QED enjoys building creative solutions to problems worth fighting for, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals. Our partners span both the public and private sectors, ranging everywhere from non-profits aiming to increase smallholder farmer productivity, to chemical plants seeking to reduce wastewater pollution.
In each case, we aim to help clients formulate their problems carefully, and translate abstract calls for action into concrete solutions which they can verify with their own eyes. Working in the Global South is particularly interesting because we often face unusual constraints in infrastructure or regulations that require finding creative solutions to bypass … a creativity that aligns with the hacker spirit.
Most of our work involves strengthening the lifecycle of data: its collection, management, analysis, and visualization. We make this process more systematic and sustainable for our partners, through automation. This enables them to lower their costs, scale up operations, and make data-driven decisions. We also help partners with technology assessments and computational training.