Fridays for Innovation

Within three weeks of pandemic in Europe, more than 80,000 designers, engineers, and scientists participated in online hackathons to build thousand of solutions for the pandemic.

Unfortunately, most of these solutions go to waste, due to lack of support and coordination, a problem called “design waste”.
Fridays for Innovation is a collective intelligence movement, where creatives gather to build, share and remix solutions for challenges, constantly improving ghe work from previous Fridays. The project is supported by a digital platform, where users share their work, which feeds a highly interconnected database, clustering similar ideas.

Cooltainers

How to keep a bigger stock of fresh fruit and vegetables without overflowing the fridge?

Cooltainers are simple, non-electrical containers with a cooling effect produced by the natural evaporation process. Made from porcelain, the container forms a storage option for fresh foods that are sensitive to the cold or still have to ripen, offering optimal climatic conditions to extend the shelf-life of produce and to preserve vitamins and flavors. Thus reducing the need to frequently shop for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Soap Tattoos

Encouraging kids to frequently wash their can be a powerful tool to contain disease spread – however a big a challenge to parents and educators.

How might we leverage on children’s natural curiosity to encourage hand washing? Soap Tattoos can be the answer. The surface of each sticker has a film of soap that hides a pleasant surprise. In order to reveal the secret beneath the facade, children are motivated to wash the soap film off, and in that process, hands get cleaned.

Personal Protection Equipment

First-line health workers are facing serious shortage of personal protection equipment while hospitals attempt to make their own rough equipment using plastic bags and non-woven fabric.

This project proposes an integrated production and consumptions network for medical-graded supplies, mediated by organizations such as the World Health Organisation, to coordinate the demand and distribution of essential PPE during emergencies.

Healthlift

Following a period of social distancing, monitoring crowds in public spaces can be key for allowing a progressive return to social interaction.

Technology can play a key role to allow a systematic lifting of social interaction restrictions, whilst preventing the new contamination waves. HealthLift proposes the use of beacon technology to monitor crowd density and alert individuals about the risk level of registered locations.

Odor Hand Strips

People touch their faces an astonishing 23 times an hour on average. Unfortunately, we do so unconsciously and hence it is challenging to curb this habit which forms part of our basic bodily maintenance.

Odor Hand Strips leverage on our olfactory response to ‘nasty’ smell to keep our hands away from our faces. Each hand strip contains a gauze which is lightly saturated with ammonium sulfide – as our hands unconsciously inch close towards our faces, we are greeted by the odor which instinctively nudges us to keep clear.

ClAir Tram

Public transportation is often associated with discomfort, bad air and potential health hazards. Nevertheless they are vital to urban infrastructure and need to be relied on.

ClAir Tram proposes placing air quality and hygiene at the heart of public transport, with trams acting as enormous air purifiers and their interiors designed with antimicrobial materials.

M3Dimensions

Following a period of social distancing, monitoring crowds in public spaces can be key for allowing a progressive return to social interaction. Open source products without medical validation can be harmful as they instill a false sense of health and safety in the user.

M3Dimensions team is working with a group of doctors to medically validate prototypes from the early-stage development process, currently creating a low-cost protective face shield with 3D-printing.

Return of Pandemic

Understanding the return-period of a pandemic can be as important as solving its immediate impacts, as public health policies can be applied preemptively.

This project proposes using data related to previous flu pandemics and the ntegration of current databases to analyse patterns and create statistical scenarios, capable of estimating the probability and trajectory until another outbreak.

Earth Suit

How are members of society supposed to keep their sanity, finances, and health, afloat when we are understandably encouraged to stay inside and avoid other humans for everyone’s safety?

Earth Suit looks at a scenario of extended pandemic, during which people will inevitably need to get out of their houses, while maintaining safety . It is a one part suit that contains a built in helmet and full body coverage to prevent infected droplets seeping into clothing or hair and avoid being transferred to ones’ home.

Orlux Health

One of the main public health dilemmas around pandemics is the priority treatment judgement, due to limitation of resources.

To mitigate social unrest and increase safety for health professionals and citizens, telemedicine can be used to remotely monitor and communicate with patients and risk groups, real time. The availability of such services can equally work as a reassuring and calming tool for the community, resulting in improved mental health levels during pandemics.

DIY Hand Sanitiser Pouch

Personal hand-sanitiser gel dispensers are generally available in small plastic bottles, each supplying approximately 50 portions for use. How can the supplies available be used more efficiently?

Anyone with access to a standard zip-lock plastic bag can use it to optimise the consumption of hand-sanitiser by up to 5 times. By evenly spreading 2ml of hand-sanitiser inside a bag, one can use it to safely coat both hands several times.