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Weekly Research & Idea Development Posts

Team Spring – Week 21

With 3 weeks to go - we are very conscious that itโ€™s crunch time! We have locked in very concretely onto our idea of the curbside robot, named Kirby (haha, get the pun?) who is a toddler-sized autonomous sweeping robot that focuses specifically on curbside dust (in...

Team Spring – Week 20

This week we spent time researching our assumptions and looking for statistics that supported our concept. It was good to revisit this to build conviction for our idea, especially after numerous pivots. We are still looking at street sweeping/ street cleaning as our...

Team Spring – Week 19

This week we took a short break from the overload of insights from the previous weeks. We went through the first piece of our timeline in detail. Looking at the first five years, we roughly detailed out a plan of how to raise awareness. Our final idea was to have a...

Week 16

This week our team went over in our Monday meeting how our idea would work into the real world. We discussed the how the implementation of our idea will work in our predicted future. The depth at which the idea as to understand if there are any violations of the laws...

Week 15

This week we finalized what our solution will be and presented it among ourselves. These practiced pitches helped us boil down the essence of what our project is, clarifying the description. Here it goes: โ€œOur solution is a vertically constructed wetland that embeds...

QUATA: Week 19

Sad news! Teaching Team member Peter is leaving us for 3 months to teach about Design-Thinking in Porto. Good for them, sad for us! :(As a farewell, we organized a small party with: a TimTam Slam,Bolo de Bolacha,Pastel de Nata,and a portrait made with the laser...

Week 17

This week, we had a lot of different things to do. First of all, we drafted a project plan to see what we still need to do until the end of April. We will work on every task in parallel. The video is our main concern, as it will take some time to animate and cut....

Week 14

ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  This week was interesting. During our ideation our week student meeting we spent some time envisioning how and what our future will look like. We really took a lot of time to dissect which aspects of society are going to change with as technology...

Week 13

Today for CBI, OCEANS5 focused on developing new ideas as well as focusing on solutions. We decided to expand from our original idea of combined sewage overflow, and try go beyond our original prototype, โ€œThermaT.โ€ Todayโ€™s meeting was very productive because we...

QUATA: Week 16

Our interview phase is coming to an end this week. On Tuesday we had an interview with Geomar Institute located in Kiel (Germany) to find out more about their AUV ABYSS. Our interviewee is responsible for the technical management of the AUV ABYSS and therefore the...

QUATA: Week 15

The week started with a trip to Frankfurt am Main. Our first destination was the Senckenberg Museum, where we organized a private tour with a marine geologist as a guide. That the guided tour could be realized in such a short time (usually a tour must be announced two...

Team Spring – Week 13 & 14

Due to our Midway Presentation, we took a weekโ€™s hiatus to focus - so weโ€™re catching up on 2 weeksโ€™ updates! Earlier in the month, we attended the first ever Port Phillip Bay Nurdle Hunt organised by Organisation Clean Sweep which aims to keep plastic nurdles out of...

Week 12

This week we spent time thing about the direction that our project is heading to and wear the root of our issue is resulting from. We were joined in our weekly meeting by John Cronin, a Senior Fellow at Pace University, whoโ€™s passion and knowledge of the Hudson river...

Team Spring – Week 12

Firstly, Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate! We just welcomed the Year of the Pig in 2019, meaning that part of our week was spent pigging out! Happy Lunar New Year to all! Two out of three of team Spring embraced the animal of the year by pigging out during...

Team Spring – Week 11

This week we looked at microplastics and tried to focus in on the root of the problem by using a tool called a Problem Tree. We focused more on the causes since we are quite familiar with the effects of plastic pollution. This helped us narrow down the area we want to...

Week 12

The last two weeks have been very stressful for us, since we had to take our exams and do other university things. This week weโ€™re back on track with writing the white paper. Itโ€™s coming along very well, and today we will hopefully finish it. At the moment, weโ€™re...