Aid Innovation Challenge

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The Aid Innovation Challenge aims to find the next big invention that will help those who supply aid products to developing countries around the world.

All entries must be submitted before 5pm BST on Friday 6th September.

Who can enter

The Aid Innovation Challenge is open to design agencies and engineering companies and also budding young designers and engineers who are not currently working at a company/organisation. It is a unique chance to pitch life-changing inventions to a panel of experts from the community.
There will be two categories for the competition:
  1. Individuals – Entrants might consist of Design or Engineering students or sole inventors.
  2. Businesses – Entrants might consist of design agencies, manufacturers or suppliers of aid products.

Criteria for Entries

  • The concept must serve the needs of aid relief and either be in current development or have been launched onto the market no earlier than January 2013.
  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  • All entrants must be able to available to attend the show from the 13-14 November 2013 in the event that they are shortlisted.
  • AidEx will organise one night's complimentary stay in Brussels for the four shortlisted entrants, as well as up to £500 towards travel expenses.


AidEx is aimed at helping the community improve the delivery of aid, so your concept should take into account the issues facing the sector and look to offer a solution.
Concepts could include solutions to:
  • Assist water or food aid
  • Provide better medical care, particularly in rural and basic conditions
  • Allow improved sanitation
  • Provide better security
  • Assist efforts to shelter the homeless
  • Enable more people to access education
N.B: These are only our suggested concepts and should not restrict any other creative ideas you might have that reflect your own knowledge of the humanitarian aid sector and vision of a viable solution.

General entry information

* NOW OPEN - Submit your application by completing the online application form here *
It is free-of-charge to enter the Aid Innovation Challenge.
You will need to fill in an entry form, which will be uploaded to this page soon!
All entries must be submitted before 5pm BST on Friday 6th September.
Each entrant will be required to send over a design or prototype of their concept as part of their entry.
The best four inventions will be shortlisted; two from each category. The entrants will be required to attend AidEx from 13-14 November 2013. Shortlisted entrants will be required to create a short video about their concept - discussing the strategy behind it. This will be uploaded onto the AidEx website, as well as other relevant social media platforms prior to the show.


Entries to the Aid Innovation Challenge will be judged by an expert panel of the most influential people in the humanitarian and development aid sector, including charities and NGOs, designers, engineers and suppliers of aid. The panel of judges is carefully chosen to ensure competition is impartial.
The judging of the Aid Innovation Challenge takes part in two stages:

Stage One: Online entries and long list

Each judge on the panel reviews submissions from entrants and then vote in a secret ballot – no judge is allowed to see other judges’ scores. The average of the votes is calculated and a shortlist of entrants put together.

Stage Two: Shortlisted entrants

The four shortlisted entrants (two individuals and two companies) will be required to attend AidEx from 13-14 November 2013 to pitch their concept to the panel of judges and live audience. They will each also be given an area in which to display their product for the duration of the show.
The audience will play an important role in asking entrants questions about their inventions and then the panel will have the final decision, with the winner from each category named at the show.


Prizes are determined by category:
  1. The best individual entry will win a grant to to develop his/her invention further.
  2. The best business entry will win a free 9m2 stand at AidEx 2014

Eligibility, publication, IP and confidentiality

Your concept will remain confidential within AidEx unless it is chosen for the shortlist. You may wish to consider the need to put in place a confidentiality and intellectual property agreement for your concept. If you would like to protect your idea then you should do so either once it has been shortlisted or before submission, in the country relevant to your residence.
The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication. Descriptions of submissions from winners will be published in connection with the competition.

Additional benefits

AidEx will use the official PR agency, Weber Shandwick, to help publicise your entry to visitors in advance of the event. This will take place via the show’s ongoing PR programme, on the show website and in the show guide, in press releases to media and potential journalists visiting the show and through emails to visitors.


If you have any questions about the Aid Innovation Challenge, which are not answered above please email




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