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2014 was the most important year for the project : The Pilot year.
By the end of 2015, we expect to conclude to prepare everything for the scale up.
Click HERE to understand how we are going to expend our impact

4 STAGES FOR OUR PILOT in 2014

STAGE 1. MAPPING OUR TARGET'S INTEREST, ABILITIES AND LIMITATIONS - 5 DAYS -  40 HOURS

 

Tunnel Lab is based on the Human Centered Design approach.
With the support of PUC-Rio University , our team launched it's first pilot in Rio, we hosted innovation, entrepreneurship and tech workshops and understand what expectations, concerns and interests  our stakeholders have.

 

 

STAGE 2. CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT,IMMERSION CLASSES AND PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT IDEAS -20 DAYS - 160 HOURS

 

After gathering intel from the locals, together with sucessful brazilian entrepreneurs and tech experts, we joined our efforts with experts in the field of education to develop a curriculum that addresses both the expectations of the students and meets the standards of the market.
We gathered a group of students from 5 diffirent slums in Rio and tested it.

 

STAGE 3. BUILDING REAL CASES -  60 DAYS - 78 HOURS 

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2 prototypes were developed, refined, produced, installed  and tested by real users in favela communities, and presented to a pannel of judges at the end of June by the youth.

Demo day proved the impact that pour education projects can have on communities and successfully demonstrated the potential of the Tunnel model to a group of entrepreneurs and technological experts. 

 

STAGE 4. PREPARE THE SCALABILITY 

After making the necessary modifications in our curriculum, we are now training our first groups of facilitators that will be employed to reproduce our workshop content and manage our first unit  inside a community, where Tunnel Lab will be able to offer ongoing workshops in the fields of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. We are working to develop our trainers platform. Click HERE for more informations.

some of the projects developed in our PILOT YEAR

SUSTAINABLE FAVELA

Sustainable Favela Tunnel Lab

Collection and processing of organic waste into methane gas for resale population at popular prices !

One of the most serious problems faced by communities of residents is the accumulation of garbage in the streets. The collection made by Comlurb is not regular and favela residents also do not organize to reduce the problem. The result is 13,000 tons of waste daily piles up in the neighborhood. By studying the problem, it was found that the main cause of bad smell and pest attraction is the accumulation of organic waste. Students created a home recycling bin that's 5 liters which prevents the output of the stench. Every four days their team collect the organic waste. These will be taken to a plant that manufactures methane gas from garbage. The generated gas will be resold at half price the market for the locals who helped collect the garbage !

 

AGUA+

Agua+ Tunnel lab

Agua+ capture rainwater and humidity in your house to prevent drougth season !

The Brazil is facing a serious water crisis. Community residents have no access to
proper distribution of water. Students developed a rainwater pickup and humidity. The board can capture  humidity, about 4 liters per day. In case of rain, you can capture up to 20,000 liters of water per month. Their goal is to educate communities about the serious crisis that the country is going through !

Community Service

Community service Tunnel Lab

Application finder service providers in communities and facilitator services online. Many people think that people living in slums have a high sense of collaborative community. However,in their day to day students experience something different.There is a lack of communication between neighbors and lack of  services. When residents need some services, they find it difficult to find a skilled professional To solve this problem present in the lives of residents, they created the application Community Service. In it, you can find easily and quickly providers local services.

SourRio

Sourio Tunnel lab

Application to find free cultural events in the favelas ! The lack of social and cultural activities is one of problems of communities. However, Culture is critical to the formation of society. There are 770 slums in Rio de Janeiro and 130 social projects, Of these, 65% are allocated to sports. Some favelas stood out as cultural points. Thus, companies saw their growth and invested in projects. These are often unique opportunities for young people to escape violence and poverty. The funk, samba and the pagoda were born in the favelas, but are often more valued than the community which created it. Their application will promote opportunities and events such as workshops, concerts, plays, and other events.

 

Discover HERE the project FAVELA GAME, which is now incubating by Tunnel lab !