innovation for humanitarian aid – the 5th Challenge Humanitech


In 2013, Challenge Humanitech returns for the fifth time, with the same goal of finding new innovative solutions to facilitate humanitarian action throughout the world.

Challenge Humanitech

Since 2009, the Challenge Humanitech initiative, created by the Casques Rouges Foundation (Red Helmets) and founder Nicole Guedj, former French government minister, has brought together young men and women determined to make a difference in a world where there is a great need for humanitarian aid. This year, the main theme is “e-solidarity”.

“Young people are an endless source of new ideas in support of humanitarian aid,” explains the President of Casques Rouges. “Often, it’s enough to simply give them the opportunity and the confidence they need to succeed with their ideas. Their generosity and sense of solidarity will ensure that they surprise us again this year with their commitment and their talent for technological innovation.”

For any interested students, registration is now open and the selection criteria are fairly simple. Teams of 2 to 6 people must come up with an innovative project relating to one of the three themes of this year’s challenge: health, access to information, and education & training.

Each team will receive support from a professional mentor with experience in the innovation and humanitarian aid sectors, who will work with them and provide guidance for two months. On May 31, 2013, the Orange Living Lab in Paris will host the grand final, where the teams will present their project to the judging panel. The winners will receive €5,000 to finance their project.

Applicants have until March 1 March 15, 2013 to register and be in with a chance of following in the footsteps of the winners of Challenge Humanitech 2012, “Tous contre le Choléra” [Everyone against Cholera], and their winning invention, “Tsé-nou”, a low-cost water filter.


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