Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer
Social Entrepreneur + Academic
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Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer
My name is Salif and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. My primary research interests (and focus of my dissertation) fall at the intersection of demographic transition theory (specifically, youthful age structures), democratic transition theory, and power transition theory. Furthermore, I have strong interests in international political economy with particular emphasis on explaining the gap between rich and poor nations. Finally, I am an aspiring social entrepreneur that helps to develop social ventures focused on helping small-scale farmers and reducing malnutrition and poverty.
Malô creates and sells affordable, culturally appropriate rice-based products that enhance the health of mothers, children, and the planet.
Teaching Fellow for the Poverty Team Project
"Matternet" was conceived and developed as part of the Graduate Studies Program (GSP) of Singularity University (SU) of the year 2011 .
The goal of the summer project is to alleviate poverty and accelerate economic growth for the rising billion through a roadless transportation network.
During July and August, my role included the creation of electronic and printed promotional materials such as flyers, website design and development, graphic design and social media management.
An important part of my role was design research of the concept of "Matternet", while the initial goal was to develop a payload transport system. I brought the notion of using open source designs of retrofitted shipping containers as base stations where the vehicles would land. This concept was brought from my work at Ocean University, where the Ocean Studios are the retrofitted containers that are used as the hubs.
By incorporating ideas from Ocean University, I helped incorporate a much larger vision of a network of hubs that would allow for vehicles to land and also exchange packages and batteries. The hubs would also provide means for renewable energy capture and storage.
With the fundamental goal of an easy-to-deploy network, in the month of August was decided that we would use open source hardware and software for the development of our work. An ArduCopter kit was bought and served as a proof-of-concept, we even had the support and advice of Chris Anderson from DIY Drones.
I was also involved in the development of the team culture and the physical creative space that housed 18 team members of the Poverty Track Team Project.
After August, a philosophical difference in how "Matternet" should be developed gave way to Yasser, Mint, Justine and me to create a separate group, ARIA (Autonomous Roadless Intelligent Array), since we believe this network has to be open source and not proprietary in order to reach a billion people in 10 years.
Purdue Research Foundation Grant (2010-2011)
Pace Pitch Contest 2011 - Social Innovation Category Winner
Temple Be Your Own Boss Bowl 2011 - Best Minority Business Plan and 2nd Place in Social Innovation Category
2nd Place - Dell Social Innovation Competition 2011
2011 Echoing Green Fellow
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