• Bionik-Network Hessen / VDID start challenge on innonatives

    Bionik- Network Hessen and VDID (Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer e.V.) are searching for the most inspiring and visionary ideas on how Biomimetics or Biomimicry can be combined with 3D-Printing to generate more sustainable solutions. These can happen anywhere: in construction of houses or vehicles, in furniture and everyday products design, in medical devices and products […]

  • innonatives kitchen challenge winner

    innonatives first challenge winners 2015

    The innonatives team is proud to present the first winners of the first completed innonatives challenge. Please see here for the winning solutions of the Sustainable Kitchen challenge http://innonatives.com/challenge/sus-brazil/solutions-sorted/winners Congratulations to the winners !!!  Your innonatives Team

  • AIDF Disaster relief infographic d4d

    Download & share the #infographic on the importance of #PPPs & #tech in disaster management: http://bit.ly/1qj6Evn  http://ow.ly/i/6Ku5d

  • Microspine Rock-Climbing Robot from JPL

    At ICRA 2012, JPL introduced its microspine gripper system, which uses hundreds of tiny little claws to grip rough surfaces. We saw some video of a robot hanging from one of these, but it was just being used as a passive anchor. At IROS this week, JPL researchers presented a new video showing an upgraded version […]

  • Sustainability Maker needs you !

    Join the next big thing! Attend the first Sustainability Maker Convention, the world’s first conference on Open Innovation, Crowd Sourcing and Crowd Funding for Sustainability. Be among the first to witness the start of the next Sustainability innovation movement and to know about the www.innonatives.com open innovation for Sustainability platform. Registration Please register online before October […]

  • RSA – Natural Disaster relief – 2005/06

    Stuart Williamson Industrial Designer Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom Ensuring the immediate supply of food/medicines/water is a key priority in responding to disaster situations. Supplies have to be delivered quickly and efficiently and this can often be difficult due to remote locations/bad weather and limited transportation available. Maximizing the capability of these supplies is vital. Examine […]

  • Green solar grill

    Derek Ham writes over at Barbeque Lovers about a solar-powered grill project he has been working on that uses latent heat storage to both extend cooking times, create hotter temperatures, and reduce the problem of intermittent sun. Based on technology developed by MIT professor David Wilson, the concept is expected to generate cooking temperatures of 450F, and […]

  • Play your way to clean electricity

    Soccket brings electricity to developing nations. Soccket is a soccer ball that generates and stores energy while in play. This energy can be used as clean electricity, bringing light to many homes. Currently, many developing nations rely on kerosene lamps to supply light in the evening. These lamps are dangerous, they emit toxic fumes and […]

  • Walk, run or bike to clean power

    The nPOWER PEG harvests kinetic energy from motion such as walking, running or biking. It then uses this energy to charge hand-held electronic devices. The project is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo. The goal is to deliver 100 generators to high-risk areas that are off-the-grid, but that use mobile devices. “Over half a billion mobile […]

  • Rescue with The Ruins Catheter

    The Ruins Catheter, designed by Idan Raizberg, is a device made to rescue people from collapsed buildings or debris. The rescue device could be used after earthquake or in response to any collapse. The design is inspired by a medical balloon catheter, used to expand arteries. “At the start of the project, I outlined for […]

Introduction

Disasters such as, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, famines and wars cause destruction and suffering to humankind. Whether these are natural and inevitable, or man-made and unnecessary, we can improve our means of reacting and aiding the victims affected.

This website is to function as a source of information and a communication platform for exchanging knowledge, experience, ideas and projects. How can we design life in a way that we are better prepared and have better infrastructure, methods to avoid damage, suffering and death tolls?

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Sandbag Structures by Nader Khalili

The global need for housing is felt by millions refugees and displaced persons – victims of natural disasters and wars. Iranian architect Nader Khalili believes that this need can be addressed only by using the potential of earth construction. After extensive research into vernacular earth building methods in Iran, followed by detailed prototyping, he has […]

Binishelter System

The automated construction method used to make the BiniShelter uses eight pre-fabricated, mass-produced structural components made of locally available materials. The eight components (four wall and four Roofs) and fixtures can be designed with any number of diverse structural and/or building materials (wood, concrete, steel, reinforced clay, durock, sheetrock, concrete, bricks, bamboo and any combination […]

