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The project had experienced some troubles without a PEV presence in country during March through to May. Although all systems from that time period have been salvaged or noted, the project took a great loss due to this. Through people not making their payments, and customers not receiving feedback from PEV for months left users unhappy and the project losing money. Enlisting someone to run the project during off months, preferably in-country, as a means to maintain the business is needed for...

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Introduction In-country operations for Solar Malawi resumed this June and is in its third week, continuing off from the previous team in February. As usual, the team’s goals revolved around sales of a solar product and the accompanying infrastructure (eg. software for automated texting, sales logistics, accounting, etc). The current version of solar product we are selling is the GD-8017A by GDLITE - a solar powered battery which discharges stored electricity in the form of a torch, up to...

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This experiment is to be conducted in conjunction with experiment 'Problem Definition' Lean Phase: Customer Segment Question: Does the target beneficiary recognise that they have the problem we are trying to solve? Who could be our early adopters? Purpose: To validate our assumed early adopters . Assumptions: Our assumed early adopters are in two segments Customer Segment 1: Menstruating women over the age of 18 who are currently using materials to manage menstruation...

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This experiment will be conducted in conjunction with "Customer Segment" Lean Phase: Problem Question: Are women in urban-rural communities of Malawi prepared to talk about menstruation? What are the challenges they identify? What is their perception of how it affects their ability to learn in and contribute to their community? Purpose: Empathise with customer segments to define the problem. Assumptions: ·   Women do not have access to affordable and effective products to manage...

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See blog post:  https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/blogpost/1382780  for the three reasons it is our obligation to see this project happen and greater context how this came to be.  Problem Affordable sanitation options are not available, causing women to miss work/school and creating a dangerous environment for them to access these products; Education around sanitation is limited by the taboo of the topic and creates a fog of uncertainty about safe sanitation practices; Women are...

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Problem Identification Defining our project area Lean Phase: Customer Segments Context: In beginning a new project in a new area, Project Everest Ventures needs to determine a physical project area to conduct our initial assessment. There are three main demographics we will need to get an understanding of: Rural Urban-Rural Urban/Slum Assumptions: There is a need for alternative cooking fuel sources that are either more reliable, cost-effective or better for the user's...

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Problem Identification Defining our project area Lean Phase: Customer Segments Context: In beginning a new project in a new area, Project Everest Ventures needs to determine a physical project area to conduct our initial assessment. There are three main demographics we will need to get an understanding of: Rural Urban-Rural Urban/Slum Assumptions: There is a need for alternative energy sources that are either more reliable, cost-effective or better for the user's health...

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Sales Pitch Section: Create Desire (emotional reasons) This is expensive, it’s more expensive upfront than the options you use now. The reason it’s expensive is because it’s an investment. It’s good quality. 1. Long term financial benefit – gives more money to spend on other important areas of life Claim - This solution can save you up to MWK30,000 per year Fact - We know that most of the villagers in Nancholi are using candles & paraffin to light their homes...

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CURRENCY TEST EXPERIMENT TEMPLATE Lean Phase:  UVP What phase of the lean process are you in? Eg. Customer Segment, Offer Testing/Value Proposition, MVP/Solution, Supply Chain etc Assumption:   What is the assumption that you want to test? The purpose of experimentation is to validate whether the assumption is correct or not and thus learn from this process. Time Box:    Over what period of time will this experiment be conducted? Should be between 3-4 hours Success...

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What are the stages of FOCUS and WHY  do we do them?  1. Finding Early Adopters In Finding Early Adopters, you are answering the question:  Is there a problem to be solved?  Were there customers you wanted to serve, who were actively trying to solve a problem? 2. Offer Testing In Offer Testing, you answered the question:  Are customers ready for  you  to solve the problem?  By optimizing your marketing message and channels, were you able to find enough Early Adopters curious...

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Reference to Experiment Post: Offer Test Energy Amisen April 2019. This experiment focused on validating whether individuals are currently unhappy with their reliability or cost of electricity. If at all.   Experiment post : https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/1315190 Lean Phase : Customer Segment & Problem Assumption : Locals are unhappy with their current energy solutions when it comes to cost and reliability (thrown out "cleaner and greener"). Results:...

