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The 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention honorees redefine innovation and entrepreneurial spirit with creative responses to natural-disaster relief and inner-city issues.
Even though the 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention may lead very different lives, they are all master problem solvers.This year’s Women in the World Summit brought together big names from around the globe dedicated to shaking up politics, nonprofit and media. But everyday women like the Mothers of Invention continue to prove that sometimes all it takes is a simple idea to incite change.“The summit has shown us that there continues to be no shortages of challenges in the world today, ones that transcend gender, ethnicity, age, nationality and race,” said Flaurel English, vice president of marketing for Toyota.
Addressing one of the most-pressing issues of disaster relief, Tricia Compas-Markham gets it done. Elizabeth Barr reports from the Women In the World Summit in New York.
What began as Tricia Compas-Markman’s thesis at CalPoly has become a major, viable breakthrough in disaster relief. After a tsunami hit Japan and Katrina slammed the states in 2005, the then-civil engineering student began exploring methods for quicker and more-efficient means of delivering clean water to victims of disaster. She knew Proctor & Gamble had created a robust water-purifying system in a portable powder, yet gathering and transporting the water to those in need remained a challenge.
Addressing one of the most-pressing issues of disaster relief, Day One Response gets clean water to victims.
What began as Tricia Compas-Markman’s thesis at CalPoly has become a major, viable breakthrough in disaster relief. After the world had seen a tsunami hit Japan and Katrina hit the states in 2005, the then civil engineering student began exploring methods for quicker and more efficient means of delivering clean water to victims of disaster. She knew Proctor & Gamble had created a robust water-purifying system in a portable powder, yet gathering and transporting the water to those in need remained a challenge.
Tricia Compas-Markman tackled the biggest challenge of disaster relief. For that, she's honored by Toyota and Women in the World as a Mothers of Invention.
In times of disaster, clean drinking water becomes a rarity, but a necessity. Engineer and designer Patricia Compas-Markman dedicates her work to addressing this need, innovating technology that will give disaster victims, soldiers, or anyone in distress with purified water. As a part of with Engineers Without Borders, she worked on creating water treatment system for a rural village in Thailand.It was 2005, a tsunami had struck South Asia and Hurricane Katrina hit the U.
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For proof that necessity truly is the mother of invention, look no further than D.C. Greens. The community-driven strategy behind the Washington, D.C.-based organization brings families what they are sorely missing—healthy, sustainable, and affordable nutrition. Executive director and co-founder Lauren Shweder Biel first took note of the abominable obesity statistics for D.C. youth in 2009, but also saw all of the functional, farmable land and farmers’ markets around the District, and wondered: why the disconnect? With D.
When a class project turns into a product that helps when infrastructure fails
Anna Stark beams when describing LuminAID, an inflatable and rechargeable light source she and fellow architecture classmate Andrea Sreshta invented as a class project. "I think innovation is synonymous with impact," she says, and by her definition, LuminAID has exceeded all expectations. The lightbulb first went on after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Stark and Sreshta recognized that most disaster-relief aid focused on providing shelter and food, leaving victims in the dark.
These women have built social networks, developed schools, and designed energy-generating soccer balls. What global issues are these Mothers of Invention tackling next?
Toyota and Women in the World honor Tricia Compas-Markman, CEO of Day One Response and co-inventor of the DayOne Waterbag, as a Mother of Invention.