The phrase “necessity is the mother of invention” comes to mind when related to overcoming the obstacles of handling emergencies in remote or dangerous locations. But after listening to Zipline founder Keller Rinaudo’s TED talk, “entrepreneurship is the new philanthropy” seems more apropos. Our direct experience is more within the entrepreneurial conservation model in developing economies, but the energy with which many countries have leap frogged established technologies with 21st century models and solutions belies their assumed status of development.
The concept of using drones to deliver lifesaving medical supplies is a novel one to us, but this example of innovation is one of many where entrepreneurs have taken advantage of existing technologies to solve real life problems.
We applaud the government and people of Rwanda for being part of this entrepreneurial spirit, and are amazed that it took Seth being in Rwanda for us to hear about it.