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TRENDING IN 2017: CITIZEN-LED SCIENCE

By making expert knowledge accessible, and of course more palatable, we not only democratise education — we leverage the genius of the group. Check out these INDEX: Award 2017 nominees that make DIY engineering and science fun. INDEX: AWARD 2017 TRENDS – CITIZEN-LED SCIENCE from INDEX: Design to Improve Life® on Vimeo. Like what you …

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TRENDING IN 2017: VR FOR EMPATHY

Virtual reality is now one of the top technologies used to combat a whole scope of mental health and social issues. This week, we take a look at some impressive projects using VR to improve empathy, change attitudes and inspire action. INDEX: AWARD 2017 TRENDS – VR FOR EMPATHY from INDEX: Design to Improve Life® …

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TRENDING IN 2017: CUTTING-EDGE FARMING

As natural resources shrink and the effects of climate change advance, now, more than ever, it’s essential that we optimise and support sustainable farming techniques. Whether it’’s empowering a community to improve their livelihood or just helping you sustain a small veggie patch, these solutions aim to give everyone a green thumb… INDEX: AWARD 2017 …

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TRENDING IN 2017: SMART SHIPPING AND TRANSPORT

From DIY vehicles to high-speed ‘trains’, this week we take a look at some amazing INDEX: Award 2017 nominees working to get things from A to B – easier, faster and smarter.  INDEX: AWARD 2017 TRENDS – SMART SHIPPING AND TRANSPORT from INDEX: Design to Improve Life® on Vimeo. — Want to know what other trends …

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TRENDING IN 2017: AIR TO WATER

How do you access clean drinking water with no electricity or water infrastructure?  You harvest it from the air, of course! Atmospheric water generation is fast becoming one of the top technologies improving global access to potable water – check out how it works… INDEX: AWARD 2017 TRENDS – AIR TO WATER from INDEX: Design to …

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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: AIR POLLUTION

Air pollution is fast becoming a large and dangerous problem in urban areas. This week from the INDEX: Award 2017 pipeline, we take a look at some innovative wearables and creative solutions that capture and repurpose smog. INDEX: AWARD 2017 TRENDS – AIR POLLUTION from INDEX: Design to Improve Life® on Vimeo. — Want to …

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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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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ‘DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE’ RIGHT NOW?

Over 1,400 designs, from 85 countries, across five categories and addressing 22 goals. What’s trending among the INDEX: Award 2017 nominations? Here’s our quick sum up. The BODY category (329 nominations) has taken healthcare to a new level this year with a number of visionary products and technologies. Just to name a few: micro-implants to restore movement and fertility, AI …

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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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ELSINORE’S CHALLENGE WINNERS: TEAM 17!

Congratulations to Team 17, ‘Support Group’ from Skolen ved Rønnebær Allé, for taking out the top prize at today’s Design to Improve Life Challenge in Elsinore. Once again, the talented youth of Elsinore designed some amazing solutions for the Design to Improve Life Challenge. But this time, their task was to help improve the city’s …

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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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ELSINORE’S CHALLENGE – CHECK OUT THE FINALISTS!

The finalists for the next Design to Improve Life Challenge in Elsinore have been selected! Congratulations to the following 21 teams that will take part in Battle next week: PRIMARY CLASSES Team 1: Children and the Elderly Having Fun Together by Hellebækskolen O.D “Many elderly people are lonely and in need of encouragement. We want …

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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 …