Thursday, October 25, 2012

Developing Product for Humanitarian Aid

Aidex : The biggest Humanitarian Aid conference and world fairAidEx is a European conference taking place now for, "humanitarian and development aid professionals to come together to shape the future and to facilitate improvements in the delivery of humanitarian aid and development," explains the conference's website. It is considered the "biggest humanitarian aid conference and world fair," according to Brussels news site.

AidEx has been created with direct input from major NGOs and includes an exhibition, conference, practical workshops and networking opportunities

The finalists for aid products:

Please read below for more information on each of these finalists and their products
1. Portable Solar Led Lantern - JS30 MOB
Concept details:
This is a (uniquely different) portable solar led lantern, with an integrated solar panel.
How the concept will improve aid delivery:
The JS30 MOB is extremely useful in case of humanitarian aid & disaster relief programs. As it is completely portable, it is extremely useful in cases where electricity is scarce/damaged/unaffordable, or as an alternative to using harmful, carbon based fuels such as kerosene. 
What makes it unique?
1. Completely portable with an in-built solar panel
2. Mobile charging facility, with a multi-pin phone charging cord
3. Ambient light sensor that saves battery capacity when adequate light is available

See more information about this finalist’s product
 
2. FASTAP - the first folding tapstand
Concept details:
For the last 18 months we have been working on an improved system for emergency water distribution post disaster or in the event of drought / interrupted water supply. The result of this work is a product called FASTAP.
How the concept will improve aid delivery:
FASTAP is designed to prevent the spread of disease at the waterpoint. It will prevent contamination of water by hands. 
What makes it unique?
No other folding tapstand kits are available. Existing tapstands are typically delivered in a wooden box containing steel plumbing components and threaded pipe for assembly in the field.

See more information about each finalist’s product
 
3. Thirst Aid Bag
Concept details:
Simply, it is a very tough nylonised  bag that has a food grade lining which has a water purifier built into it. You put dirty contaminated water in and get pure water out,  as simple as that.

How the concept will improve aid delivery:
It will improve the delivery of Aid because in some cultures putting purification tablets in water is not normal or desired. The taste puts beneficiaries off the water. Using the Thirst Aid Bag they are more likely to hydrate themselves and others to a better standard.

What makes it unique?
It is available. It is instantaneous for the user. No waiting time which means no education is necessary and no accidents it is simple no manuals. It exceeds the WHO drinking water standards

See more information about each finalist’s product
 
4. The Solar Muscle from Flexiway Solar Solutions
Concept details:
A small, sturdy solar-powered LED light with integrated solar-panel and contains standard AAA-sized rechargeable batteries.
How the concept will improve aid delivery:
The light is sold locally for less than $10 (depending on local import taxes and logistics) and is therefore often earned back in a month. The light will last many years, with only a new set of batteries (which we supply) once every 1-2 years.
The light is perfect for AID-packs as it is small (9x9x2,5cm), one cubic metre contains 2750 individually packed lights
What makes it unique?
When the light was introduced a few years ago, there were no solar-powered lights under $25. The light was the first that was available locally under $10, while offering more light power. It is also the first integrated light, first weatherproof light and smallest light available.
See more information about each finalist’s product

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