The majority of our world’s population lacks access to life’s basic needs. We develop and implement human-centered products to help them thrive.
Technology can empower and liberate. A single, effective product has more potential for worldwide impact – by providing clean water, food, shelter, or income – than any other existing development approach. Through the introduction of inexpensive and simple yet life-altering products the lives of more than 2 billion poverty-stricken people around the globe can be dramatically improved.
Catapult Design is a non-profit design firm providing engineering and implementation support to the thousands of organizations in need of technologies or products capable of igniting social change. We are engineers, designers, implementers, and educators – we design products, introduce technologies, and foster trends that are appropriate, self-sustaining, environmentally friendly, socially responsible and culturally sensitive.
Approach | Philosophy
We believe successful products aren’t defined by technological feats, but rooted in a holistic perspective of the development process that is centered on the needs of the end-user.
In other words, what good is a water filtration product if no one wants it, uses it, or will pay for it? And if low-cost water filtration products exist, why does the majority of the world’s population still drink dirty water?
The problems Catapult Design addresses are real; they’re tangible; and they’re solvable. We address them with a four-phased approach that includes:
• ensuring the right needs are addressed,
• a product is designed with the end-user in mind,
• a strategy for implementation is defined,
• the impact the product has on a community is measurable
The net benefit of our activities is nothing less than a fundamental improvement in the lives of those who need it most.