Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

If you are familiar with any of the various tellings of the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, you’ll understand what an extraordinary leap forward this invention provides to those who are blind or have visual impairments.   And, what a boon they can be to those who provide care and instruction for those with visual conditions.

“Braille is a very important part of the world for the estimated 39 million blind and visually impaired individuals around the globe.”

Computerized Glove Teaches Braille


This technology is being developed in a partnership between experts behind Google Glass and Georgia Tech‘s revolutionary “Piano Touch

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Building a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.  That is the mission of  World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), of which I’ve been a supporter for many years.

One of their initiatives currently underway is the pilot of a Payment for Environmental Services (PES) program.  PES is the practice of offering incentives to farmers or landowners in exchange for managing their land to provide an ecological service.  In this instance, a watershed plan is being undertaken for the Mara River Basin.  (60% located in Kenya and 40% in Tanzania.)

The goal of PES for the Mara River Basin is improved water quality as well as improved flow regime that will catalyze sustainable watershed management and create a win-win situation between the community (the land-owners) and the private sector partners. Furthermore, the upstream farmers will see an improvement in livelihoods as slow down of soil erosion and reverse of forest loss leading to an increase in agricultural productivity.

Read all about it:  Piloting PES in the Mara River Basin

Click on the panda & get informed on all of the global good being done by WWF!  WWF logo

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How sweet it is!  Every once in a while I am awe-struck by GENUINELY positive everyday uses for technology.  This is one such example with potentially life-changing (maybe even life-saving) implications.  Of course, this application extends far beyond the Holy Month of Ramadan and across the borders of Senegal to be a cross-cultural boon.  My mother is a diabetic, so this is particularly close to home for me – now, if I could just teach her how to properly use her cell phone, we’d be in business.

Mobile phones help people with diabetes to manage fasting and feasting during Ramadan

Traditional Ramadan Sweets - SO hard to resist!

Traditional Ramadan Sweets – SO hard to resist!

This is the first phase of “mDiabetes”, a new project that has been launched in Senegal just in time for the month of Ramadan. Members of the country’s diabetic patient association, health professionals and the general public are being encouraged to sign up to receive these free text messages that aim to increase awareness and help people with diabetes to avoid complications triggered by fasting and feasting.  MDiabetes is the first project established for a French-speaking country under “Be He@lthy Be mobile”, a joint global initiative by WHO (World Health Organization) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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July 11th, 2014

In Conclusion, our solution follows and records daily sports and eat activities of users and gives some advices. One of the our system’s aims is to develop connection between users and user’s doctor with daily reports which are prepared by system with very good visual graphics. System reminds medicine time and medicine to users with notification on mobile phones and Smartwatch with visual and voice ways.  In addition to this, system includes some hardware module which take user’s pulse and air pollution rate and sends data to Android Mobil Phones. Therefore especially patients who has COPD(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) can be warned with this module when needed. At last but not least, project includes a module which aims to recycling unused medicines.

We are Winner of IBM Turk Software Academy 2014 and wrote two academic articles about this project.

We are very happy to make this project and write blogs. Special Thanks to Wendy Murphy, IBM Turk University Relationship Manager Jale Akyel  and Asistant Professor Ahmet Çınar

Project Lead: Ahmet Anıl Müngen
Project Members:
Gökhan Yılmaz
Fatih Özcan
Figen Önün

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Medical science continues to evolve by taking new directions that don’t necessarily begin with focus groups and human or animal subject testing.   The use of 3D technologies for assisting physicians in ‘customized’ diagnoses and treatment plans for many health issues is being explored at both universities and hospitals.  By using virtual simulations, the hope is that both costs and patient trauma can be radically reduced.   Watch the video and take a look at the linked articles-

The heart of the future

“By creating the first full virtual model of the human heart, Dassault Systèmes are enabling medical professionals to one day explore personalized treatments for each patient prior to performing surgery, while inspiring researchers to revolutionize cardiovascular medicine”

See what other tech is being explored at Dassault Systèmes, a French corporation offering global employment opportunities…


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