Safe Agua Peru Projects, Balde a Balde and GiraDora Showcased at the 2012 NCIIA Open Minds Conference

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April 19, 2012

Safe Agua Peru’s Giradora and Balde a Balde teams did a fantastic job pitching at two Open Minds events, during the annual NCIIA Open Minds Conference in San Francisco.

Kim Chow, Alex Cabunoc, and Ji A You demonstrated their prototypes at the Hub–a center for innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship in the San Francisco Chronicle Building, and at the Exploratorium, with over 300 guests, including Krista Donaldson, CEO of D-Rev, Mr. Lemelson of the Lemelson Foundation, and the director of Stanford’s Epicenter for innovation. The response from all was very enthusiastic! We’re excited that Jonathan Beckhardt, Society and Business Lab Fellow at USC’s Marshall School of Business, is on board with the teams and joined the presentations in San Francisco.

Penny Herscovitch and Dan Gottlieb, Environmental Design faculty and co-leaders of Safe Agua Peru, presented the Safe Agua poster to a very engaged audience of conference attendees.  All in all, we had many exciting connections and conversations that will help advance our efforts to pilot and implement these projects. We’re very proud to have the opportunity to represent Safe Agua on behalf of Art Center and our partner, Un Techo Para Mi Pais’s Centro de Innovacion.

Check out images of the event below.

The team — (from L to R) Penny, Dan, Ji A, Jonathan, Kim, Alex with the Safe Agua display at the Exploratorium

Alex pitching Giradora for NCIIA’s professional documentary team

Kim pitching Balde a Balde for NCIIA’s professional documentary team

Kim demonstrates Balde a Balde to Krista Donaldson (CEO of D-Rev, successor to Paul Pollack, and formerly Kick-Start engineer) at The Hub

Quite a crowd gathered around the projects

Kim with Balde a Balde and interested guests

Ji A and Alex demonstrate Giradora at The Hub, in the San Francisco Chronicle building

Penny with the Safe Agua poster, presented at the NCIIA conference

Elisa, Alex & Ji A discussing Giradora at the Hub