Today…MIT Ideas Global Challenge Award Ceremony
It’s another rainy and gloomy day… but it’s not too cold.. so that’s alright..
It was the first time I noticed my entire street empty (sans cars).. so I started looking at signs and noticed it was street cleaning day.. Never noticed before..
Stata on Vassar
Mc Govern Institute
It’s been a very busy day… and I spent a lot of time reading and writing for an assignment. I am struggling to frame or find a research question to my topic, but I am having a lot of difficulty… I keep getting questions that seem too broad, wide, and probably too much to solve at this time… But I got really good reading done, so that makes me happy… Focus is really a great thing!
I attend this panel discussion later in the evening entitled “Designer as Researcher.” The panel included Beth Hennessey, John Fernandez, Gediminas Urbonas, and Mark Jarzombek. It was a very good discussion. I thought Beth and John did a great job. John defined research as “a novel and original answer/ approach to an important question for/in a community.” He thinks design is VERY different from research. To him, design is not about research, but about obsession. Providing a new, original answer to a community that is for a set of questions that are really important, that he agrees is research..
After the discussion, on my way back to my office I stopped by my DUSP friends who are preparing their thesis to just check in and give some encouragement… A few of them were going to the MIT Ideas Global Challenge Award, so I thought I would join them… I totally forgot it was today.. too much stuff to take note of and remember..
Here is visionary, and Head of the MIT Media Lab Joi Ito …
Time for the awards…. It’s like the Oscars in here! Everyone is amped up and excited!
First winners of the night Indian Raga: Democratizing Indian music through technology. Click here>>>
The BETH Project. This project was good (as all the winners are). They were providing prosthetic socket that offers a custom fit without custom fabrication. Here is a link to their project >>>
Ken Smith presenting another award..
Wi-Care. They presented a pump that aids in cleaning wounds.. Click here >>>
Alison was one of my favorite presenters… She was excited and not just in her words, but her expressions and smile. She was really excited and happy for all those receiving awards.. especially for projects she came to be closely involved with.. Great work Alison!
My friend Arlene and her team won an award for their project OpenIR, a web application offering geo-located infrared (IR) data as on-demand map layers, and translating the data so that anyone can read it easily. OpenIR will save lives when disaster strikes by making this data easily accessible. .. Click here for their project >>>
This team Leonie Badger, fellow architecture student and Aminata Kane won for their project, Fula & Style. Summary: Manufacture and sell business apparel in West Africa by adapting and improving speed, quality and design issues with the current dominant consumer-tailor model. We will employ skilled local tailors and use fabric and accessories from African industries. Click here >>>
“An IKEA approach to business/ designer clothing” is what it was called… Brilliant!
Essmart – Giving Indian rural retail shops access to technologies that improve their customers’ lives. Click here>>>
Recovers.org – creating tech tools for disaster relief..
Takachar: Urban waste management and the security of cooking fuel supply are two seemingly intractable problems amongst the Kenyan poor. We aim to address both (and generate local income at the same time) by turning household organic waste into charcoal. Click here >>>
Wecyclers: We will harness the power of urban communities to reclaim their environment from unmanaged waste. Click here >>
Congrats to ALL the winners, thanks to all the sponsors, and keep up the great work!!!
What’s your Global Challenge?
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