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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 …

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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 …