STeP Updates

January 2020 Newsletter

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On-Demand Webinar: Reinvented Toilet Pilot Playbook – How to Select a Pilot Site

Join the STeP team for an on demand webinar on the importance of pilot testing. Not only is a pilot test a safe place to fail when introducing new technology, it’s a critical first step before going to market or implementing a program, and often saves organizations time and money.

In this on-demand webinar, host Kate Bronstein presents the Reinvented Toilet Pilot Playbook  and highlights best practices that help technology developers and early adopters plan effective pilot tests to increase  a new technology’s chance for a successful launch. Drawing from  the concept of  design thinking, the Playbook is framed by three overlapping  priorities – viability, desirability, and feasibility – that inform technology  design, product launch, and scale-up  to reduce the risk of failure.  We explain a six-step process for defining organizational priorities and selecting a pilot site. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will know what information is needed to

  • define organizational  priorities and test business models;
  • identify which locations may be viable for target markets;
  • select a pilot site given technological needs, user community, and other criteria important to the product and business model.

On Demand Webinar: Non-Government Markets in India for the Reinvented Toilet

It’s estimated that by 2030, the annual revenue opportunity for sale of Multi-Unit Reinvented Toilets (MURTs) in India could exceed $500 million, with additional opportunity in after-sales service. In our on-demand webinar, we discuss non-government markets in India for the MURT, including the multi-family residential and commercial segments. We also highlight the value proposition of the MURT and drivers of adoption in the above-referenced segments.

October 2019 Newsletter

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On Demand Webinar: The Reinvented Toilet – Technology and Opportunity Overview

Interested in knowing more about the reinvented toilet? View our on demand webinar in which hosts Andrea Stowell and Cary Strickland cover the benefits of the reinvented toilet, the global market opportunity, and the current stage of development of SURT and MURT technologies.

They will also share an overview of the Transformative Sanitation Technology Directory, an online resource anyone can use to find information about the technologies that have been developed with support from the Gates Foundation. The directory enables visitors to

  • identify potential technology solutions for licensing or partnership
  • evaluate sub-systems for integrating their own portfolios,
  • explore complementary technologies such as menstrual hygiene management systems or novel toilet interfaces, or
  • identify technologies that will meet the needs of their city, building, or other use case.

August 2019 quarterly newsletter

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On Demand Webinar: Global Access Strategy & Opportunities in Sanitation

How the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Firmenich are partnering to ensure safe sanitation for all.

Sarah d’Arbeloff of Firmenich speaks with the STeP team about Firmenich’s partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the new sanitation economy — estimated at $200 billion globally, with $62 billion in India alone by 2021. Sarah share insights and her perspective on:

Work Begins on the Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet

After more than eight years promoting efforts to bring safe sanitation to the billions worldwide who need it, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet challenge has given way to a new initiative. Coined the Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet, researchers from current STeP partners Cranfield University, Duke University and Swiss engineering company Helbling Technik are collaborating with peers from the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, University of Applied Sciences in Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), and Scion, a New Zealand company. The researchers are supporting Georgia Institute of Technology’s work to demonstrate single user reinvented toilet (SURT) prototypes that the world’s poorest regions can afford. The team will have 42 months to produce a minimum of six reinvented toilet prototypes ready for a commercial manufacturer.

On Demand Webinar: Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape

Amanda Rose, STeP’s Market Readiness Lead, shares the research that is the foundation of our Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape – Exploring potential resources to validate and prepare markets for novel sanitation solutions. Resources to validate and prepare markets for new sanitation technologies and business models— prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions — tend to be scarce​. Consequently, a problematic funding “Pioneer Gap” exists (Koh et al., 2016)​. Amanda helps participants understand the Pioneer Gap and how to bridge it, and provides additional resources for those seeking funding.

Article: “University of Alabama team look at untreated sewage issue”

“Al.com reports University of Alabama graduate students and professors, backed by a federal grant, are joining efforts to determine just how widespread these practices are and what can be done about them.

The UA team received a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “People, Prosperity and the Planet,” program, a competition for students proposing a yearlong project to address an environmental or public health issue.”