TC-I Week in Review

First off there seems to be a lot of interest in our TC-I Changemakers profiles as that page on our website received a number of hits this week. For us here at ThinkChange India, interviewing people active in the field of social entrepreneurship in India is something that we truly love to do and we expect to bring you many more articles in the future on such agents of change. Check back tomorrow actually for another installment of the series.

Here are the top 3 posts over the last seven days.

  1. Vinay’s interview with TC-I Changemaker Kal Raman of GlobalScholar earned the top spot this week.
  2. Also written by Vinay, a post on GE’s new portable and affordable EKG for rural populations came in second.
  3. Finally, Prerna’s op-ed on whether or not SKS Microfinance should go public placed third.

Highlighted Jobs, Internships and Opportunities

  1. Oxfam’s job openings that we posted about a month back has received renewed attention.
  2. A similar resurgence was enjoyed by our posting of Source For Change’s internship opening.
  3. Finally, Deshpande Foundation’s Fellowship in NW Karnataka is still open for applications.

Reaching into the Archives

Building off of the highlighted post last week, which was written by Prerna, this week we will feature Shital’s very first post as a TC-I editor which spoke to the linkage between migration and remittances.

Making the Impossible Possible: GE develops portable, affordable EKG

Brought to our attention by Technology, Health & Development Blog by Aman is a story of technological innovation at its finest. The challenge was to create an affordable, portable electorkardiogram (EKG) that helps doctors assess various heart ailments, particularly acute heart attacks and strokes. The original story can be found in Business Week. Here is a telling excerpt:

“GE Healthcare engineer Davy Hwang’s marching orders were straightforward. Take a 15-lb. electrocardiograph machine that cost $5.4 million and took three and a half years to develop. Squeeze the same technology into a portable device that weighs less than three pounds and can be held with one hand. Oh, and develop it in 18 months for just 60% of its wholesale cost. ‘He thought I was crazy’…” Crazy or not, Hwang pulled it off…The result: The new MAC 400, GE’s first portable ECG designed in India for the fast-growing local market.”

You can watch a Youtube video for the device after the jump. Continue reading