2022 UpRising Students @ Good Design Australia
Robotic Rover for safe delivery of Humanitarian aid in warzones
The thing I found the most interesting about UpRising was actually nothing to do with my own project - every design that was uploaded to the website is so unique and fascinating, and it is truly amazing to see the ideas that my fellow students have come up with. Another thing I found interesting was that for the first time in my life, I felt like my ideas had a 'following'; I have never seen so many people interested in something I have created, and it has provided me with so much motivation and confidence!
In the midst of a pandemic, I was very worried as to how I could interact with both my target market and industry professionals. This was something I had a lot of issues with as I was actually unable to secure an interview with any of the humanitarian organisations I was researching. But this is where UpRising has helped most of all - it has connected me to a community of designers willing to provide feedback on my design and help me with any questions I may have. Having access to such a knowledgeable group of people at my fingertips has been extremely helpful throughout the design project, and I wouldn't have had access to it had it not been for UpRising and IdeaSpies.
Ultimately, I would like to turn HARPER into a fully functional model for use in the real world. Although my MDP prototype is functional, it still falls short in many important areas that would need to be addressed before it could actually be utilized properly (e.g. The code needs further development, the body needs to be more robust). I am hoping to pursue a degree in mechatronic engineering next year which should hopefully give me the skills and knowledge I need to complete this project; however, the constraints I experienced during my MDP (time, budget, resources, etc.) would still be an issue in the real world. I would likely need to buy specialised equipment/resources (such as stronger motors, better aluminium for the framework) and hire others to help me machine it (I don't have access to all the tools required). I would also need plenty of time to continue to develop my knowledge of programming, something I can hopefully do in conjunction with my university course. In short, I want to turn my idea into a reality but must consider constraints such as time, money and resources.
Being able to see some of the other designs on the UpRising page may not have directly influenced my design process, but it was so fascinating and inspiring to see students just like me creating these amazing, world-changing designs. Especially during a year as difficult as this one has been, seeing the constant updates on these projects has shown me the passion and perseverance that these students possess, and it brings me hope both for my own design journey and for the future of design in Australia.
COVID-19 HEALTHCARE WORKSPACE
UpRising was such a great opportunity to be a part of so I would like to thank you for that firstly.
Two interesting things that I was able to experience as a result of being part of the UpRising were both to do with connectivity. I feel that UpRising has such a large potential to bring likeminded and innovative students together to create some real damage in the design world. This being not only within my class room but the wider community in collaboration with IDEASPIES! I also found that it gave my own design a push as I was able to view what others were creating which furthermore drove me in the production of my own product.
UpRising helped me communicate with industry and other again likeminded people who share a passion for all things design and creation. I just wish that more people could be a part as I feel that everyone could benefit with their own projects.
As just an 18 year old girl finishing school, taking a gap year and heading to University in the following year. I clearly do not have that many connections or knowledge on the works of industry and where someone like me can take their project after its completion. I personally would love to help as many healthcare workers and take my project to the ends of the earth but of course I would need someone there to assist. As for this very moment, I would love to focus on my studies but possibly take my project somewhere in the future!
Like i mentioned previously, seeing other UpRising projects deeply affected my designing and learning experience as I was able to communicate with people much like myself with all aspects of my design, whether that was product or portfolio work.
Seeing as the UpRising initiative tis so new to the wider community, it of course needs to start somewhere. In saying this the initiative as a whole is such a great concept that I believe can't truly succeed without that sense of community. Therefore to better help next year's students I think that more people should get involved!
A Reusable Cutlery Solution
There were a number of interested individuals who provided great feedback to myself and others concerning their posted projects on the Ideaspies website. Exploring the social network of other students' ideas was good for ensuring that my product had a high level of finish when completed.
Involvement in UpRising through Ideaspies was useful for confirming project directions through positive comments on my post. This initial praise for my idea enabled greater confidence to be possessed for the remainder of the project development and completion.
Through engaging with the major design project, the intrinsic flaws associated with my design ideas were revealed, and would definitely require reworking if this design is to be pursued further.
Viewing a range of products, systems, and environments through Ideaspies' UpRising program was useful to attaining a more holistic understanding of the parameters of the MDP, and the different perspectives and approaches of other students.
The current state of the UpRising program is quite effective in providing immediate feedback upon student works and ideas,.