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  •  New Scientist -- DIY Diagnostics

     Welcome to the FrugalBlog, Connor O’Brien’s tri-weekly compendium on frugal innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Send comments, criticism or ideas to fil@scu.edu.

    It’s Thursday and the Frugal Innovation Lab is getting some love from the New Scientist!
     
    In the most recent issue of New Scientist, Sara Reardon wrote an article, DIY Diagnostics for the World’s Poor, highlighting the Frugal Innovation Lab, along with MIT’s Media Labs and Stanford University efforts to combat poverty using frugal innovation. It is a great article, and our own Radha Basu talks about the importance of mobile technology and frugal innovation.
     
     
    Check out the PDF of the article below.
     
    Thanks again for reading, and as always comments, complaints, tips and suggestions can be sent to FIL@SCU.edu.
     
    The Frugal Lab Team
     
  •  Our Dynamic Poverty Heat Map is Going Global!

    Welcome to the FrugalBlog, Connor O’Brien’s tri-weekly compendium on frugal innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Send comments, criticism or ideas to fil@scu.edu.
     
    Happy Monday Frugalites!
     
    Who likes data visualization? I know I do, and if you don’t, you should. Why, you may ask? Well, in the words of my good buddy (not really) John W. Tukey, “The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.” That is, at its heart, the promise and purpose of data visualization.
     
    Here are some classic examples of great data visualization, and also a more contemporary infographics highlighting browser adoption in the early 21st century. Enjoy!
     
     
    Audiophile Music Advisory: Panama Wedding, "All of the People"
     
    Speaking of great data visualization, last year three of our students (Jasmine Farias, Kurt Jurgens and Jonathan Ahumada)  got together to create a Dynamic Poverty Heat Map web application with the goal to assist analysts at the Fundacion Paraguya to better understand their vast amounts of data. By visually representing their data on our heat map, analysts will be able to better understand and utilize various metrics indicating poverty in Paraguay and ultimately reduce it nationwide.
     
    A more detailed explanation on how it works can be found here.
     
    Sleep-Dancing Kittens: #AWWW
     
    And, just last week, the Fundacion Paraguaya officially launched our heat map and it is now being used to help combat poverty! So far the response has been great and we are currently in talks with other governments in Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Indonesia to replicate this heat map for their anti-poverty initiatives! Great work, team!
     
    Thanks again for reading, and as always comments, complaints, tips and suggestions can be sent to FIL@SCU.edu.
     
    Happy Monday,
    The Frugal Lab Team

     

     
  •  GSBI Featured in Venture Beat

    Hello Frugalites!

    I’m back. My apologies for being away for so long. I was traveling the world and recovering from a brutal case of the Mondays that turned into a case of the Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I learned that I don’t handle changing time zones quite like I used to. Anyway, we have a lot of stuff to catch up on, so let’s get to it shall we?
      
    Some great news for Santa Clara University AND the Frugal Innovation Lab! Venture Beat did an AMAZING story on Santa Clara’s Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) last month. The article can be found here: Venture Beat, GSBI.
     
    It touches on the history of GSBI and Santa Clara’s overarching mission to do good in the world.  Specifically, it focused on the GSBI’s two key services, the GSBI Accelerator which assists entrepreneurs with investment readiness, preparing business models, developing marketing and talent management strategies and fundraising, and GSBI Online that helps early-stage social enterprises develop business plans and pitches. Together, these two services have helped Santa Clara University to serve over 100 million lives worldwide.
     
    Will Driverless Cars Change the World?: Driving Sideways
     
    A list of the 2013 cohort, as well as past alumni can be found below:
    -      Alumni
     
    If you are interested in applying for the 2014 GSBI Accelerator Cohort, you can apply here! Registration is open beginning today through October 31st.
     
    If you are interested in applying for the 2014 GSBI Online Cohort, you can send an email to gsbi@scu.edu to get on the list. They will email you in January of 2014 when application are available.
     
    Networking, Learning, Engagement—Oh My!:
     
    In an effort to try and keep our viewers up-to-date and in the know, the Frugal Innovation Lab is going to be ending each of its posts with upcoming networking events, fundraisers, and a plethora of other professional development engagements. So, make sure to check in here regularly so you don’t miss out.
    Med Tech Frontiers – Thursday, September 5, 2013
     
    MedTech Frontiers is a continuing series of free events for medical device and life science investors, entrepreneurs, clinicians, and technologists. Join MedTech Frontiers for an evening of food, conversation, and presentations by Silicon Valley luminaries held on the first Thursday of each month.
     
    This month’s seminar will be brought to you by Bob Kain, the Chief Engineering Officer at Illumina, talking about the history and future of DNA sequencing. For more information, visit http://www.medtechfrontiers.com, or to complete your registration, click here.
     
    Events are free, but registration is requested for planning purposes - see the link below. A limited number of on-site registrations are available. If you received this invitation from a colleague, send a note to mtf@tripleringtech.com to receive your own invitation and RSVP. All events start at 6pm and are held at:
    Triple Ring Technologies, 39655 Eureka Dr., Newark, CA 94560.
     
    Till next time,
     
    The Frugal Lab Team
  •  3D Friday -- Printing Liver Tissue

     Welcome to the FrugalBlog, Connor O’Brien’s tri-weekly compendium on frugal innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Send comments, criticism or ideas to fil@scu.edu.

    It’s 3D Friday and that means we are bringing you the latest and greatest in the world of 3D Printing!\

    Audiophile Music Advisory: LoLo, "Year Round Summer of Love"

    Recently, the first 3-D bioprinter was released by Organovo and it is amazing. Using bio ink made up of spheroids containing tens of thousands of parenchymal cells—think of ground beef, but with the cells most important to making a liver a liver—and non-liver cells that help to stimulate organic growth this 3-D printer can make a fully functioning liver.

    The complete process is broken down here at popsci.com.

    Thanks again for reading, and as always comments, complaints, tips and suggestions can be sent to FIL@SCU.edu.

    Have a great weekend!

    The Frugal Lab Team

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