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The Sign Project

Time to make safety not a choice

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The Sign Project is a new concept Design of life jacket. Project Concept: Sign Project (The Sign project is a disruptive project that will rescue refugees life, and will solve global health problem (Drowning).Based on study for World Health Organization (WHO), Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death globally. A lot of gaps in the current life that could be developed and taken into a new different level. the current life jackets doesn’t isolate or protect the swimmer from certain issues. That lead to give drowning person couple of hours instead of couple of minutes to survive. I am here to say not lucky ones will survive from the suicide journey.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

In 2012, an estimated 372 000 people died from drowning, making it a major public health problem worldwide.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

A lot of gaps in the current life that could be developed and taken into a new different level. (I am not Highlighting on design and features as The Sign Project is in process of patent) That lead to give drowning person couple of hours instead of couple of minutes to survive. • In 2018, The Sign project was among the Top 16 finalists in Africa (Next Einstein Forum) in Ci2i Competition #NEF,The Sign project was chosen based on innovations and product concepts that have a direct impact on communities • The Sign project was selected among the Top 11 Worldwide Semi Finalist for 2017 Wildcard Round (HULT PRIZE). Also, I have reached MSF; and their response MSF might be interested in testing the solution once the product is finalized

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Oday Samad Founder of Sign Project- BA in Economics , My team: Souad Ali - BS in Medical Lab & Minor Public Health Nermeen Mattar - BS Computer Engineering Alaa Nabhaan - BS Computer & Information Technology and Masters in Business (Leadership and innovation) we are working on other project concepts too: (1)The Essence Project: Education- Emergency Awareness (2) The Speetrol Project: Road Safety; Selected top 5 finalists PITCH link

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we plan to register in the future.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

As Social Entrepreneur - Social Activist Keen on finding solutions for global problems, and noticing continuous victims of refugees trying to seek the sea as way of survival from the current situation they are from, especially taking with them most important people in their life while they call it a death journey,but this risky road had killed thousands of people, so I investigated reasons of refugees death, and came up with a new concept for life jacket to give more time and means to survive

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

A call to deliver the voice of many refugees, and an opportunity to highlight the necessity of the Sign project. The Sign for survival ,as it gives days instead of couple of hours to survive for anyone who has faced the danger of drowning. In addition, many life jackets are fake with non-buoyant material, manufactured in the black market by children who are refugees, taking advantage of the refugees situation by selling a low priced (fake) life jackets. The project has been criticized as addressed for refugees, especially the refugees situation was ignored and it was encouraged and impressed to go commercially. Ignoring the refugees as human beings , and their rights of living . And shifting the project from a necessity to commercial luxury in cruises. It is not the lucky ones who will survive from the suicide journey according to what refugees call it.. We need to ask ourselves why they are taking this journey in the first place

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Please note, once I develop a prototype I will be able to capture attention more organizations for collaboration such MSF , UN, and many other organizations works on the same field. When I got shortlisted in HULT Prize and Next Einstein Forum , I heard a positive feedback  regarding the Sign Project , the main reason not reaching to advanced levels in earlier competitions  is I  did not have a prototype for the project, If I was able to build the project; the results would be much better. I know there is a global market for The Sign project Cruises, commercial ships, Individual ships, and even for airplanes. But I care  as start about helping refugees, before looking on the business aspect.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

In 2015 There are more than One million refugee’s arrived to Europe crossing Mediterranean In 2016 Almost of 388,000 refugees arrived to Europe crossing Mediterranean In numerical level of victims 2016, 5022 drowned in Mediterranean out of total 7,495 of refugees drowned worldwide. Taking in consideration, 71% of refugees

Geographic Focus

As start we are planning with MENA region ( Middle East ) and then take it globally

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

I believe within one year we can develop a prototype and then opportunity for collaboration with Non profit organizations and companies.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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