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Nonviolent self-defense

La violencia sexual apesta

Un brazalete que emite un olor repelente en caso de emergencia y protege a su portador en caso de un ataque – con esta innovadora contribución a la prevención de la violencia sexual, el “brazalete invi” fue elegido como el ganador del premio empowering people. Award 2016 de la Fundación Siemens Stiftung.

Nonviolent self-defense

Sexual Violence Stinks

A bracelet that emits a repellent smell in an emergency, protecting the wearer from attack – with this innovative contribution to preventing sexual violence, the “invi bracelet” was the winner of Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Award in 2016.

A bracelet to save babies in India

“Deutsche Welle” (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, has featured the winner of our frist prize Bempu Health (empowering people. Award 2016).

Solar Kiosk in Rwanda

Featured on DW Global 3000: The African-based Company ARED builds small mobile kiosks in Rwanda that produce solar power on the go.

OneDollarGlasses in Burkina Faso

The OneDollarGlasses e.V. association was the first prize winner of the “empowering people. Award” by the Siemens Stiftung in 2013. In the same year, ODG launched its first activities in Burkina Faso with the aim of providing as many ametropic people as possible with affordable glasses. With the help of the new glasses, it is […]

On the (rough) road to development

You may know David Wilson as one of the winners of the latest empowering people. Award. He and his team from the American organization, Mobile Agricultural Power Solutions, won a prize with the innovation, the AgRover. This utility vehicle is geared towards farmers in developing regions, who are forced to spend a substantial amount of […]

Thinking outside the (service) box…

In 2012/13, Henri Nyakarundi won an empowering people. Award with his innovation the “Mobile Solar Kiosk ” (MSK). At the time, the MSK primarily offered a mobile charging point, which could be attached to bicycles and mopeds. The micro solution was used to quickly charge cell phones for people on the go, using renewable energy […]

Silvana Bonnet (in the middle) discussing with other workshop participants

“Diversity is the key…”

We talked to Silvana Bonnet, Communication Manager of Canales Asociación Civil, one of the winners of the empowering people. Award. The winning solution Videobooks in Sign Language enables deaf children access to literature and reading. The videos, created by Canales Asociación Civil, combine children’s books and young adult literature read in sign language, with voice-overs […]

It’s never too early to care…

Today is World Prematurity Awareness Day, an emotional topic as without adaquate care, prematurity can have devasting consequences for whole families. Heartbreakingly, figures by the World Health Organisation reveal that an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely every year and preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5. It […]

Impressions of the Award Ceremony in Berlin

The long anticipated Award Ceremony of the empowering people. Award took place on October 6, 2016  in Berlin. Winners and members of the jury from all around the world gathered to honor the best low-tech products and solutions and the innovators behind them. Here are a few impressions of the memorable evening: