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Philanthropy 3.0: HP’s Gabi Zedlmayer Discusses New Approaches to Social Innovation

The Daily Beast’s 2011 Women in the World Summit, a three-day gathering of international women leaders, kicked off yesterday at the Hudson Theatre in New York.  The second annual event brings together more than 300 women, from Diane von Furstenberg to Melinda French Gates, and covers such critical issues as human trafficking, economic development and the gender gap.


HP’s Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of global social innovation, participated in a moderated discussion with Dr. Amy Lehman this morning, entitled “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Reaching Beyond the Connected World.”  Zedlmayer and Dr. Lehman highlighted new, creative ways to bring modern healthcare to remote areas in the developing world.  The two discussed the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC), the non-profit organization Dr. Lehman founded, which provides medical care to 300,000 people living on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in areas where electricity and even running water are scarce, with the goal of serving nearly 3 million people who live in the area.


During the panel, Zedlmayer commented, “Dr. Lehman’s floating clinic is the perfect example of how HP’s social innovation program works.”  She continued, “To us, social innovation is about much more than philanthropy and we’ve evolved our programs from beyond just donations.  We believe in philanthropy 3.0 – the idea of moving beyond purely monetary contributions and taking a holistic approach that includes the involvement of our partners, and the donation of our services and technology expertise to provide one comprehensive solution.”




On the panel with Dr. Lehman, Zedlmayer announced HP’s commitment to support the LTFHC in achieving its goals, specifically focusing on improving the clinic’s ability to serve its patients.  In this collaboration, HP will take the same open and innovative approach to problem-solving for which the company is known.  HP brings strong technology expertise and business acumen to the table, providing in-kind donations and equipment to bolster the clinic.


Given the complexity of the challenges involved in providing quality healthcare to the people living in the isolated areas surrounding Lake Tanganyika, a variety of solutions are required to create an effective and sustainable solution. These range from partnerships with mobile/telecommunications operators and logistics companies to leveraging HP’s strategic relationships in the region.


This news follows other recent HP announcements highlighting initiatives with mPedigree, mothers2mothers and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, all of which are providing significant improvements to the state of global health in Africa.  HP is committed to using our problem-solving success to provide innovative solutions to social issues.  In other words, by applying the same strategic thinking that makes HP a successful business, we can “do well” and “do good.”


(Image credit: Floating Health Clinic)

HP Lab-in-Box: delivering IT-enabled education to rural India

Education in India faces enormous challenges.  Of the nation’s 200 million children aged between 6 and 14, for example, nearly two-thirds will fail to reach eighth grade.


Part of the problem lies in access to schools. Only 53% of Indian homes are close to a primary school of any kind – a reality that has India’s national government calling for more creative, sustainable and inclusive models of education.


In response to that call, HP India has created a prototype “Lab-in-Box” classroom that offers students in the country’s most remote locations access to classes taught by some of the nation’s finest teachers.  On Monday, February 14, HP CEO Leo Apotheker joined Kapil Sibal, India’s Honorable Minister of Human Resource Development and Communications and Information Technology, to announce the news.


A HP Lab-in-Box prototype outside the NCERT campus in New Delhi

(above: an HP Lab-in-Box prototype outside the NCERT campus in New Delhi)


Developed in collaboration with India’s National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the Lab is built directly into a standard shipping container which is easily transportable to areas with limited access to connectivity or poor infrastructure.


Equipped with wireless connectivity, 15 HP PCs, an HP multi-function printer, a generator, and built-in furniture, the Lab-in-Box solution addresses the power, space, infrastructure and equipment challenges faced by many Indian schools today.   


Inside view of HP Lab-In-Box


Textbooks are pre-loaded onto the PCs. Curricular materials and even tutorials can be delivered from distant centers of excellence.  And HP’s multi-seat computing solutions allow multiple students to use a single PC, reducing complexity and minimizing costs.


The prototype Lab-in-Box pictured above is now housed at NCERT’s New Delhi campus, ready to be demonstrated to schools.


In the long term, the HP Lab-in-Box model might impact more than just education.  For example, the containers can also be reconfigured for other social requirements, such as service centers for citizens and remote telemedicine outlets.

Bringing hope to mothers in Africa

(Editor’s note: this post was contributed by Gene Falk, co-founder and CEO of mothers2mothers ( HP and mothers2mothers today announced a new partnership to help prevent the transmission of HIV from HIV-positive pregnant mothers in Africa to their children. Similar to the partnership announced last November with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) which reduced turnaround time for HIV test results for babies in Kenya, the partnership with mothers2mothers is part of HP’s focus on global health by the Office of Social Innovation.)


Each year in the United States, 100 babies are born with HIV.  In Africa, 1,000 babies are born with HIV every day.  Despite the fact that medical treatment and tests are increasingly available throughout Africa, we are still faced with staggeringly high figures of mother-to-child HIV transmission. There are more than 1.3 million pregnant women living with HIV in Africa, and without any interventions, 40 percent of those women will have HIV-positive babies.


Preventing the transmission of HIV from a mother-to-child is straightforward.  A single dose of medication to a mother during labor, and a dose to her infant shortly after birth – can cut transmission rates nearly in half.

Prith Banerjee Outlines Retail’s “Brave New World” in the Daily Beast

Shopping with TechnologyThe holiday shopping season may be in full swing, but is our retail experience about to change as we know it? In an article in the Daily Beast today, Director of HP Labs Prith Banerjee takes a look at how technology holds the power to make in-store shopping more personal, helpful and intelligent – ultimately benefiting the consumer.


Prith explains: “In most cases, the in-store shopping experience does not take into account how people interact with information today. It’s as if the information-rich society we live in stops at the store’s door.”


But, there is a promising future for the retail industry, Prith details how technology will help evolve the way we think of in-store shopping, writing, “Retailers can use technology to harness the power of information and create in-store shopping experiences that are highly personalized, informed, and fully immersive. Advances in analytics and opt-in, personal cloud profiles will allow individuals to share data and preferences in a secure way and retailers to respond with customized service.”


To read the full post, including how this vision is brought to life through the example of buying a new flat-panel HDTV, check out the story here:

HP to match up to $10,000 in donations for UCSF Challenge for the Children Fundraiser

To help build a new children’s hospital in San Francisco, some of Silicon Valley’s most creative people are teaming up online and competing in the UCSF Challenge for the Children.


Raising money and awareness for the cause are contestants like Ron Conway, Om Malik and Marc Benioff, who are competing to see who has the most influence online.  Their measure of influence:  whoever can rally the most people to contribute.  The winner will claim naming rights to a section of the hospital that will promote play, learning, and discovery for children and their families.


The HP Match

To stoke the fires of this competition, HP is launching a mini-challenge that kicks off today.  HP will match every donation made between now and December 16, up to a total contribution of $10,000. In keeping with the spirit of the Challenge, HP is supporting all levels of contribution to this cause, whether it’s $10 or $1,000, until the $10,000 maximum is reached.


Join the HP Team

You can also help support the HP Team, led by HP executives Todd Bradley (EVP, Personal Systems Group), Tony Prophet (SVP, worldwide Supply Chain Operations) and Richard Gerstein (SVP, strategy and worldwide marketing, Personal Systems Group).  Anyone can support the cause by sharing today’s news or by making a donation before the Challenge ends on Dec. 16.


For more information

- Learn about HP Startup Central and Advisory Board, chaired by Ron Conway: "HP Launches Startup Central at Incubate 2.0" (11/17/2010)


- Learn more about the Challenge and the cause by listening to Marc Benioff tell the story behind it all in this video from UCSF:


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