Announces Cross-Sector Collaboration with DEKA R&D, IBM, Inter-American Development Bank, McCann Health, NRG Energy, Qualcomm Technologies and UPS to Deliver EKOCENTER to 20 Countries by End of 2015
NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 – The
and entrepreneurs from local communities will be recruited to operate each
EKOCENTER, creating new opportunities for employment in the communities where
we install and operate EKOCENTER. Entrepreneurs selected to operate the
EKOCENTERs will be given business skills training similar to that provided by
represents an investment in the future prosperity and progress of some of the
most fragile and at-risk communities we serve,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and
collaboration is the first step in
this cross-sector collaboration,
Coca-ColaCompany and its bottling partners will lead the project, managing the site selection, installation and maintenance of each EKOCENTER. They also will utilize their local operations to support on-the-ground needs and serve as a distribution channel for EKOCENTER placements. The Company led the EKOCENTER vision and design as well as the creation and installation of the prototype unit in South Africa.
Coca-ColaCompany & DEKA R&D will supply the SlingshotTM water purification system as well as design and infrastructure expertise to build and install EKOCENTER. DEKA R&D supported the design and creation of the first EKOCENTER test site in South Africa and also has an additional partnership with Coca-Colato deliver safe drinking water using the Slingshot technology at schools, health clinics and community centers in Africa and Latin America.
- IBM will contribute technology and business consulting services to provide high-level business plan development and technology plan development for EKOCENTER. IBM also will explore and advise on potential technology applications for treating return water.
will provide funding and implementation support for EKOCENTER placements in
Latin America. It also will help establish relationships with local
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to support health and sanitation
education for communities receiving EKOCENTERs. IDB is a funding and
implementation partner for
Coca-Cola’s existing safe drinking water partnership with DEKA R&D in Latin America.
Health, a part of McCann Worldgroup, will work with
Coca-Colaand other partners to create a micro-business model for EKOCENTER. Additionally, it also will develop consumer-focused health and sanitation programs and messaging for communities receiving an EKOCENTER.
- NRG is the official energy partner for EKOCENTER, providing solar panels and battery storage to power EKOCENTER, enabling each one to be a self-sustaining, off-the-grid operation. NRG also is assisting DEKA R&D with development of the StirlingTM engine technology which could provide another energy option for EKOCENTER in the long-term. NRG provided solar panels and battery storage for the first EKOCENTER test site earlier this year.
- Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, will provide guidance to
Coca-Colaon the inclusion of wireless communications technologies, such as mobile devices and wireless Internet connectivity, for EKOCENTER.
- UPS will serve as a logistics partner, providing technical expertise on global operations and deployment of EKOCENTER.
At a broad level, EKOCENTER is intended to be a financially sustainable, globally replicable social enterprise model, run by primarily local female entrepreneurs. EKOCENTERs will initially operate with a Slingshot water purification system, power source and commercial space. The partnership will then work to grow the technology, once optimally developed, to be a fully equipped retail outlet.
While EKOCENTER’s core mission is to improve the physical well-being of people in rural communities, focused on providing safe drinking water to approximately 45,000 people in its first two years, it also offers other opportunities to communities. Through EKOCENTER, the partners aim to empower communities through connectivity to information and the outside world; provide a safe gathering place; create jobs, skills and services; and offer incentives for local programs in a community, like recycling or sanitation services.
Slingshot water purification technology, developed by DEKA R&D, utilizes
vapor compression distillation technology to turn nearly any source of dirty
water into safe drinking water. The
@CocaColaCo will be hosting a Twitter Chat today, September 24, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET to discuss its EKOCENTER plans and address public comments and questions. The Twitter Chat will be hosted by Derk Hendriksen, EKOCENTER program leader, and Dean Kamen, President, DEKA R&D and inventor of the Slingshot water purification system.
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DEKA Research & Development Corporation, founded in 1982 by Dean Kamen, has partnered with many medical industry leaders to introduce new technologies that transform lives. DEKA R&D’s 300 engineering professionals use a multidisciplinary approach that combines basic science with advanced technology to identify critical needs and solutions. DEKA R&D’s activities include the full spectrum of research and product development, as well as low-volume manufacturing. DEKA R&D has developed products in robotics, mobility, prosthetics, and energy generation, and has more than three decades of experience in the field of fluid control and delivery. DEKA R&D is located in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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The IDB Group provides financial products and technical resources to assist countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to reduce poverty and inequality in a sustainable manner. As a leading source of multilateral financing, the IDB Group seeks to create opportunities for cooperation in the region. For more information, please visit www.iadb.org or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IDBnews.
McCann Health is a part of McCann Worldgroup, the largest marketing communications agency network in the world, and is a leading healthcare agency network owned by Interpublic Group [NYSE: IPG]. Comprising the world’s most connected health and wellness experts, McCann Health is the most awarded professional and consumer health communications network with the largest international expertise spanning 35 countries and 57 offices. McCann Health’s global network includes McCann HumanCare, McCann Healthcare, McCann Regan Campbell Ward, McCann Torre Lazur, McCann Complete Medical, the leading worldwide medical communications practice, and Double Helix, an international healthcare consultancy focused on working with clients on strategic market research and market access issues. For more information, visit www.mccannhealth.com.
NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. NRG delivers cleaner and smarter energy choices for its customers, backed by the nation’s largest independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel, nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A Fortune 500 company, NRG is challenging the U.S. energy industry by becoming one of the largest developers of solar power, building the first comprehensive electric vehicle ecosystem, and providing customers with the most advanced smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use. In addition to 46,000 megawatts of generation capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail electricity providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy and NRG Residential Solutions – serve more than two million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.
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UPS & The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2012, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $97.5 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
“Ultimately, the potential offerings for EKOCENTER are limitless, and each individual design will be tailored to the local environment to best fit a given community’s needs,” said Dean Kamen, President, DEKA R&D, which developed the Slingshot water purification system housed within the EKOCENTER. “Few projects to date have so ambitiously vowed to help rural communities through such a tightly linked partnership structure that incorporates world-renowned organizations from the public, private and civic sectors. We hope additional organizations will join us to expedite the positive impact the project will have on communities globally.”
“As designed, the EKOCENTER goes a long way to providing the basic necessities of modern life in challenged communities, the burden of which falls disproportionately on women and girls,” said David Crane, CEO, NRG Energy. “NRG is proud to support
"IBM is committed to lending its strategic expertise to help The
“One of the most difficult things to achieve in community-based projects is making sure that they thrive in the long- term. The developing world has too many projects that failed after donations ran out,” said IDB President, Luis Alberto Moreno. “That’s why we applaud all of the EKOCENTER partners for their commitment to creating a sustainable business model that will allow communities to rely on this vital service.”
“We are pleased to be joining
“Mobile is the largest technology platform in history, and Qualcomm continues to invest in R&D to develop powerful technologies that enhance connectivity, which is an essential part of the EKOCENTER project,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. “Mobile has been directly contributing to GDP and job growth in emerging regions. We are excited about the role wireless access to information will play in driving the positive impact of EKOCENTERs as they launch in communities around the globe.”
“Community participation and support is essential to the success of this endeavor,” said Bruce McNamer, President, TechnoServe. “By working together with
“UPS is actively engaged throughout the world with its humanitarian relief non-profit partners by leveraging its logistics and supply chain expertise to bring relief to communities in crisis, many of which are in emerging markets,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation. “We strongly believe the EKOCENTER initiative will bring relief to communities and spur the development and growth needed to enhance their future prospects and ultimately the global economy will benefit. UPS is committed to helping
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