Posted on August 31, 2020
I have come up with all kinds of cool toys, décor, trinkets and things that doesn’t really change the world for the better but are still cool non the less. Ever since I started making, I wanted to make a product that contributes to the betterment of everyone. All the things I have created has been great practice on how to make things better and using all types of technology together.
One of my latest projects included how to make a PCB from start to manufacturing and I am ready to tackle my greatest challenge. Make something that helps the world a better place. I do not think this will be an easy task, but that is the point. JFK said it best in his rice moon speech, when he said,
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard”
This is one of my favorite quotes that embodies why I desire to make, not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Challenges give us the opportunity to rise to the occasion and make us better people, and makers, all the while providing something that helps everyone.
Helping the hungry has been something I have contributed to since I was little and have a couple ideas that I have been mulling over. Homeless hunger specifically is one that our family has tried to help with, including helping in the kitchen at the Mission, handing out bagged lunches downtown, and handing out food baskets. I thought of a solar powered soup/oatmeal dispenser or a solar powered bread maker that supplies are sourced locally, that someone hungry on the streets could get a bite to eat anytime. Personally have been without something solid to eat for a weeks time and it is a horrible feeling. Everyone makes better decisions with something in their stomach.
After speaking with some of the people at the mission, they brought to light that homeless needs more nutrition than fiber. Oatmeal is in excess in fiber (not the best when a bathroom is not readily available). So, my next idea is focusing on making a veggie soup from dehydrated supplies since they keep for a long time while providing key nutrients. I wanted something quick and easy but have run into a couple issues because it takes a while to re-hydrate and cook everything.
It's a work in progress, but I am determined to find something that I can make that will help with the 2nd goal of Zero Hunger. Which goal would you choose? Do you have an idea that would fit under one of 17 goals?