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Yes, They Know It’s Christmas Time in Africa

Roving Blue® announces the launch of a Charitable Program making their technology available for drastically reduced prices.

At least where the Maasai live in Kajiado County, Kenya, they will.

The idea was born just last week at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
There, members of the Maasai tribe and the IndiMark charitable organization met with several companies to explore solutions to the tribe’s many water challenges.

“We are not THE solution, but we can be an important part of the solution.” says Yana DeMyer CEO of Roving Blue®, Inc. a Wisconsin company that manufactures a water purification device called the “Ozo-Pod® 10. “This is the perfect time of year to announce our charitable pricing program. That song by Band Aid always makes me tear up, now I feel like celebrating, because we have found a way to “let them know it’s Christmas time!”

Roving Blue®’s team was inspired by the good work that IndiMark does, and wanted to help them in their efforts.
The Charitable Program makes Roving Blue’s technology available for drastically reduced prices. For example, an Ozo-Pod® 10, which sells for $179 here in the US, will be made available for $89.00. One Ozo-Pod® 10 can ensure safe water for 4 families for over a year for less than 1/300 of a cent. Readers wishing to donate may go here.

 

Roving Blue and IndiMark Launch a Charitable Program at The Global Water Center. Pictured left to right: Joseph Koyei, Jane Nampaso, Yana DeMyer and Daniel Iree

Roving Blue®’s innovative new technology puts “The Power of EO3™”, electrolytic ozone, in the palm of your hand.

Ozone, a form of oxygen, is more powerful than chlorine when dissolved in water. This low voltage device (which can be run from a motorcycle battery which can be charged by the sun) kills bacteria, virus, and cysts. Cholera, typhoid fever, e-coli and salmonella are just a few organisms that are eradicated by ozone. When its job is done, ozone quickly and harmlessly reverts to oxygen.

Roving Blue®’s technology is small, robust, and has no moving parts, so it’s ideal for austere living conditions. It will allow the villagers to keep captured rainwater pure, as well as enable them to use water from the same pools that the cattle drink from and wade in.

“The water may not be pretty, but it will be safe to drink”, ensures Yana.

IndiMark is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in July 2018. We are located in Madison, Wisconsin. Other charitable organizations may contact Roving Blue®’s Director of Sales, Meli Lussier, for details of the program.

Crimson Viper Field Experiments 2016 & Roving Blue

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Roving Blue, Inc. is currently participating in the Crimson Viper Field Experiments in Thailand.  The Crimson Viper Field Experiment (CV) is conducted annually in Thailand by the Royal Thai Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Science and Technology Department (DSTD) and US Pacific Command Science and Technology Office (USPACOM J85). Crimson Viper is a technology experimentation venue that promotes S&T collaboration and is a means of obtaining operational feedback for technology development.

DSTD coordinates with Royal Thai Armed Forces science and technology (S&T) service organizations to co-host CV on a rotational basis. This year, the Royal Thai Army (RTA) Research and Development Office (ARDO) will co-host the event with DSTD with assistance from the RTA Fort Adisorn Cavalry Center.

The NAVAIR Technology Experimentation Center (TEC) will coordinate the overall event in support of PACOM J85 while supporting individual technology experiments.

CV16 will consist of field experiments and a visitor/DV day at the Royal Thai Army, Cavalry Center, Fort Adisorn.

The water purification technology experimentation conducted during CV16 will be in direct support of the Integrated Water Purification System (IWPS) project objectives. The purpose of technology experimentation in Crimson Viper 2016 (CV16) is to experiment with leading edge technologies and proposed Concepts of Operation (CONOP) in relevant operational conditions to gather operational feedback. Additionally, CV16 will provide engagement opportunities with Royal Thai Army (RTA) partners.

Crimson Viper is executed under the ambit of the Thai-American Consultations (TAC) Joint Statement. Crimson Viper was discussed during TAC XVI on 9-11 April 2014 under Working Group IV for “Relationship Building, Coordination and Collaboration at All Levels” under subgroup IV.2 for Science and Technology.

Crimson Viper objectives are to experiment with candidate technologies in a field environment to:

•      Support collaboration and promote interoperability between Royal Thai Armed Forces and USPACOM via S&T partnership with DSTD

•      Assess candidate technologies and provide assessment feedback to the science and technology community

•      Confirm technology maturity prior to introducing to warfighters

•      Provide candidate technologies for longer term assessment

Impact Design Entrepreneurs: Yana DeMeyer

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Marianna “Yana” DeMeyer was born and raised overseas.  As the daughter of a Foreign Service officer with the State Department, she traveled all over Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. This childhood experience molded her as an adaptable person with a global view of Earth’s attributes; both natural and geo-political.
She attended the University of Wisconsin, and then spent 13 years as a writer and producer for news, marketing, and production companies, before becoming an entrepreneur.  In 2012 she started Roving Blue, making advanced, lightweight, portable water purification systems.


You have quite an interesting background. Tell us about yourself and your new venture into clean water and creating an advanced portable water purification product, Roving Blue.

