InnoVenture – Engineering Leadership – Institute for Engineering Leadership http://ielstaging.net Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:45:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.12 InnoVenture 2017/2018 IDEALAUNCH http://ielstaging.net/innoventure-20172018-idealaunch/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:56:02 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3870   InnoVenture 2017/2018 IdeaLaunch 1 Nov 2017 Phase 1 of InnoVenture cumulates at IdeaLaunch. All teams will pitch to a panel devised of the company representative and 2 other judges coming from industry/university. Selected teams will advance to the 2nd phase of InnoVenture and receive prototyping grants.    

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InnoVenture 2017/2018 IdeaLaunch
1 Nov 2017

Phase 1 of InnoVenture cumulates at IdeaLaunch. All teams will pitch to a panel devised of the company representative and 2 other judges coming from industry/university. Selected teams will advance to the 2nd phase of InnoVenture and receive prototyping grants.

 

 

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InnoVenture 2017/2018 How To Pitch Workshop http://ielstaging.net/innoventure-20172018-pitch-workshop/ Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:55:12 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3867   InnoVenture 2017/2018 How To Pitch Workshop 25 Oct 2017 This workshop focuses on preparing the team for IdeaLaunch. Participants will learn the contents and process of a 7 minute pitch. Teams will be given the time to start on their pitches. The workshops are extremely hands-on as teams will be actively working together at the whiteboard while mentors are […]

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InnoVenture 2017/2018 How To Pitch Workshop
25 Oct 2017

This workshop focuses on preparing the team for IdeaLaunch. Participants will learn the contents and process of a 7 minute pitch. Teams will be given the time to start on their pitches. The workshops are extremely hands-on as teams will be actively working together at the whiteboard while mentors are readily available to help you.

 

 

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InnoVenture 2017/2018 Business Workshop http://ielstaging.net/innoventure-20172018-business-workshop/ Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:53:24 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3865   InnoVenture 2017/2018 Business Workshop 14 Oct 2017 The Business Workshop picks up from the customer discovery and will focus on (financial) business concepts that are essential for successful product design. A product that merely adheres to the customer requirements, but is not within the financial means of the customer is a failed product. The workshop is extremely hands-on […]

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InnoVenture 2017/2018 Business Workshop
14 Oct 2017

The Business Workshop picks up from the customer discovery and will focus on (financial) business concepts that are essential for successful product design. A product that merely adheres to the customer requirements, but is not within the financial means of the customer is a failed product. The workshop is extremely hands-on as teams will be actively working together at the whiteboard while mentors are readily available to help you.

Participants will tackle business questions such as:

  • What price should I be charging for my solution?
  • What is the unit margin of my solution?
  • What is the market size for my solution? Is it scalable?

 

 

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Tackling Fatigue Detection for PSA Truck Drivers – An InnoVenture Team’s Success Story. http://ielstaging.net/tackling-fatigue-detection-psa-truck-drivers-innoventure-teams-success-story/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:03:45 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=4983       Tackling Fatigue Detection for PSA Truck Drivers An InnoVenture Team’s Success Story   By Chua Zhijie, Student Writer   PSA unboXed is PSA International’s corporate venture capital arm that invests in start-ups with innovations that bring strategic value to PSA. As their secondary mission is the cultivation of the next generation of entrepreneurs […]

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Tackling Fatigue Detection for PSA Truck Drivers

An InnoVenture Team’s Success Story

 

By Chua Zhijie, Student Writer

 

PSA unboXed is PSA International’s corporate venture capital arm that invests in start-ups with innovations that bring strategic value to PSA. As their secondary mission is the cultivation of the next generation of entrepreneurs by working with institutes of higher learning, they offered their office & co-working space as venue for the pitch. As one of the problem statement providers for InnoVenture 2016, PSA was interested in seeing the winning team pitch their solution. The panel consisted of Mr. Oh Bee Lock (PSA’s Head of Group Technology), 2 Managing Directors in charge of the terminals in Singapore, and several heads of departments who are vital in the continuation and realization of solution.

The invited team, Subtle Safety, is composed of Jaipal Singh and Christoph Zimmermann. Both Year 2 Material Science undergraduate students, Jaipal and Christoph signed up individually for the competition, attracted by the structure of the competition and challenging problem statements. The budding entrepreneurs hit it off very well after attending one of the InnoVenture Bootcamps and hence decided to embark on a shared InnoVenture journey – they have never looked back since.

PSA’s terminals in Singapore run 24/7 and port workers have to cope with 8-12 hour shifts. Many port workers have jobs that are physically demanding and require mental focus . For example, truck drivers complete thousands of trips every day in Singapore’s port alone to ensure a smooth flow of containers to destinations worldwide. Mental alertness is critical to do a job well and to respond quickly in any circumstance. PSA is keen to explore systems that would detect and warn truck drivers and fleet managers of signs of fatigue, so that steps can be taken before mishaps occur. Avoiding accidents reduces the costs incurred and improves the overall efficiency of the company.