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Reference to Experiment Post: Offer Test Microfinance Amisen April 2019. This experiment focused on validating whether unbanked households and individuals feel frustrated because they lack access to financial services or financial support services. Experiment post: https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/1315250 Lean Phase: Customer Segment & Problem Assumption : Unbanked locals feel frustrated because they lack financial support services. Results: Channel 1:...

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Reference Experiment Post: [Proposed Experiment]: Offer Test Waste Amisen April 2019 This experiment focused on validating if existing waste management solutions and systems are inconsistent and/or expensive. Experiment post: https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/1315230 Lean Phase: Problem/Customer Segment Assumption: Villagers are seeking more consistent and efficient waste solutions Results:  25 face to face conducted, 18 positive 3 schools of 40 students...

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Reference to Experiment Post: .  [PROPOSED EXPERIMENT]: TEMPLATE AMISEN APRIL 2019 This experiment focused on validating … Experiment post:  https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/1315330 Lean Phase:  Customer Segment & Problem Assumption: Results: Channel 1: X households were visited Y of the people engaged in the survey and Z finished the survey etc Of the that we through the survey with, “Z” agreed with the statement of feeling … because of… and provided...

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Lean Phase:  Channel Testing/ Offer Testing etc.  Assumptions: Problem assumption  Time Box:   x days or weeks Success Metric Expected reach and conversion rate.  How will you measure your conversion rate? Number of EOIs received or "next steps" taken.  Criteria: Green Light- What will you do if you're successful Success Point – eg. >x% conversion rate.  Orange Light – Re-evaluate the ... Failure Point –  Red Light – What will you do to move...

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Problem India is competing with China for one of the fastest growing populations and economies in the world. When the population of a country grows faster than the rate of decent infrastructure and government support, harsh living conditions and a concentration of old, inefficient methods of doing things. India’s carbon footprint makes up 7% of all greenhouse gases, due to sheer number of people and lack of consistent regulation of non-renewable resource use. In this case, the focus is...

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Problem India is competing with China for one of the fastest growing populations and economies in the world. The challenge a developing economy faces when it adopts developed world technologies (such as vehicles, electricity etc), is the sustainability and regulation of the use of the resources associated. India’s carbon footprint makes up 7% of all greenhouse gases, due to sheer number of people and lack of consistent regulation of non-renewable resource use. SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY...

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Overview India is one of the most dynamic, large and rapidly growing economies in the world, rivalled only by China.  With a population of 1.3 billion people, India makes up approximately 17.5% of the world's population, while it's GDP ranks 6th in the world and 139th in the world per capita.  Some of the social issues that exist throughout India include water and sanitation, food security, access to education, access to medical advice, sustainable energy sources, safe methods of...

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PROPOSED EXPERIMENT Energy Malawi – Unique Value Proposition – Community Engagement and Feedback CONTENT: Lean Phase: Unique Value Proposition (revision) Assumption: That our solar product is addressing the wants, needs and affordability indices of the target customer segment. Enabling light, charging of phones and the repayment rates/systems (if on finance) are manageable. Time Period: 2 weeks – this will need to be run with PEV operations on the ground. Success Metric:...

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PROPOSED EXPERIMENT Energy Malawi - Channel Test CONTENT: Lean Phase: Channel testing Assumption: That it will be more cost effective and equally efficient to implement an automated ordering system for our solar products.  Time Period: 2 weeks - potential to run throughout all years and seasons, however. Success Metric: Success will be measured through the number of customers that engage with the proposed ordering system. CRITERIA:  Green Light - Proceed to Currency...

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Concept Overview, Problem and Endstate Concept This isn’t a new concept. It is exactly what we have been doing in Fiji and have planned and set up to do in Malawi. An experimental farm that will allow 10-20 crops to grow on an acre of land, increasing productivity by up to 8-10 times, yielding as much as 100kg of useable produce per day. Yes, I have checked and tripled checked, 100kg per day. In order to achieve this, as has been done in India, we need to have a defined...

