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10 solutions that give hope in times of COVID-19

The second wave of pandemic is underway in Europe – these projects, ideas and products submitted to iF help deal with hope and confidence in these uncertain times.

The number of people infected with SARS-CoV2 has been going up again recently, especially in Europe. Lockdown, social distancing and solidarity have become buzzwords of this crisis and it seems that the more global a challenge is, the more responsibility every single human has.

In situations like these where responsibility is paired with great uncertainty, our faces often turn to researchers and designers. They are the most significant women and men of the hour since they already established a routine handling in dealing with questions about the future. In fact, they constantly seek for inspiration and input to reflection in order to address challenges facing our society.

Here is a selection of 10 striking solutions that respond to the current Coronavirus pandemic, compiled from this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD to iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD and iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE.

1. Improve your hand washing skills by using 'Hand In Scan'

1. Improve your hand washing skills by using 'Hand In Scan'

Submitted to: iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 (iF gold awarded)

If you ever asked yourself whether your handwashing technique is appropriate in times of Covid-19, this medical service design enlightens you. Hand In Scan is a scanner which uses ultraviolet light detection enhanced by Artificial Intelligence. This is a good example of a product service which even uses gamification by rating hand hygiene on a point scale. Hand in Scan is designed by the Hungarian digital innovation agency Supercharge and belongs to our gold award winners.

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2. Here is how the community project 'Mai Solo, se resti a casa' fights back Covid-19 outbreak in Italy

2. Here is how the community project 'Mai Solo, se resti a casa' fights back Covid-19 outbreak in Italy

Submitted to: iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2020

Mai Solo, se resti a casa is an initiative from Italy that provides services for people who need most help these days due to isolation, health and financial problems. Solidarity and wellbeing are the cornerstones of this project, ranging from free home deliveries of medicines, shopping, pet products and dogsitting. Associazione Energie Sociali Jesurum created Mai Solo in early 2020 and has yet brought together more than 250 volunteers.

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3. Take your social distancing on the next level with 'PANDAID'

3. Take your social distancing on the next level with 'PANDAID'

Submitted to: iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2020

How long is two meters? The Japanese design agency Nosinger launched a way to measure social distancing through visualizing it by means of graphic images like tuna, bicycle or the Beatles walking Abbey Road. PANDAID is a project managed by volunteers in ten countries and serves as a platform for dialogue. Their web presence is based on an open community approach like Wikipedia and aims to develop into a correct, fun and interesting anti-infection website.

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4. Anyone who loves concerts and football games will understand why 'trans-grandstand' will bring salvation

4. Anyone who loves concerts and football games will understand why 'trans-grandstand' will bring salvation

Submitted to: iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020

When was the last time that you cheered your favourite singer in a stadium? To us, it feels like ages ago since hygiene concepts for huge events are still in the making. It’s needless to say that this student concept by Beijing Institute of Technology made us listen attentively. Trans-grandstand is a resource-efficient stadium distancing module that integrates spatial dividers in various types of existing facilities.

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5. Ensure your street credibility with 'Philips Air Mask'

5. Ensure your street credibility with 'Philips Air Mask'

Submitted to: iF DESIGN AWARD 2020

We admit that this Philips product was originally developed to withstand air pollution in Asia. But face masks became a daily necessity in the Coronavirus pandemic, so this stylish design is convincing and improves street credibility. The electronic fan module is the most eye-catching feature here and the airflow reduces perspiration from routine use.

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6. Regarding active steps, 'Mobilize For Change', a global Covid-19 response program, is a great way to show responsibility

6. Regarding active steps, 'Mobilize For Change', a global Covid-19 response program, is a great way to show responsibility

Submitted to: iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2020

Reach for Change is an international non-profit organisation founded in Sweden in 2010. Since their beginning, the activists have supported more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs in 18 countries across the globe. During the pandemic, they launched the campaign Mobilize for Change. The projects include online language courses, online dance courses for children with special need and the set-up of portable hand wash basins in cities – just to name a few.

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7. If the “how to drink without taking off the mask” question is asked, this 'drinking mask' is worth a try

7. If the “how to drink without taking off the mask” question is asked, this 'drinking mask' is worth a try

Submitted to: iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020

We bet that smokers see a small ray of hope for an equivalent solution, but let’s start easy here. This drinking mask is particularly interesting for thirsty doctors and those Covid-19 patients who are isolated while at hospital. The clue is the round vent in front of the mask through which a bottle can be plugged in. This design concept was created at Dalian Nationalities University in China.

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8. 'DISINFECTION' will keep your hands disinfected during your next bus ride

8. 'DISINFECTION' will keep your hands disinfected during your next bus ride

Submitted to: iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020

This student concept by Asia University in Taiwan shows an ultraviolet disinfection technology that can be used to kill Coronaviruses in public transportation. DISINFECTION is a pandemic adequate alternative to holding rods and hand holders in busses. The device communicates via blinking signals. It automatically detects when one passenger leaves and activates the disinfection.

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9. 'TOMI City Alert Covid-19' makes the heart of UX Design fans beat faster

9. 'TOMI City Alert Covid-19' makes the heart of UX Design fans beat faster

Submitted to: iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2020

When it comes to contagion risk, real time information in public space is as important as keeping distance to any random passer-by. TOMI is an interactive urban device created in Portugal that facilitates communication during emergencies by providing public safety information. Given the rapid evolution of Covid-19, TOMI is a smart tool spreading recommendations, preventive measures, and important alerts in collaboration with public departments all around the city.

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10. Make sure that you reduce droplet spreading by using 'Ezyspit', the world's first reusable spittoon

10. Make sure that you reduce droplet spreading by using 'Ezyspit', the world's first reusable spittoon

Submitted to: iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2020

Spitting in public has long been a part of lifestyle in many Asian countries. However, it can be dangerous to public health since Covid-19 can be spread in tiny droplets. The makers behind Ezyspit provide a droll answer to this. Ezyspit is a portable, reusable and biodegradable spittoon that claims to convert the spit in ten seconds. With their pioneering work, the engineers from India were already selected among Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.

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(published in November 2020)