On day one, Roving Blue was a whirlwind of activity, and it hasn’t stopped. I like to tell people that in the businesses I had worked in before, I always felt like I was shoving a large rock up a hill.  With Roving Blue, I have had all I can do to chase that boulder bouncing down that hill, and stay on my feet!

When I started out, I had one vision: Roving Blue had to be portable, it had to really do its job well, it had to be the smallest and lightest machine that could still serve 40-100 people per day, and it had to do it with the energy equivalent of a light bulb.  I wanted it to be made in America. I wanted it to be the best. There is no room in this company for “good.”  It has to be great. I also wanted it to be as affordable as possible, yet still offer our dealers and distributors a great margin for profit.  I think our very first “Model A,” launched in late 2015, has done all that and more!

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Roving Blue is an affordable, portable water sanitation system.

What inspired your interest in water purification? Can you tell us about some of the design advances in this market and what we can expect to see in ten years?
Early in my career I produced hunting and fishing TV shows. I am a big water drinker, and in the days when bottled water didn’t even exist (can you imagine that?), I was always facing the problem of how the heck I could pack water into all these beautiful wild places. In many cases, we’re surrounded by water, so it was frustrating that I couldn’t just drink it.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’m staring at this small box with some hoses and wires coming out of it, on a conference table in front of me.  My business partner (and now my husband, Jim) and I were working on one of our commercial funding projects in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  It was my first introduction to the Sanitizing power of ozone. The unit was designed to be installed under sinks in dental clinics and in doctors’ offices, to be used to wash hands and clean instruments. The ideas started blowing off in my head. One of the very first questions I asked the president of the company was “Why aren’t you making a portable water purification system out of this?” He smiled and explained that it just wasn’t their market, but that I was welcome to take the idea and run with it. Well, that’s just what I did!

What were some of the challenges you faced while designing Roving Blue?  How did using Fusion 360 help you in your design process?
Probably my biggest challenge is my lack of formal science training in water chemistry and microbiology.  Even though I hold a degree in Science-Communications, it isn’t enough in many people’s eyes. I have had two wonderful grant applications be declined due to this perceived weakness. Luckily I have managed to surround myself with very talented and highly educated professionals that I can depend on for sound advice.  Autodesk Fusion 360 enables me to sketch out my ideas visually, and helps me to communicate with our engineers and vendors, so they can see what the heck I am talking about.

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DeMeyer and her team at Roving Blue use Fusion 360 as a way to visually communicate their designs.

What aspects of your background influence you most in your work today?
I am most influenced by my parents, who always encouraged me to work hard going after my dreams.  My mother, a highly educated Filipino, to this day says, “Persistence, persistence, persistence, is the key to success.” My father, a blue-eyed upstate New Yorker of Dutch-Irish descent, taught by example. He was the embodiment of a Diplomat, which is what he was.  He was incredibly polite, dignified, and focused on doing things right the first time.  Both parents had morals of steel, and the highest ethics. So that’s what makes me approach each day with a grinding work ethic, guided by that moral compass that they instilled in me.

What would you say is your strongest skill, and how have you honed that skill over the years?
I think my strongest skill right now is my ability to clearly communicate new ideas. This is really necessary, whether you are speaking with an engineer, a potential investor, or to a multi-billion dollar corporation whose support you are seeking.  New ideas that are good ideas spark excitement. Excitement produces engagement.  Engagement breeds loyalty, which is rare and must be reciprocated.

As for how I honed this skill; I did this the way most people do: by making mistakes and failing. When you are younger, you think you are so much smarter than everyone else.  Now I have a much more humble approach to business, and life in general.

What college and career advice would you give to students interested in taking their design innovations to market?
Focus on focusing.  Don’t take no for an answer. Think big.  Seek mentorship from people who work in the industry you want to penetrate.  If you do have an innovative design, something you are truly excited about, be very careful about who you share it with, prior to doing something about protecting your idea.

Fear of failure is what holds a lot of people back. Other people’s opinions can also drag you down. I would finish by encouraging students by quoting Napoleon Hill: “Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision not to worry about what other people think, do, or say.”

Original interview here: https://academy.autodesk.com/inspiration/impact-design-entrepreneurs-yana-demeyer

 

Return Trip to Ft. Benning, GA – AEWE 2016

This week Roving Blue is back in Ft. Benning, GA to kick off another round of US Army ‪#‎AEWE‬ experiments. In this photo CFO Jim Gilmet demonstrates to onlookers that size really DOES matter. Especially when you are manually transporting your water resources.

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Which would YOU rather carry? The Water Buffalo (pictured) or Roving Blue?

Size matters. And we are less than 25 lbs soaking wet. Wonder what a Water Buffalo weighs…

 

Roving Blue CEO, Yana DeMyer, on Flint, MI Morning Radio Show – Supertalk 1570

Listen in as Roving Blue CEO, Yana DeMyer, discusses how Roving Blue can be a solution to removing lead from the water in Flint, MI.  She appeared this morning on The Michael J. Thorp show on Supertalk 1570 AM in Flint, MI.

Yana also discussed future products in the works at Roving Blue, so you don’t want to miss this!  Tune it at the link below to hear the interview:

https://clyp.it/rvccf10e