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20130410 Protei wants to work in Ghana

Protei had a great time in Ghana, many productive meetings.
We want to come back to Ghana and work with many locals initiatives.


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20130330 Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a spectacular city. The mountains that surround the city. The beauty of the ocean. The powerful winds. Captured above by our wonderful media team having lots of fun at work.

Before I die, I want to ..., Cape Town, South Africa
First thing we did in Cape Town was to go and meet with Gabriella’s friend who owns a fashion shop called Unknown Union in the hip area of the city. At the entrance of the shop, we were so surprised to find the installation of a my friend Candy ChangBefore I die, I want to …” !

Every time I come across Candy’s work, it reminds me of the good times I had when I was living in New Orleans a few years back, living in the same street as Candy in the Bywater. It reminds me of my dreams, it reminds me that everyone has amazing dreams, and we’re all in this world to make them all happen…

The SAP pitch event

Protei in Cape Town, South Africa

cape town, south africa

The pitch event went very well, additionally to our “classic” pitch we added a soundtrack that was emotional and I think it really worked !I love the idea of making a music hall instead of a pitch event :) We won the SAP pitch event in Cape Town and the reward was …

A diner in a chic restaurant with all mentors and special guests

Protei wins SAP Pitch in Cape Town and diner with Unreasonable at Sea Mentors

From left to right, Kamran Elahian, Chris Shipley, Gabriella LevineRozan Ahmed, Daniel Epstein, Prince Fahad Al Saud, Cesar Harada, Matt Mullenweg, Mimi.

We were very fortunate to share the table with this group of exceptional people. Many of which were our influential mentors.

Koeberg, Africa only nuclear power plant

cape town, south africa

We spent about 2 days investigating about Koeberg, Africa one and only nuclear power plant. We rented a car, drove there twice.

Protei in Koeberg, South Africa

You may be positively surprised to hear that the levels of radioactivity that we measured around the nuclear power plant were acceptable. In fact we had higher levels in the center of Cape Town than close to the Koeberg plant. We measured levels on the beach, and in the water at about 1 meter underwater with the sensor we customised with Safecast for the Fukushima expedition. We were able to pay a little visit at the Koeberg Visitor Center and learn all about the plant and the technology they use. Many kids were also visiting. We were not allowed to approach the power plant closer than 2 kilometers. According to documentation in the plant, the cooling of the reactor causes the temperature of the sea to be significantly increased (up to 10ºC) outside the plant outake of water. It was surprising to see that the Nuclear power plant is installed in the middle of a natural reserve that is a highly secured perimeter. What it felt was that the natural reserve was more of an excuse to keep curious people and activist at a greater distance… I’m now curious about the radioactivity levels at Vaalputs in the Northern Cape where the used fuel is disposed.

The local makers

Protei in Cape Town, South Africa

Thanks to our connexion Ralph Borland that we knew from the Science Gallery back in Dublin, we were able to have a really nice insight into the maker / designer culture of Cape Town.

Protei in Cape Town, South Africa

We were introduced by Paul Mesarcik to the local designer / maker’s world.
Below Protei INC Art Collection very first acquisition !!! Who is the artist?

Protei in Cape Town, South Africa

The Cape Town University

OPENROV cape town, south africa

We were delighted to find a customised version of OpenROV at the University of Cape Town. Protei and OpenROV have shared a wonderful time at TechShop SF Summer 2012, it is super encouraging to see OpenROV in other countries, being modified and used.

Protei in South Africa

Thanks to Paul Mesarcik that studied electro-mechanics at Cape Town University, we were introduced to Dr Robyn Verrinder of the Research and Instrumentation, Departement of Electric Engineering of Cape Town University. We discussed with local researchers their their latest development in autonomous sailing robot. Above, a freshly build hull that is being compartmentalised and ballasted with fishing lead weights in the bulb. Quite a few researchers are now interested in developing autonomous sailing robots, this is the people we want to involve with Protei!

The Gangster Incubator

Protei in South Africa

We were lucky to meet Marlon Parker (Facebook) of Rlabs who introduced us to many inspiring young people in a not very inspiring neighbourhood. They explained us about their community, the hope they found, how the access to technology helped them feel empowered to look a their future, how it re-enchanted their lives.

