- Our Reinvented Toilet Pilot Playbook that brings together best practices in designing pilot programs and answers questions including:
- How do I know what to pilot and when?
- How do I design a pilot?
- Where should I pilot test my solution?
- The Janicki Omni Processor Suitability Snapshot in Ghana report that captures insights from our research, and provides readers with an initial understanding of market and technical factors influencing the J-OP’s suitability in Kumasi and Sekondi-Takoradi.
- Our Fecal Sludge Treatment Technology Decision Trees that serve as a starting point for selecting best-fit fecal sludge treatment technologies.
- Our User Insights from a Multi-Unit Reinvented Toilet Field Trial resource that synthesizes interviews with users before and after field testing, and highlights key insights that can inform go-to-market strategy for future MURT developers
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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.
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.
In our October 2019 newsletter, you’ll find:
- Our Path to Profitability report that introduces the business model concept and highlights why we need new models for the reinvented toilet (RT)
- A Regional Briefing on Sanitation: Latin America and the Caribbean that highlights regionwide trends in onsite sanitation, fecal sludge management and wastewater treatment
- Costs Associated with Shared Toilets in India and China which provides an overview of lifecycle costs of existing shared toilets in these two countries
- An Omni Processor (OP) Market Sizing Model that uses a bottom-up (city-level) approach to allow users to approximate the potential market opportunity – by number of units – for the OP in urban India from 2020 to 2030
- An overview of the annual revenue opportunity for MURTs in India that summarizes insights from seven STeP market intelligence reports. The document is written for executive-level readers who are new to the topic
- The Sludge Thickening, Dewatering and Drying Technologies landscape report that explores established and emerging thickening, dewatering and drying technologies and includes data on system characteristics
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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.
In our August 2019 quarterly newsletter you’ll find:
- A report by SP Investment Holdings that focuses on the Reinvented Toilet (RT) sanitation landscape for South African municipalities.
- A recording of our August webinar with Sarah d’Arbeloff of Firmenich who spoke about Firmenich’s partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Highlights of work related to the Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet for which researchers are supporting Georgia Tech Research Institute’s work to define single user reinvented toilet (SURT) prototypes that the world’s poorest regions can afford. The research teams are reviewing SURT prototype work completed to date and have 42 months to produce a minimum of six reinvented toilet prototypes ready for a commercial manufacturer.
- News from India about the Jal Shakti Abhiyaan – A Water Conservation Campaign and Advances in Legislation related to manual pit emptying.
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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:
- the Gates Foundation and their Global Access Strategy, and
- the concern around odor issues associated with toilets.
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.
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.
“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.”