Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Published on September 28, 2020 um 09:09
Type of Enterprise
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
A 2015 study showed that on average we touch our faces 23 times per hour while awake. Add to that the number of times we touch a door handle and it's no wonder that,new research shows that contamination of just a single doorknob can help spread germs throughout office buildings, hotels or health care facilities within hours (CBS News). This is also confirmed in an article by NPR, which stated, When an infected person touches a surface, like a door handle, there's a risk they leave viruses stuck there that can live on for two to three days. With this challenge in mind, I sought to find timely solutions to address this, and do my small part in protecting my community and minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. After extensive research, we concluded that hands free 3D printed door openers offered an efficient and expedient solution that could address this challenge. We then embarked on testing and cataloguing designs, design modifications and where required new designs resulting with a compilation of what we found to be the most effective and practical openers (taking into consideration ease of installation, functionality, and printing time). With the above concluded, we began creating a community 3D printing alliance where individuals and entities (like schools and others) would contribute the use of their 3D printers to enable production of these handsfree door openers for the highest priority non-profit locations such as healthcare facilities, schools, and places of worship. In addition to our main non-profit locations we received interest from commercial operations like offices and restaurants and they became a source of revenue and, in some cases, sponsorship that has allowed us to enhance our community printing by acquiring 5 3D printers that are now dedicated to Hands Free.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
With the help of ambassadors and volunteers we have printed and installed hundreds of hands free openers at sites like: schools, health-clinics, field hospital, offices, retail outlets, places of worship, and many more. We started in April 2020 in Kuwait and now proudly have chapters and ambassadors in 5 countries and growing, and, although we come from different cultures and languages we are all united in our objective. Hands Free impacts SDGs on many levels, including: 1.The hundreds of hands free door openers we printed will hopefully contribute to increased good health and wellbeing of our communities. 2.We primarily use PLA to produce our openers, which is an environmentally friendly and sustainable biodegradable plant-based filament. 3.Reduced greenhouse gases; as production is done locally at each chapter, therefore, no requirements for long distance shipping and related emissions. Also, for places where transport is difficult this makes products available that were economically unfeasible, by printing locally. 4.No storage/warehousing needed, as production is on demand. 5.Additive manufacturing like 3D printing produces less waste during manufacturing and has no unsold inventory, since it is custom-built to order. 6.Locations that require the use of gloves (whether this has been newly implemented or not) like clinics and restaurants achieved an additional benefit of using fewer gloves as they could keep them clean by using our openers. 7.Through Fablabs and other public facilities, our start and the starting phase of our chapters were done with zero Capex, promoting a very inclusive and sustainable economic activity especially as we try to grow our chapters in other countries. 8.As we have grown and now have our own printers weve become a small-scale manufacturer and hope to replicate this in other countries, hopefully helping counter the decline in manufacturing as well.
Sustainability and future plans
Financing sources: -Tapped facilities with 3D printers to help by printing openers. -Recruited individual volunteers with 3D printers to produce openers. -Commercial clients like restaurants, offices etc. were charged a cost that covered their openers and an additional opener to be used for a non-profit. We found this to be especially appealing; as commercial clients were paying for goods they actually needed while also contributing to the wellbeing of their wider community. Were able to do this and maintain fair prices because there are no shipping costs, volunteers graciously contribute time for installation, and we add no further costs beyond whats needed to sustain operations. -Commercial clients were also given the option to further contribute a sponsorship amount of their choosing to fund additional non-profit locations, of their choice or identified by us. -Sponsorship/other forms of support. -Application for grants. Future growth: -Continue geographical growth. While theres an immediate need due to Covid-19, we also intend to capitalize on the greater population awareness that it has caused about how infectious diseases spread and importance of hand hygiene, and surfaces as a source of infection. According to the WHO, annually, up to 650,000 deaths, 3-5 Million severe cases and almost 1 Billion affected by the flu (not including other diseases), in addition to 10s of Billions of dollars in lost productivity. -Creating designs that address other everyday items beyond doors. First new product expected next month. -Use our 3D printing network to produce other products (medical and more) that will serve our respective communities. -We hope to make our operation truly circular by starting a micro-scale production of filament using material from our local waste-stream. We are very excited about this and have taken our first steps! Achieving many advantages of using the waste and reducing transportation impact and much
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Faisal AlFozan and Im a 16-year old high school student in Kuwait. I have a keen interest and passion for mathematics, problem solving, and sports (football in particular!!). Like most kids around the world, my year was disrupted by the pandemic and I could not partake or pursue the many activities and programs I was planning. It also became an opportunity for me to develop my own projects based on issues that truly mattered to me. My motivation for starting Hands Free comes from a desire to help and contribute positively to my community. After becoming aware of the risks associated with surfaces generally and door handles specifically in relation to COVID-19 and other diseases, and by speaking to those around me that were most active and at risk during the pandemic I felt that this was indeed a problem that needed solving. I began researching the subject further and after identifying the best solution according to my findings, I sought to learn more about 3D printing and enrolled in an online course, extensively learned from YouTube tutorials, and took a edX/MIT Entrepreneurship course as well. I felt I now had the basics to start my project to help address this problem in a specific but hopefully meaningful way. Im thankful to say that the project has been very well received with much recognition from many sites that have installed them (including a recent TV interview http://www.almajlistv.com/460491943), ranging from important medical facilities (https://www.instagram.com/p/CDyaWTrhKgb/?igshid=yncct4cubga7 and https://www.instagram.com/p/CFmo7V3loyo/?igshid=jnf73z1nr39b) to offices and schools and now growing in several countries beyond Kuwait.
Hands Free - Intro Video
Hands Free's impact on UN SDGs
Hands Free Health Care Installations