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ELSINORE TO IMPLEMENT STUDENT REFUGEE PROJECTS

As part of the Design to Improve Life Challenge in Elsinore, we asked 7,000 students to create solutions to improve local refugee integration. The results were so impressive that the local City Council wants to make them a reality. When kids are given the opportunity to help address real world problems, they come up with some amazing solutions. …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – AUGUST 8

This week: AI to help prevent police brutality, a golden solution for the prosthetics industry, and China’s weird yet wonderful electric bus hits the road. NEW PROSTHETIC METAL IS FOUR TIMES STRONGER Scientists have come up with a new metal alloy that will reinvent the world of prosthetics – everything from artificial limbs to dental implants. Made …

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BOOST HELSINGØR ON TRACK FOR SUCCESS

We’re officially halfway through implementing large-scale education programme Boost into the municipality of Helsingør (Elsinore). How is it working out for the city? We met with all the local educators and representatives to find out. Introduced last year, Boost – Innovative School in Elsinore (Boost) is designed to make the entire city more innovative. Run …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – JULY 27

This week: game-changing battery technology, Edward Snowden’s new design for public privacy, and some unusual ways that people are using Pokémon Go for good. APP INSTANTLY DETECTS MALARIA Developers participating in a Mobile Health Hackathon have come up with a new weapon against malaria: an app that can detect the deadly disease on the spot. Similar to INDEX: Award …

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8 THINGS WE LEARNED | THINKUBATOR DEMO DAY

Last week we were invited to judge 10 early stage startups at the Thinkubator Demo Day. Most of these startups were focused on generating positive impact across a number of sectors like education, medicine and gaming – just to name a few. Here are our top takeaways from the event… One registered blood donor can …

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10 THINGS WE LEARNED | RE•WORK FUTURE OF FOOD SUMMIT

Yesterday we were in London to attend the RE•WORK Future of Food Summit. We heard from 20 inspiring industry leaders about precision agriculture, robotics, lab-grown meat and much more. What did we learn? Here’s our top ten! Urban farming shouldn’t be seen as a panacea, but a very important part of the larger solution. It’s not feasible or …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – JUNE 20

This week: artificial intelligence that could wipe out animal poaching, Ikea’s new “no waste” product line, and an inspiring TED Talk about how we CAN eliminate poverty. AI TO HELP CURB POACHING A new AI technology could help end animal poaching for good. The system, called PAWS, which stands for Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security, collects data …

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SCIO WILL MAKE YOUR SMARTPHONE EVEN SMARTER

What’s the next step for INDEX: Award 2015 Finalist SCiO? Its amazing tech will be integrated into your next smartphone! Right now, SCiO by Consumer Physics is world’s first handheld molecular sensor that allows you to scan just about anything –like foods or medicines, among many other things– and instantly receive essential product data to your smartphone. …

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NEW BOARD MEMBER: TORBEN MÖGER PEDERSEN

We’d like to warmly welcome Torben Möger Pedersen to the INDEX: Design to Improve Life® Board of Directors. Torben will join the amazing seven men and women who guide the strategic development and running of our organisation. Comprising of leading public figures from Denmark and abroad, the INDEX: Design to Improve Life® Board is responsible for overseeing …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – JUNE 11

This week: floating dairy farms, a revolutionary machine that triples the time window for organ transplants, and a self-proclaimed nation that could be home to the world’s greenest city – thanks to algae! GOOGLE ACCELERATES THE SOLAR ENERGY TRANSITION Thinking about getting solar panels but not sure whether they’d be right for your home? Google just …

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8 DESIGNS TO HELP SAVE OUR OCEANS

Eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans every year, adding to the massive plastic soup that already plagues our planet. But, thankfully help is on the way. In celebration of World Oceans Day, we’ve collected some of the best designs and inspiring projects helping to clean up the world’s oceans. They range …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – JUNE 3

This week: tree planting drones, a student-designed machine that could be the new, healthy future of fast food, and Paris takes another huge step forward to help curb air pollution. MEDICINE’S BEST FRIEND: DOGS SNIFF OUT MALARIA Dogs have proven their worth in a number of professions, and now they could be used to help diagnose …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – MAY 26

This week: a 3D scanning mirror that truly reveals all, clothing to control your smart phone, and scientists finally discover an effective use for the world’s most commonly discarded piece of waste: cigarette butts!  SCOTLAND BUILDS WORLD’S LARGEST FLOATING WIND FARM Scotland will soon be home to the world’s largest floating wind farm. The project, Hywind Park, …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – MAY 18

This week: car parts made from CO2 pollution, stylish swimsuits that could save your life, and a new recycling tech that could have a huge impact on the fashion industry. TINY TABLET ROBOTS GO WHERE DOCTORS CAN’T Researchers have come up with a tiny origami robot encased in a pill that can perform delicate medical …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – MAY 11

This week: a new substance that could make anti-ageing skin products obsolete, garments made into interactive surfaces, and how an environmental watchdog group is ensuring recycling companies actually do their jobs. WASTE PICKERS FUEL 3D PRINTING Similar to New Hope Ecotech (INDEX: Award 2015 Finalist) a new startup in Tanzania is helping waste pickers, that usually …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – MAY 3

‘Design to Improve Life’ headlines this week: designing the perfect donor cells to help beat cancer, cruelty-free leather made from tropical fruit, and a new app by Samsung that will allow parents to remotely communicate with their premature babies. SMART BLOOD CELLS COULD HELP CURE CANCER A research project that “educates” cord blood cells to fight cancer cells will …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – APRIL 27

‘Design to Improve Life’ headlines are going green this week! Read about: smart planters that can power your phone, India’s new plan to extinguish poverty, and how the cheese industry is doing its part to make the globe a little greener. BALLOON-KITE HYBRIDS HARVEST ENERGY 24/7 We’ve seen a lot of eccentric clean energy harvesting ideas, but this …

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DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – APRIL 21

Making ‘Design to Improve Life’ headlines this week: fingerprint currency, a startup turning former coal miners into coders, some huge breaks in the medical industry, AND news that a global fossil fuel phase out could be much closer than you think… NO MORE FOSSIL FUELS WITHIN A DECADE? A new study from a major British …

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OVER 1,000 CHILDREN TO DESIGN GREENER TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS

For the next round of the Aarhus 2017 Design to Improve Life Challenge, over 1,000 fifth graders from the Central Denmark Region will design sustainable transport solutions to address the huge issue of air pollution. The design brief for the next Design to Improve Life Challenge “Transport – focusing on cars” is now up on the …

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FIRST GRADER PROJECT HEADS TO NYC DESIGN WEEK

In what could be a world-first, a class of first graders will be exhibiting their design to help refugees at this year’s NYC Design Week. Among the hottest emerging designs at New York City Design Week next month will be a project made by first graders from Elsinore, a small Danish city just north of Copenhagen. Students from Byskolen will be exhibiting their …