We want to keep in touch with the RLabs.

Shuttleworth Foundation


We were lucky to meet with some people at the Shuttleworth foundation. Thumbs up for the Foundation!

Marine Transect, Moving Sushi

The stereo imaging system in action underwater
They explained us how they  sample the coral reef ecosystem using stereo-video to determine fish density, biomass, diversity and community structure along 1 500 km of the Western Australian coastline.

We were kindly introduce by Bernelle Verster of TEDxCapeTown to the amazing crew of MarineTransect & Moving Sushi Michael and Linda Markovina, Justin Beswick .

They just arrived from a 4 months journey the day before our departure from Cape Town! We had to meet!

The East African Marine Transect expedition is a not-for profit expedition that is managed and facilitated by Moving Sushi. Moving Sushi actions strong ideas by facilitating globally important marine-based scientific expeditions to explore the relationship between humanity, our marine environment, science, technology and how new knowledge is communicated and shared through open source channels.

They just completed  234 dives, were quite tired, and after sharing a quick breakfast they went back to unpack their boat.

Joe Heywood of North Sails

Our last encounter in South Africa was with Joe Heywood of North Sails. It was great sitting down with his family, sharing food and geeking about sail / rig designs. Thanks a lot for your precious advices Joe!

20130204 Episode 4: Solar Ear Changes Lives of Deaf People in China

Episode 4: Solar Ear Changes Lives of Deaf Workers in China from Unreasonable Media on Vimeo.

Tendekayi Katsiga created the world’s first digitally programmable and rechargeable hearing aid, the Solar Ear, in a small village in Botswana 12 years ago. Now, his products are sold in over 40 countries, and he has manufacturing sites in Brazil, Botswana, and most recently, China. In this episode, we followed Tendekayi as he visited the new manufacturing facility in China, which is employs all deaf workers. Not only does Solar Ear give deaf people around the world the opportunity to hear again, but it also empowers its employees the opportunity to achieve their biggest dreams in life.

WEA

WEA - for Strathmore Uni, Nairobi

World Environment Action (WEA)
The world leaders cannot agree, we need to take actions. We do 3 things :
1 – a global map conecting environmental reports to people taking action.
2 – a project managment interface
3 – a visual forum to imagine what the World Environment Organization (WEO) could be. Solving one problem at the time together. Take action!

Unreasonable at Sea

https://vimeo.com/40384173
http://unreasonableatsea.com/the-route/

Gabriella Levine and Cesar Harada have been selected to participate to the Unreasonable at sea for the Protei project.
Please watch the video above and you will understand why we are excited to be part of this great adventure. For several months on the sea, we will be in the company of some of the world most forward thinking entrepreneurs that will be our mentors. This is an immense honor for me and for the Protei Project and we will document this journey as well as possible to share this incredible privilege with the greatest number. You can see our dates of the travels and where we will stop on my time line.


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ARRIVE/DEPART DATE TIME
SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES
Depart January 9 17:00
HILO, HAWAII, UNITED STATES
Arrive January 15 08:00
Depart January 16 20:00
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN
Arrive January 27 08:00
Depart January 28 23:00
KOBE, JAPAN
Arrive January 30 08:00
Depart January 31 20:00
SHANGHAI, CHINA
Arrive February 3 08:00
Depart February 4 20:00
HONG KONG, CHINA
Arrive February 7 08:00
Depart February 8 20:00
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Arrive February 12 08:00
Depart February 18 16:00
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
Arrive February 20 08:00
Depart February 21 20:00
RANGOON, BURMA
Arrive February 25 08:00
Depart March 1 20:00
COCHIN, INDIA
Arrive March 6 08:00
Depart March 11 20:00
PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS
Arrive March 18 08:00
Depart March 18 20:00
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Arrive March 25 08:00
Depart March 30 20:00
TEMA (ACCRA), GHANA
Arrive April 6 08:00
Depart April 10 20:00
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Arrive April 18 08:00
Depart April 21 20:00
BARCELONA, SPAIN
Arrive April 25 08:00