Winter 2018 Design Expo
Special thanks to our wonderful judges who make the Socially Engaged Design Awards possible! Jen Chizek, Aliya Jawad, Pauline Khan, Jeff Plott, Matt Pirone, Caroline Soyars, Ann Verhey-Henke
First Place – MINT
In developing a novel securement device, MINT seeks to ensure the comfort and safety of the world’s newest and tiniest patients during a critical time in their lives.
“These students “left the room” big time! Due to user testing, the group also showed awareness of where their product could use improvement in design and aesthetic, which is their next challenge to tackle.”
“the students … showed passion, awareness of the marketplace/needs, and a clear positioning of “user-first” design. This group had knowledge of the context their product is going into, user needs, and a humble but capable approach that allowed stakeholders voices to shape the product.”
Honorable Mention -Ichorvane Mosquito Patch
Hard to find veins are a universal healthcare problem, but our team’s overall focus is on creating a solution that will work on people of all skin colors. Our need was initially identified by our clients while working in a Ugandan hospital, so use in a low-resource setting is also a focus of our project.
“Great consideration of manufacturing in the target setting”
Honorable Mention -Mobility Device Improvements: Wheelchair for Soccer
Braden wants to be able to play soccer with his brother and friends while in his power wheelchair. Our project consists of the development of a system to “kick” a soccer ball on grassy terrain and block the ball from rolling under the chair so that Braden can participate in a typical soccer game.
“The team did a great job considering how the device would impact the child’s engagement with peers. In addition to taking the child’s other activities into account when designing the user interface, the team also considered other individuals with similar mobility challenges during their design, not just the one child (e.g. made device universal/interchangeable with other wheelchairs).”
Honorable Mention -From Waste to Wasted: Misadventures in Sustainable Vodka Production
Misadventure & Co, a start-up company in San Diego, CA, diverts expired baked goods from landfills and uses them as the feedstock to produce vodka. To investigate whether this production process is more sustainable, a life-cycle analysis (LCA) was performed comparing it to that at another small-scale vodka distillery than uses local virgin wheat as its feedstock, and a large-scale commercial vodka distillery that ships its wheat in over long distances.
“Project resulted in high quality results that could educate producers and consumers as well as better the environment.”
“Excellent construction of problem analysis and solution design based on a deep contextual awareness and comprehensive comparison.”
|Gait-way to Therapy: Dynamic Standing Table for Parkinson’s Disease Research|
|Off-grid Electricity Generation for a Residential Community in Liberia|
|Team Aquador – Sustainable Water Treatment|
|Heartthrobs: Improved Tubing Connector for Extracorporeal Blood Transport|
|From Waste to Wasted: Misadventures in Sustainable Vodka Production|
|Ichorvane Mosquito Patch|
|Mobility Device Improvements: Wheelchair for Soccer|
|Process model for influencing sustainable design through Biomimicry|
|LCA of a Solar Powered Battery|
|Wipe or Wash (ME589)|
|Livingston Grand County Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Program|
How it works:
- BEGINNING OF SEMESTER: Register for Design Expo and tell C-SED you want to participate in the Socially Engaged Design Awards.
- THROUGHOUT SEMESTER: Meet with a C-SED Consultant about your design project. Take advantage of C-SED opportunities throughout the semester to build skills, get feedback, and set your team up for success at Design Expo.
- ~1 month before Expo: Hear from C-SED whether your team was accepted into Round 2 to be evaluated at Design Expo.
- Design Expo Day: Present at Winter 2018 Design Expo.
- Day after Design Expo: Celebrate your great work and the winning teams at the Pizza Party Reception at C-SED.
Questions about Design Expo or the host, Multidisciplinary Design Program? Learn more.
Projects and presentations are evaluated on their attention to the broader context of design, engagement with and incorporation of stakeholder expertise, application of qualitative research methods, use of respectful and co-creative language, and product quality. (criteria subject to change)
|Context: Consideration of the broader context of design (social, cultural, economic, environmental), including how the design interacts with context from materials selection through implementation and adoption through disposal and/or project sunsetting.|
|Stakeholder/Community Engagement: Direct and indirect engagement with stakeholders and/or community for information gathering and design. Incorporation of knowledge, skills, ideas, and perspectives of stakeholders/community.|
|Methods: Application of socially engaged design methods, including qualitative research methods (i.e. interviews, focus groups, observations) and use of prototyping to garner feedback.|
|Language: Use of respectful and co-creative language about stakeholders/users, needs, and design solutions.|
|Quality: Technical soundness of product, likelihood to address the need, consideration of user requirements & engineering specifications.|
Teams seeking to incorporate a socially engaged design approach into their project work are strongly encouraged to meet with C-SED consultants in one or more 30-minute appointments throughout the semester and train in front-end design and other relevant skills using the Socially Engaged Design Academy and Deep Dives.
Check out past SED Award winners here:
Design Expo Fall 2017
Design Expo Winter 2017
Makeathon Winter 2017