The team pitched their solution clearly outlining the problem, how their solution would differentiate itself from competitors in terms of technology and value, the product development timeline, and most importantly the market size and relevance for PSA. What impressed the panel most was the team’s analysis and subsequent rephrasing of the problem statement. Rather than focus on symptoms of fatigue in drivers, the team focused on “irregular driving patterns” which they could pick up with various sensors for the driver and the truck. Based on the data gathered, a more accurate analysis as to the cause and recommendations to prevent reoccurrences can be made. A driver falling asleep, being distracted, drunk, or a truck with a punctured tire will show similar irregularities, but they are definitely not the same! The team further impressed the panel by showcasing a self-made truck cabin simulator in which they can test their solution.

Being impressed by the team’s creativity, perseverance and enthusiasm for solving the problem, and appreciating that the team’s lab-scale prototype would need further validation on technological feasibility and business viability, PSA offered the team the opportunity for incubation through their PSA unboXed’s Technology Incubator Program! The program includes use of PSA unboXed facilities (workspace and mentors), access to port resources (truck drivers and equipment) and as well as S$50,000 in funding to continue the project.

The team has accepted the offer and is excited and eager to take their solution forward and apply their solution in a live port environment. Congratulations to Subtle Safety!

 

InnoVenture

InnoVenture, the annual technopreneurship competition of the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore, challenges students to solve real engineering problems faced by real companies (www.innoventure.com.sg). Students from all faculties and graduate levels are allowed to participate in the  competition. They are guided through the process of creating successful products and potentially companies in hands-on experiential learning workshops and one-on-one mentor sessions. The process and methodology focuses on demonstrating solutions that are Customer Desirable, Technologically Feasible and Business Viable.

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InnoVenture 2017/2018 Design Workshop http://ielstaging.net/innoventure-20172018-design-workshop/ Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:51:18 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3861   InnoVenture 2017/2018 Design Workshop 16 Sept 2017 Following on from the Maker Workshop, we encourage you to attend the Design Workshop intended to help you brainstorm and start tinkering with solutions for the problem statements. Specific technical and industry mentors will also be available so that you can actually get designing on the spot!   […]

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InnoVenture 2017/2018 Design Workshop
16 Sept 2017

Following on from the Maker Workshop, we encourage you to attend the Design Workshop intended to help you brainstorm and start tinkering with solutions for the problem statements. Specific technical and industry mentors will also be available so that you can actually get designing on the spot!

 

 

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InnoVenture 2017/2018 Maker Workshop
9 Sept 2017

Everyone can be a maker! The Maker Workshop aims to teach students how and when to use particular machinery and prototyping techniques. You will participate in hands-on workshops on 3D printing, wood working, creative drawing, Arduino etc. Learn the skills, practice them on the spot and apply them in your solutioning!

Furthermore, we will introduce the problem statements and provide you with simple frameworks that will help you to analyze the problem better from a customer perspective.

 

 

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Upcoming InnoVenture Technopreneurship Competition 2017/2018 https://www.innoventure.com.sg Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:21:36 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3619 The post Upcoming InnoVenture Technopreneurship Competition 2017/2018 appeared first on Engineering Leadership - Institute for Engineering Leadership.

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Students present ideas at InnoVenture IdeaLaunch http://ielstaging.net/students-present-ideas-innoventure-idealaunch/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:21:25 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=2770 Students at InnoVenture IdeaLaunch presenting their ideas to company representatives   25th October 2016 The hard work that InnoVenture teams have been putting in culminated in an IdeaLaunch session held on the 25th of October. The stakes were high as the seven teams sought to move into the second phase of Innoventure, where they will […]

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Students at InnoVenture IdeaLaunch presenting their ideas to company representatives

 

25th October 2016

The hard work that InnoVenture teams have been putting in culminated in an IdeaLaunch session held on the 25th of October. The stakes were high as the seven teams sought to move into the second phase of Innoventure, where they will receive prototyping grants and will continue to develop a real prototype based on their pitched solution accompanied by a viable business plan.

The teams each presented their proposals to a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the companies that provided the problem statements, as well as members of the Institute for Engineering Leadership team. They were judged based on four criteria – customer desirability, technology novelty and creativity, technological feasibility and business viability. A wide range of solutions were proposed, for example, Team UNO which was working on the National University Hospital (NUH) problem statement, which concerned the tracking of nurses’ efficiency in the wards, proposed a data tracking system using Bluetooth transmitter. The group emphasised not just the data logging aspect, but also the processing of data in a meaningful way through machine-learning. They team suggested that their product would only cost a quarter of what NUH now pays for their current system.

Other teams had similarly innovative ideas. Team Innov8tion worked on the PSA problem statement. They developed a system to monitor truck drivers’ alertness in an effort to prevent accidents, emphasising early detection of drivers’ fatigue. This is achieved through a system of eyelid and head tracking, ocular movement, eye blink parameters monitored by cameras and sensors in the truck cabin.

Some solutions were simpler but no less creative; TrioblazerS, which worked on the Nestle problem statement came up with a simple way of detecting spoilage in food products such as yoghurt. It proposed a customised pH meter costing just $0.02 for a sticker which could be attached to food products packaging.

