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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: SOLAR CHARGED JACKET

These smart textiles just keep getting smarter! The Solar Charged Jacket by Vollebak acts as if it’s alive, absorbing light like a plant and re-emitting it slowly over time. You can lay it out in the sun, under a light bulb or draw on it with your smartphone flashlight. By turning you into a human-sized …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: MARSHA

Developed by AI SpaceFactory, Marsha is a 3D-printed vertical home designed for life on Mars. The egg-like container is specially designed to handle internal atmospheric pressure and structural stresses. A large portion of the building materials are harvested from the planet’s surface and, best of all, the home has a minimal footprint. All renderings by Plompmozes …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THE ALZHEIMER’S VILLAGE

This uniquely designed village for Alzheimer’s patients will provide increased freedom and reduce anxiety. The 120 residents of the village in Dax, southwestern France, will have free rein to safely wonder about the beautiful ‘town’, enjoying it just as if it were a regular neighbourhood. They’ll be able to shop at the supermarket, visit the …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: INSPIRE

Want to support clean energy but not sure how? This week’s featured nominee makes it easy! Inspire purchases renewable energy certificates from local, regional or national wind farms on your behalf to offset the energy that you consume.  This way, your home or business will actively support more clean power getting into the grid without needing …

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LIZA CHONG OFFICIALLY APPOINTED AS CEO

We’re delighted to announce the official appointment of Liza Chong as CEO of INDEX: Design to Improve Life. Liza has been a key member of INDEX’s leadership team and, since March 2018, has served as Acting CEO following the departure of Founder Kigge Hvid. INDEX: Design to Improve Life Chairman of the Board, Jens Wittrup …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THE DARWIN CHALLENGE

Skipping meat for just one day CAN make a difference. Don’t believe us? This ingenious app shows the tangible impact you have, from saved CO2 to toilet flushes, each day you choose to go plant-based. Give The Darwin Challenge a try! Don’t forget to submit your solution for INDEX: Award 2019 – nominations close March 10, 2019.

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: REHOME

Over the years we’ve seen some great temporary housing solutions come through the INDEX: Award. But, perhaps not quite as creative, and thrifty, as this! Rehome, developed by a team of Finnish design students, is a series of furniture designed for all kinds of temporary housing needs from emergency arrangements to festivals. Covering sleeping, storage and privacy – …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: T-POD

The sleek T-pod is a self-driving electric vehicle that can carry 15 pallets of goods for almost 200kms, on a single charge, while producing zero emissions. Einride, the Swedish company behind the innovation, will test the pods this year and plan to eventually develop an infrastructure of charging stations. Have you seen another great logistics …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: ZERO WASTE BISTRO

Could this beautiful pop-up be the new model for sustainable dining? Shown during this year’s NYCXDesign event, the Zero Waste Bistro explores how great design can drastically reduce the problem of restaurant food waste. The entire installation is made from recycled and recyclable elements, from the construction materials all the way through to the tasting menu. …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: MODERN FERTILITY

Fertility testing for women can be invasive and highly costly. Not to mention, difficult to access if you live in remote areas or don’t have access to quality health care. Modern Fertility aims to reinvent and simplify this complex process for all women planning on children. Here’s how: Don’t forget that you can nominate for …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: ZEIº

Maintaining focus and momentum at work is a challenge that most of us can relate to. This desktop gadget, which has received some rave reviews, aims to boost your productivity by helping you stay on top of all your tasks. ZEI° can be used as a straight-up time logging tool or if you’d simply like …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: AEROCHROMICS

Most of us can’t quite comprehend the real and looming threat of air pollution. And why would we? It’s easy to brush off a problem that doesn’t appear to affect your life, let alone one that you can’t even see. But, what if you could see it? This line of sweatshirts are designed to shift …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: LILIUM

This week, meet Lilium: the world’s first electric vertical take-⁠off and landing jet. This unique vehicle will enable you to travel five times faster than a car. But, you won’t need to own one. Just like today’s taxis and Ubers, you’ll be able to pay per ride and order one with a simple push of …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THE ALGAE DOME

With proper cultivation and widespread adoption, algae has the capacity to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, like malnutrition, deforestation and climate change. This revolutionary organism, which can double in size in a day, can be grown almost anywhere, is packed with nutrients and contains twice the amount of protein than meat! …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: CORTI

Every year, millions of people suffer further injury and even lose their lives as result of mistakes made by medical personnel. This is simply because many emergency responders, doctors and care staff are forced to make quick decisions, often without the correct information, in highly stressful situations. Corti aims to dramatically reduce these mistakes using …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: SYNTHETIC POLLENIZER

The Synthetic Pollenizer, created by Michael Candy, is a conceptual project designed to help increase the dwindling bee population. The robotic canola flower (or rapeseed) provides a safer method of artificial pollination using 3D-printed robotic flowers. Candy’s flowers, while not infected with pesticides, are all equipped with pollen and nectar and are designed to be …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: PIGZBE

As cryptocurrency becomes more established in our global society, it only makes sense that we prepare our kids for a future where banking looks very different. That’s why Primo Toys, creators of coding toy Cubetto, came up with Pigzbe: a digital cyptocurrency wallet and gaming system for kids. The design is essentially a piggy bank …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THINX

This one’s for the ladies! THINX are the world’s first period-proof underwear – and apparently they really do work. The underwear has a can be worn as a replacement or backup to traditional period products. The special four-layered design makes sure they’re leak resistant as well as perfectly hygienic. These could not only make life …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: QC-1

French startup Qarnot computing has come up with an idea to bring cryptocurrency into your very own living room – but not in the way that you might expect. The QC-1 is not only an energy efficient way to warm your home, but also mines cryptocurrency as it runs. The heater contains a passive computer …

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SEE OUR URBAN FARMING EXHIBITION!

INDEX partners with Poznań Design festival to curate Urban Farming Exhibition. A selection of our most memorable food and farming INDEX: Award solutions are currently on show at the Poznań Design Festival. Launched on May 11th, the Polish festival “promotes design as a way of thinking” and highlights creativity as a key part of solving important …