IED Network

November 20, 2019

IED students awarded for an innovative project with ICD Progress Prize at Dubai Global Grad Show 2019

Humanity has finally understood that its own survival on earth is fully dependant on allowing ecosystems to regrow in the hands of nature itself with a little help from technology. That’s the winning idea of the Global Grad Show’s annual ICD Progress Prize announced, on November 17th, as Poleno, a silent drone that helps the process of rebuilding damaged ecosystems by stimulating pollination.
The ICD Progress Prize celebrates the next generation of innovators and their commitment to finding solutions for social and environmental issues, enabling them to further develop the project presented at Global Grad Show.

Designed by Laura Cragnolini and Juan Jose Martinez Guerrero from Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid, Poleno is a traveling device that mimics the purpose of a flower, attracting insects through its bright colours and built-in light.

Poleno is capable of deploying a fertilizer device over long distances, quietly and not intrusively mimicking the operation of a flower. The insects then pass through its perforated walls, picking up pollen particles and dispersing them throughout the area. The drone then travels to another sector, taking some of the pollinating insects with it, helping to spread different types of pollen further afield.

The designers:
Laura Cragnolini is a product designer with a passion for graphic and packaging design. She devotes herself to her work and enjoys sharing ideas and helping out whenever she can, always open to learning from others. She aims to develop strong and impactful projects as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Juan José Martínez Guerrero starts from the challenges faced by the current generation, and looks for inspiration in nature, for he believes it has got all the answers. He is able to think outside the box and divide big problems into small challenges. He is curious, motivated and enthusiastic, constantly sharing his ideas so that something revolutionary is created.
Watch the video project here!