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Everest Recycling Solutions is an ideated and trialled recycling and segregation business operating out of Dili, Timor. The business is currently registered as Project Everest in Timor-Leste. It is important to note that although we call ourselves ERS, our licensing obliges us to self-identify (in contracts, advertising etc) only as Project Everest. Licensing laws in East Timor don’t allow you to be licensed as one thing while “operating under” a different name. This is the situation as...

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The Malawi Agriculture Assessment Team focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the issues faced by smallholder farmers in Malawi. This was achieved by conducting the Empathise, Define and Ideation phases of the Design Thinking process. The key issues found revolved around most farmers only having one harvest per year due to lack of irrigation. This poses a threat to both food and income security as not enough produce is yielded during the dry season to provide sustenance to...

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Abstract The energy assessment team in Malawi were the first Project Everest group working specifically on energy in the country. Much of the task consisted of developing an understanding of the current state of energy supply and distribution in Malawi. The potential for off grid technology must be investigated through practical research and surveying. Barriers for off-grid renewables must be identified before continuing into ideation.   The preliminary researched consisted...

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I have been tasked with Game Master. Mostly because I have a reputation for being a nerd and enjoying gaming, but also because I have a keen interest in this space and in utilising this platform, we want to ensure that the points you accumulate also result in meaningful  contributions, comments, ideas etc.  So without boring you with the entire guts of the gamification system (and I am sure many would want to know the mechanics of it!), I want to give you a basic overview of the logic...

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While robots and computers will probably never completely replace doctors and nurses, machine learning/deep learning and AI are transforming the healthcare industry. This isn't a new concept and it already exists in a few forms, however, it is catered for the Developed World - as are most things. Machine learning is improving diagnostics, predicting outcomes, and just beginning to scratch the surface of personalized care. The aim is democratising healthcare by enabling everyone around...

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I have been engaging with random, hipster agricultural ideas on Kick Start. One of their ideas is the World's Smallest Garden. You get sent a bottle, a plastic tube with a "special smart soil" (with the nutrients and seeds contained) and then all you have to do is fill it with water. It uses a capillary action to lift water up to the seed. As the seedling sprouts, it sends roots down into the bottle which allows the plant to water itself. Young plants can survive for up to a month using the...

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Our work at Project Everest unites science, business, civil society and government in our efforts to solve the world's issues through the power of enterprise. We do this through empowering communities and partners alike to become a part of the solution to ending extreme poverty.  Together, our generation can end extreme poverty - I believe this to my core. On this front, we need to take a holistic view on a regions issues. Through an interconnected and "moonshot" business plan, multiple...

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Energy is the foundation of all future projects in all of our countries if we strive to set up exponentially effective social enterprises. Energy allows for light after dark, charging of phones, tablets, computers, the use of phones which in turn increases commerce opportunities and access to critical information in other fields of work; health, agriculture, education. The data to date indicates that 85% of people in rural communities in the Nancholi region (our main area of operation)...

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With the majority of the population being subsistence farmers, agriculture dominates the lives of most Malawians, with much of their time and energy being put into growing, harvesting, cooking and eating maize. Lack of crop rotation removes nutrients from the soil, forcing farmers to depend on expensive fertilisers and causing only one yield per year. Farming and agriculture are inherent to Malawian lifestyle, culture, and economy.  Eighty percent of the rural population relies on...

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Andrew Vild

Sydney, Australia

Joined this community on Dec 20, 2016

Bio Head of Projects - PE Ventures A degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Wollongong and 5 years with BlueScope Steel have afforded me the superior problem-solving techniques required to manage large-scale Project operations and recruitment. I have lead teams in India, Uganda, Cambodia and Malawi and coordinated multiple Projects, responsible for all personnel involved. An infantry officer-in-training with the Royal Australian Army, I am deeply involved in ensuring the success of our Ventures, overseas and at home.

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