Stunning Engineering ideas win 8 awards

The participants with their coaches and judges at the event

By just walking around along Orchard Road, you could be helping to generate electricity and save the environment! Devices placed on the ground tap the kinetic energy from your footsteps and convert it to electricity which can be stored in batteries or used to power nearby appliances.

Or how about a tiny chip which can be carried in your wallet and used to test the quality of drinking water, especially in rural areas which lack clean water supply?

Or perhaps a “trash-eater” which can suck up floating debris in rivers and channel it into a dumpster?

These were some of the stunning ideas which Engineering students from TP devised, designed and prototyped at the inaugural Design Odyssey 2.0 workshop cum competition held on 18 May 2018.

Organised by SUTD in partnership with the JP Morgan Foundation, Design Odyssey aims to provide students a seamless transition to professional practice by developing a human-centric focus rooted in design, innovation and social awareness. The event comprises a series of workshops at which participants learnt entrepreneurial skills such as prototype design & development, setting up of company website, product pitching and product marketing, which took them from the drawing board to market over a span of 2 months. Shortlisted teams were then given the opportunity to do their final pitching to industry experts from JP Morgan, Carousell, Voyage Research Pte Ltd, and the Republic of Singapore Navy. The event saw more than 70 students from about 30 teams taking part.

Five teams from TP’s School of Engineering, comprising 16 students, were shortlisted for the final pitching, and subsequently won the Best Pitching Award, Best Prototype Award, and Best User Research Award. Each of the 5 TP teams also earned the Best Team award, bringing TP’s total haul to 8 awards at the event.

But more than just winning the awards, the event was an intensely enriching experience for the Engineering students, who were from the Diploma in Clean Energy, Diploma in Mechatronics, and Diploma in Biomedical Engineering.

The TP teams which won the Best Prototype, Best User Research and Best Pitching awards