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The Dynapump: clean water and improved irrigation for the Hippo Roller

The Dynapump innovation has been developed by a team of middle and elementary schoolers from Saratoga, California, as part of the First Lego League Global Innovation Project (https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/global-innovation). FIRST LEGO League trains kids to think like innovators. The Award encourages and assists teams to further develop solutions to real-world problems that demonstrate originality and have the …

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New Book: What a Great Idea! Awesome South African Inventions

A new book on innovation by Prof Mike Bruton celebrates numerous South African inventions from pre-colonial times to the present. It provides information on the variety of products and services that South Africans, at home and abroad, have invented. Did you know that the machine that was used to drill the tunnels for the first …

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FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge 2017 / 2018 – Solving a water problem

Teams of children located all over the world are all participating in the 2017/18 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge. This year’s challenge is to choose and solve a real world problem related to water. During research many of the teams came across Hippo Roller as a solution and wrote in for information, advice and to get …

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Innovation: This simple solution rolls a long way in ensuring water access – Bizcommunity.com

Sindy Peters is the Managing Editor of Bizcommunity.com and interviewed Grant Gibbs, Executive Director of Hippo Roller, to find out more about the inspiration behind the innovation, what sort of reach it has, and the extent of its social impact. More than 20 years since its inception, the low-tech Hippo Roller continues to have a profound impact …

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10 Cases of Appropriate Technology 

The Hippo Roller is frequently cited as an example of Appropriate Technology (AP), as is the case in this article. According to Wikipedia AP is “an ideological movement encompassing technological choice and application that is small-scale, decentralized, labor-intensive, energy-efficient, environmentally sound, and locally autonomous.”  It’s worth quoting the full description of the Hippo Roller in …

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This is an excellent article using the Hippo Water Roller as an example to define innovation

The idea of a “water roller” is not “new.” But, the introduction of the Hippo Water Roller is an innovation that is changing the lives of women fetching water in Africa. “I haven’t used the term “gobsmacked” in quite a while. After seven African safaris, I was gobsmacked by the Hippo Water Roller and the …

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