UID Students Excel at IDEA's


Three UID alumni won prizes at the American International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).  Learn more about projects stretching from self-sufficient solutions for the watering of the urban greenery to monitoring low-birth-weight-babies and also relieving pain potins for arborists through technical innovation.

Alumni from the Masters programme of Advanced Product Design at UID won three awards, Silver and two Bronze, in the 2017 edition of the American International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). IDEA was arranged for the 37th time and attracted hundreds of entries from 54 countries on six continents. "We had representation from all over the world," said  John Barratt from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). "The level of competition is extreme. It's an incredible achievement to win."

2017 IDEA 1 Peter AlwinPeter Alwin (India) won with his degree project ASHA, which he developed based on participatory observations and insights he obtained in rural India when interviewing both doctors and local health care workers. About 800 million people live in rural parts of India, with one new birth every second in India. About 7.8 million babies are born with low birth weight (<2.5kg) each year with a 20% mortality rate, mainly due to lack of literacy, awareness, poor accessibility to the local hospital. When the baby is low in birth weight it is high vulnerable to diseases and sicknesses. Low-birth-weight-babies' basic vitals such as weight, height and the temperature needs to be monitored closely and accurately on weekly basis for the first 10 weeks (minimum) after birth. The concept helps the ASHAs (Accredited social Health Activists) to measure the baby's vitals easily, accurately and periodically in the homes and helps to track and document the baby's progress. The concept includes a low-maintenance solar-powered digital weight scale with a built-in no-touch infrared thermometer and a personal weighing blanket, where the measurements are documented directly on the blanket. ASHA aims to reduce the child mortality rate and honour the ASHAs in their crucial task of providing infant care.

For more information please have a look at the IDEA website.


2017 IDEA 2 Susanned JanisbSusanne Duswald (Austria) and Janis Beinerts (Latvia) won an IDEA Bronze with Aero a concept they developed during their 3rd term project  Urban Nature 2030. Aero is a conceptual solution aimed to address the predictions that water supply will be scarce in the near future and that both public parks and private gardening communities will need to consider self-sufficient solutions for the watering of the urban greenery. Aero builds on the emerging method of active absorption water harvesting where natural moisture from water vapour, fog or dew in the air is efficiently harvested through solar power and stored for direct and easy use.

For more information please have a look at the IDEA website.

2017 IDEA 3 Jensr JoerJens Rehammar (Sweden) Joe Richardson (United Kingdom) also received an IDEA Bronze for a project they developed in the Urban Nature 2030 project. Their concept Core -The Future Arborist addresses, based on research and interviews with professional arborists, the pain points they face having to clime and trim trees high up, often in public settings, under physically challenging circumstances. This was solved with the use and optimisation of present and new technology, combined into a new toolkit consisting of a climbing harness with incorporated motor and batteries attached with a lightweight chainsaw and an assistance drone, as a whole this toolkit provides optimised ergonomics, performance and safety.

For more information please have a look at the  IDEA website.