APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
DIY technologies are simple, low-cost technologies that can have a life-changing impact. These technologies are open-source and many come with very clear step-by-step instructions. As Kopernik increasingly becomes known as the go-to place for technology in the developing world, the organization is creating a new DIY technology portal on its online technology marketplace. This portal will feature a number of partners who have proven DIY technologies. The portal will provide easily accessible steps and instructions on how to construct the technologies using locally available materials. Kopernik's NGO and business partners in developing countries will be the main target audience for the portal. Should technical assistance or a small investment be required to construct the technology, Kopernik will crowd-fund this cost using its standard model. Following construction, local NGO partners and end users on the ground will provide feedback on the technology as well as on the user-friendliness of the step-by-step instructions.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
Kopernik will launch this new DIY service line in October 2010, with at least five DIY technologies, including biomass charcoal briquette (by MIT D-Lab), and corn sheller (MIT D-Lab). By September 30, 2011, Kopernik aims to disseminate DIY technologies to 20 local NGOs and businesses - benefiting 10,000 men, women, and children - and collect feedback on the usefulness and impact of the technologies.
There are an increasing number of new technologies designed specifically to serve the fundamental needs of people across the developing world. While many of these technologies are indeed useful, they are often too expensive to ship internationally and difficult to maintain and repair when broken, where the local markets for the products are yet to develop. DIY technologies are a good solution to this challenge as they are simpler and can be produced locally using local materials and local expertise.