, food security and income through its solar-powered water pump. Not only does the pump improve farming for IDE’s customers but it’s also better for the environment since it decreases carbon emissions, point-of-use pollution, high fuel costs, over watering, and soil erosion that comes from fossil-fuel powered pumps.

The problem at hand for the IDE team was that getting pumps into the hands of the farmers was costly for the customer. IDE’s challenge was to find novel ways for the farmers to purchase the pumps at an affordable price.

GGDF: Irregular Urban Housing

Grassroots Global Development Foundation

Grassroots Global Development Foundation aids Baja Sur, Mexico by providing housing and re-construction grants to communities that were hit the hardest by the 2014 Hurricane Odile. Usually the government requires proof of land ownership or legal occupancy in order for foundations to aid in the re-build. Some communities have taken up squatters rights and for them reconstruction is complex and difficult. 

GGDF’s challenge was to collect and analyze data that will lead to the implementation of a housing plan for these under-aided communities.

CU Peru: Health Communications

Comunidades Unidas Peru International Development

Comunidades Unidas Peru provides health resources and information to rural communities in the Peruvian Amazon. The only form of travel to and from this region is by boat, which proves to be difficult for those who are in need of medical attention. Many times people will travel to a medical provider only to find that they can not be seen that day. This problem has caused communities to be untrusting of the Peruvian healthcare system.

CU Peru needed to find innovative ways for communities and health professionals to communicate with one-another by expanding the technological infrastructure in the area.

CU Peru Takes the Win With Its Cloud-Based Text Messaging System

The judges chose CU Peru as the winner of this year’s Poverty Hack. CU Peru presented a cloud-based text messaging system that will be used between health agents and community members. Health posts will be set up for people in the community so that they can communicate with their health agents through autoforwarding and filtering short codes. They will be able to ask questions about diagnosis and treatment before the long travel to a medical provider.

Technicians can also answer questions individually, set up auto-reply messages, and communicate announcements with agents in their catchment area. The team wants to create a way for test results (such as those for malaria) to be easily communicated to the community health agents and their patients. 

Congrats to all the teams who participated and CU Peru for the win! We look forward to collaborating with CU Peru.