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What is the immediate issue or problem?

Lighting in rural communities is always a problem, children need light in their homes at night to study, and street lights keep communities safer.

There are some amazing solutions out there to these issues, but we’re looking for YOUR ideas or discoveries.

What we need is a way to deploy extremely low cost, self-powered lighting solutions for either in the home (a light to study by) and external use (a street light to provide community with better security).

How long have we got to solve it?

It’s an ongoing issue, and you have time.

What issues stand in the way of solving this problem?

The major issues you need to consider are:

  • In many of these areas, there is no source of electricity, so charging or powering the device needs to come from an alternative energy source.
  • Safety is also an issue when used inside a dwelling, the device cannot be dangerous for children to handle.
  • For outdoor lighting, it would be beneficial if you could think about security of the device. If it is valuable, people may steal it.

What kind of assets do you think we could use to solve the problem?

There has been a lot of research done in this area and there are many recent technological innovations, so we recommend a little research before embarking on finding the solution.

What has been tried and hasn’t worked or hasn’t completely solved the problem?

Many people have tried to solve this problem, and there are actually some innovative solutions out there. The issue though is that many of these solutions often depend on certain environmental or resource hurdles. So there is always a gap for another solution that may over come these hurdles.

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