Tendekayi Katsiga is the Director of Deaftronics-Solar Ear, Botswana, is a company which produces high quality low cost solar powered hearing aids made by people who are deaf for people with a hearing loss.
He is part of a team which developed the first rechargeable hearing aid battery, which lasts for 2-3 years and can be used in 80% of hearing aids on the market today. It is solar powered and can be charged via the sun, household light, or a cell phone plug. Solar Ear also manufactures and sells the first digitally programmable and rechargeable hearing aids, which cost 10% of the market cost and meet WHO standards.
The Solar Powered Hearing aid is a open sourced, and has scaled globally into Brazil, Jordan,China, India and South Africa. Recently featured in the Newsweek magazine, National Geographic, BBC articles, Wired a high Tech Magazine, Daily Edventures Post, I am Youngpreneur, The Heretic, and Smart Planet. Recipient of a South African Designers Awards (DISA) and National Design for Development Award (NDDA).Worked in Zimbabwe, Canada, Brazil, Jordan and Botswana. He is an INK fellow.