Internet access to the developing world

Vodafone announced the launch of the Vodafone Webbox, the first device of its kind, bringing affordable internet access to a customer’s existing television set, just by plugging in a keyboard. The Webbox is a Vodafone innovation developed specifically for customers in emerging markets, where technology and cost barriers often exclude many from enjoying affordable, ready […]

Tsunami WaveBag

The Tsunami WaveBag is a safety vest designed for a mother to carry her child while easily running toward the highest land-point in case of a tsunami alarm. It works as a floating device to prevent drowning, and also as an airbag device to protect both people from trauma caused by wave action and floating […]

Soil Decontamination/ Phytoremediation

After man-made chemical or nuclear accidents, soil often remains contaminated with chemical substances that are dangerous to human health. In order to recover contaminated soils, chemicals can be extracted either chemically by acids or biologically by plants. The removal by plants is called, phytoremediation. In chemical cleansing the soil has to be removed and treated […]

Demining

MgM Menschen gegen Minen / People Against Landmines is an NGO working in the field of landmine detection and destruction. Their website provides a thorough insight into the subject, both on political implications and on practical demining methods and new technologies. The existence of landmines in public spaces is one of the cruelest aftermaths of […]

Management and Organization

To ensure the efficiency and quality of a relief programme, aid organizations act according to a carefully developed procedure. The common standards applying to all areas of relief work are elaborated by the Sphereproject. The basic principles that must function in order to ensure the quality of a relief programme concern the staff, the continuous […]

Mental and Social Care

To enhance the psychosocial well-being of people affected by disaster certain standards should be followed in managing the aftermath of a disaster or a refugee camp. These standards are thoroughly described by the Sphereproject. General means of stabilizing the social situation in the camp and of providing psychological and psychiatric care are to be differentiated […]

INEE Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies

Alike the Sphereproject for other sectors, the INEE has formulated minimum standards for education in emergencies which comply and relate to guidelines of Sphere. Facilitating educational activities are an important part of relief work as they provide structure of everyday life, offering the affected population a sense of return to normalcy, of stability, of life […]

Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a phenomenon related both to a shortage in food security and to medical issues. Its occurrence is often but not always related to food shortage. The persons affected are to be perceived as being in need not only of food but of medical supervision, attendance and care. The phenomenon of malnutrition and procedures […]

Healthcare

The right to health is a basic human right embodied in various international legal constitutions. This right includes, not only, access to a healthcare system, but also access to other determinants of health – nutrition, water and sanitation, housing, safe environmental conditions, health-related education, non-discrimination and life in human dignity. Health impacts of disasters: Direct: […]

Food Security and Food Aid

The issues of security, food aid and malnutrition make a complex system of intertwined aspects. Food security deals with the right and the physical and economic access of human beings to food, not only dependent on supply but also on employment, income, political and social implications. Procedures undertaken to assess problems of food insecurity are […]

Basic equipment and supply

The Sphere Project has defined the basic equipment that a refugee person should be provided with. The equipment can be divided into what is needed per household and per person. Each household: Each household needs shelter for protection against climate and diseases, for privacy and social security, ideally including the possibility for subdivision and needs to […]

Water and Sanitation

The level of water security and hygiene in a refugee camp depends on two factors: the facilities provided and the population’s hygienic behavior. A sufficient hygienic situation can only be achieved by a strategy of distributing knowledge, mobilizing residents and providing residents with essential facilities and materials. Water is not only needed for nutrition but […]

Shelterproject

Transitional settlement: displaced populations gives an extensive, detailed overview of how to implement settlements for displaced populations exclusively; the guidelines don’t comply to reconstruction after conflict or disaster, return to homelands or permanent settlement on new sites. The first section of the guidelines deals with a general overview on the subject. It deals with strategic […]

Standardization for Refugee Camps

Standardizations for the basic size, lay-out, and structure of refugee camps have been defined by the Sphere Project, which was launched in 1997 by the UN and several NGOs, with the mission to improve the quality of relief aid. Results have been published in a handbook, on the organization’s website and are promoted by training […]

The spread of epidemics

The progress with which epidemics spread has changed with the way that people travel from place-to-place in modern times. The Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the University of Göttingen and the University of California Santa Barbara have discovered a mathematical law behind modern movements. In the middle-ages, when people moved only slowly […]

Tsunami Warning Systems

An early warning system already exists in the Pacific Ocean and one is currently being installed in the Indian Ocean after the devastating Tsunami hit South East Asia in 2004. There are different methods enabling to prediction: Although seismic gauges can detect the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that cause a tsunami, they are not suitable […]

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