The Celestini Project

Technology for Good

Everyone has amazing potential. Let’s develop it!

The Young Scholars are committed to enabling technical undergrads in developing countries to use technology to create social and economic transformation in their communities.

We provide help to identify projects, a local engineer for mentoring, temporary working space, assistance with local publicity and other support the students need. The students bring creativity, technical skills and a passion for making a difference.

Uganda (2016)

Issue:
  • Uganda has the 37th highest maternal mortality rate in the world
  • Hypertension is the second most common cause of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Maternal mortality is caused by remoteness from health centers, shortage of skilled workers and lack of awareness among pregnant women
Approach:
  • Marconi Society teamed with Makerere University, Nokia Bell Labs and Marconi Young Scholar Dr. Joseph Kakande
  • Objective is to reduce maternal deaths due to hypertensive disorders
  • Three teams focused on developing an end-to-end mobile app
Results:
  • Created a mobile app to track the health of pregnant women and identify potential for hypertensive disorder
  • Developed a database to track patients, generate reports for doctors and store data
  • Built a web application to schedule health care visits

India (2017-2018)

Issue:
  • Over 200,000 people in India lost their lives in road accidents in 2015
  • Traffic accidents are the top cause of death for people aged 19-25
  • In Delhi, many of these accidents are caused by buses hitting pedestrians and cyclists
Approach:
  • Marconi Society teamed with a technical team at IIT Delhi and Marconi Young Scholar Dr. Aakanksha Chowdhery at Princeton University
  • 30 undergraduate students from eight premier engineering institutions in India will participate in the initial phase
  • Students will build a prototype system using vehicle-mounted dashboard cameras to
    • Alert bus drivers when cyclists and pedestrians are in their collision trajectory
    • Analyze data from these vehicles, along with other data, to monitor road safety compliance
Results:
  • Results are expected at the end of 2017