Akudo McGee

I'm a master's student at the University of Amsterdam where I am working on my thesis about the role of cities in refugee integration. I enjoy writing, reading, hiking, camping & traveling!

Stop Buying Your Water and Start Making it With SunToWater

With news stories about countries running out of water or the amount of drinkable water dwindling in the world, it's easy to see how valuable clean water is. Just how valuable is water? Well according to...

12-Year-Old Constructs Cheap Braille Printer: Introducing Braigo

A lot of things are amazing about this startup, starting with its founder, the then 12-year-old Shubham Banerjee. It all started out with a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit and a few extras from Home Depot to...

Has Deforestation Met Its Match?

Today when the word conservation is mentioned, several things come to mind. Often the most unfortunate after-effects of human actions on the planet are just a few of those things. For instance, one only has to...

Meet Your New Automated Personal Chef, Suvie

There are times that we wish we had a helping hand in the kitchen. Whether it's due to limited mobility, total exhaustion or a little laziness, the prospect of cooking daily is often difficult- especially if...

This Gene-Editing Startup Will Change Genetic Disease Intervention Forever

You may not have heard of our next startup, Editas Medicine, but you've likely already heard of their main tool, a gene editing technology called CRISPR (pronounced "crisper"). CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced...

Ever Dreamed of Generating Renewable Energy Right in Your Front Yard? It May Soon be Possible!

So maybe you're looking down at a hefty electric bill or thinking about the toll that fossil fuel consumption takes on the Earth but what can you do about it? Depending on where you live and...

Need to Recharge your Smartphone, Tablet or Even Your Car? Take it to the Streets!

Ready to hear about another awesome tech startup? Well, you've come to the right place because this week's Hungarian-based clean energy startup, Platio is pretty dang awesome. Imagine you're away from home but your phone is...

3D Printing to help the blind see Art

The 3D printing technology startup, 3DPhotoworks uses 3D printing technology to create special art for the blind and visually impaired....

Can Artificial Intelligence Mean Better Diagnostic Accuracy? This Startup Thinks So

We all hope the day never comes when chronic disease or infection claims our time, lives or savings but for millions worldwide, that day has already come. When it comes to successful diagnoses and disease management,...

Is this the Beginning of the End for Animal Testing?

Even if you aren't an animal rights activist, you probably still cringe when you think about animal testing. After all, the conditions for animals and the testing processes are often intentionally detrimental to the health of...

The Future of Farming Won't Depend on Land or Soil: This Nigerian Startup Shows Us How

Projects like Fresh Direct Nigeria are proof that intelligent, innovative solutions in Africa can and often do come from Africans themselves....

HuMoTech is Helping Amputees Find the Perfect Fit

HuMoTech produces products, which are then marketed to research companies that can test the quality of the devices and their effectiveness for patient use....

Need to Book a Vacation in Nigeria? Hotels.ng has you covered!

In fact, if you're a business owner, the proliferation of affordable accommodation, mass transit, and travel are a blessing for you as much as it is for travelers....

This Startup is Making Vegan Leather Fashionable (Again)

Green Banana Paper is changing the fashion industry by producing wallets from banana trees. They turn banana tree waste into sustainable, fashionable, vegan leather wallets....

Tunapanda Institute: How One Startup is Tearing Down Barriers to Education in Kenya

Tunapanda Institute is an example of how the ingenuity of talented minds makes a way through any difficulty and barrier....

HUDWAY is Saving Lives by Keeping Eyes on the Road

In the past few years, campaigns have been launched to make roads safer. Many of them have been targeted towards drivers and pedestrians who've become distracted on their mobile phones, talking or texting. The potential for...

Small Shops, Big Dreams: Sokowatch Delivers Goods to Mom and Pop

When we're shopping, we usually don't think about how or when products are ordered and stocked. Most times the items we need are available to us and if they're out of stock, they're likely to be...

Can't Settle on a New Floor? Let Augmented Reality Help!

When you think about virtual or augmented reality, you likely think of the videos that have been circulated throughout the internet of people wearing headsets to experience everything from video games to roller coasters. You may...

Life Got You Stressed Out? Breathe Easy with Doppel!

We've all been there - at the end of the work week, thinking about upcoming assignments for work, school (or both... yikes), plus that holiday party at aunt Anna's house and the gift you forgot to...

A Startup Empowering Refugees with a Hand Up

The large increase in people fleeing their homes to seek protection and asylum abroad has been coined a "crisis" since the summer of 2015. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)...

The Future of Fabric is Super-Strong Spider Silk

In a previous article, I promised no more hideous alliterations... but this one is pretty good, so it doesn't count. Ready to hear about something awesome? Great! Let's begin. What's stronger than steel but softer than...

Create Custom Customer Profiles with Jetlore

I know that alliteration was hideous - the article is better, though (no intentional alliterations included!). If you're a long-time shopper or business owner, you've likely noticed that the approach various businesses take to client management...

A Dutch Startup is Reinventing the "Cup of Sugar" Rule

Most of us are familiar with the concept of borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor, though we've not lived the experience ourselves. It was not only once a common practice in rural, pre-modern societies...

How a Nigerian Startup is Saving Babies' Lives

Many mothers describe the act of giving birth as one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences of their lives. In fact, they're likely to tell you that the pain, planning, anxiety, and symptoms were always...