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:
Spring 2018 applications are now closed. Please check back for Fall 2018 dates.
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 Spring 2018:
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
To be annouced Fall of 2018
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
Spring 2019: TBD
Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed. Please check back for Spring 2019 dates.
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.
The problems in need of solutions will be as follows:
1. Clean Biohazard Bag/ Infection Control
It is difficult to keep the outside of an RRH Lab biohazard bag clean and free of germs when bagging specimens like flu swabs, skin, throat and urine cultures. It is also difficult to place a specimen in the biohazard bag and close it securely with dirty gloves without touching the outside of the bag. These bags are picked up and transported to the lab with their outside surfaces possibly contaminated. Design a solution that does not require touching and contaminating the surface when placing such items in a disposal bag.
2. Employee Stress-Reduction Space
Employee accumulated stress is detrimental to their individual health, but also to the workplace environment, which can affect performance and efficiency. Reducing employee stress has multiple beneficial effects, like improving morale and consequently, patient care; and improving employee health, which can reduce sick-calls and comorbidities, thereby improving performance and reducing overtime requirements. Design a solution to help manage and reduce employee stress levels that is integrated with the RRH work environment and customs.
3. Nurse Call Button Holder
Patients often have a need to call a nurse but cannot reach a bell or an alert system without lifting themselves from their beds. Design a generic call bell holder that would fit on any bed or equipment frame situated near patients’ beds that would be accessible to patients, particularly in acute care settings.
4. Portable Toilet
Incidents with patients falling while approaching or using toilets are common in such institutions as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, group homes, and other settings. Design a toilet solution that is able to move to the patient vs. having the patient move towards the toilet. After use, the device may return to its docking station, therefore reducing the probability of patient falls, and possibly detecting other medical conditions.
5. Secure Glucose Monitors
"Libre view" sensors used to diagnose glucose levels are attached to patients’ skin by adhesive (with a small catheter that is under the skin) and often fall off prematurely before the device can be analyzed. The sensors typically need to stay attached to the patient for a two-week period. Designa simple, inexpensive way to help secure the devices on patients.
6. Smart Exam Room
Too much time is spent by physicians using the EMR for documentation of patients’ visits including billing and legal reasons, leading to less face time with patients. Design a smart solution (“exam room”) in which video/audio links automatically record the interaction with the patient replacing their realistic image with that of an animated cartoon to preserve modesty/privacy.
This could ensure a complete, accurate record of the narrative and the physical exam, which could be referred to in the note. The remainder of the note can be largely dictated aloud and translated by dragon, as can the instructions, consents, etc. The transcript edited down later would then be a simple communication letter to other providers.
7. Interactive Educational/Entertainment App for Dialysis Patients
Dialysis patients are captive groups who spend 3-4 hours each session with intravenous lines tethering them to a dialysis machine. Most spend the time watching TV or sleeping. During this time providers are required to round on the patients, but sleeping patients are often hard to rouse and retain little of the generic information they need to learn. In addition, the group is semi social, but the environment can be non-stimulating.
Design a solution to keep patients awake and entertained. Since people are naturally competitive, consider application games as a medium through which competitive entertainment can be fostered. This should ideally include short “commercial breaks” with educational videos sprinkled in on topics relevant to the patients.
8. On-Site Transportation
Wound Care patients have a very long walk from the parking lot and through the building to the office location. There are wheelchairs available, but not all patients come with someone who can push them. There are patients with cardiac or lung diseases who may become short of breath by the time they walk in from the parking lot or from either lobby. Design a solution considering the distance, traffic, and method of transporting patients from the parking lot or from building entrance to a hospital destination.
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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