2011  Finalist

Solar Light Pillow Project

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USA

The mission of the Solar Light Pillow Project is to develop cost-effective, solar-rechargeable lighting products in order to make light more affordable, more portable, and more sustainable for all of our customers. The company has designed and developed a prototype of its first product, the Solar Light Pillow, named after its distinctive shape which resembles a pillow. The Solar Light Pillow is an inflatable, lightweight, waterproof solar lantern that can be efficiently packed and shipped flat. The product is designed to address the need for an easily deployable, portable light in emergency and disaster relief situations. It can also be used for camping and outdoor recreation and in areas of the world lacking access to electricity. Our multidisciplinary team consists of graduate students with diverse backgrounds in design, engineering, business and international development.