Snail Aid - Technology for Development

Impresa Sociale 

Via Leonardo Fea 10, 16142 Genova
Fiscal Code: 95112630108
VAT n.: 02119750996
Registred at the Chamber of Commerce with the n. GE-460458
snailaid AT
+39 3331655089

    Wishes for 2021

    1/ 7/2021

    Best wishes for 2020

    1/ 3/2020

    DISARMADILLO at the 7th Mine Action Technology Workshop

    1/ 3/2020

    We are very happy to have brought DISARMADILLO to the 7th Mine Action Technology Workshop.

    After more than 10 years of development, with contributions from many partners around the world and Snail Aid members and friends, all in-kind, we have been able to present the first open-source robotic platform to the mine action community. The work keeps on going and contributions are always welcome!


    More can be found on the pamphlet we have prepared for the workshop, available for download here

    Snail Aid activities presented in Geneva


    Snail Aid had the pleasure to attend and present technological solutions developed in the past to two important mine action events hold in Geneva earlier this year:  the 22nd International Meeting of National Mine Action Programme Directors and
    United Nations Advisers (NDM-UN) and the Afghanistan Donor & Implementing Partners Coordination Workshop for Mine Action.

    Billy Goat Radio, the innovative tool for mine risk education, developed by Snail Aid in the context of TIRAMISU project received particular attention. Please fell free to contact us if you are interested in using the tool, we are considering partnership to keep on working on it and improve it further while being used in the field.

    Best wishes for 2019


    To all our friends and collaborators we would like to wish happy new year

    Best wishes for 2018

    1/ 2/2018

    Explosive Botanic: a success!


    We thank all our friends and members for joining the exhibition Explosive Botanics of the artist Nedyalka Panova and the concert of Jef, in our new headquarters. We enjoyed it a lot!

    First five pictures: courtesy of Nedyalka Panova

    Explosive Botanic

    9/ 6/2017

    On the 16th and 17th of September 2017 we will host the exhibition Explosive Botanic of the artist Nedyalka Panova about her work on the use of plants to detect landmines.

    The exhibition will be in the outdoor premises of our new head quarters "la Lumassina", the office we built using straw bales and wood in the middle of the a large green area we are looking forward to transform in open air research centre, in via Leonardo Fea 10, 16142 Genova.

    On Saturday the 16th of September, there will be also a concert by Jef, the band author of Billy Goat Radio musical theme. 

    All are welcome!

    Interest in COCODEMA tool


    Recently we have received an email about COCODEMA tool: a tool for evaluating demining equipment cost efficiency.

    "Dear Dr. Cepolina,

    A colleague and I initiated a project to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle for the detection of ERW and landmines. We aim to help NGOs making their work safer and faster. So far, we have achieved to build our first prototype which we use to evaluate the principle of our system. In order to estimate possible benefits of our system compared to current machines and methods for detection, we are researching specific information on cost- and time-efficiency of these machines and methods.

    During our research, I came across a presentation of yours about a new tool for evaluating demining machine’s cost-efficiency(20/06/2014, Pretoria). It seems to be suitable for our evaluation purposes. Therefore, I kindly ask you, if you have any additional information about it? Furthermore, is there any way we can have access to it?"

    We are very pleased to know somebody else would like to see the tool completed and use it. We started working on the tool outside our tasks as an additional project to TIRAMISU project because we thought it would have been very useful. Unfortunately we had to stop working on it because of lack of time and funding, but we will try to take it back in our hands and develop it further.

    Documentary on TIRAMISU project


    A TV documentary made on TIRAMISU by French-speaking TV channel RTBF is available on-line for the next couple of days at:

    The documentary also speaks about our work on the explosive test of blast resistant wheels.