Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $20,000
Innovations in almost every field of development engineering, including clean water, improved cook stoves, and solar lanterns suffer from inadequate methods of data collection and user feedback. Response bias, lack of data granularity, and prohibitive expenses make life harder than it needs to be. Today’s sensor and mobile phone technology can significantly reduce both the time and money required to gain the critical field data necessary for both monitoring and evaluation of new technologies. Sensen is a platform technology that can be used in emerging markets to allow organizations to seamlessly gather sensor-based data on the use and impact of their interventions.