Fossil fuels are being rebranded as organic. Expect and its associated elections in America and Europe to spark vicious debate about which industries are more innovative, cost-effective and best for the environment.
Place-based social media like Foursquare have done tremendously well in attracting both users and attention. Which Indian state or ministry — or billionaire!
As energy-dependent economies chug along with growth far lower than expected or desired, green options are looking rather gray. The rate of technical innovation in horizontal drilling and fracking continues unabated. The economic growth debates around the proposed Keystone pipeline intensify.
Some think of this as networked narcissism. Companies like Layar are taking an active stab at it. The world — particularly the wealthy OECD countries — is growing older. MIT junior Srikanth Bolla won funding for Samanvai Green Products, a company that would employ some of the 50 million people in India with multiple disabilities.
China, of course, is China. Brazil is a vibrant, eco-conscious, increasingly entrepreneurial and innovative economy that has the money and the brains to design a Grand Challenge that inspires attention and excitement from innovators worldwide.
The team hopes to develop and deploy a text-messaging system to track the usage of their product and catch any problems that users have.