Virtual exhibition showcases best social impact projects by the next generation of graduate inventors


Includes: Foam-firing drone to extinguish wildfires in built up areas; Fluorescent hat that helps protect children walking to school in the dark; Life-saving stove for Maasai people in Kenya & Tanzania; Edible protein developed from chicken feathers; Replicating reptile scales to create injury-preventing wearable tech; Vibrating pillow to wake deaf people in an emergency; Portable incubator to prevent 1 million babies dying of hypothermia in sub-Saharan Africa ……. and 93 more


B-Roll available of 14 projects

Global Grad Show Director & student inventors all available to for interview



100 of the most promising ideas to improve the environmental, social & economic well-being of people all around the world are revealed today at this year’s Global Grad Show.


The ideas are from students at universities in 42 countries and reveal how the next generation of designers, innovators and entrepreneurs would solve many of the key issues facing the planet today.

The 100 projects have been selected from 1600 original submissions from 270 universities. This year for the first time, the chosen projects have been organized around five key emerging trends: Living with Illness & Disability; Coping in a Complex World; Saving Lives in Danger; Cleaning a Waste Filled Planet; and Sustaining the Urban Experience. 

All the 100 projects are being brought to life in a virtual exhibition allowing anyone from around the world to view the prototypes, films and original research material. They can all be viewed from Monday 9th November at  https://www.globalgradshow.com/


Further Information

The 2020 Global Grad Show participants will be invited to apply to the organisation’s Entrepreneurship Programme. This Programme aims to accelerate the development of innovations through tailored business training, mentorship and by providing introductions to investors to help the students launch their products to market. This programme has so far supported 30 projects from previous years, in fields ranging from medical to waste management, mental health to migrating communities.

This year’s will also see the launch of a specific show to support regional talent in the MENA region. The programme, which received more than 200 submissions from 35 universities based on the Middle East and North Africa will inaugurate a physical exhibition focusing on talent from the region, as part of Dubai Design Week.

The Global Grad Show is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and member of the Dubai Council and in partnership with A.R.M. Holding and Dubai Culture.


14 of the 100 projects and soundbites from the Global Grad Show Project Director are featured in the B-Roll:


Projects which are working prototypes – GVs and stills:

00.00.14              Turning waste chicken feathers into a lean alternative source of edible protein. Lighter Delicacy (Thailand – but student studied at Central St Martins College in London, UK)

00.01.03              Wearable air purification system to reduce the impact of air pollution on the subway/underground. AIRTOMO (UK – Royal College of Art, London, UK)

00.01.16              Replicating flexibility of reptile scales to create injury-preventing wearable tech. SCALED (UK – Imperial College, London, UK)

00.01.43              VR tech that replicates touch sensations on human skin. Touch Me Gently (New Zealand – University of Auckland) 

00.02.20              Vibrating alarm pillow to wake deaf people in emergency. MILLI (UK – Loughborough University)

00.02.36              Interchangeable prosthetic system for long stump amputees. Long Limbs (Switzerland – University of the Arts, Zurich)

00.02.48              Life-saving stove for Maasai huts in Tanzania & Kenya that have no chimneys and pollution creates high mortality. Moshi Inji (Canada – Carleton University)

00.03.43              Robust portable new-born baby incubator for remote communities to prevent 1 million babies dying from hypothermia annually in sub-Saharan Africa. RobustNest (Switzerland - École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL))


Projects which are futuristic concepts – animated video and stills:

00.04.12              Rapid response foam firing drone to fight fires in forest or urban environments. SOSMO (Peru – Universidad Privada del Norte)

00.04.44              Creating futuristic habitable desert structures from desalination by-products. Alternative Ecosystems (UAE – American University of Sharjah)

00.04.54              Fluorescent hat to guide children commuting to school in the dark in remote areas. Lantern Hat (China – Zhejiang University) 

00.05.09              Wheel attachment capturing micro tyre particles that contribute to air pollution. Tyre Collective (UK – Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London, UK) 

00.05.15              Weeding robot to improve crop farming yields. Autoweeder (Sweden – Lund University School of Industrial Design)

00.05.25              Autonomous electric vehicles for mass public transportation in cities. Tribe (Italy – Instituto Europeo di Design (IED) 

00.05.31              Soundbites (in English) from the Global Grad Show’s Director, Tadeu Baldani Caravieri


The following are available for interview:

  • The students who have created the projects
  • Tadeu Baldani Caravieri, Director, Global Grad Show
  • Brendan McGetrick, Head of Curation, Global Grad Show
  • Carlo Rizzo, Trends Editor, Global Grad Show
6 November 2020