Support the Cooper Lumen Design Challenge

Let's build The “Cooper Lumen” – a 3-in-1 wifi, charging and emergency lighting station for the public.
Elisa Espiritu
New York, New York
United States
2 Team Members

Thank You!

Our campaign has officially ended and we are elated to report that, with the public's help, we raised $10,050 for the Cooper Lumen Design Challenge!

You can read more about the project below and in the "updates" section.

Missed the Indiegogo deadline but still want to support?  Please contact Elisa Espiritu, Director of Development at Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, to learn how you can make a donation (elisa[at] / (212) 566-2729).

The Cooper Lumen Design Challenge: Creating a Working Prototype for a Solar-Powered Public WiFi Hotspot & Charging Station

The Cooper Lumen Design Challenge is an innovative, cross-disciplinary design challenge for students at Cooper Union, aimed at creating a working prototype for a solar-powered public WiFi hotspot.

Unlike other solar powered products, the “Cooper Lumen”  will uniquely combine the functions of providing public wireless internet, emergency lighting, and a charging station for computers and mobile devices.

The semester-long design initiative will commence in January 2014, and will include students from the Cooper Union schools of Art, Architecture, and Engineering.

Engaging Innovative Student Design to Enhance Community Resiliency in Post-Sandy NYC

The resulting design(s) will become candidates for deployment in the WiFi-NY People’s Emergency Network, which will place these units along Manhattan’s East River Waterfront and in common areas in and around the Two Bridges, Lower East Side, Chinatown, East Village and other New York City neighborhoods.

These neighborhoods -- much of which are made up of high-rise affordable housing developments -- were particularly impacted by Superstorm Sandy’s storm surge, leaving thousands of vulnerable families and elders trapped without power, communications, transportation, or supplies.  For many buildings, it took weeks to restore power and communications.

The overall goal of the Cooper Lumen Design Challenge is to help residential corridors impacted by Superstorm Sandy come back even stronger by encouraging the development and implementation of durable and reliable devices that will anchor these neighborhoods for years to come.

Support the Cooper Lumen Design Challenge

We hope that you will join us in supporting this momentous endeavor. Please check out the various ways you can support and give at any level you can.

All proceeds raised will go towards covering the costs of materials and physical hardware the students will need in order to conduct their work, including solar cells, batteries, charge controllers, LED lights, wireless equipment, and structural elements.

Please note: all support is tax-deductible. Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, a longstanding community organization, is serving as the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor of this project.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Project Team

The project team acknowledges the ongoing work and support of LES Ready!, (formerly known as the Lower East Side Long Term Recovery Group), a coalition of over 70 community groups and institutions that are working to cooperatively coordinate response, resources, preparedness planning and training in response to Hurricane Sandy and in the event of future disasters. 

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  • $5USD
    Lumen Booster

    Your help is greatly appreciated! For your support, we will keep you updated via email (1x / month) about the design project. All donations are tax deductible.

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  • $25USD
    Solar Supporter

    Your name will appear on our website as a Contributor. You will also receive email updates (1x / month) on the progress of the design challenge. All donations are tax deductible.

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  • $100USD
    Campaign Energizer

    In addition to being listed on our website as a Contributor, you will receive a Personalized Note from the Cooper Lumen Design Challenge Planning Team. All donations are tax deductible.

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  • $1,000USD
    Lumen Launch Team

    You will be listed as a member of the Cooper Lumen Design Challenge Host Committee. Along with the perks listed above, you will receive a signed, framed [8 x 10] rendering of the winning project. All donations are tax deductible.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Sustainability Champion

    As a gesture of our sincere thanks you will receive all perks listed above as well as a free solar assessment for your home or site (if you do not own a home you can give this to someone who does). All donations are tax deductible.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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