Welcome to AidEx

AidEx is the leading international event for professionals in aid and development. We have two annual events:
Our flagship conference and exhibition in Brussels (16-17 November) and a 2 day Conference in Nairobi (13-14 September)

AidEx encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide an annual forum for the visitors to meet, source, supply and learn. Be sure to sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest updates from the sector.

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AidEx Brussels

AidEx is the leading international event dedicated to the unique needs of development and aid professionals across the world; held over two days annually at Brussels Expo, in Belgium.

AidEx is recognised as a major platform for networking, making new contacts and doing business. By taking part, you will forge new relationships in the community, raise awareness of your organisation and be involved in the sourcing of new solutions to improve the efficiency of aid delivery.

AidEx Africa

Now in it's fourth year, AidEx Africa is a two-day high-profile conference which takes place annually in Nairobi, Kenya. AidEx Africa was developed as a satellite event to the already well-established AidEx conference and exhibition for humanitarian and development aid, held each year in Brussels.

AidEx Africa attracts over 300 delegates from the Government of Kenya, UN agencies, Kenyan Red Cross and leading NGOs from Africa and beyond.

aid innovation logo no dates 2015The Aid Innovation Challenge 

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The AidEx Aid Innovation Challenge aims to find the next big invention to impact the delivery of aid. 

The Aid Innovation Challenge is an exciting opportunity for those with the 'next big invention' to help others. This award is open to design agencies, engineering companies and also individuals - anyone who has a new concept or product that will save or improve lives.

It is a unique chance to pitch life-changing inventions to a panel of experts from the sector live at AidEx.

Entries are open to the public and are then shortlisted to four entries who will pitch their idea to our judging panel live at AidEx. Watch the Live Final at AidEx 2016 on Wednesday 16 November at 11:45am in Auditorium Two.

If you would like to read more about the challenge, read about the past winners here > 

To register for AidEx and watch the challenge, register here.

2016 Aid Innovation Challenge Winner and Finalists

WINNER: The Pak Flat Tank by GreenCo Water

Water tanks have traditionally been difficult and cumbersome to move around and install, not to mention the prohibitive costs of freight and shipping.

We knew there had to be a better way. Drawing inspiration from Swedish design nous, we have come up with a simple, practical and cost-effective solution - the Pak Flat Tank. A Pak Flat Tank is a 1,000 litre water tank that arrives flat-packed in a cardboard box. It weighs just 23kg, and can be assembled by anyone, anywhere in just a few minutes. There are no specialist tools or technical knowledge required and Reduces logistic costs by 85%. 400 water tanks can pack full a 40ft shipping container - for those who like math, that’s 400,000 litres of water storage – all in one delivery.

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FINALIST: The Pumani bCPAP by Hadleigh Health Technologies

Prematurity is now the leading cause of global mortality for children under 5. Many of these premature infants require intensive care, including extra warmth, feeding, treatment for jaundice and infection, and respiratory support. With only 5-7 days of respiratory support, these infants can further develop their lungs and survive their first days of life. But many premature infants born in low-resource settings do not have access to respiratory support, due to cost constraints, lack of trained staff, and lack of appropriate technology for their setting. The Pumani bCPAP is a low-cost, high-quality respiratory device for newborns and young children.

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FINALIST: The Maggie Shelter by The Maggie Program

Many host countries don’t allow fixed buildings. So we set out to create a temporary, low-cost shelter that has the quality and advantages of a sturdy, insulated building. Because there is a need for high quality, temporary structures for schools, medical wards, vocational training centres, temperature controlled storage and operational and coordination centres we designed this low cost, durable Maggie-shelter. A tent that acts like a building.
Access to decent health care is a basic right and top priority. This means there is a need for sustainable constructions in which people can be taken care of in safe and humane conditions. Temperatures cannot exceed healthy minima or maxima and the structures should resist heavy weather conditions and offer a safe haven in conflict areas.

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FINALIST: Emergency Floor by The Good Works Studio

Emergency Floor is an insulated flooring system that can be installed in any size tent or makeshift shelter. It installs in a matter of minutes and offers three installation methods; directly on the bare ground, on top of sand bags, or on top of shipping pallets. Made from a polypropylene product, Emergency Floor offers durability and insulation precisely where it is needed in a shelter, between families and the raw elements underfoot.

There are three issues that Emergency Floor addresses: protection from the elements, efficient heating in winter months, and modularity. Emergency Floor protects refugees from the elements.
Emergency Floor will reduce parasitic infections by about 78%, instances of diarrhoea by about 49%, anaemia by about 81%, as well as boost cognitive development in children by 36-96%.

To register for AidEx and watch the challenge, register here.

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