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May 28, 15

A good answer is hard to find

Today we wrapped up our two-day workshop on how to design solutions for the challenges experienced in Bangalore's slum communities. We reflected on our morning visits to some of Bangalore's slum communities and re-evaluated our proposed projects.

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May 28, 15

Wind power in Denmark

Today we toured the production facilities for Siemens and Vestas, two major producers of wind turbines here in Denmark. We got to learn about the details behind wind turbine design and installation. It was interesting to observe the similarities and differences between manufacturing styles for these major competitors in the wind market.

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May 28, 15

An encounter with reality in the innovation process

After working with hypothetical situations and developing solutions to problems we think are facing those living in slum settlements, we set out to interact with the local communities. We wanted to find out more about the problems they were facing and see their reaction to our hypothesized solutions.

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May 27, 15

SELCO: Day 1

Today we had our first day interacting with SELCO India, a company that works on solar light solutions. We broke up into groups and discussed potential solutions to crucial problems and barriers facing the community.

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May 27, 15

Danish history (and batteries)

Today we traveled from Copenhagen to the small town of Søndervig on the other side of the country. Along the way we stopped at important Danish heritage sites in addition to the University of Southern Denmark, where we heard a lecture from a professor doing research on improving batteries.

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May 26, 15

The future needs problem solvers

Today we had the opportunity to hear speakers give their input on the state of sustainable energy. Later we visited the Vestforbrænding combined heat and power plant to see how the Danes are maximizing their resources.

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May 26, 15

Love, Tracktually

Today, our class was lucky enough to tour two stations of the Bangalore light rail metro system (Namma Metro) just as construction is nearing completion.

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May 25, 15

The importance of problem solving

Today was our first guided day in Denmark, and we had an amazing list of lessons and activities laid out. From seeing Viking ships to Bronze Age burial mounds to ancient chalk cliffs with a touch of fossil hunting, today was full of learning opportunities for the group.

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May 25, 15

Growing pains

Today's tour of the metro construction was in direct contrast with our Thursday screening of a documentary about the social and environmental impact of the Namma Metro. During the tour, we also had the opportunity to ask the engineers tough questions about ecology, human displacement, alternatives, and planning.

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May 25, 15

Eighth wonder of the world

This morning we returned to the bhive to engage in a discussion with two members of the Environmental Support Group, a Bangalore non-profit working on education, research, and advocacy for environmental causes.

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