humanitarian design

Father creates app to help parents detect eye cancer in children after his son was diagnosed with retinoblastoma

Father creates app to help parents detect eye cancer in children after his son was diagnosed with retinoblastoma

Noah Shaw was just a little more than three months-old when he was diagnosed with rare tumors in both eyes. He endured a lengthy treatment and had to have his right eye removed, and his father Bryan Shaw

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Carry the Future collects and hand-delivers baby carriers to refugee families

Carry the Future collects and hand-delivers baby carriers to refugee families

Just because the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East isn’t dominating the front page of every newspaper at the moment doesn’t mean that it’s not a hugely pressing, alarming, and

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Libromat combines laundry & literacy, enabling families in South Africa to bond over books and get a break from hand-washing clothes

Libromat combines laundry & literacy, enabling families in South Africa to bond over books and get a break from hand-washing clothes

In certain parts of South Africa, mothers and caregivers spend more than 9 hours each week hand-washing clothes. A team of young social entrepreneurs from Oxford University believes that these

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The Nifty cup is a smart feeding solution for newborns with lip and mouth deformities

The Nifty cup is a smart feeding solution for newborns with lip and mouth deformities

Many newborns have trouble nursing due to a tongue or lip tie that interferes with their ability to properly latch, either at the breast or on a baby bottle, and more severe conditions such as a cleft

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16 year-old invents baby carrier wheelchair so disabled mother can stroll with her newborn

16 year-old invents baby carrier wheelchair so disabled mother can stroll with her newborn

Choosing the “right” stroller for a new baby often seems like a daunting task, and mom-to-be Sharina Jones had a unique requirement: the stroller needed to be wheelchair-friendly. Jones, a

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Croatian ‘Lighten the Load’ campaign provides baby slings for Syrian refugee parents

Croatian ‘Lighten the Load’ campaign provides baby slings for Syrian refugee parents

Every parent knows firsthand that babies, no matter how small, can get surprisingly heavy to carry after just a short period of grocery shopping, going for a walk, or even getting things done around the

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Vending machines dispense free books, not candy, to kids in impoverished communities

Vending machines dispense free books, not candy, to kids in impoverished communities

Books have been dubbed “food for the mind,” and a new vending machine program was recently unveiled in Washington DC to provide some nourishment for young brains. Part of the “Soar with

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Student-created, low-cost ventilator ‘NeoVent’ designed for preemies wins 2015 James Dyson award

Student-created, low-cost ventilator ‘NeoVent’ designed for preemies wins 2015 James Dyson award

An estimated one million babies die each year from prematurity and respiratory issues; and respiratory problems remain one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five. Two Western

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Young siblings sailing around the world want to raise money to bring supplies to remote schools in Indonesia

Young siblings sailing around the world want to raise money to bring supplies to remote schools in Indonesia

Brother and sister Indi and Sydney may be growing up on a boat, but they certainly have their feet planted solidly on the ground and their priorities firmly in place. Along with their parents, these young

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9 year-old girl builds mobile shelters and grows a garden to help local homeless people

9 year-old girl builds mobile shelters and grows a garden to help local homeless people

Hailey Ford’s summer plans are slightly atypical for the average 9 year-old: the Bremerton, Washington youth is happily devoting her time to do-gooding for the less fortunate in a very hands-on

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Rockin’ Baby to launch kids clothing line with a mission to donate clothes to kids who have lost parents to Ebola

Rockin’ Baby to launch kids clothing line with a mission to donate clothes to kids who have lost parents to Ebola

Rockin’ Baby slings are a favorite among moms (celebrity and civilian) around the world, and we especially love their one-for-one model: for every sling purchased, they donate another (as well as

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TOMS partners with World Wildlife Fund to support endangered rhinos

TOMS partners with World Wildlife Fund to support endangered rhinos

Philanthropic business TOMS has donated shoes to those in need, helped provide sight-saving surgeries, glasses, and medicine, supported safe water systems in developing countries, and has helped provide

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J.Crew’s Garments for Good Save the Bees collection aims to help the earth’s precious pollinators

J.Crew’s Garments for Good Save the Bees collection aims to help the earth’s precious pollinators

Plenty of kids fear bees and their sting, but these little misunderstood and endangered workers are responsible for pollinating and helping  1/3 of flowering and agricultural plants to grow, so taking

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The Shoe That Grows expands five sizes to protect impoverished children’s feet for at least five years

The Shoe That Grows expands five sizes to protect impoverished children’s feet for at least five years

Children in impoverished countries may never go barefoot again, thanks to The Shoe That Grows. Created by inventor Kenton Lee, the incredible sandal shoe can be adjusted every time a child’s foot grows,

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TOMS and Every Mother Counts team up to create a tote and backpack whose proceeds support maternal health worldwide

TOMS and Every Mother Counts team up to create a tote and backpack whose proceeds support maternal health worldwide

Do-good company TOMS is known for their buy one-give one philosophy to help others in need, which began with shoes and has grown to include a collection featuring sunglasses, socks, and now bags! A

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8th graders create a ‘Frozen’ inspired 3D printed robotic hand for a 6 year-old girl

8th graders create a ‘Frozen’ inspired 3D printed robotic hand for a 6 year-old girl

Six year-old Ariah, a student in California, has received a new prosthetic hand inspired by a Disney movie, and amazingly designed and created by a group of eighth-graders. Students at the Deer Creek

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Engineering students use a 3D printer to create affordable bionic arms for kids

Engineering students use a 3D printer to create affordable bionic arms for kids

A team of engineering students and graduates at the University of Central Florida is making a difference in the lives of children — one bionic arm at a time. Using a 3D printer and lots of ingenuity

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Low-cost, inflatable MOM Incubator designed to decrease the death rate of premature babies in refugee camps

Low-cost, inflatable MOM Incubator designed to decrease the death rate of premature babies in refugee camps

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