Kenya Red Cross Society has launched an Innovation Challenge as part of its efforts to reduce the risks and impacts of fires in informal settlements around Kenya, with specific initial focus on Mukuru Fuata Nyayo. This competitive challenge will support these efforts while advancing a community of practice around innovation in reducing fire risks. This challenge will also be accompanied by a series of public events that will provide an opportunity for Nairobi residents and innovation challenge participants to learn more about fire risk reduction.
Urban informal settlements are dense, tightly woven and prone to fire outbreak. In the first six months of 2015 more than 1500 households have been affected by fire in Mukuru alone. When fires occur, they spread quickly causing property damage, injuries and loss of lives. Despite this the need for reducing fire risks is often not prioritized and remains under funded. Over 230,000 lives lost globally to fire!
The challenge seeks to achieve the above objectives using the phases below:
- Ideation – The participant(s) (individuals/teams) are required to submit ideas to one of 3 challenge categories below. Q&A sessions will run in parallel to provide further clarity on the challenge.
- Round One Judging – A panel of experts will be convened to advance promising ideas to the next phase.
- Mentorship & Expert Series – Participants that advance to this round will be supported by mentors to further develop and refine their ideas. This phase will include a series of public events on fire risk reduction.
- Final Judging – Participant(s) will submit and present their ideas to a panel of experts. Winners will be selected for each category.
- Education and Awareness to the Youth on Fire Risk Reduction
Children and youth are often victims of fire outbreaks in informal settlements. This challenge seeks to identify innovative ways to educate children and youth on fire risk reduction and response.
- Design of Community Fire Response Stations
Urban informal settlements are dense and tightly woven. When fires occur they spread quickly. With few access roads for traditional fire trucks, fire responders often cannot access the source of fire outbreaks in time to rapidly extinguish them. This category aims to redesign fire response mechanisms through the development of community fire response stations. These stations should overcome traditional access challenges and should be designed so that it is easily run and operated by the community residents.
- Prevention and Preparedness
Submission to this category should contribute towards prevention and preparedness of fires in informal settlements. Housing materials, cooking habits and procedures and illegal electricity connections are often causes of fire outbreaks. Solutions should be low cost and innovative keeping in mind that some of these drivers are inbuilt into the daily lives of residents in the informal settlements.
Fire Safety Innovation Challenge #EndSlumFires
Innovation Challenge Timeline
- 15th October 2015: Submissions Deadline
Submission deadline to participate in the Innovation Challenge.
- 19th October 2015: First Round Judging results
A panel of experts will be convened to advance promising ideas to the next phase. Participants are required to submit their proposals for the first phase and thereafter they will be notified on the selections.
- 21st October 2015: Mentorship & Expert Series
Participants that advance to this round will be supported by mentors to further develop and refine their ideas. This phase will include a series of public events on fire risk reduction.
- 15th November 2015: Final Submissions
Participants will submit and present their ideas to a panel of experts. Winners will be selected for each category.
- 21st November 2015: Final Judging
The winning participant(s) will be announced by the judges, during an award ceremony, and an award shall be presented to the winner.
- Contextually relevant – 30%
- Innovative – 30%
- Potential for impact – 40%
Applicants must include the following in their proposals submitted to Phase One of the Innovation Challenge.
- Idea Proposal (2 pages): Proposals should clearly indicate the chosen category along with a narrative detailing the idea that the participant(s) intend to further develop over the second phase of the challenge, if selected to advance.
- Participant(s) should also indicate areas of mentorship that they would benefit from if the proposal is selected.
- Summary of participant(s) (1 page max): This summary must include each participant(s) name, contact information, association and a brief summary of their expertise. One primary point of contact and one alternative point of contact should also be clearly indicated.
To Register and participate at the ‘Fire Safety Innovation Challenge’, email the above requirements/documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org