Friday, November 27, 2009

Moving over to

We are happy to announce the launch of our new and improved website From now on, please refer to our main website for updates and news! (there is another "blog" section in our main website).

Thank you blogspot for being such a good temporary host :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ITL Opening!

The Idea Translations Lab (the class where VertiGrow got its start!) had it's grand opening this an article about it here!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Harvard Magazine feature on Ellie and VertiGrow

Harvard Magazine has written a spotlight on Ellie and the pilot study she led in Kibera this past summer for VertiGrow!

Elizabeth Gudrais Harvard '01 actually followed Ellie's work in Kenya for a few days this summer, and this is the result :)


Friday, October 16, 2009

World Food Program + Youtube Partnership

Please check out World Food Program's new "a billion for a billion" program in partnership with YouTube to fight world hunger, a cause so near and dear to the VertiGrow team's heart.

$5 dollars nourishes a baby for a year.
$50 dollars provides a daily meal to a school child for one year.
$170 feeds a hungry adult for one year.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Medicine in Need

Ellie and I have been meeting with some senior staff at Medicine in Need, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that also grew out of the Idea Translation Lab at Harvard, to plan out the next prototyping and business plan stage of VertiGrow.

A second iteration of our preliminary prototype has been developed--built entirely by MEND's CEO Andrew! The second iteration features a new water storage compartment and improved water releasing control, marking a key step in our goal of creating built-in water conservation.

Next week we will be revamping our business model based on a lot of new and exciting ideas we've generated together with MEND, including the marketing and development of VertiGrow as a "hip, green" room decor for developed countries while maintaining its crucial functionality for food growth in developing countries. Stay tuned!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

plastic water bottle vertical garden in Kenya

afrigadget recently featured this invention they found in the backyard of Dominic Wanjihia. It's simple, but effective, and uses recycled plastic bottles.

Check it out here!