Engineering Good, in partnership with Google.org and The Asia Foundation, is organising an Innovation Challenge for passionate and creative youths to develop solutions that will benefit persons with disabilities (PWDs), in particular empowering youths in finding and retaining employment.
This innovation challenge will run from 20 August to 11 September, where participants will go through ideation, prototyping, and iteration, culminating in an online presentation where they present their prototyped solutions.
The challenge will be presented to Junior Colleges and enthuse them to make, hack, code, and design technology for good and will also bring together local non-profit organisations and other social sector partners.
The challenge will kickoff with a webinar on 22 August 2020. We will cover Design Thinking, hear from professionals who have worked with assistive technology and understand what goes into working with PWDs.
The team presentation will be held online on 12 September 2020. The teams will present their ideas to a panel of experts and their peers.
Engineering Good is looking for Mentors for this innovation challenge, whose role will be to provide direction, advice, and wisdom to the team and guide them through the stages of a prototyping project.
requirements of mentors
- Problem Statements are software-based, so Mentors will be required to have knowledge of coding and software development. We are looking for individuals with experience in handling a project from start to finish and looking to guide our young teams with their prototype.
- Mentors are required to have the time to give the teams direction and assistance for the project as and when necessary. The teams are expected to go thru and experience a normal project workflow of user analysis, ideation, prototyping and feedback.
(Expected time varies on how involved you are with the teams.)
- One of the goals is to inculcate empathy in our youth, as well as using STEM to solve current issues. Teams are expected to meet the service-users online at least twice where they will learn about the service-user, their lives, and the difficulties faced, from which the team can do a needs analysis and nail down parameters. The mentors are expected to take them thru this.
(2-3 meetings, but could be more at your discretion.)
Mentors will be given a briefing about expected project workflow and deliverables of the project. Engineering Good will be on hand to assist wherever necessary and also assist in acquiring resources.
Problem statements for partcipants can be found here:
Selection of Problem Statements
Matching & Linking Teams, Mentors and Community Partners
Briefing & Webinar
Teams are expected to come up with a prototype of their solution and present it to a panel of experts and your peers at the Online Team Presentation on 12 September 2020.
The prototype need not be a working solution but needs to describe or demonstrate to the reader a reasonable understanding of the end product, and good confidence that the proposal will solve the issue.
For this presentation, the software should be at pre-Alpha stage, in the Implementation stage of the software development cycle. Coding of the basic framework should have been done, but actual UIs can be replaced with mockups if necessary.
how can you participate
If you are interested, your participation will involve 3 separate phases:
Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It
Please fill up the online form to indicate your interest to register as Mentor.
Registration Deadline: 14 Aug 2020
Performing the Mission
After the Participants and Mentors have selected their Problem Statements (18 Aug), we will assign the most suitable Mentor to them. Successful Mentors will be notified and it is mandatory to attend the Initial Briefing on 22 Aug. Your role will then be to assist the teams to better understand the nature of the problem and guide them on ideation, conceptualising, design and prototyping. Mentors need to monitor the team’s progress throughout the Innovation Challenge.
Period: 20 Aug to 11 Sep 2020
You will be invited to the Online Presentation, where you can learn about the other teams and their projects. The most promising prototypes may be adopted to continue into research and development. There will also be a short debrief session for all Mentors.
The Online Showcase will be held on 12 Sep 2020