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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THE URITROTTOIR

In many cities public urination is a big – not to mention foul-smelling – problem. Now, French designers have come up with a simple solution to make public peeing not only more civilised, but also more eco-friendly. The Uritrottoir looks like a large decorative planter with a small opening at the front. Inside, it’s filled with …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THE EMPOWERMENT PLAN

The Empowerment Plan aims to break the generational cycle of homelessness by helping the displaced earn a stable income and regain their independence. The Detroit based nonprofit trains homeless women and gives them full-time employment as seamstresses. The women manufacture an ingenious coat designed to fold out into a sleeping bag when needed, or into a convenient carrying …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: HUMANITAS RETIREMENT HOME

The Humanitas retirement home in Deventer, Netherlands, offers free housing to students. What’s the catch? All they have to do is spend a little time acting as “good neighbours”. See how this amazing initiative improves the lives of both young and old by bringing them together.  INDEX: AWARD 2017 – NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: III …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THE PILOT SMART EARPIECE

American company Waverly Labs have come up with the world’s first translating earpiece. Yes, earbuds that can translate foreign languages in real-time! Using the latest technologies in speech recognition, machine translation and the advances of wearable technology, the Pilot earpiece allows wearers to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other. INDEX: AWARD 2017 …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: PAPERFUGE

INDEX: Award 2015 finalist Manu Prakash, Co-founder of Foldscope, has come up with yet another amazing low-cost innovation for healthcare. Along with fellow Stanford comrade Saad Bhamla, the duo have created a human-powered blood centrifuge – made from paper! A centrifuge is critical for detecting diseases such as malaria, African sleeping sickness, HIV and tuberculosis. …

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‘TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE: A CROWD-FUNDING CHRISTMAS

Not into Christmas consumerism? We’ve got you covered. Instead of hitting the shops this year, why not back a great project on behalf of a loved one? Ranging from sustainable fashion to life-saving organisations, here are our 10 picks… Plug&Play RNA – Imagine being able to diagnose cancer without needing a lab – you could …

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8 THINGS WE LEARNED | HIGH-TECH LOW-COST SOLUTIONS SEMINAR

Last week we attended the ‘High-tech low-cost solutions – a road to SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) innovation’ seminar organised by the BoP Learning Lab. At the DTU SkyLab, the day brought together a number of industries to discuss how cheap, innovative technologies could be more broadly applied to benefit humanity. Check out what we learned: Many amazing …

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FOLDSCOPE TO DISTRIBUTE ONE MILLION UNITS

Want to help improve global science education and diagnostics? Now you can with INDEX: Award 2015 finalists Foldscope! Using origami to democratise science education and help tackle disease, the $1.00 Foldscope allows users to see the tiny – good, interesting and ominous – life-forms the naked eye can’t. Made from a single sheet of paper, …

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OUR CEO RECEIVES A SECOND HONORARY DOCTORATE

First it was one of America’s leading design universities. Now, Kigge will be donning the hat and cape of one of Britain’s leading universities, the University of Huddersfield, as she receives her second honorary doctorate! Once again, Kigge has been celebrated for her international efforts to promote sustainable design and innovation. Along with six other prominent figures, she …

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KIDS OF ELSINORE TO ADDRESS THE CITY’S HEALTH

The design brief for the second Design to Improve Challenge in Elsinore is up! This time, the city’s youth will be coming up with new solutions to improve health… “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease,” says the World Health Organization (WHO). With …

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OUR 10 LESSONS LEARNED

This year we celebrate 15 years of Design to Improve Life. Keeping with our philosophy of always sharing our knowledge, we asked our entire team to tell us what key lessons they’ve learned along the journey… 1. ASK, TALK, LISTEN & LEARN – “Admitting to not knowing something distinguishes a smart individual. Ask questions, talk about your ideas, …

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BLOX CULTURE NIGHT: AN EVENING OF DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE

We’ll be holding an exhibition at the BLOX Hub this coming Culture Night!  As part of the Culture Night celebrations next Friday, October 14th, we’ll be showing an exhibition of 50 INDEX: Award designs at the BLOX site – our future office location. BLOX, which will be officially completed and opened in 2018, will be Denmark’s hub of design, …

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SHAPING RECYCLING POLICY IN CHILE

We’re sharing our knowledge in Chile this week to help the nation improve local recycling policies and processes! On Friday our Education Director, Lotte Stenlev, will be participating in the “Design meets Recycling” (Encuentro Diseño y Reciclaje) conference to discuss opportunities to incorporate design into a new Chilean recycling law. The new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law will require local …

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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE NEXT DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE BATTLE!

The 20 best green transport projects designed for the next Aarhus 2017 Challenge have been selected for the Battle finale! Throughout the past month over 700 fifth-graders from all over the Central Denmark Region have been designing solutions to address the challenge: “Transport – focusing on cars” as part of the Aarhus 2017 Design to Improve Life Challenge. This …

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AARHUS 2017 CHALLENGE: THE SOLUTIONS ARE IN!

The green transport solutions, designed by Danish fifth graders, have now been submitted for the next Aarhus 2017 Design to Improve Life Challenge! Throughout the past week over 700 children from all over the Central Denmark Region have been designing solutions to address the challenge: “Transport – focusing on cars” as part of the Aarhus 2017 Design …

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10 THINGS WE LEARNED | NEXT STEP CHALLENGE

Last week we attended the Danish chapter of the Next Step Challenge, Europe’s largest startup competition, where we witnessed 15 amazing international startups pitch their businesses in a bid to win €250,000! Run by our partners Accelerace and five other companies, the Next Step Challenge involved an intense eight-month program to prepare 15 ‘Smart Energy & …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE IN DENVER

Our education department plants more ‘design to improve life’ seeds across the pond. Over the past few months, our education department has been back and forth from Denver, USA, to teach a series of courses at the College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado. The purpose of the courses were to train local educators, ranging from high …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – SEPTEMBER 6

In your DTIL briefing this week: great news for wildlife conservationists, Oslo asks kids to contribute to city planning, and an INDEX: Award 2015 finalist receives praise from one of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs.  NEW FABRIC TO COMBAT RISING TEMPERATURES Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new textile to cool your body far more efficiently than …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – AUGUST 24

This week: tiny engineered devices with massive capabilities, Twitter tackles online abuse, and could flying drones be the future of public transport? One leading company thinks so and has some very ambitious plans. TINY PARTICLE A HEAT-SEEKING MISSILE FOR ALZHEIMER’S In the past few months we’ve seen numerous break-throughs in the quest to cure alzheimer’s. Now, …

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WE’RE SEMI-FINALISTS!

Elsinore’s Design to Improve Life Challenge has been named a semi-finalist for the European Social Innovation Competition! Out of almost 1,100 candidates the Elsinore Design to Improve Life Challenge, with the theme ‘People on the run – from refugee to citizen’, has been selected as one of the 30 semi-finalists of the European Social Innovation Competition! Run …