• 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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Drought in the US grows worse

The US is currently experiencing the worst nation-wide drought since 1956. Last week, the areas under extreme drought conditions in key agricultural states tripled. Now, close to 2/3rds, that is, 56% of the nation is experiencing drought conditions.This is the worst drought that the country has experienced since 1956, when 58% of the country was […]

tools4disaster

Below are two designs for tools that aid in recovery and repair efforts during the aftermath of disaster: The Multi-Purpose Disaster Tool The Multi-Purpose Disaster Tool, designed by Tamir Niv, is designed to be used during the recovery and repair phases of disaster. The tool serves many functions. By changing the angle of the head […]

Blizzard Survival made easy

The company, Blizzard Survival has redesigned the emergency blanket adding a new honeycomb-like structure that reflects and traps heat, in order to keep the user warm. This technology is called Reflexcell. Reflexcell products offer protection from blizzards, avalanche and in any cold-climate during both emergency and non-emergency situations. Reflexcell blankets and products are made of […]

New houses for 155 families in Leogane

In the city Leogane, Haiti – a place that was still in ruins two years ago – a new hope has emerged. An incredible, 155 families moved into the first permanent houses that have been built within the local development area of “Habitat for Humanity”. All of the families living in the area were left […]

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 […]

Tentsile – shelter in the sky

Tentsile is a shelter designed to overcome common obstacles in the environment. Tentsile is a tent that uses tension to become suspended above any surface; thus avoiding flooded areas, rough, rocky or unstable terrain, cold or wet ground, earth tremors and wildlife. The design provides shelter in a variety of circumstances. It could be used […]

UNICEF & user-centered design

UNICEF delivers 60% of the world’s vaccines. However, until recently, the humanitarian organization did not have a way of confirming if their vaccines were reaching the people that truly needed them the most. A lack of real-time feedback was compromising the health of millions. UNICEF is run centrally through the Program Division in New York […]

GiraDora – self-powered washing

The Art Center College of Design’s social impact design department, Designmatters, with the Environmental Design department, led a special educational studio called, Safe Agua Peru with the aim to create designs that help to relieve water poverty. The project efforts were focused on the area of, Cerro Verde, a 30,000-person slum [asentamientos] in Lima, Peru. […]

Eliodomestico – solar purification

There are many products that are designed to help irradiate the problems of water scarcity and purification of water supply. Eliodomestico is one such design, providing safe drinking water through renewable energy. Eliodomestico is an eco-distiller that runs on solar energy. The device can produce clean drinking water from sea or brackish water, through a […]

Earthquake-Proof Table for schools

It is common to teach schoolchildren to take refuge under their desks in the event of an earthquake. However, these structures are not always been designed with the task of protection in mind. The Earthquake-Proof Table is specially designed to function both as a normal school desk and as protective shelter during an earthquake. The […]

BioLite provides warmth and power

There are many things that an individual or a community needs during the aftermath of disaster. Two essential needs are a way to heat water and food and a way to communicate with the outside world. The BioLite stove offers a way to meet both of these needs. BioLite works as both a stove and […]

Fractal Shelter

SLC – Is an architectural research and development project that developed in response to the acute need for shelters – permanent as well as temporary – witnessed worldwide today. The SLC project focuses on developing a highly adaptable, low tech and universal, design, in the construction language of Architecture. Inspired by fractal origami, self-sufficient fractal […]

Marine Drone cleaning our trash

Flooding is considered to be a natural disaster. However, its effects can be made much worse by man-made problems such as drains clogged by trash. The city of Mumbai, close to the Arabian Sea with the Mithi River flowing through it, experienced a horrific flood, thanks in large part to drains clogged with trash and […]

Map of Life

Map of Life is built with the technology of Google Maps. The pilot of the Map of Life website allows users to map the global distribution of almost all 30,000 species of terrestrial vertebrate animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and North American fresh water fish. The platform is meant to inform users about the […]

Peace Build in Armenia

From 30 June to 8 July, “Build Peace” took place in Armenia. Volunteers from around the world rebuilt homes that were ravaged by poverty and conflict country houses of poor families, together with “Habitat for Humanity”. The family Babayan’s received a new home: The family of four lived in a dilapidated house. There was no bathroom, the toilet was outside […]

Sustainable Solutions – Scientists without Borders Gallery

Scientists without Borders is a community that collaborates to innovate science and technology solutions that help to solve issues related to global warming. The community consists of, academia, NGOs, government, and the private sector, across a variety of regions, disciplines, and subject matter areas. Solutions are made transparent so that anyone can access them in times […]

Turning Hydropower into Light – ES Pipe Waterwheel

The ES Pipe Waterwheel is a tool that utilizes hydropower generated from regular water taps by converting it to energy. The waterwheel works in the same way as a mini turbine does, the waterwheel pipe connects to a regular water pipe, as water runs, the turbines turn and generate energy. This energy is used to […]

AirBurr stumbles – but is unstoppable

Robots capable of flight in cramped and cluttered environments have many advantages over their ground-based counterparts, but most current systems suffer from the same fundamental problem: any contact with obstacles has catastrophic, mission-ending results. What if instead of avoiding collisions, a flying robot can become robust to them, and even take advantage of contact with […]

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