Jodie is an MIT engineer turned entrepreneur, who founded Global Cycle Solutions (GCS) and co-founder of the AISE initiative to accelerate innovation and social entrepreneurship in Tanzania. She and her team of 11 full-time Tanzanian employees at GCS build and sell simple bicycle-related products that create opportunities in rural communities and help farmers climb out of poverty. She has developed a platform in which you can “plug” various technologies onto a bicycle. For farmers, her bicycle-powered maize sheller is 5x faster than traditional methods and turns maize shelling from a chore into an easy and enjoyable task. A strong believer in co-creation and creative capacity building, she is teaming up with a local Tanzanian NGO to construct AISE’s first collaboration center by the end of this year.
TED Fellows Retreat 2013, TEDGlobal 2011
Areas of Expertise
Mechanical Engineering, Rural Economic Development, appropriate technology, Bicycles, Micro-enterprise
An idea worth spreading
Bicycle attachments to bring us back to the future!
I'm passionate about
technology, bicycles, engineering, the great outdoors.
Talk to me about
collaboration, partnership, investment, social entrepreneurship, new ideas.
People don't know I'm good at
football/American soccer, baking carrot cake in homemade ovens, and playing piano.