Among our many goals this year was to enter our design into competitions to see what professionals would think of our work. As of last week, we have now entered our third!
In April, we learned our heart failure solution, Meerkat, was named a Runner-up in the A’Design Competition’s Social Design category. Then, two weeks ago we were named Finalists in the Spark Awards Student Competition, with the final verdict coming out in the Fall.
And just last week, we worked to put together an entry to compete for the James Dyson Award.The Dyson Award is named after James Dyson, inventor of the bagless vacuum, and is organized by the James Dyson Foundation, which seeks to inspire the next generation of design engineers to think differently. The award calls for product designs that solve a problem. From their website:
"The brief is broad. We’re looking for designers who think differently to create products that work better. Engineers who follow an iterative design process. Rough and ready prototypes. Products that have a significant and practical purpose, are commercially viable, and are designed with sustainability in mind."
With the creative brainstorms, user-feedback on product and business model, and slew of rough prototypes that have gone into the development of Meerkat, we thought it would be the perfect fit for this competition.
In order to make our entry as competitive as possible, we focused on great visuals. We used the computer-aided design and engineering program SolidWorks to create photo-realistic images of what Meerkat would look like on its own and in a bathroom. Some of these images stood alone and others were incorporated into a video we made to explain the product and the problem it solved. Finally, we scoured through our notes to compile and curate a comprehensive look at the work put into designing Meerkat and the projected impact it could have once put into use.
You can view our Dyson Award submission page here to see all of this work in addition to explanatory text describing our inspiration and process.
Lastly, join us as we wait with baited breath for July 27th to see if we are named National Finalists or Winners!