• 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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Rebuild by Design

Rebuild by Design, an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, addresses structural and environmental vulnerabilities that Hurricane Sandy exposed in communities throughout the region, and develops fundable solutions to better protect residents from future climate events. Because of the enormity of this challenge, the […]

Foldscope – a paper based microscope

The Foldscope can be assembled from a flat sheet of paper in under 10 minutes. “Although it costs less than a dollar in parts, it can provide over 2,000X magnification with submicron resolution, weighs less than two nickels, is small enough to fit in a pocket, requires no external power, and can survive being dropped from […]

Track Deforestation on Google Maps

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests. GFW is free and follows an open data approach in […]

IKEA program seeks to brighten lives of refugees in UN camps

A two-month campaign to raise funds to provide solar-powered lighting in refugee camps run by the UN has been launched by an international home-furnishings company. The IKEA Foundation will donate just over one US dollar to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for every LED light bulb it sells in its stores around the world. The […]

Rethink relief

Rethink Relief is an intense design workshop dedicated to creating technologies for humanitarian relief that specifically address the gap between short-term relief and long-term sustainable development. This hands-on event is an unique opportunity for practitioners, designers and recipients of humanitarian aid to engage and develop a holistic approach to relief that considers the transition from emergency […]

Google Glass to help response and rescue

Firefighter Patrick Jackson developed a software that can push emergency calls to Google Glass and direct responders to its location and nearby hydrants with Google Maps. Currently, he’s working on being able to pull up floor plans and other relevant information about buildings before entry, as well as vehicle diagrams and instructions for aiding in-car rescues. […]

Air Rope - Inflatable Rescue Tunnel for Flood Situations by Lee Jee Won, Lee Yong Ho, Lee Juan

Rescue Tunnel

Air Rope is an inflatable rescue tunnel that can be deployed during flood situations. It is a safer option to the rope pulley system and is easier to use. Instead of braving the torrent and crossing the river to secure a pulley system, the inflatable air walk is used. Air is pumped into a doughnut-shaped […]

Solar Power and Light Kit

Voltaic Systems, manufacturer of solar chargers for smartphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, just launched a BOGO (Buy One Give One) campaign to help residents of Philippines whose lives were irrevocably changed by the devastating typhoon Haiyan. They’re selling a 3.4 Watt Solar Power and Light Kit that normally costs $85 for just $59, and another one will be […]

Helicopter Writes Words on Blades

The LED R/C Helicopter’s spinning blades have LEDs on them, which can be programmed to display dot-matrix text or icons which emerge while the blades spin, thanks to a persistence of vision illusion. Simply enter the text you want to display using the companion app (which appears to be Windows only), choose the animation pattern, […]

Made in Fukushima

People aiming to help boost commerce in the area hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Fukko (“Recovery” in Japanese) Department Store launched, an online service offering nationwide a wide range of products — including local handmade items, farm fresh food and seafood, and traditional craft goods — with every product lovingly made with […]

ride4water

800 Million people do not have access to clean drinking water. So they drink dirty water which results in serious health issues. Every 19 Seconds a child dies somewhere on this planet do to a lack of clean drinking water. Now is the time to take action and change this! With my ride4water I want […]

Philippines Climate Negotiator Makes Emotional Plea At COP19, Vows Hunger Strike

A 2008 study found that in the northwestern Pacific where Haiyan formed, the top 1 percent of the strongest tropical cyclones over the past 30 years are getting on average about 1 mph stronger each year — a phenomenon some scientists suspect is a consequence of global warming. “The strongest storms are getting stronger” said […]

Habitat for Humanity Philippines

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, Christian organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action worldwide. Habitat for Humanity is going to respond to this disaster in a significant way. Our initial target is to distribute 50,000 units of Clean-up/Hygiene […]

Use person finder from google.org

Google Person Finder helps people reconnect with friends and loved ones in the aftermath of natural and humanitarian disasters.

Help donate to victims of Typhoon Haiyan

With reports of more than 10,000 estimated casualties, and an excess of 9 million people affected,Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most devastating storms ever to make landfall. With the Red Cross and other agencies saying they expect the number of casualties and total damage from the storm to soar, there are many organizations stepping up to provide relief […]

No smoke without fire

How can visual signs be used at different moments to either help prevent catastrophes, inform populations of disaster zones or as symbols to remember situations of crisis. From the letters painted on doors during the Peste de Marseille (1720), to the sprayed signs used to mark houses explored for survivors by relief workers in New Orleans after […]

Sustainability Maker Convention 2013 Reminder

Reminder: World-renowned Speakers at Sustainability Maker Convention 2013, October 15th in Cologne Germany, don’t miss it! http://sustainabilitymaker.org/ Prof Ezio Manzini from Italy, will talk about social innovation and the “new open and distributed world” Prof Chris Ryan from Australia, will discuss radical innovation for Sustainabilty, the new urban and design for resilience. Prof. Dominik Walcher, innovation expert […]

Mobile emergency alerts for UK folks

People in England can receive future messages from local accidents on their mobile phone. The government plans to test its new warning system and will announce it this year. Individual tests are to be carried out on 50,000 inhabitants of Yorkshire, Suffolk and Glasgow. A public vote will follow. It is currently unclear whether the […]

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