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Campus Currents

May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

STUDENT LIFE AND SPORTS ON CAMPUS

One GRAIN at a Time

Someone in a developing nation has a problem, and half a globe away a researcher at UC San Diego has a discovery that could help. How do you get them together? The answer may be GRAIN.

The Global Responsibility and Innovation Network is the brainchild of a number of graduate and post-graduate researchers affiliated with the University’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

Utilizing matching algorithms, they are developing an online GRAIN Tool that will connect academia, entrepreneurs, and non-governmental organizations to co-innovate, implement, and promote projects for social solutions. Known as ‘GRAINIACS’, these self-identified social innovators will also have access to legal advice, funding opportunities, and multimedia networks, according to their personal, technical, and geographic interests.

“This tool allows the innovator to spend less time searching through everybody on the network who would possibly help them, and more time dialoguing and collaborating,” says GRAIN president and co-founder Shivani Singh, Muir ’00, M.S. ’07. The Entrepreneurship Resource Program in Sri Lanka is one such project. Led by GRAIN Board Director, Sujata R. Emani, Ph.D. ’10, a graduate student in chemistry, and the Chinmaya Organi­za­tion for Rural Development, the program is a collaboration of South Indian raw materials providers and micro-financiers to facilitate women entrepreneurs in the war-torn region of Sri Lanka.

For further details or to become a member of GRAIN, go to: http://grainium.org.

—Tiffany Fox

 


 

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