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Weekly Research & Idea Development Posts

Spring week 10

This week has been a roller-coaster of emotions for Team Spring. But, with tremendous support from the Design Factory family and our great team dynamics, we pulled through the week surprisingly well. Beginning the week with a team swop with our peers from the SUGAR...

Spring – Week 9

Before the break we had our presentation for our conceptual direction. We finally decided on our problem space which is Micro-plastics pollution and its impact on environmental and human health. The presentation built on what we had worked on in IdeaSquare, and the...

QUATA: Week 9

The last week's we finally converted down to the idea we will develop further from now on. We want to address the life below water SDG. Our system – for now internally called β€œthe police fish” – will help to monitor, investigate and control sealife and water biomes....

QUATA: Week 8

Just three days after our arrival from CERN we held our next presentation.On this Tuesday all the different teams from inno.space - Design Factory Mannheim presented their progress at the Mafinex building in Mannheim. The afternoon was very relaxed and all teams did a...

SPRING: Week 8

After coming back from IdeaSquare, CERN, we received a warm welcome from our Design Factory Melbourne family - happily reunited! We had an enjoyable Slightly Unorganised Design Session (SUDS), where we shared our travel experiences over rosti and cheese, bringing us...

SPRING: Week 6 & 7 – CBI JAM

4 teams, 2 goals and 1 global community. Teams: New York Design Factory, Inno.Space Mannheim, Porto Design Factory and Design Factory Melbourne at IdeaSquare, CERN. The last two weeks have been a bundle of unforgettable memories for team Spring. We were delighted to...

OCEANS5: Week 4

This week, the Oceans5 team finished their opportunity cards. This came after meticulous exploration of New York State’s water quality issues. It was interesting to find many human and animal water concerns in an ostensibly developed and clean area. In other words,...

OCEANS5: Week 1

The team consisting of Mackenzie, Will, Nate, Kyle, and Sven met for the first time with our faculty advisors Andreea and Dr. Kline. We introduced ourselves to each other and discussed what the CBI project would be. We received our schedules and timelines.

OCEANS5: Week 3

Will and Mackenzie coded an Arduino sensor that would become the heart of Pip the Pig! After going through the development phase, Sven and Nathaniel worked on the creative aspects of Pip’s exterior. Pip ended with an LED smile and cute pink ears. The most...

SPRING: Week 5

After our Synchrotron visit and an inspiring talk on CBI given by Dr. Markus Nordberg, we launched enthusiastically into our Tech cards (which are not as daunting once we made our minds up to do them). On Tuesday, we had a workshop on futures and forecasting with...

QUATA: Week 5

This week is the final spurt towards our AΒ³ JAM at CERN and we completed all our tasks: Contact potential interview partners and arrange appointmentsProcess the received information and transfer the challenges into 21 Opportunity CardsChoose 9 CERN Technologies from...

QUATA: Week 4

This week, we’re mostly focussed on interviews and opportunity cards. Most of the time is spent emailing people and trying to get them to talk to us. We had another great interview with a politician of the green party. She gave us a lot of good information and...

SPRING: Week 4

We finally met our buddies (...virtually) and can’t wait to meet them in real life! We divided our tasks to look at different CERN technologies. We hosted a screening of β€˜A Plastic Ocean’ and feedback session and attended a Melbourne Development Circle (MDC)...

QUATA: Week 3

This week, we finally got to phone our partner team in Melbourne. They gave us a lot of good information, and we’re excited to work with them and to meet them at CERN in two weeks! We split the technologies we’re researching in half, so that each team gets a good...

SPRING: Week 3

What we worked on This week we continued to build on our opportunity cards and branched out more than we expected to. After looking at future scenarios last week, we gathered a number of problems that have been an issue in the past and some that can be a future...

OCEANS5: Week Two

This week, OCEANS5 started brainstorming water sanitation problems within their area. Each member contributed valuable problems that led to the overall focus on water quality within the parameters of human consumption, human use, fish and wildlife habitats, and...

SPRING: Week 2

This week we looked at finding and building more Opportunity Cards based on our research. We conducted a (mini) forecasting exercise by looking at CSIRO Future’s Australia 2030 report that laid out future scenarios of Australia and predicting what water problems may...

SPRING: Kickoff Week

We started out by discussing our team values, setting expectations for ways of working as a team. Our task this week is to understand the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and identify issues in Victoria related to SDG 6 and 14. Based on this, we are...

QUATA: Week 2

This week, our main focus was understanding the SDGs better. To achieve this, we posted an online survey to see what the people around us think of water and what they see as important challenges here in our region. We hope to get 100 answers until Wednesday 7th...