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  •  Partnership with Cisco for Mobile Social Entrepreneurship

    Good afternoon Frugalites!

    Audiophile Music Advisory: Andrew Bird, "Imitosis"

    Another bit of news about the Frugal Innovation Lab making some moves. As you may or may not know, the Frugal Innovation Lab, in partnership with the Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society, has been in talks with Cisco Systems, Inc—you know, that tiny little startup in San Jose—and nearly 30 other international groups, to agree to move forward with a grant to produce a cloud-based mobile solution to help educate social entrepreneurs.

    Ten, Hut!: The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook

    The end-goal will include a 5-week webinar course run by our very own Radha Basu  to educate and engage social entrepreneurs on how to create a mobile application to meet their various potential solutions.  

    The webinar series will be available starting in October, run through next March, and is available exclusively for social entrepreneurs who are Santa Clara Alumni. This is our first testing phase, so we hope to roll it out to the general population next year.

    If you are interested in applying, go here: GSBI Application

    We are very excited about this partnership, and hope you take interest. Check back here regularly for updates.


    The Frugal Innovation Lab Team

  •  Lab-on-a-Chip Field Test Findings

    Good Morning!

    This’ll be quick and easy. We have another update on Lab-on-a-Chip’s field test. If you recall, a few weeks back, one of our Students, Jessica VanderGiessen, who is working alongside Professor Ashley “Unyoung” Kim, recently completed testing the Lab-on-a-Chip arsenic detector in the Bangladesh. 
    Jessica presented her findings to Professor Kim and the results were pretty positive, but as with any design project, there is still a long way to go.
    The main purpose of this field test was to compare two methods, Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) & Anode Stripping Voltammetry (SV), in a real-world setting with high arsenic concentrations to determine if current testing protocols used in lab settings could still be applied.
    Additionally, the Lab-on-a-Chip sensor has a number of design constraints with numerous variable substitutes. This field test would hopefully help to filter through some of the noise and narrow the scope of materials used in future designs and field tests.
    The Anode Stripping method proved to be far more successful than the Cyclic Voltammetry method with a success rate of nearly 95% compared to 8%. Additionally the Anode Stripping method was able to confirm the control samples to be arsenic free with 100% accuracy. Pretty great stuff!
    Keep it up, Jessica!
    Venture Lab -- Design Thinking: Design and Innovate
    Since we are on the topic of innovation and design, I thought it would be a great time to plug Stanford’s Venture Lab Courses. Part of the Learning Design and Technology center within the college of education, Venture Labs recently began to offer free, on-line courses in design, technology and innovation. We highly encourage you to check it out.
    Till next time,
    The Frugal Innovation Lab Team


  •  The Frugal Innovation Lab Meets with 3D PrintCraft

    A lot of great news today for the Frugal Innovation Lab! First, one of our partner orgs blogged about us, and now, a long awaiting meeting with 3D PrintCraft is finally happening!

    We are HUGE fans of 3D printing at the Frugal Innovation Lab. How could you not be!? It brings the power of manufacturing to your home! Pretty incredible.

    3D PrintCraft started in the not-to-distant past with (full disclosure) a grant from Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society. 3D PrintCraft’s mission is to provide social entrepreneurs with authenticated solutions that are ready for real deployment in the world today.

    Visit their site here to learn more: 3D PrintCraft

    In keeping with the 3D printing theme, we recently saw that UPS is going to be offering 3D printing services in San Diego! While 3D printing is a very exciting and new technology, it isn’t quite cost-effective…yet. But, it is getting close and closer, so every little step that it takes towards becoming more accessible is progress in our book.

    Take a look here: UPS to offer 3D printing in San Diego

    Great work, 3D PrintCraft! Keep it up!


    The Frugal Lab Team

  •  NetHope Features Frugal Labs on its Blog!

    NetHope, a humanitarian organization focused on serving the developing world through smarter use of technology, and one of our partners, just gave the Frugal Innovation Lab (and the FrugalBlog) a shout out!

    Read it here: SCU Frugal Innovation Lab Launches Project Galleries & Blog

    Thanks NetHope! Here’s to a great, and continuing partnership,


    The Frugal Lab Team

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