In August and September, something terrible happened.
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria raged havoc.
Millions of people were affected: their homes and cars destroyed, access to power lost and food scarce.
Billions of dollars in damages piled up across multiple US cities and Caribbean countries.
Many stood by, hoping and praying for the people affected.
Quirky and Ace Hardware partnered and took action.
We polled our community, some of which were affected by the storms, to uncover the biggest problems people faced as they started recovery efforts.
And the Hurricane Recovery Invention Challenge was born.
For one month, our Quirky Community of thinkers, tinkers, makers and inventors went to work, creating thoughtful solutions to various issues – from safety and structural damage indicators and removing flood water quickly and efficiently to portable power solutions and moving debris, we received hundreds of useful ideas.
The decision was tough. A few weeks ago, we released the shortlist of the top 20 invention ideas and today we are announcing the 2 that have made the final cut.
Before we announce the winners, we want to thank every inventor who submitted ideas for the challenge and send a special thanks to all the brave individuals who have volunteered their time on the ground in these communities – helping people rebuild and recover from the devastation these storms have left behind.
The winners of the ACE Hardware Hurricane Recovery Invention Challenge are…(drumroll please)…
The eCharger by Constantine Orfan
This invention is an ingenious portable power bank the size of a keychain that is powered by a 9-volt battery. This is a great alternative to traditional chargers when you are on-the-go or in an area with no access to power.
The SOS Flashlight by Paulette Blankenship
This is no normal flashlight. It not only lights your way but has handy features that let’s someone in need send distress signals to identify their location to emergency personnel and others around who could help.
Congrats Constantine and Paulette! We love these inventions because they were thoughtful solutions to some of the issues flood victims faced immediately following the disasters and we believe there is a gap in the marketplace for items such as these.
Learn more about this awesome ideas and the others which were recently selected to move forward to development, check out our products in development page here. As we continue to test these product concepts, we’ll update these pages with our progress.
WANT IN ON THE ACTION?
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Login to Quirky.com and click on one of the invention challenges for instructions on how to invent the next big idea.