IdeaLab is a program designed to link problems and challenges with technical and creative problem solvers at RIT. We employ student teams with multidisciplinary expertise to solve unique problems faced by organizations or institutions such as Al Sigl Community of Agencies, Rochester Regional Health and others.
The students spend one weekend designing innovative solutions for specific problems identified by the participating organizations. Each team works under the guidance of an RIT faculty member and a sponsoring administrator. At the end of the event (Sunday afternoon), the teams present their innovative approaches to the project to their sponsor. Successful projects may then be expanded into ongoing student research projects that develop product and service prototypes, and potentially new businesses.
In previous IdeaLab events, students have employed their conceptual solutions, prototypes, and interaction with real outside sponsors to develop their portfolios, resumes and applications to graduate schools. Some projects have gone on to earn course credit in Applied Entrepreneurship and learn their potential to become a start-up business.
We are looking for students from multiple disciplines who want to make a difference. Faculty, please encourage your students to register. Students, sign up, it’s a fun and rewarding weekend with the potential to solve real world problems that could go as far as helping people in need or improving an inefficient service.
The Simone Center currently holds IdeaLab events twice a year for two unique areas:
Fall 2017 applications are now closed!
IdeaLab is a program designed to link unique problems and challenges with creative and technical problem solvers at RIT. Institutions such as Al Sigl Community of Agencies and Rochester Regional Health identify the problems and provide expertise to the program.
To create concept solutions to problems in access and medical technology and to help further the design development of those solutions using RIT interdisciplinary student talent and technical capabilities.
To facilitate opportunities where student teams and faculty coaches representing different colleges and disciplines at RIT work together to create solutions to a pre-determined set of problems obtained from sponsoring organizations. IdeaLab concludes with a student team presentation of their innovative approaches to solving the problem assigned to them to the sponsoring organization. Work on successful solutions may be expanded into student projects at RIT that include developing product and service prototypes, and potentially new businesses.
IdeaLab Informational Videos:
Design Thinking Presentation Fall 2017:
To download a pdf version of the file click here
IdeaLab Continued Projects:
RIT IdeaLab 2016
RIT IdeaLab 2014
Date and Place of the Next Access Technology IdeaLab
Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Simone Center, Student Innovation Hall 87-1600
The Access Technology IdeaLab focuses on medical technologies by creating products and service access solutions for organizations like Al Sigl. Students are split up into multidisciplinary teams and spend the weekend working on solutions for real world problems.
1. Children in Rwanda with disabilities need a robust, low cost, collapsible, repairable, wheelchair that can withstand rough terrains so that can have a better chance to attend school.
2. An individual with hemi-dystonia who is being treated by a neurologist needs an orthotic device to increase their ability to walk more effectively and efficiently.
3. Individuals who cannot stand on their own can use a new assistive golf carts that allows them to be placed in a vertical position but does not provide the optimal posture for use with conventional golf clubs.
4. Cyclists riding with along with individuals with unpredictable reaction times and braking abilities would like to be able remotely control the breaking function of that individual (SportsNet).
5. Individuals who rely on a walker have difficulty entering a van with a wheelchair lift due to instability while being lifted. (Medical Motors)
6. Individuals who can benefit from the use of a manual stander but only have one arm capable of providing the force necessary to operate the system need a one-handed stander.
7. Children without adult supervision need to safely go down a slide whether they are in a sitting position facing forward or on their stomach facing forward.
IdeaLab Project Library
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Date and Place of the Next Rochester Regional Health IdeaLab
APPLY HERE FOR SPRING 2017!
The Rochester Regional Health IdeaLab focuses on medical technologies by creating products and service solutions for Rochester Regional Health (RRH). Students are split up into multidisciplinary teams and spend the weekend working on solutions for real world problems.
1. ALTERNATIVE STYROFOAM BOXES OR NEW MEANS OF RECEIVING SAMPLES
Styrofoam boxes are often used as packaging for samples of medical supplies delivered to hospital laboratories. The boxes are thrown away as waste and end up in landfills. Design an alternative way to reuse these boxes or find new means of receiving samples.
2. DESIGN METHOD FOR RECORDING ACCESS REQUESTS
It is difficult to efficiently schedule hospital outpatient mental health and chemical dependency appointments, resulting in long wait times due to frequent no-shows. In addition, there is no process for walk-in opportunities, and no real-time capability for displaying waiting time. Design a method for recording access requests (including walk-ins) for outpatient mental health and chemical dependency patients, and for displaying real time information for both hospital and patient use.
3. DESIGN NEW INVITING AND EFFICIENT LOBBY
The lobby of Evelyn Brandon Health Center serves multiple departments including Mental Health services, Chemical Dependency evaluation, CD services, administration, and the PROS program. The lobby is very large but inefficiently utilized due to its poor layout. It does not: a) provide a safe and comfortable waiting area for clientele, b) give security a direct view (via monitor displays) of incoming and outgoing individuals to the building, and the current location of the check-in station blocks one of the entry points to the MH offices when someone checks in. Design an inviting and efficient lobby that is easy to access and that addresses security needs with no interruption to typical traffic.
4. HUMAN-CENTRIC PATIENT AND PROVIDER CONNECTION SOLUTION
Providers for patients who are critically ill, bedridden or with other ICU related conditions often lose sight of who their patient was before being admitted to the hospital. Such patients would also appreciate an ability to visit with loved ones from afar. Design a human-centric solution that can facilitate connection between patients and providers, as well as between patients and their families and/or friends. Such technology would allow posting of messages and pictures about or to the patient.
5. DISTANCE, SPEED AND EFFORT DEVICE TRACKER
It has been shown that increased physical activity is beneficial to health, especially for individuals with limitations who are less motivated to exercise. Currently available pedometers do not work well at slow speeds such as when using a walker. This decreases motivation to be more active for those individuals and also makes it difficult for clinicians to document patient ability and progress. Design a device that can be attached to a walker to better track distance, speed and effort for slower individuals.
To see the projects and teams from previous IdeaLab events click on the links below:
If you are with a company or organization and are interested in finding more out about how the Simone Center can help you, please contact Rupa Thind.
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