Kenya’s BRCK, a portable and rugged internet for rural areas designed and prototyped in Nairobi by Erik Hersman, Juliana Rotich, Reg Orton and Jeff Maina.Another Kenyan startup named among the finalists is OkHi, a new address system to put over four billion people worldwide on the map designed by Henry Ingham. The third Kenyan startup SokoText, is an SMS service that helps local stores to buy in bulk, reducing costs and enabling communities to buy healthy food at much more affordable prices.South Africa’s Lumkani was also among the finalists. Lumkani is a Low-cost fire detector that alerts entire communities have been named finalists in the 2015 INDEX: Awards.The INDEX Awards is worth €500.000, and widely recognized as the most important design award in the world.The INDEX: Awardis aimed at showing people how their personal lives and the lives of people around themcan be improved by Design to Improve Life.Awarded biennially in Denmark, and has since its inauguration in 2005 received over 4,500 nominations from more than 80 countries. The INDEX: Award is split into five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play & Learning and Community, and one prize worth €100,000is presented to the winner in eachcategory.
All winners and finalists are selected by The international INDEX: Award Jury according to the three criteria of Form, Impact and Context, representing not only the appearance of the design but also its ability to improve life for its user. Anyone can nominate for INDEX: Award free of charge.
The INDEX: Award 2015 winners will be announced in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 27th under the attendance of Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark.
“We do this through INDEX: Award and INDEX: Award Exhibition, showcasing the positive outcome and effect of the world’s best examples of Design to Improve Life addressing issues such as HIV/AIDS, scarcity of potable water, terrorism, sustainable transportation, elderly care, etc,” says the Danish non-profit organization on its website.
INDEX: Award is open to people from all over the world and is completely free of charge to people of all ages or education background as long as they have a design product to be nominated for INDEX: Award.
Conceived in 2002 as a world event for design, the INDEX: Award was awarded for the first time in 2005 and is an abbreviation of INternationalDEsign eXhibition (INDEX). The awards aimed at branding Denmark by the use of a large-scale, traditional design award – hoping to attract attention, tourists and investments to Denmark.