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InnoVenture is the annual, year-long technopreneurship challenge organised by the Institute for Engineering Leadership (IEL) at NUS. Students are challenged to come up with feasible solutions for real engineering problems from real companies. Through the hands-on experiential learning process, students gain insight, confidence, and basic capabilities about the theoretical and practical aspects of engineering leadership and entrepreneurship.
InnoVenture’s goals are simple:
- To transform classroom learning into real hands-on experience
- To enable students to work on projects that solve real world needs
- To build and nurture a supportive community that thinks, invents, and shares
Students acquire knowledge and skills through experiencing and overcoming the real-life challenges in brainstorming, designing, and prototyping of solutions (“Technical Mastery”), and face-to-face interaction with industry to develop and receive support for their solutions (“Influencing skills”).
Students learn key aspects of technopreneurship and, in teams, develop an idea to a solution that includes a business case. Students will become part of a larger innovation and entrepreneurship community in the Faculty of Engineering facilitated through the Institute for Engineering Leadership.
InnoVenture is open to all graduate levels and faculties at NUS. Students are encouraged to form multi-disciplinary teams (2-4 people) as much as possible to enhance creativity and skillset within the team.
Undergraduate students can earn credits (2MC + 2MC) through InnoVenture. To be awarded the credits you must attend all workshops in each phase, complete the short reflection assignments after each workshop, and pitch successfully at IdeaLaunch and/or DemoDay. Please check beforehand that you are able to commit to the workshops in Phase 1 by viewing the schedule.
If you have any clashes, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org timely before the respective workshop. Students with valid reasons may be excused and/or a separate make-up session can be organized.
TECHNOPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION 2018 PROGRAMME
What’s the process like?
Students will attend workshops to acquire knowledge, meet often with industry mentors to enhance their thinking, work with their peers to develop teamwork and leadership skills, and closely connect with the problem statement representatives to gain real-life experience in working with industry.
The year-long program is split up into 2 phases/semesters. Phase 1 will focus on problem solving and design, while Phase 2 will focus on (hardware) prototyping of the proposed solutions and pitching to industry. Leadership and team development will happen throughout Phase 1 and 2.
Schedule – Phase 1/Semester 1
|Introduction of Challenge and Problem Statements to participants. Start of registration/team signups|
|Customer Focus Workshop||1 September
|Focuses on identifying your customer, and how to interview and gain information from them for solutioning. Interaction with companies!|
|Effective Decision Making||8 September
|Focuses on team formation & dynamics to ensure that your team is ready for the challenge!|
|Solutioning Workshop||15 September
|Focuses on creativity tools & tricks to help you in your solutioning!|
|Immersions||TBD||Field trips to participating companies to experience the setting in which the problem statement applies (only for selected problem statements)|
|Business & Presenting Workshop||20 October
|Focuses on business viability of your proposed solution and how to effectively present it to an audience|
|All teams will present their solutions to a panel!|
INNOVENTURE 2018 PROBLEM STATEMENTS
Reducing clean water wastage in homes. Overall (Singapore) clean water wastage due to excess/non-controlled water outputs (taps, showers, etc..) in the home.
Overview: Water is a valuable and costly resource – even more so in Singapore. Homeowners are aware of the need to save water both for the environment and utility cost, but so far current water saving solutions do not provide the same level of experience. Consumers are unwilling to sacrifice the familiar water pressure and water flow output that they are used to for showering or washing dishes etc.
Challenge: The challenge is to provide new water savings solutions for use in households. It can either be a new water saving system, device or an add-on. The target is to reduce the normal water output by 70%, while maintaining good pressure and water flow output. For add-ons, the cost of the device must be below $7 SGD to be effectively marketed and adopted by the mass end consumers. New systems or devices can be priced in a similar range to existing systems or devices.
For this challenge:
- You must clearly define the target water outlet in the home
- Preferably, the solution is able to provide for all general water uses, but it is also acceptable to provide a solution for a specific use of water (i.e. only showering, only cleaning dishes…etc)
- Need to first satisfy the end consumer with good water pressure and good water flow output, to have a chance for them to switch. Once satisfied, then the cost angle can be considered.
Overview: Wheelchair users in Singapore today are plagued with mobility issues that are not faced by the common population. An estimated 170,000 flats in Singapore have multiple steps at the entrance of the house, and this poses a great challenge to wheelchair users. In addition, it may not always be possible to install ramps to all these homes. As a result, wheelchair users in these circumstances tend to stay at home. As the population continues to age, the number of wheelchair users in Singapore is expected to rise. Hence, to build a more inclusive community, more needs to be done to address issues faced wheelchair users, to enable them to be more independent and integrate better with the society.
Challenge: Innosparks is interested in improving the mobility of wheelchair users by building a device that enables them to overcome the small flight of steps outside their houses. This device should be safe and straightforward to use, and can be operated by a caretaker. The device should also not be physically demanding to operate. The device should require minimal maintenance and would be preferred to be mechanically operated. It can be assumed that the device can be stored outside the house.
For this challenge
- The maximum height of steps to overcome is 50cm; the maximum depth of the steps is 80cm; the width of the door is 83cm
- It only allows the usage of manual wheelchairs and support a total weight of 150kg
- Minimal to no renovation should be done to the users’ house
- Cost of the device is targeted below S$500.