Following their presentations, the teams’ ideas were scrutinised by the company representatives, who quizzed participants on their technology, business models and the viability of their proposals. In the end, four teams progressed to the next round who can surely breathe a sigh of relief that their hard work had paid off. Teams who have progressed to the next round will move into phase two, where teams be supported by Innoventure and IEL as they develop a working prototype and a validated business plan. This culminates in DemoDay which will take place next year, where they will present their prototypes and refined business strategies.

Dr Goh Wei Ping, Senior Resident Physician at NUH who attended the IdeaLaunch, initially came with some scepticism as the problem statements were extremely challenging. He was pleasantly surprised by the ideas the groups came up with. He said “I love how the participants injected fresh perspectives to the problems and came up with innovative ideas to address them. This is an ideal platform for different industries to come together and share their own experiences and expertise.”

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Tiny chips, huge potential http://ielstaging.net/tiny-chips-huge-potential/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:15:59 +0000 http://www.pisteuomedia.com/nus/?p=2765 A group pictures with staff of Infineon, representatives from IEL and NUS students   Explore-Eng Infineon Technologies 2nd November 2016 We often take the technology around us for granted and fail to realize the complex systems at work. At the heart much of these technology are powerful semi-conductors such as those made by Infineon Technologies. […]

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Explore-Eng Infineon Technologies
2nd November 2016

We often take the technology around us for granted and fail to realize the complex systems at work. At the heart much of these technology are powerful semi-conductors such as those made by Infineon Technologies. As part of the Explore Engineering series, 30 students from NUS had the opportunity to visit Infineon’s ‘shop floor’ first-hand, and learn more about the company during a visit to the regional headquarters located off Kallang Way.

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Infineon has operations worldwide and about 35,000 employees, and while its semi-conductors are not produced in Singapore, the Singapore office specializes in testing Infineon’s most advanced products. It was this that students got to see during the visit to the ‘shop floor’, a three-level facility in which chips are put through testing machines to ensure that they have been built to the highest standard and that they would continue working even in extreme conditions. Examples of applications of such semi-conductors include battery management chips found in mobile phone to monitor battery use, and identification chips found in passports.

A highlight of the visit was seeing Infineon’s latest technologies in use as part of their ‘smart factory’ initiative, in which processes are being increasingly automated in an effort to increase efficiency and productivity at the company. It is also to ensure the welfare of staff, who may have difficulty carrying out physical tasks as they grow older. An example of innovation is a transport and storage system throughout the facility. In the past, operators had to manually cart around heavy and bulky boxes of chips that are to undergo testing. However, there is now an automated conveyor belt and storage system with a capacity of 9000 crates which delivers the right boxes to the testers at the machine, eliminating the need for staff to physically move around these boxes.

Another example is an automatic-loader system for the testing of chips. While staff previously had to insert chips into a testing board manually, a tedious and delicate process, it has now been automated with the help of customized machines. Even so, more technology is on the way to being implemented including autonomous guided vehicles that will operate in the facility.

Sebastian Shen, a graduate student in Supply Chain Management, especially enjoyed the tour to the testing facility. He said “I’m from the software industry so this is my first time entering a manufacturing line. It’s great to see the adoption of technology in within the factory floor and how they are helping the aging workforce.”

Students also had the opportunity to hear from the experiences of company staff, including experts from the Development Centre during a panel discussion. They shared on their work in the company as well as skills that university students would need as they graduate into the work-force. Staff from the Human Resources department also shared with students possible opportunities within the company including internships and leadership programs. Carrie Lin, a Chemical Engineering undergraduate, said: “The panel discussion was helpful in helping us better understand the right attitudes (required for the job) and (hearing about) the work, life and health balance of Infineon’s employees was pretty encouraging.”

The students left with a new-found knowledge of the workings of the company, and a great appreciation for the tiny chips inside such ubiquitous devices and technology.

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Students dressed in smocks during the visit to the ‘shop floor’

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Infineon Explore-Eng http://ielstaging.net/infineon-explore-eng/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:43:22 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=5166 The Explore-Eng series is a sub-activity of the InnoVenture competition utilizing the connections made with leading organizations through InnoVenture. Explore-Eng is essentially Engineering & Innovation oriented company visits. The objective is to help students understand the “real Engineering” world, get them exposed to the various development paths that are open to them, the engineering companies […]

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The Explore-Eng series is a sub-activity of the InnoVenture competition utilizing the connections made with leading organizations through InnoVenture. Explore-Eng is essentially Engineering & Innovation oriented company visits.

The objective is to help students understand the “real Engineering” world, get them exposed to the various development paths that are open to them, the engineering companies available, and, perhaps most important; support their interest in engineering after graduation. The last is a national objective as well.

An Explore-Eng visit typically consists of

    • A company presentation with a focus on the engineering & innovation operations and projects
    • A tour of the company’s facilities (i.e. innovation lab, manufacturing plant, showroom etc)
    • A panel with engineering staff to share their engineering career path and give insights in the development paths for engineers
    • HR segment regarding internships and other job opportunities.

If your company is interested in hosting students for an Explore-Eng visit then please do contact Randall Sie at r.sie@nus.edu.sg

 

Testimonial (NUHS):

 

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