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Female doctors in Pakistan providing healthcare for women in low-income disadvantaged areas

Female doctors are in short supply in Pakistan despite women making up 70% of all medical students. This is because what is known as the “doctor bride” phenomenon; women in Pakistan who have medical degrees but stop practising to look after their children and/or because of social pressure. These doctors are desperately needed as 50% of the total Pakistani population lacks access to a doctor in their community. Sehat Kahani is the solution. Trained female doctors work from home using telemedicine and consult with patients in remote areas who come to an E-Health clinic. https://sehatkahani.com/

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Helping those in need while fighting fashion waste

Did you know that 1/3 of produced clothing stock is dead stock and therefore cannot be sold? Or that 13% of Australia’s population is below poverty? Thread Together is an organisation that solves the problem of fast fashion waste by giving back to the community. They take unused clothing and shoes from high-quality Australian fashion retailers and deliver it to less fortunate people who are in need, while saving new clothing from going directly to landfill. https://www.threadtogether.org/

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Smart software that converts documents to an easily searchable format

WordFlow is an Australian company with new smart software that converts Adobe Pdf and Microsoft Word documents to an easily searchable Html format. It performs in more than 100 languages, tags critical words on every page; and, boasts superior security to other formats. To prove that WordFlow’s software could dramatically increase the number of visitors to a website the Banking Royal Commission’s final report was downloaded and digitised – to become the most popular unofficial provider of the report. Every page in the report is now searchable so anyone can seek out any aspect of the findings without having to read the entire document.  https://neweconomy.media/2019/08/05/the-aussie-software-solution-that-helps-users-navigate-a-tsunami-of-information-on-the-world-wide-web/

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Inflatable solar light that packs flat

Architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta were asked to design a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, they considered the dangerous conditions at night in the tent cities and turned their attention to another critical need: Light. Now everyone’s getting the bright idea: hikers in Yosemite, backpackers in Whistler, and emergency workers in Nepal alike use LuminAID to light their way. Even the reality investment show ABC’s Shark Tank saw the LuminAID vision irresistible, and invited Anna and Andrea to premiere their product on primetime. https://luminaid.com/pages/about-luminaid

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China experiments with AI to create its ‘intelligent’ nation

It should be of no surprise to learn that AI is considered a national priority for China – various policy statements and plans point to their strong investment & focus (2017: the AIDP, 2015: Made in China 2025). China plans to build a domestic AI industry worth nearly USD$150bn in the next few years and become a leading AI power. To build greater wealth, economic and social power requires knowledge, creativity and capability in your population. So China’s experiment with AI in education is a natural strategic priority. Enter Squirrel AI – a personalised tutoring startup using AI algorithms. Early experiments with Squirrel AI point to a significant confidence boost in students and their test scores. One student, struggling in high-school level mathematics, was able to increase his test scores from 50% to 62.5% from one semester tutoring. Two years later, the same student scored 85% in his final exams. Squirrel AI is one of many learning & development focused AI startups. How this will change education and learning remains to be seen. Will it create a generation of rote learners or will it help with creating greater opportunity equality? Will China truly lead the world in AI driven innovation? https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614057/china-squirrel-has-started-a-grand-experiment-in-ai-education-it-could-reshape-how-the/

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Alternative treatment for respiratory or sleep disorders

SoeMac is an alternative treatment for people with respiratory and sleep disorders. It is a CE marked, Class I Medical Device, that uses patent protected technology to produce and deliver a beneficial form of Oxygen Energy for the body to use. Typical health benefits include; easier and deeper breathing and clearance of excess mucus, a deeper and better quality of sleep, more energy to go about the daily tasks, and an increase in the user’s positivity. There is no mask or canula. The SoeMac is located on the bedside table, and runs each and every night. There are already thousands of satisfied customers, and a formal controlled Clinical Study is currently underway in the East Midlands, with health professionals and academics. www.soemac.com .

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More play breaks at school

“Any format that gives kids more time during school days to play outside, or simply have time for themselves, is good,” said Professor Sahlberg, whose new book, Let the Children Play, will be released in Australia this month. “There is a big difference between that time being structured for kids and that time being unstructured, free play that kids can decide what to do. The latter is better … because it gives children much more opportunities to figure out what to do, such as be creative, negotiate, collaborate and communicate”. www.smh.com.au/education/two-schools-have-doubled-their-play-breaks-and-parents-are-ecstatic-20190802-p52df9.html

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Measuring cups designed to visually tell a measurement

If you are someone who loves to cook and a visual thinker like me, you understand the trouble of going through your measurement cups while cooking and trying to read the almost invisible measurement units. These measurement cups are designed to represent fractions with their shape, so what you see is what you get: a full cup is one, a half cup is half, a third looks like 1/3, and a quarter looks like 1/4. Just like a pie chart! https://www.yankodesign.com/2019/07/09/these-measuring-cups-are-designed-to-visually-represent-fractions-for-intuitive-use/

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Automated Valet Parking System

For about two years, Bosch and Daimler have been working for their automated parking system and their hard work paid off as Stuttgart’s regional administrative authority approved it as level four automation or the first true hands-off level of automation. The parking system has just been implemented at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Once you bring your Mercedes into the garage, all you have to do is a quick tap on a smartphone to send the vehicle away to park. Then, it sends the signal to the sensor is called Bosch that can send information to the car about where to drive and where to park. It can also send a warning to the vehicle when there are obstacles and send back the car to its initial drop-off spot at the end of a driver’s visit. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/bosch-daimler-approval-level-4-automated-parking-germany/

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