Posted on January 19, 2007
Filed Under >Bilal Zuberi, Disasters, Economy & Development, Health & Disease, Science and Technology
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10 responses to “Bicycle Ambulance”

  1. Sue Brittain says:

    What lifts up one – lifts us all.

  2. […] Bilal Zuberi of All Things Pakistan shares his thoughts on the possibility of promoting the low cost Bicycle Ambulance in the remote areas of Pakistan. […]

  3. Anwar says:

    Two years ago I watched a program on Discovery Channel about a South African engineer marketing an epoxy impregnated plywood constructed flat bed truck for Thailand. Engine had multiple roles including pumping water, cutter, power generator and so on. A really low tech but very functional system.
    Engineering students in Pakistan do have “final year’ project and there have been a number of good projects. Simple alternatives are therefore available. However the problem is marketing and sustainability – and that depends on acceptability by public and organizations.
    These ideas have greater chances of success if they are market driven. Ofcourse, patronizing will help.

  4. Kabir says:

    Bilal: Yeah I saw a presentation on that straw. I am interested in interjecting strategic design & innovation in Pakistan and am working on a special education program to do that. Goal is to bring the high end knowledge to the grass root level in PK. I think the basic issue is lack of leadership. Read the book “Massive Change” (Bruce Mau) we need similar mind set in PK. And we will :) To see your thought process is encouraging.

    Also somebody gotta bring the “Little Green Laptops” back in action… It is a tiny $100 laptop that runs without electricity. Very important for our kids in rural areas.

  5. Bilal Zuberi says:

    Kabir: There is certainly a movement towards ‘smart’ engineering to solve the largest problems in the world, from basic health care needs to clean water and clean air. One of the most fascinating inventions I saw last year was a clean water filter which basically works as a straw for drinking water, except that the straw is filled with relatively cheap dirt (of various particle sizes as filters) and some ferric oxides to remove heavy metals. Development by Design, and Design for Sustainability is the mantra at places like MIT.

    Ahsan: I am interested in creating a technology/business plan competition in Pakistani universities focused on these low-tech but highly relevant problems that face Pakistan. But in addition to just creating technologies, i want to help create an eco-system where the same students have to develop business and economic models of actually bringing their inventions to fruition in the market place. Currently Pakistani engineering students do sometimes participate in complex ngineering ‘projects’ as a part of coursework, but they hardly learn to be independent in those projects, and certainly do not make the connection between the problems that 140 million of us and their technical innovations. Why not fund competitions, with support from early stage investor groups, to generate smartly designed technical solutions and workable business ideas to solve our biggest problems?