Home — Summer school 2020: Dementia Friendly Communities
Here, our students introduce themselves and what motivated them to study at TEDI-London.
“I am an undergraduate student of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Makerere University, Uganda. Besides being a good opportunity to efficiently utilise the free time availed by the COVID-19 pandemic, I saw the TEDI-London Summer school as a wonderful prospect, through which I could be a part of a new front of all-inclusive engineering design where we consider the needs of people living with dementia. I am excited to learn more about dementia while also making new friends and creating networks. I also intend to acquire new digital skills.”
“Heya! My names Kieran, I'm studying a Masters of Architecture specialising in Social Agency, and a Diploma of Korean Language at UNSW. I believe in the power of the Built Environment to bring people together. I love order, details, and compositions, but the ambition of contributing towards a more equitable world through Architecture is what really drives me. In my mind, Social Agency is the key to celebrating our lives as one, and the answer to a lot of the problems that I don't want the future citizens of our world to grow up with I'm really grateful for the chance to take part in the TEDI Summer school, as I will start my own Social Enterprise in the next few years. The mentoring sessions and frameworks are really giving me the insight into what strengths and weaknesses I have that will affect my future plans, and giving me a chance to improve on them.”
“Hi all, my name is Bailey. I am a fourth-year Software Engineering student currently studying at The University of New South Wales. I joined the TEDI-London team after reading the mission and project brief fore the summer school. One of my motivations for becoming an engineer, from a very early age, was to be able to help people and bring about positive change in the community. Being able to work within a strong team to develop innovative ways of tacking dementia seemed like a perfect opportunity for me, both to bring about positive change to the lives of others while also developing myself as an engineer. The fact that I could do all this, while working in a multidisciplinary team and meeting great people from all across the world, made the TEDI-London summer school something I didn't want to miss out on. We have a strong, energetic team, and I can't wait to develop our ideas into a tangible and helpful solution.”
“Hi! My name is Zarah, I have an undergraduate degree in Interior Architecture (Honours) from UNSW and I am currently studying my Master of Architecture degree at The University of Sydney, Australia. As an emerging architect and designer, I am committed to creating environments that are human-centric and user focused. In doing so, I believe that the built environment has the ability to impact the wellbeing of people and communities and I am passionate about harnessing my skills to do just that. In creating human-centric designs, I believe that it is integral to consider the needs of all demographics. Too often are the requirements of vulnerable people forgotten or discarded. TEDI-London has offered me the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day trials that people with dementia face and I have been challenged to use my skills and expertise to collaboratively enhance the wellbeing of this vulnerable population.”
“Hi everyone, my name is Hideo and I'm originally from Japan! I am studying Civil Engineering with Architecture at UNSW Sydney. I love playing football and enjoy spending my time outdoors. I joined TEDI-London to work with students from across the world from different disciplines to design for people with dementia. I believe this is crucial as a lot of countries have ageing populations, especially Japan and Australia. I am committed to learning more about dementia and improving my professional skills as I work with my team on the projects in the following weeks!”
“Hi, I'm Ema! I'm from Sydney, Australia and am currently finishing a Bachelor of Medical Science before starting Medicine next year at UNSW Sydney. What drew me to join TEDI-London's Summer School is the fact that dementia is a growing health issue which will only continue to become more prevalent as time passes due to the nature of the ageing population. As a future doctor, being able to help find novel ways to improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia, their carers or healthcare workers is an incredible opportunity. Furthermore, the unique opportunity to practice transferable professional skills in a multidisciplinary setting sealed the deal for me.
“I've already had a great time meeting my AI & Big Data team and started practicing some of the skills I wanted to improve on. I cannot wait to get started on our dementia solution project over the next 5 weeks!”
