• 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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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 […]

Kyoto Protocol

Climate changes are an incinerator for natural disasters. Global warming is induced by the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by industry and transport. The Kyoto Protocol, aimed at reducing the production of greenhouse gases, also contributes to the long-term prevention of natural disasters. The UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was […]

Observing the earth

Satellite images and geographic data provide an important resource for predicting, identifying and observing natural disasters and for coordinating prevention measures and relief efforts. One class of earth observation instruments are optical detects of solar energy, reflected back from earth, into space across various wavelengths, including visible light and invisible infrared bands. Radar instruments shine microwave […]

Designer for Asia

A small design agency from Germany has initiated the project Designer for Asia. They asked graphic designers from all around the world to each contribute their part to the design of a huge poster on the theme of the tsunami in South East Asia on 26/12/2004. The single parts which needed to have a content […]

Lastexitflucht

Lastexitflucht is an online game made for young people and initiated by the UNHCR. It is designed to inform youth about forced migration and enable them to understand the life of refugees. The project consists of three levels: an online-game, a “facts-web” and a site for teachers with lesson materials regarding refugees. In the game, […]

Building Letters / Font Aid

Font Aid is a project initiated by the SOTA Society of Typographic Aficionados and by Building Letters, in an effort to contribute to the typographic work of designers and to raise money through sales for victims of disasters and people in need. Building Letters is an annual graphic publication whose profits are donated to charity […]

Designed To Help …

British graphic designer firm, iLovedust and their German partner, Die Gestalten have arranged Designed To Help, a book of graphic artwork that will donate sales to Tsunami relief. In the aftermath of the Southeast Asian Tsunami 26/12/04, the two initiators distributed a request to design agencies around the world to hand in graphic designs, illustrations […]

Second Aid Toolkits

During the “Sustainable Design Week“, focused on the subject of, “Design for Disaster“, in 2005 at the “Design Academy Eindhoven”, the Netherlands, a primary question was, “How can victims reorganize their lives after surviving a disaster?” Depending on the aid given by relief agencies containing basic needed to survive, it is often the case that […]

Soul Bag

The “Soulbag” is a concept that will help people deal with their grief over the loss of family and friends in the aftermath of a disaster. The concept is strongly inspired by the devastating impact of the tsunami in South East Asia in 2004, and the enormous number of deaths, estimated to be more than […]

Recycling Plastic Bags

Somalian refugees in the Ethiopian refugee camp of Keribeyah reuse plastic bags they find on the street to weave table covers, mattresses and pillows. The relief agency ZOA initiated this project by establishing a workshop where a group of 60 women, both refugees and locals, worked six days a week to transform rubbish into handicraft. […]

Medical Equipment by TTM

The TTM – Technologie Transfer Marburg E.V. has developed an operation table especially suitable for emergency usage because it is operational purely mechanically, without the need of electricity or hydraulics. The frame is made of stainless steel, the table consists of polyamide and the upholstery of CR-polymer. The different table legs can be adjusted individually. […]

Vaccine

The medical companies Quadrant Holdings (UK) and Chiron Vaccines (USA) have developed a new vaccination substance based on Trehalose that is resistant to temperature. Standard vaccinations are not resistant to ambient temperatures, they need to be cooled in order to be implemented for vaccination campaigns. This cooling requires a special effort in rural areas of […]

Phytocorps

Phytocorps is an educational project about Phytoremediation with application and impact in Rhode Island, USA, at the site of a chemical accident. In October 2004, youth found large quantities of mercury in an abandoned mercury reclamation area bordering the river’s edge in Pawtucket, Rhode island, which resulted in a community wide evacuation. Investigating the demographics […]

Non-Electric Incubator for Premature Infants

In the developing world every year almost one million infants die in their first month of life due to the results of premature birth, heat loss and dehydration. To address this problem, the non-electric premature incubator is adapted to conditions in developing countries. Modern high tech incubators don’t adequately serve the developing world, because they […]

WAPI

Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI) The Indicator is a simple device that uses the melting point of a special kind of soy wax as an indicator for water pasteurization. The heating of water or milk to kill disease-causing organisms is known as pasteurization. A temperature of more than 65°C is sufficient for the elimination of microbes, […]

Spider Boot

Spider Boot Antipersonnel Mine Foot Protection System The Spider Boot is a foot protection device for demining activities that is used in combination with conventional demining protection gear. The protection of the foot is enhanced by lifting the boot up from the ground with a platform, creating distance from the source of the blast. The […]

Minus Mines

The mine detector “Minus Mines” employs a new method of landmine detection, using a method for electro-chemical sensation of TNT in the air, comparable to the a sniffer dog detects smell. Landmines are one of the cruelest representations of aftermaths of war: worldwide 100 million people are buried in former regions of war because of […]

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