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!

How One Startup is Turning Clean Streets into Fat Wallets

Last week, we talked about efforts to repurpose waste into affordable housing. This week's startup has a similar goal in mind. In Haiti, much like the Mexican city we mentioned in last week's article, improper waste...

From Plastic Waste To Affordable Housing: Here's How It's Done

Plastic. It's become ubiquitous with living in the 21st century. It makes things easier, like packaging foods, wrapping luggage, collecting garbage or grabbing drinks for takeaway. However, our overuse of plastic has serious consequences on the...

The Future of Sustainable Seafood is Finless

If you're not already screaming "Give that meatless meat talk a rest, already!" then you're probably ready to hear about another amazing startup changing what we consume for the betterment of the planet. As...

Gracious Berliners Step Up to Help Refugees Learn German

Spoiler alert: this article is not about delicious jelly doughnuts, but I promise it's just about as heart-warming. Following 2015, at the height of the "refugee crisis," Germany committed itself to opening its arms...

Let Them Eat Cake! Fighting Food Waste, One Startup at a Time

This year, the Swedish e-commerce startup, Matsmart raised €7.5 million ( approximately $8.9 million) to expand their business across Europe. Matsmart operates on the idea that food fit for human consumption should be consumed and...

Smog Got You Down? Turn it into Art!

If you're an environmentalist, or pay any attention to emerging studies about air pollution and smog, you know that poor air quality can literally rob years from the life expectancy of a city or country's inhabitants....

This Nigerian Startup Brings Medical Professionals to Your Front Door

Nigeria's health care system ranks just 187 out of the 191 countries surveyed, and to many familiar with it, it is no surprise that there is an issue with health care access in Nigeria. The West...

Mission Impossible: The Ultimate Vegan Burger

I've written before about the detrimental impact of animal agriculture on the planet, as well as efforts to decrease or replace the consumption of animal products. It's an important issue facing not only retailers, restaurants, and...

Thinking of Moving House Soon? Why Not Print One?

Action figures, casts, and kayaks. These are just some of the things that can be created using 3D printers. The advance of 3D printing technology has become evident not only in fun things like toys or...

Dottli, an App Making it Easy to Manage Diabetes

Finland-based medical technology startup Dottli has found a way to make diabetes management easier. For those of us who don't suffer from diabetes or have family members who do, it may seem strange that medical technology,...

Ellevest: An Investment Startup Created with Her in Mind

Last week we spoke about how investing has historically been restricted to those in a higher income bracket, assumed to be able to contribute more financially. This class restriction in the investment world has made it...

Bad Sleep Begone! Somnox Provides Your Very Own Sleep Robot

We've all been there: lying wide awake all night after a day full of yawning and wishing we were in bed. Apart from counting sheep, driving around, taking a walk and soothing tea are among the...

How a Tunisian Startup is Using Their App to Save Time and Lives

Less than a decade ago, if asked about cell phone use, most people would say that at least one person in their household had a cell phone, though it wouldn't be uncommon to hear that no...

Free Prenatal Advice For Refugees? There's an App For That!

For the past 2 years, the aftershocks of what has been called a "refugee crisis" have been felt worldwide. With imagery reminiscent of cataclysmic natural disasters and strong but inconsistent action from policymakers, politicians,...

This Startup Keeps You Close To Your Loved Ones, Even When You're Miles Away

Many of us have been there or will be one day - taking care of mom, dad, or other elderly relatives and friends. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans 65 years of...

Shopping For Energy Providers Made Easy by Dutch Startup Vandebron

These days, it seems like everything can be tailored to us. For instance, you can have your pug's face printed on your shower curtain, or pictures of your best friend printed on your socks. As more...

This Startup is Working to Tackle Financial Illiteracy, One Financial Advisor at a Time

There have been many attempts to stifle poverty in the tech world. Some of them include generating business in countries with low GDP, or online banks where physical locations are difficult to come by. Recently, it...

Making Language Fun, a Startup for Little Language Learners

I recently moved to the Netherlands for school, and hopefully to stay. While the process has been an adjustment in many ways, the most important of all my concerns is learning the language. Of course there...

Hungry No More! Startup Tupuca Brings Food to Your Door

We've all been there. Late night at the office with a grumbling tummy, exhausted after moving house with nagging hunger pains, or secretly scraping the contents of your plate into the trash to cover up the...

I Can't Believe It's Not Plastic! The Packaging You Can Eat

In a previous article we addressed the issue of plastic pollution, so it's no surprise that a variety of startups are coming up with innovative ways to reduce or replace single-use plastics. The Indonesian startup Evoware...

Sustainable Cutlery, Taking a Leaf Out of Nature's Book

We've all been there: at a festival, restaurant, or maybe at home, after getting some takeout. You remove the contents of your plastic delivery bag, almost indifferently distributing its contents on your dining room table: plastic...

Hope in Hopelessness: Yemeni Startups Thrive, Despite Grim War

War crimes. Suffering. Humanitarian crisis. Carnage. These words have been used to describe the war in Yemen, which has been eviscerating the young country for almost 3 years. Horrific images of the war are ceaselessly reproduced...

Tackling the Problem of Energy Storage

I've written before about the advantages (both to the Earth and our wallets) of using renewable resources, like sun and wind power. While the value of renewable energy is a significant step away from fossil fuels,...

For the Love of Coffee: Reusing Coffee Waste Just Got A Lot Easier!

Recent research shows, much to the dismay of coffee lovers, that climate change could destroy key areas where Arabica coffee plants are grown in the next half century. What's more, climate change stands to threaten coffee...