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Published on 16 Nov 2013 | over 3 years ago

A venture in social entrepreneurship, Little Sun was created by the recipient of the 2014 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT and internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen. Little Sun employs an innovative global business model which sets the prices of lamps higher in areas of the world with electricity than in areas without. This on-grid investment is used to power the Little Sun off-grid distribution system. The bright yellow lamps are currently popping up in settings from a rural village in Burundi to the desk of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And now Little Sun has arrived at MIT — with a special call for participation from MIT's talented and motivated student body.

Little Sun was featured as a challenge in the 2013 festival and hackathon, Hacking Arts, where Little Sun CEO Felix Hallwachs was on hand to present the project and mentor attendees. At Hacking Arts, 253 attendees heard from entrepreneurial leaders in a range of creative fields, caught demos from new startups, experienced tech-enabled live performances, and most importantly, dreamt up and actually produced their own tech-based ventures in the space of 48 hours.

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