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This was AU London 2018

Posted Friday 22 June 2018 by Urs Riggenbach.

This week Eerik and I got to attend the Autodesk University conference and Impact Summit in London. Autodesk University brings together industry leaders in manufacturing and construction to learn about the trends and emerging technologies Autodesk enables with their software tools, and how we can use these tools to boost our impact.

In addition to the breath of courses and keynotes, Autodesk Foundation organized the fifth installment of their Impact Summit, which gave us the chance to connect face-to-face with some of the other social enterprises and impact-oriented organizations the Foundation is supporting. It was inspiring to meet changemakers in architecture, health, IoT and solar, and exchange in a series of workshops and presentations our learnings, challenges and best practices. It was great getting an overview on all the progress that is made to democratize access to basic needs, like energy. At the same time, much work remains.

AU London: Many interesting keynotes such as this one by Build Health International, an Autodesk Foundation grantee.
Connecting with Philippe Videau of the Autodesk Forge team.
Out and about with other Autodesk Foundation grantees.

 

Convergence of manufacturing and construction

The main theme at AU London was the convergence of the construction and manufacturing industries. The trend in construction is towards much more pre-fabricated, manufacturing-like deployments, while the fabrication industry is getting into much more unique, individualized production as seen in construction. In many ways both industries are converging which brings new possibilities.

 

Autodesk Forge

We also got to take full advantage of the many courses and workshops offered at AU. Very interesting for us was learning about Autodesk Forge, a tool that allows for cloud-based design adaptations, among other things. We are very excited about this new tool and where it’s going.

 

Education

It was also great learning about Autodesk’s commitment to foster education in Sub Saharan Africa, thinking about how we can expand our cooperation beyond Student Design Challenges like the one we did with UNHCR and Worldskills, and start to empower students directly with our solar technology.

 

Birmingham Tech Center

Last but not least we got to visit Autodesk’s Birmingham tech center, which is a cutting edge facility working with industry leaders to push what’s possible in digital fabrication. This is one of four tech centers Autodesk operates, last year we were at their San Francisco location, Pier 9. They are serious about CNC, additive and subtractive manufacturing, but we can’t resist to share this video of them using a robotic arm to machine a block of Choccolate to create an easter bunny. Must watch!


Back in San Francisco, Interviewing Near Future Summit
and Autodesk on Sustainability and Impact

Posted Monday 21 May 2018 by Urs Riggenbach.

Interview with Zem Joaquin, founder of Near Future Summit as she mentions her favourite quote by Bill McDonough: “We need to love all children of all species for all time.”

After a great showcase of the SOL5 at Near Future Summit, Will and I returned to San Francisco early last week. Apart from following up on the many conversations started at the conference, we had the pleasure to interview some of the inspiring people that are building the near future.

We got to interview Zem Joaquin, founder of Near Future Summit and learn about her inspiring approach to sustainability, as well as staff members of Autodesk Foundation that are supporting our work. This post covers some impressions from the interviews.

Joe Speicher, Executive Director at Autodesk Foundation, on how Autodesk Foundation is advancing design for impact.
Jean Shia, Head of Portfolio & Investment at Autodesk Foundation talking about how they supported our piloting phase.
Ryan Macpherson, Portfolio and Investment Manager at Autodesk Foundation talking about his first-hand experience visiting to our Kenya bakers.
Ben Thompson, Head of Employee Impact at Autodesk, talking about Autodesk's pro-bono programme for employees to support impact initiatives.

More to come. Stay tuned!


Showcasing the SOL5 at Near Future Summit

Posted Friday 11 May 2018 by Urs Riggenbach.

Today we had an amazing showcase of our SOL5 at Near Future Summit! Everyone got to experience the power of the sun, snack some tasty solar cookies and learn about our impact.

This was an exciting opportunity for us to spread awareness on solar thermal and make new connections to boost our impact.

Here are a few snapshots of the event.

The SOL5 in full steam: Baking solar cookies for the inspiring crowd at Near Future Summit 2018.
The first batch of solar cookies comes out of the SOL5.
Baking at 400°F we were able to run many batches during lunchtime.
Will Cleaver of GoSol.solar in front of our stand at the conference.

GoSol Showcasing at Near Future Summit, California

Posted Tuesday 1 May 2018 by Eva Wissenz.

We are very happy to announce our participation in this year’s Near Future Summit.

Thanks to Autodeks’s support, we’ll be showcasing our SOL5 unit among impact oriented inventors, entrepreneurs, media and investors.

For us it’s a great opportunity to share our solution and connect with others. Over the course of 3 packed days of keynotes, co-creation events and discussions, we’re looking forward to meet new partners, get inspired and make new connections.

© Near Future Summit

First step was to check if the SOL5 oven built at Pier 9 is still in shape and as you can see, it is!!

The solar demo is happening at Near Future Summit in San Diego on May 10th, from 12 to 2PM, with delicious solar snacks prepared by a chef.

The project, represented by Will Cleaver (left) and Urs Riggenbach (right), is so happy to continue the great work in the Valley!! Last year, Urs and Will spent 4 months at Pier 9 residency and will continue the development. They are the best when it comes to share the GoSol spirit and spread awareness about the solution we are offering to solve energy access and improve lives of entrepreneurs, farmers and refugees.


Finland-Vietnam IPP program selecting SolarFire/GoSol again

Posted Monday 30 April 2018 by Eva Wissenz.

Another recent reason to share happiness is that we have been selected for the second phase of VMAP+, a program from Finnish Innovation Partnership Program (IPP).

Last Autumn, we were part of the first phase and we have been very lucky to cooperate with Mrs. Pham Thi Thanh Huong, Business Advisory Manager at SNV Netherlands Development Organization. With her talented team, we are developing the best solution for this new market where many entrepreneurs have important needs in clean thermal energy.

Supported by IPP, VMAP enables the tailoring of tested and proven Finnish solutions for Vietnam and to initiate and accelerate long term partnerships between both countries for positive development impact.

From Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland website: "Launched in 2009, IPP is the first development program between the Government of Finland and the Government of Vietnam in the science and technology sector. It answers well to the challenges Vietnam faces now as a lower middle-income country. As a result of its economic and social development as well as its public and private sector competence, Finland can afford a significant added value for Vietnam in developing knowledge based society. (...) IPP II endeavor is to create an ‘innovation ecosystem’ that strengthens the expertise and competence of all multi helix stakeholders as well as the awareness of stakeholders about each others’ roles. The goal is to develop an approach that multiplies the number of innovative products and services, thus creating added value and employment."


Announcing Partnership with TAMK

Posted Friday 27 April 2018 by Urs Riggenbach.

Tampere University of Applied Sciences is a higher education institution oriented towards working life and RDI co-operation. Their strengths are multidisciplinary education, creativity, and a strong international dimension.

Our cooperation with TAMK is focused on advancing sustainable development through final theses projects, lecturing and co-creation projects. We are supervising students interested in our technology and we are preparing summer school projects together.

Our project being deeply rooted in education since the beginning, we are more than happy to see that this partnership is working very well since a few months already!


World Vision’s video presenting our work in Kenya

Posted Tuesday 28 June 2016 by Eva Wissenz.

In this beautiful video you are invited to understand fully what we have achieved in Kenya with the cooperation of Weconomy and World Vision Kenya.

One month after the end of this first phase, the communities have adopted the tech even faster than we thought and the women would be very happy to train others on how to build their solar concentrators. Enjoy!


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