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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Innovation Challenge

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TUBA CITY, Arizona – Three Navajo entrepreneurs walked away with $5,000 in start-up prize money plus one year of business counseling and advising services to get their start-ups off the ground, as winners of the 2017 Innovation Challenge. In January, Catapult Design launched the Innovation Challenge to identify Native entrepreneurs with business ideas to improve life in Native American communit

How 3D printing helps solve big problems in design for global development

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  High expectations have been heaped on the role of 3D printers, but their place in global development can still seem limited. They have seen mixed results in the manufacture of prosthetic limbs, and they are doing really interesting, albeit peripheral, work in aid delivery to disaster areas. One group even offers a guide to printing corn shellers. These applications suggest an importa

Catapult Design receives NEA grant to host social innovation competition

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $25,000 to Catapult Design to host a social innovation competition on the Navajo Nation. The Art Works category supports the creation of wor

In the News: Catapult Design’s Pedicab Project

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In an effort to modernize urban transportation in parts of Southeast Asia, Catapult Design is preparing to launch its prototype for a new kind of pedicab (tuk-tuk, beck, cyclo, or rickshaw). In this recent article, ABC News nicely highlighted some of the challenges and exciting design directions of the open-sourced prototypes that will soon take to the roads. The project is f

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