these are coaching highlights in tks activate to understand why big problems that were solvable for the last 5+ years still exist today, while trying to solve them tomorrow.
why do we need earthshots?
as moonshots make a 10x better future, earthshots are multiplers for a better present.
in my role as program director and coach
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teaching 100M+ children how to enjoy the process of learning to read and write in augmented reality.
helping employ 100,000 ukranian refugees with a centralized background check and accelerated language training.
instant micronutrient testing with microfluidic biosensors, reducing cost from $10M to $250k for national samples
lab grown cotton aims to use 80% less water per kg of crop than land based alternatives and is 12x faster to grow.
accelerating flow state battery ion-exchange membrane material discovery using machine learning
accelerating the development of a non-hormonal male contraceptive pill using machine learning for drug repurposing.
1. earthshot idea: it’s ambitious as it aims to solve a large important problem or enables an interesting, impactful future. it’s also thoughtful in understanding why the problem still exists today, with a clear gap.
2. feasible: thoughtful in approach for solving the problem. shows research and mock-ups. there is an implementation strategy.
3. economic incentives: has a target customer with a willingness to pay and market hypothesis for how to build this into a company and not be a charity.
4. legit branding: the name, the slides, the website, and visual mockups should be great design. it should feel like a real company.
framing: a majority of indian farmers are smallholders ( <1 hectacre of land) producing 50% of the agricultural output and making up a third of total employment. the constraints of running a smaller operation combined with climatic risks, including increased drought, unseasonal rains, and unexpected pests, has made it hard for farmers to make a viable living.
problem: in india, 100 million smallholder farmers earn ~$1000 a year, with high variance and low dependability.
vision: how might we double the farmer's income in a reliable way so that they earn $100 every single month?
solution: a 216 square meter, steel frame greenhouse, enabling market ready produce to be grown on a small portion of the land with limited water and pest protection. this is paired with training, specific inputs, and market partnerships.
challenge: with the high overhead of the greenhouse, kheyti explores a pay as you grow model compared to large contract farming to see what makes sense to help enable more accessibility in the market for their solution.
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