What do a portable grasshopper breeder, an infrastructural solution for Las Vegas’s water shortages, and an emergency solar light all have in common? They’re all examples of design for social and environmental good driven by entrepreneurs with access to resources that allow them to fully explore their ideas.
The Autodesk Foundation recently launched its Impact Design Database to make it easier to find and explore these kinds of opportunities. The online resource functions as a central repository where students and practitioners in design and architecture fields can easily access useful information about grants, scholarships and fellowships. To date, the archive has amassed more than 1,200 wide ranging opportunities and will continue to grow via user-generated content.
“We’re hoping the database can be the Wikipedia of impact design—a central online source for information and resources that is user generated but still maintains a high level of quality,” says Gilad Meron, a researcher with the foundation who led the creation of the database. […]