India, with the capacity to be deployed in other countries with high concentrations of urban homeless and disaster-displaced communities
Urban homeless families, with the potential to be deployed for disaster-displaced families
Beghar Foundation, ftwo Consulting, Halcyon Incubator, Stratasys, UPS
Potential for Impact
The Supreme Court of India in 2011 directed all cities to build one homeless shelter for 50 per every 100,000 people. Urban homeless communities have 3 critical needs which current support programs are not able to sufficiently address. We’ve identified these specific gaps in providing weather protection, women safety, privacy and empowerment, and opportunities for poverty alleviation. In the past 10 years, 10,000 lives were lost in Delhi because of cold weather. The 2015 heat wave in India claimed another 2,500 lives.
WeatherHYDE is designed to address all 3 critical needs in a single innovative solution. This life-saving, fully insulated, lightweight, and women-friendly emergency tent is tailored for the urban homeless and vulnerable. It traps a family’s body heat to keep them warm in winters, and when used in its reverse configuration reflects solar radiation to protect from the harsh sun. It provides privacy to women and can be easily manufactured in small factories making this a product of pride and income for the homeless.
In 2014-2015, 7 weatherHYDE prototypes with incremental improvements were designed, manufactured and tested. Post the 2015 Fiscal Year, the first samples of 12 weatherHYDEs were deployed under a pilot test in Delhi during winter and summer, while a proof of concept deployment program of 1,000 units is being planned for 2017-2019.