“Hi everyone!! My name is Cristina Reho, I am currently studying my final year of Architectural studies and also completed Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at an age care facility for 10 years during my studies. I became part of the community and observed the lifestyle activities and how those living with dementia interacted. I joined the TEDI-London summer school as the project on user centre design for Dementia friendly environment was exactly what I was interested in experiencing and being able to put my knowledge and designing skills in place. My ambition is to make a tangible difference and being able to experience a project-based learning, while studying with other students from different interdisciplinary globally would be an amazing opportunity to experience and to collaborate on developing new future design ideas.”
“Hi I’m Ashwin and I am fourth year civil engineering student from UNSW Australia. I love playing basketball in my free time and dancing to music. I came to TEDI-London to make a lasting impact on a problem that is growing in prevalence due to Australia’s ageing population.”
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“Hi, my name is Eunice and I am from Malaysia. I study Biomedical Engineering at Dublin City University. What motivated me to join the summer school is the project-based learning aims at creating a dementia friendly environment which fulfils my passion, (to help people by improving the quality of life through medical technology), as a biomedical engineering graduate and a desire to learn. The summer school provides me a platform to work with multidisciplinary students and mentors from different countries. For me, communication is an art, and as a student from engineering background, I am keen to excel this art from the summer school.”
“Hi, my name is Dorcas. I am a former mechanical and manufacturing engineering student currently in my second year of Industrial Design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I enjoy tackling complex problems as well as creating innovative and human-centred solutions to make a positive change in the world.
“I have participated in hackathons, design challenges and entrepreneurial incubator programs alike, but TEDI-London is the first global collaboration experience I have the opportunity to be a part of, (and working together over an online platform across different time zones is an entirely new experience for me!). I am excited about joining a team of students from all over the globe and across disciplines with a shared goal of creating social change and improving the lives of people living with dementia.”
“Hi everyone, my name is Sofia and I'm Portuguese. I study mechanical engineering at NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT-NOVA) and I'm currently working on my master's thesis. During the past 12 months I've grown curious to the ways one can use engineering in projects that impact society. From working on water losses and assembling face shields at university due to Covid-19, when TEDI-London Summer School was brought up, I didn't think twice before applying.
“I'm sure this project-based learning experience will open my mind to the ways an engineer can make a difference in our world and hopefully I'll be able to leave a positive contribution here as well.”
“My name is Nicole, and I study International Management at King's College London. I want to be able to create a beautiful world. While you will most definitely find me on a stage singing, acting or dancing, I also believe that if we all made small changes the world would get better faster. That thought is one of my main motivations for joining TEDI -London and after the first two days I know this will impact my outlook on the future for the better.”
“Hi everyone! My name is Isabella and I'm from Italy. I'm studying Business Management at King's College London. I joined the TEDI-London summer school as I was attracted by the project-based learning which sounded very interesting and useful. Furthermore, this project is based on designing a dementia friendly space for those in need, which makes it very meaningful. I am thrilled to work with students from all over the world, and conﬁdent that we will make the most of this time to turn it into a precious and fun experience. As we will have people studying diﬀerent programs, I believe we will be able to unify our expertise and deliver a creative product.”
“Hi, my name is Zemzem Sonmez. I am originally from Bristol, England and am currently studying an integrated Masters in Chemistry at the University of Southampton. As someone who has worked very closely with dementia patients, through working as a healthcare assistant in hospital for four years, I was immediately attracted to joining the dementia friendly environment based project at TEDI-London Summer School. It is with both a personal and academic level interest, that I am keen on developing skills in design and using scientific principles to create and innovate outside of my degree. This is especially pertinent for such a relevant global health issue, of which I've seen first-hand the effects on patients, their family and their friends.”
“Hi, my name is Miranda. I’m originally from China, but I am studying Chemical product engineering and pharmacology in Australia. Dementia-friendly community design is very appealing to me as the accessible healthcare delivery and medical assistance are always my areas of interest. In addition, I believe that the responsibility of an engineer should be applying scientific and engineering knowledge to create innovative solutions that benefit those in need. TEDI-Summer is a great opportunity for me to demonstrate not just technical skills but also to become an eligible engineer.”
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