The innovative application of simple tech can have a greater impact than cutting-edge technologies
Extraordinary opportunities emerge when people and devices connect. Connectivity and innovation in technology are transforming how organizations and governments operate. Mobile technology empowers remote workers. Internet of Things (IoT)-based factories achieve new levels of efficiency. Sensors monitor the availability of clean drinking water. We are innovating in ways never before imagined possible.
The challenge now lies in learning to leverage these exponential technologies to develop creative solutions that will address some of our toughest real-world problems. Poverty and its associated concerns of hunger and limited access to education, sanitation and housing; a dangerously changing climate; and pressure on natural resources, especially water and food, can be solved with affordable technological solutions in increasingly shorter time-frames.
For example, how does one bring to bear the power of digital technology to reshape how we address the very real problem of hunger, faced by 795 million people in the world. The Akshaya Patra Foundation serves as a valuable illustration. As the provider of the world’s largest (non-profit) midday meals, the Akshaya Patra Foundation serves food to more than 1.76 million children of 15,668 schools across 12 states in India. Incredibly, the cost of each meal, inclusive of raw material, cooking and transporting to different venues, is just a few rupees.