On Wednesday, June 18, LuminAID co-founder Andrea had the honor of attending the first ever White House Maker Faire. Hosted by President Obama, the event featured Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages and showcased the nation’s latest technological and scientific advancements.
LuminAID had an incredible time speaking at the event. Andrea talked about how we made the first LuminAID prototypes with handheld heat-sealers, radio shack batteries, and all different types of solar panels.
By now we’ve re-told our story to press and media, but it’s nice to revisit the time when we were students making our prototype in the kitchen, and remember where it all started. We hope to continue to have fun experimenting with ideas, making things by hand, and perhaps most importantly, affect positive change through our inventions.
With the holiday season coming up, LuminAID is proud to announce its holiday campaign, “Give the Gift of Light!” Buy LuminAID lights for yourself, friends, and family, while also donating matching lights to those in-need around the world. We are partnering with Pencils of Promise (Ghana), CAN-DO (Haiti), Responsible Charity (India), and various organizations in the Philippines.
Each light comes with a custom tribute card that says how many lights you donated and the name of the organization you picked to receive the matching lights. Your purchase will cover the cost of one light that will be sent to you, as well as the donation of one LuminAID light and all associated shipping and distribution costs.
Over the past year, LuminAID has distributed more than 5000 lights across projects in 15 countries. We are so grateful for the support of our fans and hope to send many more lights over the holiday season!
LuminAID is excited to announce its new partnership with ShelterBox!
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides shelter and relief aid to victims of natural and other disasters. Each ShelterBox is equipped with a tent, tool kit, stove, cooking utensils, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, and other items vital for survival. Most recently, ShelterBox has been working to send aid to over 4,500 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon, and Jordan.
We are excited about this partnership, as it is our mission to have solar lighting commonly integrated into disaster relief aid through smart product design. In fact, it was organizations like ShelterBox that we had in mind when designing the LuminAID, making sure to create a light that was compact, lightweight, and easy to pack and distribute.
We look forward to working with ShelterBox and expanding our disaster relief efforts. It is our goal to make sustainable lighting a reality for all, especially during crises and disasters.
LuminAID is proud to announce its “Likes for Lights” Facebook campaign, lasting throughout July and August. For every 10 “likes” our Facebook page receives, 1 LuminAID light will be donated to a partner organization, to be distributed to students and families in need.
LuminAID is partnering with Responsible Charity, Solar Sister, Pencils of Promise, Operation Outreach Afghanistan, Ubushobozi, and the Nepali Children’s Education Project. Each organization will be featured on certain days of the campaign, with daily “likes” corresponding to the number of lights they receive. Our goal is to reach 10,000 likes, or 1,000 donated lights, by the end of the summer.
We are so excited to continue distributing lights to schools, villages, and families around the world and appreciate the continued support of our fans. Help spread the light by liking our page here!
The LuminAID was featured on Fox News last weekend in a special segment called “Gadgets & Gear for Your Camping Adventures!” Clint Carter, Senior Editor of Men’s Health Magazine, presented some great summer camping gadgets to take with you on your next camping trip. Check out the segment here!
LuminAID Lab won the first place prize of $100k in the 2013 Midwest Clean Energy Challenge earlier this month. We are incredibly honored and grateful to receive this prize. The Clean Energy Challenge is a business competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in the Midwest region and it is administered by the Clean Energy Trust.
The competition was a great experience for LuminAID and we look forward to using the award money to further develop and commercialize our technology. A big thank you to the Clean Energy Trust, the DOE, Chicago Booth School of Business and all the judges, sponsors, and mentors involved!
Read more: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04-04/business/chi-chicagobased-luminaid-with-clean-energy-challenge-20130404_1_amy-francetic-clean-energy-trust-midwest
We are excited to enter into an exclusive licensing agreement with Columbia University for the patents that we filed as graduate students at Columbia. Columbia Technology Ventures was an early supporter of LuminAID and has been a great resource for LuminAID throughout the past few years. Read the Press Release here.
The Intellectual Property filed cover an extensive range of shapes, sizes and performances of solar, inflatable products and applications. LuminAID is excited to commercialize new products and applications of the inflatable solar light technology, and will work to make this technology accessible to victims of disaster and crises, and those who lack access to energy around the world. We look forward to growing our company with the resources, knowledge and support of Columbia University and Columbia Tech Ventures.
The LuminAID light was featured on NBC’s Today Show in a segment that highlighted new technology of 2013. We were so excited by the segment and the overwhelming response after it aired. We sold out of lights within a few days! A big thank you to Mario Armstrong for including the LuminAID and telling the story behind it! Watch the segment here:
Our company was recently featured on CNN’s “Start Small, Think Big” segment about small businesses bringing new technologies to market. The segment focused in particular on our company’s mission to make solar lighting a regular part of the relief aid supplies that are distributed in the event of a natural disaster or crisis. We designed the product shortly after the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 and have distributed more than 1000 lights in Haitian tent cities over the past year. Special thanks to our partner, Can-Do.org, for their continued support of the LuminAID light and for shooting the featured video footage down in Haiti.