It all started as an initiative in 2006 with two international teams of students from University of Minnesota and National University of Engineering in Nicaragua. The intercultural exchange and dialogue enable us to have a good organizational scheme for setting up virtual team’s conference every Thursday in week. Each representative of the team was responsible of keep tracking the progress against targets and take actions on slippages, indeed of writing a summary report of all the activities and plans for the near future.
In 2007, the idea of bringing solar energy products with lighting purpose to rural Nicaragua was made through a non-profit organization registration under the name of Bright New Ideas (BNI). Since that, I am able to encourage other with our vision statement in the project. We all are aware that our vision and persistence are keen for the success of this initiative.
Help others through the use of appropiate technology and create a social impact in our community was my personal motivation to join and start this project.
o La Salle High School Board of Honor Student Recognition and Academic Perseverance. 2001
o Finalist Project Recognition for Mondialogo (Worldwide Engineering Award) Germany 2005.
o Youth Fellow delegate from Nicaragua. ITU World TELECOM ASIA. Hong Kong, China 2006.
o ERA 2007, Award for the use and promotion of Renewable Energies in Nicaragua. Honored by the European Commission (Eurocentro) and INDE, Managua 2007.
o Young Social Entrepreneur. Winner as project finalist to pitch for funding at the 3rd. Global Knowledge conference. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2007.
o Board of director and member of IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) since 2004 until dates. IEEE Nicaragua Section
o Member of Rotaract Club
o Member of (YSEI) Young Social Enterprise Initiative 2007-2008
o Team member and volunteer of the Alliance for Minority Educational Achievement, Inc. 2008.
o Finalist in Young American Business Trust, TIC Americas. Medellín, Colombia 2008.
o Youth Alumni and Fellow advisor. ITU TELECOM AFRICA. El Cairo, Egypt 2008.
We are creating a social impact by benefiting underserved people in Nicaragua and we also promote intercultural exchange and dialogue with youth and students. Volunteering is one of the best ways to learn and put hands on a project. We promote social and rural development while make use of appropiate technology.
It will continue creating more impacts, our objectives are giving solution to rural areas in Nicaragua and another parts of the world that lacks of lighting systems.
How did you hear about this competition?
From Dana Frasz, a Youth ActionNet fellow.