Gates Foundation presents: condom contest


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The main point is, Bill Gates doesn’t want you to assume he supports freer sex.

This is the statement from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a new round of winners as part of its Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative. GCE grants fund innovative ideas to tackle persistent global health and development problems. Winning proposals this round will tackle a wide range of issues including: using social data for social good, the next generation of condom, helping women farmers in the developing world, new interventions for neglected diseases, and bringing together human and animal health for new solutions.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that over 812 different ideas regarding quality improvement for condoms were submitted to this campaign. Imagine if one of these included a curry-scented version.

Clarification: the condom contest itself is actually just one of numerous others held by the foundation, under the umbrella of Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE). You can read the full report here regarding subcategories other than this one.

Examples of new-generation condoms proposed by some scientists are as follow:

  • Benjamin Strutt and a team from Cambridge Design Partnership in the United Kingdom will design a male condom out of a composite material that will provide a universal fit and is designed to gently tighten during intercourse, enhancing sensation and reliability.

  • Willem van Rensburg of Kimbranox Ltd. in South Africa will test a condom applicator, the Rapidom, which is designed for easy, technique-free application of male condoms. Kimbranox will test an applicator designed to be applied with one motion, thereby minimizing interruption.

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