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 2015In tough economic times, agencies are increasingly relying on new innovations that will save them time and money to counterbalance their shrinking budgets and resource pools. Every year one of the highlights at AidEx is the Dragons’-Den style pitching session and ultimate unveiling of the winner of the coveted Aid Innovation Challenge, a competition in which innovators reveal their newest inventions for the aid and humanitarian sector. 

Here we take you through the archive of past winners of the Aid Innovation Challenge to help understand what the judges are looking for from the winning entry.

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medalert2011 – MedAlert: The HIV-medication reminder
A medical dispenser that emits a reminder alert to HIV sufferers prompting them to take antiretroviral medication. That was the first product to ever win the Aid Innovation Challenge. Over 5 million people receive treatment for HIV but often fail to take their medication either because they forget or illiteracy or innumeracy means they’re not sure when to take the drugs. Cue MedAlert.
Inventor Claire said, ‘I came up with the idea during the final year of my product design degree at university after reading a heartbreaking BBC article on AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa and the difficulties in ensuring they take their medication on time. It seemed astonishing that despite having the power between life and death, something so seemingly straightforward as time keeping could be a real problem for these people, and I wanted to do something to help.’

Sunlite Solar2012 – India Impex: The ultimate solar powered lamp
In order to create a product that would be truly useful for refugees, India Impex founder, Divyesh Thakkar spent time with large aid agencies visiting many of the refugee camps in Africa to better understand what their beneficiaries needed from their solar lamps. And rather than just providing the lamps, India Impex actually trains refugees to use the lanterns. What’s more, the lamps can last up to 3 years without needing to change the batteries. 
According to Divyesh, ‘If we technically train women and girls to manage the lamps, it becomes a win-win situation for everyone.’ Following winning the accolade, Divyesh noted that orders streamed in so fast, they could hardly keep pace!

2013 – Wakati: The sterile food conservation tentWakati
United Nations statistics show that 45% of fruit and vegetables never reach market because they go bad before they get there. 
Arne Pauwels, the founder of Wakati, believes it is not always using the newest technology that makes something innovative. Instead, it is a case of understanding how current practices can be modified to cater for the users’ needs and processes with the least amount of interference. And that’s how the Wakati One technology came into being. The small solar-fuelled fan and tent creates a sterilised micro climate meaning smallholder farmers can increase the shelf life of their crops. According to Arne, winning the Aid Innovation Challenge gave him ‘some great contacts and also a strong recommendation which opens doors in a lot of international organisations’ as well as the drive to push forwards.

Hope 1802014 – Hope: The blood donation mobile app
Last year, judges at AidEx praised winner Hope for the creation of a mobile app which builds a fast and reliable channel between blood donors and those who require blood, a gap that was identified by founder, Amgad Morgan when he was browsing social media one day. ‘I wondered if in addition to people on Facebook and Twitter, there might also be people on the streets who would need a faster and more accurate way to get this information,’ he remarked after winning the title.
The judges commended Morgan for the simple but community driven impetus behind the project, as well as its potential to help a huge number of people. Judge Arne Pauwels, winner of the 2013 Wakati entry explained that the fact that Hope had the ability to influence the lives of thousands of people was one of the standout features of the invention. Michael Pritchard of Lifesaver said, ‘Hope didn’t just have a concept, but delivered something about blood donation, not by trying to create a new platform – which many might have done – but using existing ones, like Twitter and Facebook, and using clever bots and algorithms to search those. This has fantastic applicability to this world.’

recipriboo edit2015 - Shaun Halbert, ReciproBoo Shelter
The ReciproBoo shelter is an innovation in shelter construction that can assist refugees worldwide. Aid agencies distribute hundreds of thousands of tarpaulins every year to these refugees but do not provide a frame to make a shelter.  People then struggle to build a decent shelter for their families. It is in response to these poorly constructed shelters that the ReciproBoo shelter has been developed.  The shelter is unique in that it is the only shelter to use a reciprocal frame roof. This reciprocal frame is a self- supporting structure that provides the exceptional weight bearing strength of the roof. By using a four pole reciprocal frame it has now been possible to refine and develop this design into a shelter kit; the ReciproBoo Shelter Kit (RSK). The final RSK design, in either bamboo or tubular steel, has been developed with strength and simplicity in mind.

aid innovation logo no dates 2015

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