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Global Grad Show in Dubai showcases the best international Student Projects

At iF, it is a matter of heart to pay attention to the upcoming design talents and social impact. An exhibition that combines both in very innovative ways is the Global Grad Show in Dubai, happening from 12 to 16 November during the Dubai Design Week.

Started in 2015, the Global Grad Show is a gathering of graduate projects from 100 universities worldwide. In its fifth edition, the projects featured at the exhibition explore solutions for issues in the fields of health, social care, disabilities, biodiversity, water pollution, farming and sustainable cities.

The curatorial approach of this year aims to show the connections between different spheres of human existence; as visitors walk through the exhibition, they will experience projects related to the human first, moving on to the home and community and finally the city, and planet. Our hope is that it will inspire others to think critically about how they live, while inspiring all of us to act consciously. New to this year’s edition is the Entrepreneurship Programme. An initiate created to support the participating graduates with the opportunity to be further developed as well as attract young innovative talent around the world to Dubai’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Selection of Projects at the Global Grad Show 2019

More than half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. Current mistrust in diagnostic procedures leads to the preventive use of malaria medication, while manual microscopy is time consuming, expensive and requires special training. The Excelscope reduces workload of medical staff in developing countries by automating the analysis of blood samples. It captures multiple fields of view within a blood sample and uses an algorithm to determine the number of malaria parasites present.
Excelscope 2.0, designed by: Jan S. van Ackeren, Gerianne Boer, Julieta Bolanos Arriola, Francesco de Fazio, Linde de Jonge, Krishna T. Rajagopal (Team Tazama), Delft University of Technology

More than half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. Current mistrust in diagnostic procedures leads to the preventive use of malaria medication, while manual microscopy is time consuming, expensive and requires special training. The Excelscope reduces workload of medical staff in developing countries by automating the analysis of blood samples. It captures multiple fields of view within a blood sample and uses an algorithm to determine the number of malaria parasites present.

Insulata is a thermal-regulating cocoon for low birth-weight babies. Developing countries, refugee camps and disaster relief zones often do not have the resources needed to establish Neonatal Intensive Care Units, meaning that low birth-weight babies face a much higher risk of death. Offering a low-cost and zero-energy alternative, Insulata is a simple wrap over design that secures the baby in a cocoon of specially layered fabrics, allowing the baby’s warmth to be conserved.
Insulata, designed by: Fergus Vaux, Nottingham Trent University

Insulata is a thermal-regulating cocoon for low birth-weight babies. Developing countries, refugee camps and disaster relief zones often do not have the resources needed to establish Neonatal Intensive Care Units, meaning that low birth-weight babies face a much higher risk of death. Offering a low-cost and zero-energy alternative, Insulata is a simple wrap over design that secures the baby in a cocoon of specially layered fabrics, allowing the baby’s warmth to be conserved.

Jarvis, designed by: Michael Yates, Varun Sanghvi and Parker Murray, University of Pennsylvania
People with a cognitive disability often struggle to become independent in their daily self care, particularly in regards to oral hygiene. As mundane as it may seem, correctly brushing your teeth requires a series of physically complex movements and considerable coordination. Swiv is a new toothbrush design that radically reduces the complexity of brushing, offering a unique pivoting brush head with bristles that cover every surface of the tooth simultaneously.
Swiv, designed by: Kevin Paroda, Jenna Borges, Victoria Fishman, University of Pennsylvania

People with a cognitive disability often struggle to become independent in their daily self care, particularly in regards to oral hygiene. As mundane as it may seem, correctly brushing your teeth requires a series of physically complex movements and considerable coordination. Swiv is a new toothbrush design that radically reduces the complexity of brushing, offering a unique pivoting brush head with bristles that cover every surface of the tooth simultaneously.

Karachi is host to 45,000 migrant workers every month who travel from all over Pakistan to find work. While finding employment is easy, many of these people are not able to find affordable accommodation, forcing them to sleep on the streets. Zambeel is a short-term solution to this issue, offering a practical and more dignified sleeping solution for migrant workers. The canvas bag has a sleeping mat built into the back pocket, while the front pocket can be used to store valuables and act as a pillow at night.
Zambeel, designed by: Zeenat Nasir, University of Karachi

Karachi is host to 45,000 migrant workers every month who travel from all over Pakistan to find work. While finding employment is easy, many of these people are not able to find affordable accommodation, forcing them to sleep on the streets. Zambeel is a short-term solution to this issue, offering a practical and more dignified sleeping solution for migrant workers. The canvas bag has a sleeping mat built into the back pocket, while the front pocket can be used to store valuables and act as a pillow at night.

EpiTent is a portable habitation solution for humanitarian emergencies. Development began in 2014 when a call went out to develop proposals to improve the lives of caregivers during the West African Ebola outbreak. A major issue with emergency tents currently in use across the African continent is heat. EpiTent addresses this problem by passively lowering the temperature inside the tent by over ten degrees Celsius, while also cutting the humidity level by over 95%.
EpiTent by Grace Nakibaala, designed by: Grace Nakibaala, Makerere University

EpiTent is a portable habitation solution for humanitarian emergencies. Development began in 2014 when a call went out to develop proposals to improve the lives of caregivers during the West African Ebola outbreak. A major issue with emergency tents currently in use across the African continent is heat. EpiTent addresses this problem by passively lowering the temperature inside the tent by over ten degrees Celsius, while also cutting the humidity level by over 95%.

