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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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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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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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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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All Hands on Board! – An Article about the Maker Workshop. http://ielstaging.net/hand-board-article-maker-workshop/ Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:28:48 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=4942       All Hands on Board! – InnoVenture’s Maker Workshop (9 September 2017)   By: Rennes Lee, Student Writer   Started in 2013, InnoVenture is the annual technopreneurship competition organized by the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore. The competition tasks students to make use of both engineering and business […]

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All Hands on Board! – InnoVenture’s Maker Workshop

(9 September 2017)

 

By: Rennes Lee, Student Writer

 

Started in 2013, InnoVenture is the annual technopreneurship competition organized by the Institute for Engineering Leadership at the National University of Singapore. The competition tasks students to make use of both engineering and business knowledge to come up with real world solutions for real world problems faced by real companies. The skills needed to succeed in this competition are diverse and broad and hence attract a wide range of students from across the university. To make it even more exciting, the winners of the competition receive a prototyping grant to develop their concepts and bring it to real-life. The competition is split into 4 major workshops (Maker Workshop, Design Workshop, Business Workshop, How to Pitch) and 2 pitching events (Idea Launch and Demo Day).

This year the competition kicked off with the Maker Workshop on the 9th September 2017. InnoVenture is privileged to have InnoSparks, National University Hospital and PSA International as the problem statement providers this year.

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The Problem Statement Representatives – Malcolm (InnoSparks), Pi Rui (PSA), Jensen (NUHS)

The projects this year sure are challenging! InnoSparks for instance is looking for efficient solutions to help cool spaces, PSA is asking students to help provide solutions for signaling and preventing containers that are stacked out of sync on the container yard, while NUSH requires more efficient and cost-effective solutions to help turn patients who are bedridden and develop painful ulcers from inactivity. The students listened intently to the problem statements given by the company representative as the session provided invaluable industry insights to the participants for solutioning.

 

The challenge is to provide solutions that are feasible, desirable and viable and pitch the solution to the representatives at IdeaLaunch (Nov 2017). To help them in their creativity, the students had the opportunity to participate in practical workshops conducted by MakeDemy and NUS Hackers. The students were spoilt for choice as they had to make a quick decision of going for three out of the five available workshops to attend. The workshops ranged from 3D Modelling for Digital Fabrication, Introduction to Arduino, Soldering and Basic Electronics, Cardboard and Prototyping and Prototyping with Power Tools. All the workshops were hands on and interactive.

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Aside from gaining new skills and knowledge the participants were able to meet and interact with other like-minded individuals from across the university, and from various graduate levels. The energy and enthusiasm by this year’s participants were palpable as they tried their best to complete the mini group projects they were assigned to do during the short amount of time they were given.

The workshops were an eye opener for many students and many saw this as an invaluable and important step to aid them on their journey. After the workshops, the students felt more confident in approaching the problem statements as they acquired many useful skills and knowledge.

The Maker Workshop kicked off the InnoVenture competition. In subsequent weeks the students will learn more about Design methods, Finances and Pitching to help them in solutioning and eventually coming up with a feasible, viable and desirable solution. Good luck to all our participants!

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A special thank you to our 2017 InnoVenture problem statement providers and supporters!

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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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12th DSS Lecture“The Engineering Mindset for Business Building & Disruption” by Mr Tan Tong Hai, StarHub CEO & Executive Director http://ielstaging.net/dss12/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:00:06 +0000 http://ielstaging.net/?p=3977 The Engineering Mindset for Business Building & Disruption Speaker: Mr Tan Tong Hai CEO & Executive Director, StarHub When: 8 Sept 2017 Where: NUS Engineering Auditorium Start time: 600PM (Registration & tea reception) Networking dinner will commence immediately after the event Engineers are driven by curiosity. That engineering mindset affects how engineers approach any situation and […]

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The Engineering Mindset for Business Building & Disruption

Speaker: Mr Tan Tong Hai
CEO & Executive Director, StarHub

When: 8 Sept 2017
Where: NUS Engineering Auditorium
Start time: 600PM (Registration & tea reception)
Networking dinner will commence immediately after the event

Engineers are driven by curiosity. That engineering mindset affects how engineers approach any situation and frame ideas that they generate. It is this mindset that enable engineers to be real-world problem-solvers having tremendous impact on how the world works and evolve. What is perhaps less understood, is how that very mindset can be applied to build businesses and deal with the almost continuous disruptions that we face today.

Beyond immediate problem solving, engineers who see and understand the bigger picture, how an ecosystem functions, how people tick & knows what drives them, are leaders who can create value in areas other than in purely technical fields.

Mr Tan Tong Hai, is an example of such a leader. As a fresh graduate from NUS Engineering, he made a conscious choice to choose a position in the IT field that allowed him to explore new areas of development. Now as CEO & Executive Director of StarHub, that same engineering mindset of curiosity and the drive to create, is what he believes is necessary to be inculcated in today’s students to create the leaders for tomorrow.

Join us in this session where Mr Tan will share lessons from his leadership path, his current challenges, and how he believes the engineering mindset can be nurtured to help create value through business building, and to better deal with a disruptive environment.

 

About the Speaker

Tong Hai was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of StarHub on 1 March 2013. He joined the company in 2009 as its Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. Tong Hai has over 25 years of experience in the regional information technology (IT), Internet and e-commerce industries and has broad experience at top management levels. Tong Hai was previously the President and CEO of Singapore Computer Systems since August 2005, and the President and CEO of Pacific Internet (PacNet) from March 2001. He was instrumental in turning both companies around when he was at their helms. In addition, Tong Hai is currently the Chairman of Nanyang Polytechnic Board of Governors and a board member of Workforce Singapore. He is also a council member with the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.

 

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