Milking the Rhino: Innovative Solutions Showcase

By Jessica Colaço
  Published 30 Sep 2011
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Milking the Rhino: Innovative Solutions Showcase
The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program at Penn State will be hosting a global competition called Milking the Rhino: Innovative Solutions Showcase and would like to invite students in all disciplines to participate. Milking the Rhino: Innovative Solutions Showcase is created for students from all disciplines as a venue to foster critical thinking about sustainable community development, developmental entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in enabling new solutions to global inequities. We want students to explore the ethical intricacies of globalization and loss of indigenous cultures, and the role technology plays in fostering and hurting sustainable self-determined development. MTR: ISS first originated at Penn State in 2009 and is inspired by the eponymous award-winning documentary by Kartemquin Films. “Milking the rhino” refers to leveraging natural resources in an organic manner to empower indigenous communities while preserving their unique culture. Student teams with one to four members are invited to submit a 3-minute video pitch explaining the specific problem, innovative solution and the solution’s feasibility, sustainability and potential for expansion. The pitches can address any general or specific problem related to the indigenous peoples' livelihoods, including wildlife and natural resource management, access to income, famine, gender inequity, human rights and ethics. The context should be either the Maasai or Himba people and their natural surroundings, or any other indigenous people with similar challenges in Africa. There will be $4,500 in cash prizes awarded to videos selected by expert panels across various categories. The video pitches are due on October 31st, 2011 and the final showcase will be held on November 16th, 2011. This event is open to all students across the world who have an original, sustainable and scalable solution to a social, environmental or economic issue specific to the African continent. For more information, please visit the website:
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