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Ukubutha: A waste-to-energy solution to mobilise residents in informal settlements
Architecture graduate Nicole Moyo shares her idea on how informal communities can create their own water, energy and waste systems.
Exatype: Changing the face of ARV treatments
The Exatype software offers tailored treatments for HIV/AIDS.
WeCount: Connecting communities and helping the homeless
Online peer-to-peer network WeCount is trying to unite communities and end inequality.
Invincible bicycle is entirely theft proof and weather resistant
The Fortified Bicycle startup reveals their indestructible, unstealable bike.
Lyfe: A levitating planter
The Swedish design team at Flyte introduce us to the future of planting with zero gravity plants.
Re-thinking South African education
UCT Upstarts invites students to redesign the education system in South Africa.
From 2D to 3D and back again
Jongha Choi’s 2D designs can be plucked straight off the wall.
Artist Leigh Le Roux looks to Johannesburg for inspiration
Local graphic design artist Leigh Le Roux visually represents the city and its people.
Not Yet Decided: A social experiment in superposition
A group of young Lithuanian architects are proposing a social project based on Schrödinger's cat, the thought experiment.
Soofa: NYC’s solar-powered benches
The Soofa group is spreading technology with their solar-powered benches.
BooToo: locally designed educational toys
South African entrepreneur Daniel Jillings, creates aesthetically pleasing children’s toys.
Graphite: a modular honeycomb-shaped shelving system
A storage system designed to be sturdy and fully customisable.
Welcome Shelter: Charlie Redman’s kinetic dining experience
Architecture student Charlie Redman designed an outdoor structure that functions in any weather.
Ingestible origami robot can patch a wound from the inside
Researchers have developed a tiny magnetically controlled robot with dozens of healthcare applications.
L CARD: A lung cancer “breathalyzer”
The tiny device can detect whether or not a patient has lung cancer.
Photographer Martha Tadesse captures her Ethiopian truth
Ethiopian photographer Martha Tadesse hopes to share images of her travels through Addis Ababa with the world.
Luzinterruptus illuminates social issues using light and photography
The anonymous collective Luzinterruptus is creating illuminating installations with light.
Margrethe Odgaard’s work is full of colour, creativity and compassion
Margrethe Odgaard is celebrated for her contributions to Nordic art and design.
Nigerian photographer's romantic visions of Lagos
Photographer re-envisions his hometown using light and photographic installations.
Gamer gets a high-tech bionic limb
Packed with gadgets, James Young’s robotic prosthesis also houses a drone.
Tshepo Sedumo’s handmade portable boomboxes
The Johannesburg-based startup Grove Audio creates custom designed wooden boomboxes.
DoruNsimba: a design collaboration reintroducing Africa to the world
A collaboration of two African-born creatives hopes to change perceptions of the African continent through their work.
Green light: An artistic workshop on the refugee crisis in Europe
The project helps refugees escaping persecution and war find acceptance and community.
WarOnWall: an exhibition on the state of Syria
The photographic collection will be displayed on the last remnants of the Berlin Wall.
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First ever Ghana Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale designed by David Adjaye
• Duration: 00:43:07
9 May 19
The historic event is a celebration of Ghana's untapped cultural capital.
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