We are excited to see UNICEF Innovation work being recognized at the Core 77 Design Awards 2013, Social Impact in both student and professional categories. Core 77 Design Awards recognises excellence in all areas of design enterprise and the Social Impact category acknowledges projects specifically designed to directly benefit social, humanitarian, community or environmental causes

The student runner-up – Elephant-Tap – is a hard-wearing, theft deterrent tap. Developed by Alto University and UNICEF Finland, it is designed for schools in developing countries. The tap is made from low tech parts and uses local resources and production methods. Jury member Ravi commented, “I like the fact that it is a co-creation product, a solution triangulated between NGO, community and kids. It’s about growing local economies by investing money into skills-development in communities.”

The professional notable – UNICEF Emergency Response Simulation Game – was originally developed in a collaboration with Andy Styer a former NYU ITP ‘Design for UNICEF’ student.  UNICEF partner Frog then further built it out and made it something truly scalable. The game balances realistic immersion and game-like experience to illustrate the challenges of humanitarian relief work. The two-hour simulation will eventually become an open-source tool aimed at increasing awareness and developing empathy in emergency humanitarian relief efforts.

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