Posts from June 2011

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Going Green, Literally, at School in Al Ain

by NYU CTED

The Liwa International School in Al Ain, UAE has made the green movement a part of its foundations, or rather walls. The school embarked last year on an ambitious plan to green the building – covering the walls in plants, installing solar panels on the roof, and reclaiming waste water for irrigation. The results have […]

Dubai Hotel Turns to Solar Energy

by NYU CTED

The easyHotel in Dubai was built with an eye to several key energy efficiency features, reducing its energy usage by about 19%. The budget hotel has over 60 solar collectors on its roof to heat water in the building. Many other features of the building were also built to maintain energy efficiency and with an […]

New Mobile Health Partnership in South Africa

by NYU CTED

A press release announced a new partnership between Hong Kong-based company Artificial Life, Inc. and M-Health Middle East. The partnership will bring mobile health services and products to the region and will be based from an office outside of Capetown. The company will offer mobile health applications that will include monitoring, reminders and informational alerts […]

UAE Leads Region in Tech

by NYU CTED

A report by the World Economic Forum found the United Arab Emirates to lead the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) in information and communications technology (ICT) readiness. Several factors contributed to this ranking among which are a series of e-government initiatives, high mobile usage, and high consumer demand for new technologies.

Kenya Leading ICT Usage in the Region

by NYU CTED

A new survey shows that Kenya leads Eastern Africa in cell phone usage and suggests that consumers in the country might be open to new mobile technology. TNS International, which conducted the survey, found that Kenyans are more likely to buy and use cell phones with smart phone capability. The study also found that mobile […]

India to Commit 860K to Ghanaian ICT Development

by NYU CTED

The Times of India reports on a recent deal signed for the government of India to invest $860,000 to develop information and communications technology in Ghana. The money and expertise will be invested in the Ghana-India Kofi Annan ICT Centre for Excellence, specifically in training and education.

Skype Bringing Important Lessons to Indian Village Boarding School

by NYU CTED

An interesting article about one man’s quest to bring modern technology and world class education to one village in India. Santosh Kumar, an engineer in Delhi, relied upon donations from friends and his own experiences to build the Chaitanya Gurukul boarding school in Chamanpura in Bihar state – the village that he grew up in […]

Sustainable Solution to Water Purification Offered in Ghana

by NYU CTED

With other water purification options often expensive or untrustworthy, Go Water Africa offers an important product for the Ghanaian market. The company, which was founded by several young Ghanaians, produces the Go bottle, which contains a carbon filtration system and offers the simplicity of purifying water quickly and easily from any source.  The bottles also […]

Masdar City Bringing Urban Planning Ideas to the Rest of the Region

by NYU CTED

The Financial Times recently looked at how many of the ideas employed in the design of Masdar City, just outside of Abu Dhabi, are being looked to for a model of energy efficiency and urban planning ideals for new developments around the region. However, there are issues with the replication of many of these ideas […]