While most people will learn to perform first aid at some stage in their life, this knowledge is often lost as it is not used or practiced. Along with a fear of contamination, this loss of knowledge will often prevent people from performing first aid as they prefer to wait for a more experienced person to intervene. This pair of printed latex gloves addresses this issue by providing clear instructions through internationally understandable pictograms.
First Aid Gloves, designed by: Anna Koppmann, University of the Arts Berlin

While most people will learn to perform first aid at some stage in their life, this knowledge is often lost as it is not used or practiced. Along with a fear of contamination, this loss of knowledge will often prevent people from performing first aid as they prefer to wait for a more experienced person to intervene. This pair of printed latex gloves addresses this issue by providing clear instructions through internationally understandable pictograms.

IGNIS is a portable light that converts heat into electricity which is then stored in integrated batteries.  While access to electricity is a crucial prerequisite to economic development, there are currently 2 billion people worldwide with no access to modern energy services. IGNIS addresses this issue by using a readily available resource- heat from a fire or stove- and converting it into electricity that can be used as a light or to charge a small device such as a phone.
IGNIS, designed by: Tobias Trubenbacher, University of the Arts Berlin

IGNIS is a portable light that converts heat into electricity which is then stored in integrated batteries. While access to electricity is a crucial prerequisite to economic development, there are currently 2 billion people worldwide with no access to modern energy services. IGNIS addresses this issue by using a readily available resource- heat from a fire or stove- and converting it into electricity that can be used as a light or to charge a small device such as a phone.

A mastectomy is an operation during which either one or both of the breasts are removed due to breast cancer. It is a heavy operation, often followed by the reconstruction of the breast(s) with tissues and fat from other parts of the body. Mastectomy Caregiver is a knitted sweater that protects the scars resulting from the operation, acting as a protective shell with tighter and looser areas as required.
Mastectomy Caregiver, designed by: Pauline Agustoni, Design Academy Eindhoven

A mastectomy is an operation during which either one or both of the breasts are removed due to breast cancer. It is a heavy operation, often followed by the reconstruction of the breast(s) with tissues and fat from other parts of the body. Mastectomy Caregiver is a knitted sweater that protects the scars resulting from the operation, acting as a protective shell with tighter and looser areas as required.

Today, it is considered safe to give birth in Sweden with maternal and child mortality rates being among the lowest in the world. Despite this, many women suffer from a fear of childbirth, as they feel that they have little control over the pain endured. Stand Up(right) for a Safer Childbirth is a medical device that encourages women to maintain an upright position through the birthing process, increasing movement and allowing more endorphins to be released.
Stand Up(right) for a Safer Childbirth, designed by: Malin Bjorklund, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design

Today, it is considered safe to give birth in Sweden with maternal and child mortality rates being among the lowest in the world. Despite this, many women suffer from a fear of childbirth, as they feel that they have little control over the pain endured. Stand Up(right) for a Safer Childbirth is a medical device that encourages women to maintain an upright position through the birthing process, increasing movement and allowing more endorphins to be released.

Swift is an arm-free crutch for individuals with a below-knee amputation that slips on and off quickly for in-home mobility. Putting on a traditional prosthetic leg is a time-consuming process requiring a liner and perhaps some socks before putting the prosthetic on. During user research, the designer was shocked to find that many amputees would simply crawl on the floor if they needed to get up to use the bathroom or get a glass of water during the night.
Swift, designed by: Smruti Adya, School of Visual Arts

Swift is an arm-free crutch for individuals with a below-knee amputation that slips on and off quickly for in-home mobility. Putting on a traditional prosthetic leg is a time-consuming process requiring a liner and perhaps some socks before putting the prosthetic on. During user research, the designer was shocked to find that many amputees would simply crawl on the floor if they needed to get up to use the bathroom or get a glass of water during the night.

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Curator Eleanor Watson: "Young people today find themselves in a uniquely challenging position"

Curator Eleanor Watson

"Young people today find themselves in a uniquely challenging position. As we face the stark realities of a global environmental crisis, as well as the more insidious effects of hyper-connectivity, it can feel that we are part of a landscape that is already simply too crowded. Wherever we move there is the potential to do harm, and nowhere is this more evident than in the field of design, with its links to a system of production and consumption that is no longer sustainable.

What does it mean to be a designer in a world that already has too much? And how can we better live in an era where the links between the micro scale of our individual human experience and the macro scale of our planet can no longer be ignored. Over the past few months I have been figuring out how to answer these questions, learning from the best design, art and engineering schools from across the globe. While the context differs each time, the role of design seems to stay the same- it is about engaging with the world around us with intelligence and compassion. It provides us with the tools to both identify and solve problems, and to think critically about how we live. It causes us to reflect but most importantly it also enables us to act.

Global Grad Show is a coming together of the brightest young minds in the design industry, taking place at Dubai Design District during Dubai Design Week. Showcasing work from over 100 schools around the world, it is both a meeting point and a celebration of the power of design today."