Xuanqi Huang

Tsinghua University

Xuanqi Huang

Tsinghua University

Biography

I come from Tsinghua university and I am in the Internet + Innovation Design master program now and majored in Information Management and Information System during undergraduate. In my spare time, I enjoy music, movies, hiking and photography.

I have taken part in workshops about SDGs or cross innovation for many times. I think this kind of projects are very innovative and interesting, especially allowing students to do what they really want to do and what is really good for our society. Because of these experiences, I am more and more passionate about innovation and making something meaningful to our society. So I applied this SDG program. In Geneva and Paris, my teammates and I have already developed our initial idea and made a prototype. We wish to find some low-cost materials to make a real product and get useful feedback from experts, students and citizens in China.


The task is given by the Global Humanitarian Lab (GHL), a unique cross-sector platform accelerating humanitarian innovation. The problem is that nowadays many people are forced to leave their home because of wars, nature disasters and so on. More seriously, $22 billion were spent on responding to natural and human disasters in 2016 with a 40% funding shortfall, and due to structural barriers, there is difficult to scale-up innovative solutions. In other words, the issues facing the Humanitarian Sector are so complex, that no one organization can solve them alone in today’s world.

Consequently, my group is going to design a Humanitarian Kit for victims of natural disasters, conflicts, refugees and IDPs, which is a set of rapidly deployable resources (both physical and digital) to support learning and solution development with and for affected communities and humanitarian workers in the field. The main point is to accelerate, simplify, and reduce the cost of rapid prototyping and solution development in humanitarian settings to allow affected communities and humanitarian field workers to quickly transform an idea into a tangible solution. The related SDGs are No poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-Being, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.