• 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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All-in-one energy and clean waste water generator

Professor Bruce Logan and his team from Pennsylvania State University have developed technology that treats waste water and generates energy at the same time – two priorities for Middle Eastern municipalities. Combining Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) technology developed in the Netherlands and Norway, which harvests energy where fresh water and sea water meet, with Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) that use organic matter to create an electric current, […]

Recovering Tohoku

After the Tohoku Kanto great earthquake (on March 11, 2011, at 2:46 pm local time), a magnitude 9.0 earthquake (7 shindo on the japanese scale) occurred off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in Japan. It was followed by a huge tsunami. This earthquake is the strongest ever recorded in japan, and the fourth largest recorded […]

GA.4.Disasters Project

Project Title: GEOSS Architecture for the use of Satellites for Disasters and Risk Assessment (GA.4.Disasters) The purpose of the WGISS GA.4.Disasters project is to address the use of satellites, sensors, models and associated data products to support disaster response and risk assessment. The purpose of the GEOSS architecture is to provide an enterprise perspective for […]

Portable Solar Cooker

The Solar Cooker utilizes solar heat directly to cook foods. Cheng-Tsung has developed the cooker, which looks like a satellite dish, that can harness heat and light from the sun to bake foods in a matter of minutes. Solar Cooker for D.A. IDA 60sec from Feng,Cheng-Tsung on Vimeo. The National Taiwan University of Science & […]

Mobile Hospital

A new hospital typology has been designed by the team of Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco that eliminates the need for a standard hospital. In their design, 58 trailers provide a fully operational, fully mobile 48-bed hospital. The trailers include every aspect of a hospital – from waiting gift shops, to surgical suites with four […]

What is the Ushahidi Platform? from Ushahidi on Vimeo.

Ushahidi Platform

Source: Ushahidi Imagine a way for people all over the world to tell the story of what was happening to them — or around them — during a disaster or emergency. It would need to be easy to use. Something that almost anybody could do. And it would need to be deployable worldwide. Thatʼs why […]

World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) 2012

The World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) is the pre-eminent conference of its kind – providing its participants with the opportunity to gain valuable education, training and exposure to examples of best practices, that are provided to assist them, their organizations and their communities. In order to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from […]

Emergency Phone App

The Federal Government of Australia has released a smartphone application to provide quick and easy access to information about emergencies and disasters across the country. The DisasterWatch app can be downloaded for free and contains the latest public information via a direct feed from emergency response teams in each state and territory. Attorney-General Robert McClelland says […]

Mobile station PROMETHEUS

Mobile station PROMETHEUS is designed to provide reliable power and water supply in harsh environments. The station consists of a telescopic boom with a wind generator and flexible solar panels, water generator, water filter, diesel generator, water tanks and communications center. The station can run on completely renewable energy or a hybrid system with diesel generator. This station is designed […]

Shelter Centre

Shelter Centre is a non-governmental organization registered in Switzerland that supports the sector of humanitarian operations that responds to the transitional settlement and reconstruction needs of populations affected by conflicts and natural disasters, from the emergency phase until durable solutions are reached. – The activities of Shelter Centre The 2006 – 2011 programme supports the […]

[un]restricted access

Dotting the global landscape, decommissioned military installations are leaving their mark – symbols of triumph, pride, pain and the unforeseen consequences of military aggression. These abandoned structures and ghost towns disrupt neighborhoods and split entire communities. Architecture for Humanity is hosting the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge – [un]restricted access – a design competition that will […]

Monash Disaster Resilience Initiative

  The Monash Disaster Resilience Initiative (MDRI) has been established to harness university-wide expertise with the goal of strengthening community-based disaster resilience. The aim is to provide the expertise to shape new approaches to disaster preparedness and management under the context of the Council of Australian Governments’ National Strategy for Disaster Resilience.   This will […]

Water purifiers for low-income households

Nazava is a brand of water purifiers for low-income households. Nazava’s mission is to provide clean drinking water to everybody, everywhere. These water filters help in fighting diarrhoea. When used as an alternative to boiling water they are an effective tool against global warming. The purifiers enable households to obtain safe drinking water. Obtaining water from the Nazava purifier […]

Mobile Multifunctional Module Magellan

Module Magellan is designed to provide homes for people in a disaster zones. There are two modules. One is: 3200 mm (length) 3000 mm (height) 3000 mm (wide). The second is: 6000 mm (length) 3000 mm (height) 3000 mm (wide). All modules can be transported by helicopter or truck. Side panels open and create a cross […]

Intershelter Brings Relief

Bridging the gap between short-term tents and expensive trailers, the light, fireproof InterShelter provides a safe, durable option, large enough to house an entire family. As homes and areas are rebuilt, the domes can easily be broken down for storage and relocated for future use. Made out of a fiberglass-composite mixture, these domes are optimal […]

PowerMod solar tent

With man-made or natural disasters occurring unexpectedly in all corners of earth, rescue efforts would be a lot easier and more successful if portable energy sources such as solar power or wind power would become more readily available. PowerMod is one solution that makes solar power more accessible. PowerMod is a portable solar tent that […]

Symbolic Gifts. Real Rescue.

Holiday gifts that save lives – International Rescue Committee is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Go to http://gifts.rescue.org/ The Rescue Gifts items in this catalog represent many of the programs, projects and tools that compose the IRC’s work every day, around the world. Enabling the IRC to deliver comprehensive and holistic help to uprooted people, gifts will […]

Disaster management with fireballs from Intel

These spherical, rugged, low-cost and autonomous sensors from Intel are designed to be thrown into a fire and report back data such as temperature, free-volatiles and air quality to first responder trucks via WiFi. Vital information such as the hottest spot and the chemical composition of a fire can be sent to both the firefighters’ smartphones and […]

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