Week #10

This week, the last of the project, we worked on the final pitch and also the prototype, improving some important aspects to show at the final deliverable. Also, all the professors of the universities involved in LaPassion project came to see our results and to understand the process to gather the solutions.

On monday, we met the professors to explain the process and what each team was developing. The professors were very interested on the process, because the next editions of the project will be in others universities from others countries.

On tuesday, we did tests with chileans to know what they think about our solution, if the device would be useful for them and suggestions to improve the design or the functions.

On wednesday, we did the final adjustments not only on the prototype but also on the presentation to present on thursday.

On thursday, we presented in 3 minutes our solution and how we came up with this solution. Also, we explained why we developed this solution, why the people would use our device and which benefits our stakeholders would have. Them, we received feedback from our counterpart, and he said that despite the time was short, he can develop more our opportunity and use some aspects of our solution to apply in his company.

Week #9

This week we had the last classes with the teacher Constanza and her students. They showed us their prototypes and the process to find their solution. After that, we went to work on our project and prepare ourselves to the presentation on thursday. On tuesday, we had the last breakfast and the teacher Andrea explained what they expected from us to the final deliverable.

About our challenge, we had advances on the prototype, the technologies we are working on and how it will look. This part of the project has been the most difficult because we have to take important decisions based in all of the data we gathered from our research. Also, according with this data, our solution should be viable, with low cost and with low level of technology because our main goal is to include the elders in the design and execution of prevention programs. That’s why we choosed a device that will be useful not only before an environmental phenomena happens but also during the event. The next step is to figure it out the most appropriate technology and appearance to our device.

Week #8

This week we did a interactive brainstorming of ideas for solution. First of all, each team had 5 minutes to create a question related to our solution and 5 minutes more to think in ideas for solution. After that, each team had to help the others team with ideas for solution. Then, we discussed about each question of each team and what was the most difficult to answer and the most easy. After that, we choosed the 3 most important ideas for our solution and we present for the professor and the others teams.

Then, with the feedback of the others teams, the professors and also the data of our research, we decided to focus on a device that could be usefull not only before the environmental phenomena but also during. The idea is to construct a prototype with low level of technology but at the same time very useful not only to the aging populations but also everyone who needs to prevent a disaster.

Now, we are working on the prototype, making research about the materials, how it will look, how it will work, why the people will use this device and also why the companies would produce and sell this device. Then, we will do the presentation on thursday and receive the feedback of the professors to be prepared for the Demoday, on july 7th.

Week #7

This week we watched the presentations of Students of Constanza about their reverse engineering. This process is about the deconstruction of some object that should be related with their project and they have to show what did they learn with that process.

On tuesday, we had class about mockups with Andrea. She showed us a storytelling of Dropbox, that is an example of a mockup. Storytelling refers to tell a history of how can be the experience of the users with a certain product. In that way, we could use this tool to show our product very graphic and easy to understand. Then, on wednesday, we had a demonstration of how will be our Final Deliverable, on july 7th, where the students of Constanza did the presentation about their mockups and tests.


On thursday, we did the presentation showing our mockups and how we are going to test them. In this stage of the project, the feedback from our professors is very important because after that we just have the last deliverable. So, after the presentation, the professors gave us some advices to make some changes to improve our mockups.

It was a very difficult week but the professors liked our mockup. The next step is to work on that mockup to make our prototype, choosing the materials and prepare ourselves to the Final Deliverable.

Week #6

This week we learned about mockups, that is like a template to test made of wood, or other material, that has to be simple to experiment and cheap. This way we can see the strengths and weakness of our ideas for solutions for a certain problem in a project. But, before to do a mockup test, it is important to make a script to explain or simulate the reality. When the mockup is not concrete, it is necessary make a storyboard to show how this mockup works.

After that, we had a coaching session with our teacher about our project and it was very useful for us because she gave us a direction to search and organize our information.

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Figure 01 – Reverse engineering class

On Wednesday we learned about reverse engineering (see figure 01), that is the process to deconstruct objects and learn with this deconstruction, learn about how the pieces are related and what is the importance of each piece to the object works. Furthermore, we had to relate this deconstruction with our project. So we organized all the information that we gathered in research and from the interviews to make a document with the function of the pieces and how this was related with our project. The figure 02 is about one of the objects that we choose to deconstruct: a cellphone.

