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Proposal D21-06
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Kate Ireland
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Feb 18, 2021
Perfect! Looking forward to seeing you then!
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Proposal D21-06
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Kate Ireland
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Feb 17, 2021
Hi team, to introduce myself, my name is Kate, I am a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Sheffield and your mentor for the Designathon challenge. I hope that you are all well and enjoying your project so far! I would just like to say that I think that your idea is fantastic and a unique approach to engineering collaboration. I genuinely believe that ideas like this have so much potential to facilitate opportunities and provide pathways for forward-thinking engineers to develop projects that could go onto have huge impacts. The way that you position the incubator as a link between individuals and other professionals shows that you are thinking about how to minimise current barriers to innovation. My key suggestion to you would be to think about how you can better communicate your ideas and the link between them, perhaps a video could be a good way to communicate the context and need for the project throughout in a visual manner - it could help to think of this as a storytelling process. I would like to know more about how the membership would work. Is it full/part time or is it more of a rentable space for specific projects? Is this a physical space (in which case how can you ensure the most access), or an online space? You mention training, what sort of things would this include and how would it be provided? Maybe consider a problem-based approach to encourage thinking about current issues. Another question would be regarding funding, is there a membership fee/where does the money come from? It would be great to hear your ideas about how to develop this idea further. I really like your idea about an alternative currency and would love to see it developed further. How would this link to real money? I would suggest doing research into suggestions to re-evaluate the tax system to create a financial incentive for more environmentally friendly choices through a carbon footprint based system, as this may be of interest when considering your currency. This article might be of use: https://www.thebalance.com/carbon-tax-definition-how-it-works-4158043 It's an interesting idea as often decisions are primarily financially motivated. Is it more of a prompt to encourage more informed decisions? Consider this example: labelling food packaging with its carbon footprint similarly to how nutritional content is presented to encourage better choices, compared to a financial incentive such as a sugar tax to make healthier choices financially logical. Or is it a currency by its standard definition in which items can be bought or sold? Most importantly, what is the problem you are trying to solve? It might help to focus on a specific issue. I like the way that you have structured your proposal with a problems focussed introduction followed by your solutions. Is there any way that you can link the two ideas? I understand that there is a lot here but I think you really have a fantastic idea which is complex enough, it needs to be sold well and I think you are so almost there! I hope that I have given you a few things to think about and I am excited to see what you do next! Happy to provide more help at any point if you need more, I will see any posts but keep this excellent work up! Kate
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Group D21-11
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Kate Ireland
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Feb 17, 2021
Hi team, so sorry for the delay in my response, a covid related travel nightmare meant that I haven't been able to have access to a reliable internet connection until now, so huge apologies for that. I hope that my feedback can still be of use to you all. My name is Kate and I study Chemical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. I think that you've come up with a really interesting idea! I especially like that your suggested source of funding is from the energy supplier - often energy-saving measures have to be accompanied by a financial incentive from the government. I really like the way that you are looking for methods to combat flaws in our current energy industry, providing a missing link type of solution. Now more than ever it is vital that we as a society look to reduce our energy consumption and evaluate how we can reduce our environmental impact, this is a great idea to do so, while simultaneously reducing the proportion of consumers' income spent on energy. My biggest question to you would be, assuming that the energy supplier profits from higher energy consumption, charging by the kWh, how can you make the changes financially beneficial to the supplier providing funding? I agree with Emily when she says that you need to convince the supplier that your solution is the right investment to make for them as a company, as well as for the environment. I also really like the idea of a video to communicate your idea, this could be very visual making the context of the problem clearer throughout. Your 2 pronged approach to the problem is fantastic! Firstly reducing the energy consumption required, and then considering how to make the energy still needed greener - no energy is even better than the most environmentally friendly power source! Which one of these would you like to be your biggest focus? I really like the idea of putting responsibility into the hands of the renters, it would be good to make a stronger point about this as it makes our idea really unique. I think that Emily has already covered everything else that I'd like to say. Please get in touch for any more feedback/if I can help in any way. I will see your posts now and so will reply as quickly as I can. Keep up the great work! Kate
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