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PR Klein
Reuseable Flood Barrier Printer Friendly Version
The current practice of guarding against flooding into buildings is to fill and stack sandbags. This is labor intensive and presents the problem of disposing of the fill sand/dirt. The suggested invention is an inflatable hose-like vinyl/plastic/rubber material that could be uncoiled around the structure and filled with water to act as a barrier. Inasmuch as the hose is filled with water, it could float away when surrounded by water. Therefore, the hose is actually triangular shaped with heavier material bonded to the base side. The barrier could be emptied and re-curled after use. The cross-section design, weight and type of stabilizing material and ability to make connections of sections are variables for different heights of protection.
Reward: Seeing people triumph over tragedy would be great. Accolades would be nice, too. 

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 United Kingdom
Instant Homes Printer Friendly Version
I am hoping for someone to create a "jelly mould" concept type of home to solve the problem of homelessness in the world - surely a mould could be made and then injected with material which would harden and then allow cutouts to be made for doors, windows.....etc.... It would be basic, but a whole new world for those without.
Reward: Peace and love on earth amongst all nations and creeds. 

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Kimberly Engel
Group Kitchens for the Homeless Printer Friendly Version
There is not enough housing available in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. In my small town of 1800, there are thirty people who live in their cars because their rental was sold. In hi-demand areas, people who work the low-paying service jobs cannot even find a room to rent at double their former rent. Rather than leave their jobs and friends by moving away completely, they move into in their cars to save money. If something else goes wrong, often these "homeless by choice" people can lose everything.
To avoid this from happening, I have "adopted" a number of car-dwellers, giving them limited access to my tiny home (showers, taking messages for job-seeking) in exchange for various chores. With this help, most of them eventually found housing. Some of these "recovered homeless" got together and rented a shared place. They decided to start a "pot-luck" evening twice a week for their other friends who were still living in cars: The car-dwellers agree to bring extra food. They prepare the food that's there and clean up the kitchen. The renters get food prepared for them and their dinner dishes get washed. Perhaps a car-dweller who has a job becomes a part of the house when a room becomes available.
Reward: The idea already works for me! 

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