Global Grad Show Highlights Design Innovations

Superworms that convert plastic into organic matter, an earring that monitors diabetes, and an alternative to Styrofoam made of durian fruit.

These are three of the 100 ideas being showcased in Global Grad Show, billed as the world’s most diverse gathering of graduate design projects providing solutions to social and environmental issues.

The ideas were selected from 1,600 submissions from 270 universities in 60 countries. Held in Dubai, the show is an interactive annual exhibition.

Selected students will be invited to take part in an entrepreneurship program, a 2.7-million-dollar fund to accelerate the development of their projects into reality.

One of the year’s submissions is from two students attending South Korea’s Samsung Art and Design Institute.

To force people off their phones, when a person lies on the Pause Pillow, a sensor is pressed which sends out a signal to disrupt nearby Wi-Fi routers and block smartphones from accessing the internet.


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