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Figure 02 – Deconstruction of a cellphone

On thursday, we did the presentations. Each team had to make the presentation in three minutes. This time was to explain all the process that we did and the informations that we gathered in the process until now. After that we received feedback from our counterpart and he instigated us to continue the process and to think in concrete solutions.

Week #5

This week, we did a new protocol to observations and interviews, but now especifically in Providencia, a comuna from Chile, because according with Aging Populations Department, this comuna has the most aging population. Then, we organized all the informations using code and showing through personas, that is a great tool to select the behaviours and needs of our target audience.

During this analysis, we could see the opportunities and think in possible solutions. Until now, we know that the elders want to be involved in prevention programs but they don’t know about it. Also they have a lot of knowledge and experience to share but this are not used in this prevention programs. So we did a brainstorming to find possible solutions (see figure 01).

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Figure 01

Then, we did the presentation, showing the main information that we have and the process that we did to gather all the data.

Now, we have to think about our opportunity and our solutions, how to solve the problem? How to include the elders in a way to give benefits not only for the others but also for them?

Week #4

This week, we went through moments of alignment in group and the teachers showed us some extremely important tools for group project development.

One of them is the sketching. Our teacher, Constanza, told us about this tool and which materials we could use to make the draw and be more graphic. This is not about be a professional designer or make a good drawing. It’s about to use this tool to be more clear and concise.

Another tool is the feedback. It’s important for us as a team to give feedback to ourselves. Andrea and Laura showed us how to do and we had great results.

On thursday, we had a feedback from the teacher Andrea, that was really good for us to understand what they expect of us for the second GrandDeliverable. Then we made a protocol of interviews to know more about the organizations involved with the community and how they act before, during and after the disasters. On friday, me and others members of the team (see figure 1) did interviews and observations with some people here in Santiago.

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Figure 1 – The team going to the field

I expect our team to exceed expectations and get good results next week. The theme is very complex, but quite interesting to work with.

Week #3

This week, we did the protocol to make the interviews and observations. This protocol describe how to approach the people, which questions should we ask and which should we observe. Then, we went to the field and I did some interviews with elders. During this activities i could understand the reality of this people and their experience and knowledge about disasters. It’s amazing how calm they talk about it and their willingness to participate of prevention programs. You can see the record of one of the interviews we did (See figure 1).

Figure 1 – Interviewing elders

With the information from interviews, we choose codes to organize the common characteristics to see the opportunities of solutions to the problems. Then, we presented all the informations on thursday, April 19th, to the teachers Andrea and Catalina.

Week #2

This week, I searched about the concept of resilience and the natural disasters that are common in Chile. Consequently, it was possible to apply the concept of resilience in the context of these disasters in order to understand the process of restructuring after these natural phenomena and how it prepares itself previously for the effects of these events.

In addition, I searched about the regions that suffer more with these events. I found the following regions more vulnerable: Antofagasta, Coquimbo and Tarapacá. Then we elaborate the interview protocol, based on data collected, to search for answers about the events, to understand how the city was restructured and which prevention programs existing.

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Figure 1: Presentation of bibliography revision

In our presentation of bibliography revision (see figure 1), the teacher Andrea suggested us to do the interviews, observations of natural factors, infrastructure, habits and behaviours personal in Valparaíso’s comuna, for being a region more vulnerable.

With the data analysis, we wish find solutions to apply in different regions from Chile. These solutions can suffer small adaptations according characteristics of each region.

I am excited about our trip to Valparaiso and nursing homes in Santiago, next week. I hope our interviews and observations be useful to understand our target audience and incorporate the elders in the context of prevention programs for the effects of natural disasters.

Week #1

All the participants from Lapassion Project were organized in teams, which include students from different areas. Our team have students from Information Systems, Business, Engineering, Design, Mechatronics and Electrical Technician.

This week we had classes and some students from PUC and DUOC organized in groups presented about different subjects. I could realize the dynamics of presentation and how demanding teachers are. In addition, we had lessons on how the apply systematic problem-solving models and decision-making tools to case studies in the process of developing a project. Other important tools to develop and manage ideas are the brainstorming, brainwriting and mindmapping.

I hope those weeks here in the lapassion project are productive and that the project is successful in its results.