I am sure; no one will ever think that a super cheap invention would win in a competition. Well, designer John Bohmer has proved it to the world with his $5 Kyoto Box. Despite of its cheap and simple design, the Kyoto Box has the ability to produce cooked food and clean water to billions of people worldwide and most probably the reason why it has won the $75, 000 Financial Times and HP Climate Change Challenge. In order for the Kyoto Box to do its job, it has a black inner cardboard box and a silver foil covered outer box that produces enough heat to cook food and boil water. Through this invention, carbon emitting firewood will hopefully be not in use soon.
Source: Fast Company
Living green is now possible even to people who are technically inclined like those who spend their lives most of the time with technologies like video games. Ovolo has submitted their green video game themes to igreenspot and igreen is happy to spread the news. Surely, many would love to play City Rain.
City Simulation Videogame with Green Sustainable Themes Released by Ovolo
December 7, 2009, Montreal , Canada – The Ovolo Corporation in Montreal announced the release of “City Rain,” a new groundbreaking videogame that merges exciting innovative gameplay with information about urban planning and environmental sustainability. City Rain is a puzzle and simulation game that educates players about green city planning and conservation of our natural resources. City Rain is available now as a free trial and for purchase at: www.ovologames.com/cityrain.
“As a fan of both SimCity™ and Tetris®, I immediately fell in love with City Rain based on its fun reference to those two classic games, but also because it introduces a meaningful and relevant purpose that educates players on how to think about creating ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ cities and communities,” said Alexandre Renaud, founder of Ovolo Corporation and executive producer for City Rain. Among the eco-friendly elements incorporated into the game are green roof technology, renewable energy, filter technology and biofuel. The game is part of the 1% For the Planet initiative, which means one percent of all sales is donated to a network of 1,867 environmental organizations worldwide.
The Brazilian student development team Mother Gaia Studios developed the original City Rain concept game. It won several awards in 2008 and 2009 including Games for Change , France 2008Imagine Cup and The Independent Games Festival Student Showcase. Spotting the game’s value, Ovolo decided to revamp the game and give the concept an extra push to educate a widespread videogame audience about environmental issues. The new City Rain storyline allows players to rescue cities and reorganizing them to be green sustainable Metropolises. Players must rescue cities that are being ‘black listed’ from the World Environment Protection Agency by quickly making decisions and re-organizing urban developments that will make cities more sustainable and ‘green.’
About City Rain:
In City Rain, you play as a member of an elite environmental Swat Force in charge of restructuring cities before they are penalized by the World Environment Protection agency. City Rain is an action-packed, yet eco-friendly, green city simulation puzzle. This new version of City Rain is now available for DRM free digital download for USD$9.95. It is also available at Direct2drive.com and the XBOX Live Indie marketplace.
Screen shots, package images and logos are available on the City Rain PRESS page: http://www.ovologames.com/cityrain/CityRain_press.html
About Ovolo Corporation, Inc.
Established in 2009, Ovolo Corporation publishes interactive video games through micro marketing practices that introduce ‘games with purpose’ to audiences worldwide. With a business focus on publishing casual, strategy, board, mobile, and portable games, Ovolo seeks out new global game development business partners. The company proudly differentiates itself by offering more than just a basic supplier role through real and lasting partnerships, mutual cooperation, and responsibility to achieve the best possible sales performance for all game products. Learn more about Ovolo Corporation, Inc. and partnership opportunities at: www.ovologames.com
© 2009 Ovolo Corporation, Inc. SimCity and The Sims are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries, and/or its subsidiaries. Tetris is a registered trademark of Tetris Holding, LLC. The Tetris trade dress is owned by Tetris Holding, LLC, licensed to The Tetris Company. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
Source: City Rain
To give the children the right to play as long as they want without the need to worry as the where to source out water when they get thirsty, the Give and Take by Jungae Seo is born. It is a device that works like a scooter wherein the kids from all over the world can use and share with their friends when playing. On the other hand, it also has a tank that has the ability to store water so for the kids to drink the moment they get thirsty while playing. They can even use the give and take in bringing home water or their family use.
Source: Jungae Seo
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