Massoud Hassani is an Afghan-born product designer interested in applying design thinking to solving complex social issues.
Born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, Massoud witnessed the devastating impact of raging wars on the country's economy and the lives of innocent civilians.
In 2011, Massoud graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Taking inspiration from his childhood and with the aim to help Afghanistan’s struggling communities, the Mine Kafon project was born.
The Wind-Powered De-miner is designed to roll across the ground, detonating land mines in the process. In Qasaba, Afghanistan, Hassani’s hometown, leftover mines, remnants of conflicts, often injure or kill civilians. When the deminer blows across a minefield, exploding any ordnance present, it reclaims the space as safe and usable.
The project has won several prizes and was nominated for the Design of the Year 2012 by the Design Museum in London.
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