Photo: Orange battery.
The orange has a tiny light bulb inside, which is powered by a chemical reaction between citric acid and the zinc nails inserted into each wedge. The current was so weak that it required a 14 hour exposure to get this photo.
So very Makey Makey.
Social critic John Thackara (PopTech Iceland) argues that the current human paradigm of endless growth is obviously unsustainable, so we should consider the brilliance of the Brazilian Jequitiba tree, which soaks up four tons of water a day.
Watch now: Social critic John Thackara argues that the current human paradigm of endless growth is obviously unsustainable, so we should consider the brilliance of the Brazilian Jequitiba tree, which soaks up four tons of water a day. “I am a proper tree hugger, as well as a lichen hugger.”
Watch now: Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, shows how he is hooking a new generation of kids on computer programming. “I remember sitting down with my wife for dinner…and we had this sudden, appalling realization that we had promised 600,000 people that we would build them a $25 dollar computer.”
Zachary Bruggeman, 14 years old, is the youngest person to apply for a job at DIY. He lives in British Columbia, learned to program when he was 8 and now he wants to be our engineering intern so he can learn Node.js.
He made us a webpage with his pitch, hosted on Dropbox, and sent it over to us. Of course, when I asked if we should could share the link, he said he had to ask his parents first!
His second interview with us is later this week!
In case you missed it, professor of politics and international relations at Princeton and former Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State Anne-Marie Slaughter (PopTech 2011) was on NPR last week to weigh in on the struggling international peace plan for Syria.
Slaughter is a foreign policy expert and watching her PopTech talk you’ll see why. Slaughter provided an overview on the future of foreign policy, exploring the transformation, over the past few decades, from state to non-state, non-governmental ‘social actors’ as key players to effect change in a less siloed, more networked world.
What happens when ambitious and talented data scientists are connected with social organizations rife with data but lacking resources to do anything with it? 2011 Social Innovation Fellow Jake Porway's Data Without Borders helps bring these two groups together, using data in the service of humanity to design transformative visualizations and decision-making tools.
Recently, we checked in with Porway to learn how his experience at PopTech shaped his current work with Data Without Borders.