Solutions

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.

To read more about the solutions we offer, you are invited to browse the interactive charts below. You can also check out our About Us, Logo, and SPEED pages for more about our philosophy.

Digitalizing Paper

Make Paper Great Again!

Digitalizing Paper

Lots of heroic work still happens on paper.

Stop driving people crazy by dumping yet another electronic system on their heads!

Have your paper, and digitize it too.

In-Situ Sensing

Why should chemistry cost $250,000?

In-Situ Sensing

Unaffordable. Immovable. Unrepairable.

Thus, scientific data collection is minimal.

Let's change that.

Agriculture

If Ag is so important, where's all the data?

Agriculture

Nowhere. It's SAD!

Let's build tech to collect ag data at scale.

SPEED

To move fast, you need wheels.

SPEED

How many wheels have you reinvented?

We have all the wheels you'll need.

In one place.

Computer Vision

What do you spy with your little eye?

Computer Vision

Nothing.

You wear spectacles and your eyesight sucks.

CATS can see better than you.

Case Management

Struggling with longitudinal surveys?

Case Management

It shouldn't be so bad. Keep using ODK.

Then add case management separately!

Track the status of patients and recurring studies in real-time.

Machine Learning

How does the story of John Henry end?

Machine Learning

He dies, with his hammer in his hand.

Would you like to join him?

Or would you rather build the steam engine that kicked his ass?

Remote Sensing

What does it mean that God is omniscient?

Remote Sensing

It means God has a multi-million dollar DigitalGlobe Pro subscription.

But what about us?

Cloud Computing

How's that HPC server installation going?

Cloud Computing

Stop the madness.

No one in Silicon Valley does that stupid shit anymore, and neither should you.

3D Printing

We don't MAKE things anymore!

3D Printing

STOP getting ripped off by foreign countries!

We will build it.

And we will build it very inexpensively.

NLP

You haven't finished reading Wikipedia yet?!

NLP

No human ever has or ever will.

ONLY a computer can.

Software Engineering

Learn programming in ONLY 24 HOURS!

Software Engineering

Learn Kung Fu in 24 Hours?!

To tame complexity, speed, sustainability, and usability ...

... Patience we must have!