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SOURCE Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The PackH2O Water Backpack took home the 2013 People's Design Award at the National Design Awards gala in New York, Thursday, Oct. 17. Todd Oldham announced the winning design and presented the award to president and CEO of Greif Inc. David Fischer. PackH2O attempts to solve the global clean water crisis by giving people the power to easily transport their own water.
"Cooper-Hewitt has long been a champion of socially responsible design, most notably for our 'Design with the Other 90%' exhibition series," said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. "I am truly delighted that the American public has chosen to recognize this design solution for the developing world. Millions of people around the world lack access to a reliable source of clean water, and the PackH2O demonstrates the power of design to address this critical problem."
The PackH2O Water Backpack was designed by Greif Inc. to provide a cleaner, safer alternative to the often contaminated jerry cans and buckets used in developing countries to transport water from source to home. The backpack features an ergonomic, gender-neutral design, adjustable shoulder straps and a removable liner that can be sanitized in the sun. PackH2O has distributed more than 100,000 packs across five continents through collaborations with companies such as Habitat for Humanity and Partners for Care.
This year's contest, organized by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian magazine, invited the public to vote for their favorite design from a pool of 20 works that emphasizes how innovative design makes a difference in our everyday lives. Voting took place from Sept. 10 through Oct. 11.
The People's Design Award is part of Cooper-Hewitt's largest public education initiative, National Design Week, Oct. 12-Oct. 20. Previous winners of the People's Design Award include Marianne Cusato, designer of the Katrina Cottage, Toms Shoes, the Zon Hearing Aid, the Trek Lime Bicycle, the Braille Alphabet Bracelet and Design Matters, a show about design and culture.
National Design Week is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Target.
National Design Awards are made possible in part by Procter and Gamble and SodaStream. Additional support is provided in part by Design Within Reach. National Design Award trophies are created by The Corning Museum of Glass. ndagallery.cooperhewitt.org is powered by Behance. Media sponsorship is provided by Smithsonian magazine.
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