UBS Optimus Foundation – Solar Suitcase

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
2-4 May 2016 | SwissTech Convention Centre | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

The Optimus Foundation is an expert grant-making foundation established by UBS in 1999. The Optimus Foundation works to break down the barriers that prevent children from reaching their full potential. They work with leading organizations to fund and implement innovative projects which improve the health, education and protection of children. The foundation supports projects in places where children face adversity.

UBS Optimus Foundation has been an early grant partner of We Care Solar since 2011. The “Solar Suitcase” developed, manufactured and distributed by We Care Solar can help overcome preventable maternal and newborn deaths in rural areas where lack of reliable electricity forces women to deliver in darkness and absence of trained medical care. The Solar Suitcase can also be used for disaster relief in the wake of natural disasters.