Last month Alison, Ewan and Athanasios were invited to Seattle to attend the Reinvent the Toilet Fair. At the Fair the Round 1 grantees were exhibiting, so of course we were keen to see their progress and get inspired for our project which started two weeks later. The event was fantastic with a real focus on networking and sharing ideas. All of the toilets had been physically shipped to the Fair so we could see the designs in action! The Fair was also attended by many other Gates grantees on sanitation, so we could see other ideas and components which we may be able to incorporate into our design.
There was a huge media presence at the Fair, with everyone really interested on what crazy ideas were being presented, as well as why Bill Gates has chosen sanitation as an issue to focus on. It was good to see toilets being given such a high profile, as they are certainly not at the sexy end of the development spectrum!
We now can't wait to get started!