2017 has been a great year for Field Ready and we have high expectations for 2018. Below are some of our highlights from the past year. We appreciate your continued interest and support, we couldn't do this without our great partners, supporters and donors.
2017 Field Ready Accomplishments:
Our programs helped thousands of people through such initiatives as designing and manufacturing medical, water and sanitation, search and rescue and other useful items for humanitarian needs. This included, among others, lifting rescue airbags to save people in Syria and beyond, restoring solar power and connectivity in the US Virgin Islands, upcycling waste in Jordan, making water pipe fittings in South Sudan, and creating new and innovative medical items in Nepal.
We have trained hundreds of people in our methods and approach where we regularly facilitate workshops and educational training. This included technical specialists, aid workers and affected people alike.
Humanitarian Makers (HM) continues to grow and now has well over 600 members. Having recently been awarded a grant from Cisco Foundation, HM is working with MakerNet and partners to solve problems through design and to extend the evidence base that this approach is viable in additional humanitarian contexts.
Our team has attended numerous conferences and speaking engagements and we continue to share our mission. Key events include Maker Faire, re:publica, Fab13, Resilience Innovation Initiative: The Red Cross's First Interactive Innovation Workshop and many more.
Our media coverage highlights include ABC, Fast Company, Make Magazine, France 24, WBEZ and Medium.
Finally, Field Ready has been widely recognized for our work. This includes being selected as a top candidate in the prestigious INDEX: Design to Improve Life. We were a winner of the InfyMakers Award for our clean cookstove in Nepal. Eyad Jenneh, Field Ready's Rescue-Tech Coordinator was awarded an MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35. In the past two years, Field Ready has been acknowledged by both administrations, most recently at the Global Entreprenership Summit.
Here is a recent video summarizing our work:
In 2018, we will continue to scale to new countries as well as work to develop novel ideas in our current country programs. We will continue to foster partnerships aligning with our mission that will help us take Field Ready to the next level and share our approach. Oour ongoing partnership to dramatically improve efficiency in aid delivery makes these and our other accomplishments possible, and we are most grateful.