NextDrop

NextDrop

Date Awarded
06/23/11
Amount
$375,000
Grant Period
06/23/11 to 06/22/14
Focus Area
Journalism & Media Innovation
Initiative
Knight News Challenge

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To develop a new, mobile model for disseminating community information by testing a service that notifies residents of a city in India when water is available.

To develop a new way of disseminating critical community information, NextDrop will launch a service, in conjunction with local utilities, that notifies residents of Hubli, Karnataka, India when water is available. NextDrop will work with water utility employees who operate the valves that control the infrequent flow of water. NextDrop will notify neighborhood residents via text when the water is turned on. This system will be replicable in any community as a way to distribute all types of community information.

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Project Team

Anurag Sridharan

Anu Sridharan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 with a master's degree in civil systems engineering; she received her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley as well. During her time there, Sridharan researched the optimization of pipe networked systems in emerging economies as well as new business models for the dissemination of water purification technologies for arsenic removal. Sridharan also served as the education and health director for a water and sanitation project in the slums of Mumbai, India, where she piloted a successful volunteer recruitment and community training model.

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