Jodie Wu

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Name: Jodie Wu
Organization: Global Cycle Solutions
Website: http://www.globalcyclesolutions.com
Title: Founder and CEO
Bio:

I'm an engineer turned entrepreneur working to bring simple, affordable technologies to villagers around the world. I am founder of Global Cycle Solutions and the AISE initiative, which is focused on accelerating innovations and social entrepreneurship. I'm a change maker because I'm in the field, devoting myself full-time to bringing new inventions to market while building a company that can do it in a way that sustains itself.
I will always feel a connection with D-Lab@MIT. It was a place in which could build new things and try new ideas. But, most of all, I am fond of the place because of the people within it. Everyone had a genuine passion to help people in developing countries and take their ideas forward, no matter how crazy it was. Everyone in that lab was part of a family, a movement.
I want everyone to have access to technology, no matter the poverty level, no matter the barriers in infrastructure. I want to spur economic development in rural areas and help villagers not through donations, but in having them realize the power from within...that they, on their own, can climb out of poverty.
I am founder and CEO of Global Cycle Solutions. I began working on this project in 2008 as a student at MIT, and took the concept forward from idea to prototype to product.

Prior to this, I worked in Tanzania as a Baker Foundation Fellow developing an appropriate technology curriculum at a vocational center for orphans and vulnerable children.

I worked as an intern in numerous engineering firms prior to getting into projects for the developing world, and gained many insights into entrepreneurship growing up in my parents' restaurant.

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GCS wants to improve the lives of rural villagers through affordable, quality technology.

There are over 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide living on less than $2/day; their primary tools are only a hoe for ploughing and their hands for pulling weeds. The majority of these farmers have access to a cell phone and cell phone coverage, but have no means to keep their phones charged. Their ascent out of poverty is often dependent on the development of infrastructure.