Updated May 24, 2019

Colin Keogh

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By providing access and training to 3d printing systems, we allow people to solve their own problems through innovation & creativity. We to continue "Putting technology in the hands of the people who need it."

The Rapid Foundation aims to address the barriers to innovation and creation that exist in many countries globally, mainly the lack of access to and training in many of the new disruptive technologies (3D printers, Laser Scanners, Low Cost Design Software etc.). The lack of access to this technology limits the potential of many world changing ideas, locked away in the minds of people, by limiti...
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The Rapid Foundation aims to address the barriers to innovation and creation that exist in many countries globally, mainly the lack of access to and training in many of the new disruptive technologies (3D printers, Laser Scanners, Low Cost Design Software etc.). The lack of access to this technology limits the potential of many world changing ideas, locked away in the minds of people, by limiting or stopping the realization of these ideas into world changing solutions, products and services. The project shifts the status quo of the traditional methods of delivering western aid to developing countries. Traditional aid projects will send technology and expertise to a location for a short period of time, implement ideas then leave, thus removing most of the technology and expertise until the next trip. We believe this is inherently unfair, as the local people can only influence these projects, not lead them, stifling creativity and imposing western world solutions in non-western countries. The Rapid Foundation changes this completely, by supplying technology and training directly to local people, facilitated by a overseas or local volunteer, then we allow the projects to be fully run by local people, encouraging them to spread their knowledge, train other locals and utilize the provided technologies to create, innovate and develop solutions to their own problems. We are developing a new business model, which uses private consultancy methods for non-profit developmental work.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

We have successfully completed a number of field trials overseas in developing countries (Uganda, Rwanda, India, Nepal, Kenya and Ireland) and now want to formalize the business plan, partnerships and funders to increase out locations globally.
Registered in Irelandin Ireland

Focus Areas:

Crowdsourcing and Open Source, Digital Development, Economic Growth and Trade and 14 MoreSEE ALL

Crowdsourcing and Open Source, Digital Development, Economic Growth and Trade, Entrepreneurship, Education, Basic Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Methods & Learning, Inclusive Education, Health, Housing and Infrastructure, Architecture, Design, Construction, Humanitarian Assistance, Response Technologies, Human Centered Design, Technology and InclusionSEE LESS

Implemented In:

India, Uganda, Rwanda and 1 MoreSEE ALL

India, Uganda, Rwanda and KenyaSEE LESS

5,000
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Key Partner
4
Countries Implemented In
10,000
Customers
2
Employees
$2,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

We tackle the issue of access to and training in the use of disruptive technologies for localized development. Disruptive tech can have huge impact on the lives of people around the world, but in many locations people have no access to the hardware. These new disruptive technologies are cheap, easy to use and can produce huge impact in a short period. Many global issues, from lack of education resources through poor quality medical devices up to low farm output can be tacked by localized design.

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Solution

We use low cost consumer 3d printers along with free online open source 3d modelling software and databases to help the people we engage with to innovate, create, design and produce their ideas. We provide hardware, training & support (via online systems) to empower people. Other projects provide finished solutions, where as we provide the tools and knowledge that allows the solutions (and further improvements, upgrades and replacements) to be produced onsite, by the people we need them.

Target Beneficiaries

The Foundations projects and events have reached over 5,000 people to date via education and outreach events, training more than 50 people in 3d Printing, Modelling and Innovation at workshops and field tests. We aim to vastly increase our impact this year. We aim to serve normal people, the general public of the region, and thus their communities. We aim to empower them to become leaders in their area, spreading education, encouragement and innovation to their peers, both home and abroad.

Mission and Vision

We aim to encourage and support the innovation & creativity of people in developing regions, via technology and training, to allow them to lead themselves and their communities to better lives. We hope to keep ideas, concepts and production of solutions in local communities, allowing regions to support each other, sharing their solutions with the rest of the world. We hope to see solutions from the developing world tackle global problems in the developed world. Ideas are equal, execution isnt.

Competitive Advantage

We use low cost consumer 3d printers along with open source software and databases to help support users to innovate, create, design and produce their ideas. The idea is to enable people to develop their own ideas, but in instances where expert support is needed we communicate via online video software, giving users no cost access the expertise of our project partners, engineers and designers. The innovation in our work is supplying the means to realize ideas directly to the users, in any location globally, thus allowing them to be fully involved in the process of design, innovation and production. Other projects provide finished solutions, where as we provide the tools and knowledge to allow solutions (and further improvements, upgrades and replacements) to be produced onsite, by the users or the local community. The use of online systems bridges location and educational divides, while enabling user’s direct access to support, without the need to expensive/time consuming travel.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Our goal is to grow our number of partners and projects in developing countries, targeting Asia, East Africa and South America this year, in addition to expanding our actions in India, Uganda and Rwanda. We are developing a new social enterprise business model to allow us to use both standard (grants, public fundraising campaigns, donations) and unique methods for revenue generation (company partnership, project sponsorship, Corporate Social Responsibility collaborations and Consulting).
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted5,000
New Implemented CountriesColombia, Serbia, Peru, Kenya, Vietnam, Tanzania
RecruitRecruiting advisers, board members and planning on hiring a program manager this year.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Our team; CEO (Colin Keogh) & CTO (Dr.Shane Keaveney) are both experienced engineers and researchers, with 6 engineering degrees between them (up to PhD level) and years of experience leading projects integrating innovation and technology into communities, companies and countries. They have though taught hundreds of students over the years, won numerous awards of their work with the foundation (Forbes Under 30, JCI TOYP Europe, Impact Awards) and are tech community leaders in Europe.

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Jul 2018
New Country Implemented In
Kenya
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Lives Impacted
5,000
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Supporting Materials

CASE-STUDY-Keaveney-Keogh.pdf