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Weekly Research & Idea Development Posts

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...

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 โ€“ for now internally called โ€œthe police fishโ€ โ€“ 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...

OCEANS5: Week 4

This week, the Oceans5 team finished their opportunity cards. This came after meticulous exploration of New York Stateโ€™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 Pipโ€™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 Aยณ 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, weโ€™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 canโ€™t wait to meet them in real life! We divided our tasks to look at different CERN technologies. We hosted a screening of โ€˜A Plastic Oceanโ€™ 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 weโ€™re excited to work with them and to meet them at CERN in two weeks! We split the technologies weโ€™re researching in half, so that each team gets a good...