Overview: In order to expedite resuscitation and improve its efficacy, resuscitation drugs and equipment have to be readily available. To facilitate this, the list and layout of the resuscitation drugs and equipment in the resuscitation trolley (E-trolley) have been standardized in all SAF Medical Centres. All drawers of the E-trolley are sealed at all times with a serialized cable tie, in addition to the physical lock. Regular checks of the resuscitation drugs and equipment are carried by the Duty Medic in the medical centres. After a resuscitation case, the E-trolley will be re-stocked to full quantity as soon as possible.
Challenge: During unscheduled audit checks, E-trolleys across medical centres are found with items that may be expired / incorrect / not available / or in the incorrect drawers. SAF Medical Centres are looking for a method to help with stocktaking of the drawers. The person doing the stocktaking should:
- Be able to see if all items that are supposed to be in the trolley, are in the trolley;
- Be able to see if all items are in the right place in the trolley;
- Able to track the expiration date and alert if the expiration date has passed of the specific item
For this challenge:
- Existing E-trolley dimensions:
- Drawer 1: 58.5cm X 49.1cm X 10.5cm (External), 57cm X 49.1cm X 9.5cm (Internal)
- Drawer 2: 58.5cm X 49.1cm X 8.0cm (External), 57cm X 49.1cm X 6.8cm (Internal)
- Trolleys are checked ≥ 01 time per week and after each resuscitation case.
- There are 2 types of drawers (example pictures can be found on the website) – you may choose either drawer or attempt to provide a solution for both
- You may change the layout of the trays and positioning of the items if necessary
- Solutions can be either complete redesigns of the trolleys OR external and/or internal scanning technologies keeping the trolley intact OR a combination of both.
- The solution can be automated or manual – If manual, then the stocktaking should be able to be done in under 3 minutes.
Fig. 1: Corresponding Drawer in the E-Trolley.
Fig. 2: Corresponding Drawer in the E-Trolley.
Continuous Condition Monitoring of Cranes
Overview: Cranes are used extensively in construction and port operations. At present, cranes are equipped with several fail-safe mechanisms that prevent unsafe operation. However, these measures are not fail-proof. A different approach to this can be in the continuous monitoring of the condition of the crane. A good first step will be to measure the strain that the equipment is subject to daily. This will provide an indication to the impact of daily operations on the health of the crane.
Challenge: Surbana Technologies is interested to develop a strain monitoring solution that is easy to retrofit on existing cranes. The focus of the solution will be to provide accurate strain measuring of different components in the crane. Ideally, the solution will provide wireless communications for real-time/on-demand monitoring.
Teams can start with the hinges, as these are the components subjected to the greatest stresses; however, teams are open to look into any other areas as well.
For this challenge:
- The teams may develop the solution for any crane type (construction or port), but the team will have to customize the solution for the selected crane type
- The hardware solution should be industrial grade, e., able to withstand external environments
- The total cost of the solution should be capped at $5,000 per crane, where reasonable
- The teams are welcome to develop a data science solution to calibrate and detect the condition of the cranes, based on the strain measurements
InnoVenture is the technopreneurship challenge for students at the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore. The challenge is organised by the Institute for Engineering Leadership.
Anyone who is enrolled at NUS can sign up, irrespective of their faculty or whether they are studying Bachelors, Masters or PhD.
You can sign up individually! We will help you to form a team with other individual signups. Do join us for the Kick-off and first workshop; a great opportunity to meet others and form a team! Alternatively you can use our InnoVenture Facebook page or IVLE forum to find team members!
On average a 150+ students participate every year from across the university. The competition is open to all graduate levels and all faculties at NUS. Teams are encouraged to be as diverse as possible to enhance the creativity in the team. Teams are 2-4 people.
InnoVenture is open to all graduate levels and faculties at NUS. Teams are encouraged to form multi-disciplinary teams as much as possible to enhance creativity and skillset within the team.
In the past years we’ve had the honor of a great number of companies involved in InnoVenture. Companies such as PUB, Total, Nestle, BP, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Infineon and many more! Past Participating Companies links for more information. For this year’s problem statements please find the Problem Statement tab.
Teams are minimum 2, maximum 4 – cross-disciplinary and and cross-graduate teams are highly encouraged to enhance creativity and skillset within the team.
We highly recommend forming a team with varied backgrounds. The past winners of InnoVenture were multi-disciplinary!
The workshops are voluntary for all to attend. We highly encourage that you DO attend all workshops as they are invaluable for your success in the competition! During the workshops you will get access to the company representatives, experienced industry professionals, entrepreneurs and other students!
If you are enrolled under the InnoVenture program for credits then it is mandatory for you to attend all workshops, complete all reflection assignment and pitch at IdeaLaunch and/or DemoDay. More information about the will be provided at the Kick-off and first workshop. For more information you can also read up here.
This is a yearlong challenge. Phase 1 of InnoVenture runs from August till November. All teams will advance to the 2nd Phase running from November – March the following year. In the second phase your team will receive prototyping funds to help see your solution come to life!
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In today’s dynamic, technologically-advanced knowledge economy, mere technical competency will not guarantee success within the engineering fields. The next generation of engineer leaders has to possess strong abilities and the skills to communicate, manage, and set direction. A successful engineer must be innovative, resourceful, and entrepreneurial, as well as be able to work and integrate ideas across various disciplines. The Institute for Engineering Leadership (IEL) was set up specifically with this end in mind – to nurture the future leaders of the engineering profession, who will advance the field to the next level and to help create new products, services, and enterprises.
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