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  1. There is just one month left for budding designers, engineers and inventors to enter the AidEx Aid Innovation Challenge. The aim is to find the next big invention that will help in the delivery of humanitarian and development aid to communities around the world. As the scale and frequency of global crises increase, it is critical that new technologies are embraced which can boost the impact of aid with those who need it most. The challenge is open to both individuals and businesses and is being judged by a panel of experts from NGOs, industry and the humanitarian and development aid sector – led by Michael Pritchard MBE - inventor of the Lifesaver Waterbottle. Last year’s prize was scooped by India-based Sunlite Solar, for their solar-powered lantern which provides 9-10 hours of light and charges a mobile phone to have approximately 40 minutes of talk-time. Since then 100,000 of these lanterns have been distributed in UN refugee camps around the world, including 50,000 for Syrian refugees. Aid Innovation Challenge judge Michael Pritchard: “Innovations around the most basic humanitarian needs are always top priority – especially relating to food, clean water, energy and shelter. But I am also interested in what I call the second level of aid, concerning education, transport, communications and finance. Helping communities get back on their feet and start to function as economically-independent units is just as important as emergency aid support - because it means we can stand back and start to re-focus resources where the need for relief is greater. The Aid Innovation Challenge is important because it encourages the development of new products that are resilient, cost-effective and sustainable.” AidEx Event Director Nicholas Rutherford: “The Aid Innovation Challenge is open to anyone who has an idea they believe could help people suffering from natural or manmade disasters. With so many economies in crisis, aid is often one of the first things to be axed. To mitigate this, a new approach to aid is needed, with technological innovation at its core. With just one month to go, I urge students and start-ups, particularly from the design and engineering sectors, to consider how their product or service could be used to improve the delivery of aid.” Divyesh Thakkar – Founding Partner of Sunlite Solar and winner of the Aid Innovation Challenge 2012: “Innovations are a dynamic process. They have the potential of stimulating a positive outcome by providing assistance to the most needy in society. Our solar lantern was created to meet a specific need. It had to look similar aesthetically to the millions of Kerosene lanterns, which are often cheaply made and dangerous for use indoors, but also be practical, durable, cost efficient and environmentally friendly. So far, 100,000 of these lanterns have been distributed in UN refugee camps around the world, including 50,000 for Syrian refugees. Our products have been approved for use by international aid and donor agencies in large scale disaster relief and peace keeping, as well as humanitarian and poverty reduction programs globally”. The deadline for entries to the challenge is on 6th September and winners will be announced at the AidEx event taking place in Brussels on 13- 14 November. The winner under the individual entry will receive a grant worth £2,000 to develop their invention further. The organisation that wins in the business category will receive a free stand at the 2014 AidEx event, and entrants to both categories will receive free advertising and promotional support. Previous winners include Leaf Supply - a manufacturer of cardboard beds and furniture, and MedAlert – an HIV medication dispenser and timer. More information and the online application form to enter the Aid Innovation Challenge are available on the AidEx website.
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    Aid Innovation Challenge

    Aid Innovation Challenge * NOW OPEN! Click here to submit your entry * The Aid Innovation Challenge aims to find the next big invention that will help those who supply aid products to developing countries around the world. All entries must be submitted before 5pm BST on Friday 6th September. Who can enter? The Aid Innovation Challenge is open to design agencies and engineering companies and also budding young designers and engineers who are not currently working at a company/organisation. It is a unique chance to pitch life-changing inventions to a panel of experts from the community. There will be two categories for the competition: Individuals – Entrants might consist of Design or Engineering students or sole inventors. Businesses – Entrants might consist of design agencies, manufacturers or suppliers of aid products. Criteria for Entries The concept must serve the needs of aid relief and either be in current development or have been launched onto the market no earlier than January 2013. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. All entrants must be able to available to attend the show from the 13-14 November 2013 in the event that they are shortlisted. Themes AidEx is aimed at helping the community improve the delivery of aid, so your concept should take into account the issues facing the sector and look to offer a solution. Concepts could include solutions to: Assist water or food aid Provide better medical care, particularly in rural and basic conditions Allow improved sanitation Provide better security Assist efforts to shelter the homeless Enable more people to access education N.B: These are only our suggested concepts and should not restrict any other creative ideas you might have that reflect your own knowledge of the humanitarian aid sector and vision of a viable solution. General entry information * NOW OPEN - Submit your application by completing the online application form here * It is free-of-charge to enter the Aid Innovation Challenge. You will need to fill in an entry form, which will be uploaded to this page soon! All entries must be submitted before 5pm BST on Friday 6th September. Each entrant will be required to send over a design or prototype of their concept as part of their entry. The best four inventions will be shortlisted; two from each category. The entrants will be required to attend AidEx from 13-14 November 2013. Shortlisted entrants will be required to create a short video about their concept - discussing the strategy behind it. This will be uploaded onto the AidEx website, as well as other relevant social media platforms prior to the show. Judges Entries to the Aid Innovation Challenge will be judged by an expert panel of the most influential people in the humanitarian and development aid sector, including charities and NGOs, designers, engineers and suppliers of aid. The panel of judges is carefully chosen to ensure competition is impartial. The judging of the Aid Innovation Challenge takes part in two stages: Stage One: Online entries and long list Each judge on the panel reviews submissions from entrants and then vote in a secret ballot – no judge is allowed to see other judges’ scores. The average of the votes is calculated and a shortlist of entrants put together. Stage Two: Shortlisted entrants The four shortlisted entrants (two individuals and two companies) will be required to attend AidEx from 13-14 November 2013 to pitch their concept to the panel of judges and live audience. They will each also be given an area in which to display their product for the duration of the show. The audience will play an important role in asking entrants questions about their inventions and then the panel will have the final decision, with the winner from each category named at the show. Prizes Prizes are determined by category: The best individual entry will win a grant to to develop his/her invention further. The best business entry will win a free 9m2 stand at AidEx 2014 Eligibility, publication, IP and confidentiality Your concept will remain confidential within AidEx unless it is chosen for the shortlist. You may wish to consider the need to put in place a confidentiality and intellectual property agreement for your concept. If you would like to protect your idea then you should do so either once it has been shortlisted or before submission, in the country relevant to your residence. The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication. Descriptions of submissions from winners will be published in connection with the competition. Additional benefits AidEx will use the official PR agency, Weber Shandwick, to help publicise your entry to visitors in advance of the event. This will take place via the show’s ongoing PR programme, on the show website and in the show guide, in press releases to media and potential journalists visiting the show and through emails to visitors. Contact If you have any questions about the Aid Innovation Challenge, which are not answered above please email natalie.turner@centaur.co.uk
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    AidEx 2013

    AidEx 2013 13-14 November 2013, Brussels AidEx is a leading international humanitarian and development aid event held annually in Brussels. It brings together the crucial organisations and companies working in this field, to discuss the efficient and sustainable delivery of aid. Whilst the number and scale of crises has increased - budgets for humanitarian aid sector are shrinking - resulting in traditional donors opening up to the commercial world, seeking new partnerships and assistance from business. AidEx includes a conference, exhibition and programme of practical workshops to help professionals within the community. Over 2,000 professionals from the aid sector will network with peers and engage directly with more than 200 suppliers of essential equipment and services for humanitarian disaster relief and longer-term development aid. There is no other event like AidEx in Europe. For information about the event programme and to register, please visit: http://www.aid-expo.com/ For the latest updates, follow @AidEx2013 and “like” the Facebook page

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