This week in PopTech: Power poses, health education and mobile money
Friday, March 23, 2012 UTC|
There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.
- At PopTech 2011, Amy Cuddy revealed that we can actually change feelings we have about our own status through the physical positions we take with our bodies. Her research participants had higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol after only two minutes in a “power pose”. Cuddy is profiled in this week's issue of Time Magazine as a game changer who is inspiring change in America. Go go Power Poses!
- ZanaAfrica, founded by 2011 Social Innovation Fellow Megan Mukuria, empowers Kenyan girls to break cycles of poverty through simple, sustainable solutions. With sanitary pads and health education, girls can stay in school with confidence. To tell this story, ZanaAfrica teamed up with longtime PopTech collaborator Peter Durand of Alphachimp Studio to make an animated promotional video.
- Kopo Kopo, founded by 2010 Social Innovation Fellow Ben Lyon, helps Kenyans pay by mobile phone with mobile money. Kopo Kopo provides a web-based application (accessible by PC and Android) that enables small- and medium-sized businesses to accept and track purchases made with mobile money.
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