EarthTech Summit - February 2020 - EarthTech

EarthTech Summit – February 2020

The EarthTech Summit is a three day event and took place in February 2020 on Makepeace Island – Richard Branson’s private home in Australia. Its purpose is to push highest order thinking as attendees collectively discussed and strategised how to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through the use of globally scalable technology. Attendees also heard from finalists of the EarthTech Challenge who pitching their award winning ideas and provided critical feedback and connections as they launch globally.

Through the course of the EarthTech Summit experts, investors, business leaders and academics met and mentored the 10 finalist teams from across the world including Uganda, Nigeria, India, Philippines, Australia and Bangladesh. The finalists’ solutions, all addressing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, included innovative emergency and sustainable housing, waste management solutions and medical devices.

Attendees included Andrew Laming MP Member for Bowen, Christopher John, CEO of Prince’s Trust, Leanne Kemp, Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur and a range of notable business leaders and investors.

The winning team, Safewheel, presented emergency electric ambulance vehicles, offering affordable access and doorstep medical services to villagers living under $5 per day, with a 300% faster response times than existing solutions and a 50% cost reduction in rural services. The solution addresses the Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health & Wellness (#3), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (#9) and Decent Work and Economic Growth (#8).

Commenting on the win, Faysal Islam said: “We’re so happy to have won the EarthTech Challenge and we are confident that with the new connections we’ve made in Australia, Safewheel will continue to grow and expand internationally. Our idea started in response to personal stories of people without access to medical services and our ambition is to be serving 1.7m people annually in 5 years, in Bangladesh alone. Imagine the potential impact if such units were used in remote communities across Asia, Africa and South America.”

Artist Programming at EarthTech Summit

The arts are an integral part of the EarthTech Summit. We were lucky enough to work with established and emerging artists throughout the three day summit, and incorporated dance, story, sculpture, music into the event.

Star Dome

Art of String Theory

Our Winged Emu, embraces our sky from the binary star system, known as Sirius (the tip of where our wings meet), through the Head, Hunter (Orion Star Constellation), through Hyades, the bent knee, to Our 7 Sisters (Pelaides) who represent the foot of our Winged Emu.

The Star Dome on Make Peace Island was created to acknowledge our 7 Sisters, the foot of our Winged Emu. Our 7 Sisters are our Creative Ancestors and responsible for creating many sacred sites, foods, trees, etc and pathways hear and ta our Sky Space.

Also, please everyone remember this is my story through my mother’s people and my own initiative experience, other tribes have similar though different stories for this same area of Sky Space, and the various star constellations I have shared hear, represent different teachings.

Projection Art

Möbius & Lyndon Davis

A collaboration between a predominate local indigenous Artist Lyndon Davis and Möbius was projected onto the main building at Makepeace Island over the course of the three nights. It featured traditional painted artworks from Lyndon, overlaid with divine geometric patterns put into motion.