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1 in 4 persons face some form of bowel disease at some point in their life. These can range from food intolerances, to inflammatory diseases and cancer. The treatment of many of these diseases is too invasive, too expensive, or simply does not work well enough to treat the patient. This is why we are making a platform with bacteria that we can use for many bowel diseases. We mainly want to focus IBD and colorectal cancer to start with, because these diseases have 4.9 milion and 1.9 milion cases worldwide. Both of these diseases have expensive, invasive and non-specific treatments that cause many side effects. So there is a need for new, revolutionized therapies.
SimEnergy was created by a group of students from the Honors Academy of the TU/e with the aim of combating energy poverty and making sustainability affordable for all. Over 750,000 households in the Netherlands fit the criteria for energy poverty. The rollout of smart meters have facilitated the reading of consumption. However, are smart meters enough to drive behavioural change and less consumption?
Every year, about 64–74 million people get Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with physical symptoms like headaches, but also cognitive, behavioral, and mental disturbances, like memory loss and sleeping problems. However, it is often difficult to determine how severe the injury is at the moment the injury occurs, while it is essential to know this to decide which treatment to give to the patient. Consequently, a new method is needed to quickly determine the seriousness of the injury, so the required treatment can be rapidly and easily decided.
Imagine one of your loved ones being in a nursing home. Every time you visit them, you take them for a walk in their wheelchair in the hope of satisfying two of their greatest desires at the same time; socializing with you and being outside the nursing home for a while. Sadly, after each visit, you have the feeling that something was missing in the social interaction you had with them and that your conversations remained quite shallow… After some time, you start to see what is causing this. As a consequence of your loved one being in a wheelchair, nonverbal communication is impossible during a walk; since you cannot look each other into the eyes you cannot see, experience, and react to each other’s emotions. Besides that, when you cannot speak towards each other, also verbal communication can be difficult if your loved one isn’t able to speak that clearly/loud anymore or is bad hearing. As a result, we unfortunately see way too often that something that should be a great social activity full of emotional interaction is reduced to the level of a very noisy phone call for those that are in need of heaving this interaction the most. Since there is not yet a solution for this problem on the market, we gave ourselves the mission to develop a system that allows wheelchair users to fully open up all possibilities for social interaction during a walk.
Individuals with visual impairments face challenges in everyday life due to the inability to gauge non-verbal expressions of others, particularly through facial expressions which are universal and convey emotions. Nonverbal communication cues, such as listening, looking, moving, and reacting, play a crucial role in building trust, clarity, and rapport in communication. However, for individuals with visual impairments, the misalignment between verbal and non-verbal cues can generate tension, mistrust, and confusion. This highlights the need for a solution that enables individuals with visual impairments to access and interpret non-verbal cues to enhance their social interactions and overall well-being.
Team IGNITE is a student light design studio with students from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Fontys, Avans, Design Academy Eindhoven and Tilburg University. In our student light design studio, we combine our knowledge on light, design and tech to design and manufacture light artworks with innovative technologies. We use light in our designs, as light significantly affects people’s emotions and to create atmosphere. Light is a multi-faceted design tool which is very effective in experience design. With our artworks, we want to create a safe environment where people can easily connect with each other to create the feeling of social connectedness in society. All projects designed and manufactured by us are in accordance with Team IGNITE identity: • Interactivity: facilitating social interaction between people in a playful way, with the purpose of creating social connectivity. • Impact: start with thinking about the product’s lifecycle at the start of the design phase to minimalize it’s environmental impact. We aim to create light artworks with numerous applications. • Innovation: making use of creative ways to incorporate technology with the purpose of solving social challenges that are relevant to our current and future society.
We are addressing the problem of ineffective learning. Students study too much or too little without any tangible learning benefits. As well as this, studying is normally completed without any specific technique or consistence - for instance, many students re-read a textbook several times or highlight notes as their main study method. At Lens, we know that this is not only an ineffective strategy of study, but may as well be one of the worse out there.
The existing billing infrastructure in retail stores is an overlooked and unsustainable practice. With 90% of paper bills produced ending up in the trash or forgotten, that too within 10 seconds of being printed, it’s outrageous to think about the resources consumed for production of a bill. However, bills are still used on a daily basis - majorly for customer checkout, and marginally as proof for returns and warranty. Moreover, customer purchases are vital data for the stores which is analyzed digitally through POS software, while the bills provided to customers requires a lot of effort from the customer's side to extract valuable insights for themselves.
There is still a large gap between science and society. As we noticed during the pandemic, there is a need for more scientific communication. Society in general has no access to or does not have the time/knowledge to read scientific papers. News cannot always clearly explain complex concepts with news articles, and anyone can write explainer news articles, therefore confusing what sources can be trusted and what cannot. Only large corporations such as Pfizer have the means to hire/make good explanation videos.
Start-ups have a tough time putting everything in place by themselves to get going. At the same time, students are hesitant to commit to demanding internships.