We are proud and happy to announce that the SunBell Solar Lamp and phone charger have just won the The IDZ "Usability Award" under the IFA electronics show in Berlin.
In fierce competition with innovations from leading global brands, the unique solution from K8 Industridesign and BRIGHT Products (Norway) was honored based on the following criteria.
The SunBell has proven it´s usability and attractiveness across the world. The versatile design and high quality is appreciated both in the Camping & Outdoor and the Aid & Relief market. Just recently the SunBell was applauded by the refugees in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, where the most common light after dark is from the polluting indoor fireplace.
Today BRIGHT Products signed up Mercante and their retail and online shop, Enklere Liv as partner for distribution in the Nordic countries. We are looking forward to the partnership, and are happy that all our patient follwers may order products from a professional partner and service provider.
I am really proud to be among the group of CEOs nominated as World Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernest & Young and their "Ready, Set, Grow" competition. Time will show if we make it to the final in Monacco, but no matter the outcome, it is great to be mentioned in this exclusive group of leaders.
Kristian Bye - March 30 2014
"Identifying good design since 1955, the Red Dot Design Award received more than 15,500 applications from 70 countries in 2013 alone. Making the competition one of the biggest and most prestigeous design awards worldwide."
No wonder we are proud that the SunTurtle from BRIGHT Products recently got this award!!!
Kristian Bye - January 16. 2014
In 2011, even before BRIGHT Products was established, we received a lot of positive attention when we won The Common Pitch in Colorado. Now we are happy to announce that the SunBell lamp will be sold trough our partner Eartheasy Sustainable Living, and their growing network of retailers and online stores in the US and Canada. This value driven and successful family company have over 3 million users of their own online store, and supply some 800 retail stores and online stores with high quality products for sustainable living and emergency preparedness. We could not have found a better partner, and look forward to shipping the first products in February. Yihaaa!
Kristian Bye - September 14. 2013
Today, The SunBell was awared the first prize as "Most Innovative Product" in 2013 during the Off Grid Experts Workshop in Memmingen, Germany. A jury from The Alliance For Rural Electrification came to this conclusion, and we are honored and humbled to receive such recognition as we are about to launch in the market. A big thank you also goes to Phaesun, who organized this great event.
Kristian Bye - June 2. 2013
We are happy to announce that new investors is in place for BRIGHT Products, and that we are ready for the next step. Six Imapct Investors targeting both social and financial returns have joined the team and secured the funding we need for production set up and market launch in 2013.
In our General Assembley in May Silje Veen from TD Veen and Sveinung Jørgensen from Ove Nielsens Humanitære Stiftelse (Humanitarian Fund) were elected as new board members. They have already proven their strong competence and dedication to the company. We are looking forward to the coming months with great expectations and plan to be in mass production and ready to deliver by October/November 2013. Stay tuned.
Kristian Bye - April 2013
Through the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations, BRIGHT Products have been invited to attend and present at a high level Sustainable Energy for All meeting in New York. We are honored and thrilled about this opportunity to share the stage with H.E. Ban Ki-moon and tell our story on April 22.
Our presentation will focus on user centric product development and the universal need for light in different situations - no matter where you live, work or play. "Sustainable Energy for All" is a powerful promise that have inspired BRIGHT and a number of entrepreneurial companies to develop and deliver great products to the off grid market. Through this invitation we feel that the UN acknowlegde the entrepreneurs and innovators from the private sector - and open for future talks about shared value creation.
Kristian Bye - January 2013
We have recently returned from Bangkok, Thailand where the BRIGHT team looked for our future production partners. We visited three potential partners for tooling and plastic parts manufacturing and also spent a lot of time visting production sites. We can´t wait to get started. We also met up with our friends and partners from Doble, Australia, planning to produce their amazing telescopic light pole at the same factory.
After Bangkok we went on to Singapore, where we spent a full day with our friends and allies at SERIS (Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore. We believe this will also be an important and fruitful relationship going forward.
Kristian Bye - November 2012
In October and November BRIGHT Products ran a crowd funding campaign with the global platform of Indiegogo. In just 50 days we managed to reach our goal of 50.000$ with the help of 344 amazing supporters from 16 different countries. Half of the BELL lamps ordered were for own use of our supporters, half of them were donated to our partnership with CARE Norway and will be delivered to women entrepreneurs, doctors, midwives and schoolchildren in our CARE projects.
Many supporters chipped in with small donations as well, and like promised, here is a big, official THANK YOU to all our supporters, and a list of those who chipped in with all the small amounts.
Catherine Brandt, Axel Claver, Limitless Designs, Marcus Frieseke, Jesper Bram, Ole Christian Bye, Geir Nilsen, Hilde Hakkestad, Kristin Swendgaard, David Harrison, Shivani Garg Patel, National Payday, Karyn Hannigan, Rachel Gertrude Johnson, Chris Niewiarowski, Sharon Connors, Megan Doepker, Carol Sloan, Kevin McLean, Alex Tsukanov, Fakadu Michot, Sara Hill, Mdf10, Robert Bostick, Alex Jurkat, Keenan Grady, Atla M. F. Kvalem, ebnzws, Jeremy Majid, Clifton Koski, Alexander Dunlop, Kerry Cornell, Norma Smith Davis, Dmvtigerlilly, Camille14, Katja Marty Bye, Emilie Bye, Bjørn Bye, Nicolas Wong, Helene Hansson, Christian Haugen, Chelsea McGowan, Maria Hartrich, Klaus Röder, Calvin Loeser, Erika Pedrosa, Corbie Hall, Alex Pham, Janice Arakaki, Irfan Kamal, Randi - Benzindesign, DaveMacP, Devon MacKenzie, Joshua Penman, Annie Magnus, Vim Venture, Brenda Alavarez, Emanuel Jones, Stephanie Hoover, Annabelle Rector, Linda Badcock, R. Finlay-Hudson, Jenna Walker, Eric Danton Walters, and Vlatko Naumovski.
Kristian Bye - November 2012
In November we visited the big Lighting Africa event of the year. The conference in Dakar was great with new insights and valualbe contributions from many of the leading institutions in this industry.
BRIGHT Products presented our BELL Lamp at our own stand in the exhibition hall, and met fantastic interest. At the Trade Fair we also got to meet our new friends and allies at Doble (Australia) and Fosera (Germany) with whom we are planning for future collaboration. More to come on this.
Kristian Bye - July 2012
In the period of May - July BRIGHT Products travelled a lot to test prototypes of the BELL Lamp. Through our partnership with CARE Norway and new found contacts through other networks, we covered a lot of ground over a hectic 2 month period. We performed focus groups in Kawangware, Kenya (THANKS to LivelyHoods/Ismart), met eager distributors in Nairobi and visited rural communities in Thika and Kajiado. In Tanzania we left 2 prototypes for long term testing among their women entrepreneurs. Then the journey took us to Dhaka, Bangladesh and field trips with the CARE Social Business, JITA. A great team recruiting and training women entrepreneurs for self reliance and sale of really useful products. Hope to be working more with them in the future.