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TRENDING IN 2017: NEXT LEVEL SOLAR

A household solar panel system can reduce pollution by 100 tonnes of CO2 in its lifetime. But, just in case you need a little more incentive to invest in solar, check out these clever and visionary ideas that truly take the tech to the next level. INDEX: AWARD 2017 TRENDS – NEXT LEVEL SOLAR from …

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TRENDING IN 2017: SMART SOLUTIONS FOR WOMEN

To kick off this year’s trend profiles, we’re taking a look at some of the great INDEX: Award 2017 solutions for women’s health and fertility – ranging from low-cost sanitary kits to the Uber of birth control. Check them out!  INDEX: AWARD 2017 – DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE TRENDS from INDEX: Design to Improve Life® …

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BECOME A GLOBAL LEADER IN DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE

Design is no longer just about aesthetics and embellishment. Today, design is one of the most crucial tools we have to address the world’s greatest challenges – a concept we call Design to Improve Life. To provide the knowledge and network you need to become a global leader in Design to Improve Life, our organization …

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INDEX: Award 2017 receives record number of nominations

The nomination deadline for INDEX: Award lapsed yesterday at the stroke of midnight. We received 1,401 nominations – officially breaking our record for the fifth consecutive cycle! “I’m so pleased – this clearly confirms that the type of design we focus on, designs made to improve life, really is the way forward,” said Kigge Hvid, CEO of …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: CIRCLE

The Circle app is on a “mission to change the global economy”. How? By allowing us to move money over the Internet like the way we share files. Using Blockchain technology, the app allows its users to send U.S. dollars, euros, pound sterling and Bitcoin to anyone via text. INDEX: AWARD 2017 – NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: VIII from INDEX: …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: SMARTFLOWER

The Smartflower POP is an advanced all-in-one solar power system that claims to deliver up to 40% more output than conventional fixed systems. The nature inspired device includes a tracking system to keep its panels pointed directly at the sun, and is designed to automatically unfold the morning and fold back up at night or in high wind conditions. INDEX: AWARD 2017 – …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: ZIPLINE

Zipline is slashing the delivery time for life-saving medical supplies to remote areas of Rwanda. How? By using smart drones that can cut across difficult terrain to deliver packages in minutes.  INDEX: AWARD 2017 – NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: VI from INDEX: Design to Improve Life® on Vimeo. Know another project using drones to improve …

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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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ELSINORE’S CHALLENGE: THE PROJECTS ARE IN!

To improve the city’s health, the youth of Elsinore have come up with some amazing design solutions – ranging from exercise initiatives for the elderly to apps that curb smoking. This year, students of Elsinore have been addressing a vast range of challenges related to health, such as disease, mental health, diet, exercise and lifestyle habits. Project week was …

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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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CONTRIBUTING TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF TAIWAN

Can design play a key role in solving environmental challenges? “Yes!” says Taiwan.  This year we’ve had the ultimate privilege of helping the Taiwanese government, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), to develop their strategies for a greener Taiwan. How? By sharing our experiences from Denmark and introducing our tools for addressing environmental challenges. Our partnership …

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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, …