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Hi guys, it’s Sophia from Group 12 back again. I’m sorry that I haven’t posted anything since week two – week three, and week four were crazy and so I just uploaded a video about group twelve’s project. But in this case I wanted to talk to you guys about how week four went. For me, the time over in Lisbon and so in British Standard Time most of our classes were during tonight time, so unfortunately I had to watch the recordings, which is not as fun as participating in class. Um? Otherwise, we had a lot of group work, some some days we even had three meetings a day. We were all working together in different time zones. Um shout out to Dajan who’s over on the Australian side, but somehow manages to be in all of the European meetings! Um, we had a blast working together. It was truly a lot of fun this week, even though it was exhausting. We focused mainly on prototyping, so coming up with ideas and drawings and trying stuff that wasn’t working out then something else seemed to workout, but then it didn’t. We had a meeting with Michael Delfes from British Lands on Friday that was just amazing. He was able to clarify all our doubts and queries and stuff like that. So, it it was a very full week mostly for prototyping and figuring out really what we wanted to do. For our week assignment, we did a power point presentation, then again shout out to Imogen in from Group 12, who is amazing at presentations. I guess shout out to my group, because my group is truly awesome. I love working with all of you. We have so much fun and really work, which we could have fun and not do anything at all. But no, we work and try stuff and have a blast and joke around. Truly it’s been an amazing experience. So thank you, TEDI-London Summer School for another amazing week. Um yeah bye guys, I hope you enjoy this video.
In this video, Ema reflects on how she’s amazed to be halfway through the summer school already – time flies when you’re having fun! She’s also been learning a lot – especially on how to make decisions as a team. Aligning everyone and ensuring everyone’s opinion and values are accounted for can be difficult – overcoming this is the foundations of a good team.
Hello there, I’m Sophia, I’m Portuguese and I’m a student at theTEDI-London Summer School. Today I’m here to talk to you guys about what group 12 has been up to basically – what is our problem? What are we trying to solve, and how are we planning on doing so. Without getting into a lot of details, our main concern is Accessibility. Mobility and Inclusion. So, we’re trying to get people with dementia out of their homes and trying to come to a solution, or come up with a solution, that will promote socialisation, promote mobility and accessibility to all these different spaces. And most important, we want people to feel safe and feel comfortable and want to come out of their homes. So, our project itself isn’t limited to one space. What we want is to think about the whole community in general and make something that will connect all of these different places. Group 12 is also known as WANA – we are never alone – and we want people with dementia to never feel alone, so I hope you enjoyed.
Hi everyone, it’s me again. So speaking of week three, I guess it was quite a challenging week for my group. As we found that the idea we submitted for proposal last week was quite broad for us to start working on our prototype. And so, as a team, we had a discussion and we decided to focus on those that really add values to our stakeholders. And make sure that everyone in the team is working toward the same direction and goal. Even though there was a slight twist to our project it is also a good start for us as we stepped into the process of prototyping. So stay tuned and see how our project goes. See you in my next vlog.
In the second of her diary entries, Ema talks about how the teams have been introduced to their projects & how they developed their project proposal.
Hi everyone, I’m back here after a week. So we have just submitted our dementia friendly design proposal today. This week was definitely very insightful and fruitful for me, from brainstorming ideas and working on a proposal together with my team, to learning new knowledge such as innovative design, thinking, business model plan, and especially one session which talk about artificial intelligence that is related to our project. And that really interests me. I think AI has opened up such a huge possibility to bring more creative, innovative and bold solutions for the future as there is still a lot of potential yet to be discovered and develop. This week flies – even before I realised that today is already Friday. I guess this is what they mean by if you’re enjoying something you do. You don’t count the days you make the days count. See you in the next vlog!
Definitely enjoying my second week at TEDI-London – so I’m just here to give you a small recap on what we’ve done. We had a few webinars I discovered more about myself, I especially really like the webinar from Howard Duffy. So what he was looking at is actually finding a reason for your problem rather than just creating a solution. So a lot of solutions fail on launch – I think it was 70%. fail on launch – so what Howard Duffy was looking at was making sure that we actually don’t actually fail on launch and look more into the reason why we doing and we actually solve a problem rather than create a solution for something that doesn’t even work. I was also really moved by the testimonial of Kaveed Ali where he was talking about his own mother who was going through dementia, and it just makes me realize that, look, what we’re doing right here is going to impact on a lot of people. And yeah, I love it. I actually also learn a bit about myself be cause I realized that I kind of like working on lectures, or listening to lectures when they recorded because I can always pause it, go back on, see if I if I actually if I lose my train of thought I can always going back on it. So yeah, thank you!
In this diary entry, Ema reflects on meeting her team, and learning how people from across the globe, with varying backgrounds all think differently!
Hi everyone Eunice here. So, we have finished the first week of TEDI-London Summer School. One of the highlights this week was definitely a session where a person with dementia shared about how it was like to live with dementia. The presentation was amazing. And it makes me realise that they definitely deserve to enjoy their life to the fullest.
Same as all of us.
This session also give me some thought about how I, not only as an engineering student, but also myself personally, can do to help and support them. And to create awareness of the people around me about dementia.
Looking forward to the next few weeks of the summer school.
Hello, my name is Ashwin – a 4th year civil engineering student at UNSW and this year I’m doing the TEDI-London summer school program where we have to create dementia friendly environments. So TEDI-London is definitely equipping us with different skills that I didn’t even know we needed to have. For example, working in global teams. Right now I’m working in a team from with people from Portugal, Ireland and also some other people from Australia. So a different approach that we had to undertake to work in this global team is using a 24 hour approach so that people are working constantly on a project. For example, while the Portugal and Ireland team is producing and creating for the project, the Australia team is sleeping so that when the Australia team wakes up they can take over. The work can continue on yes. So TEDI-London is definitely teaching me a lot of skills that I didn’t even know I needed to have and is a good experience so far and I hope to learn more in the coming weeks. Yeah, thank you.
Hi everyone, Sofia from Portugal here. The first week of TEDI-London summer school has come to an end. We only have one social event left to go today and what a week! For those of you who are wondering about the TEDI-London summer school, this week was mostly about getting to know who are teammates are, how to work under pressure with our 24 hour challenges in class challenge. We have one more event scheduled for today which is a social event – Quiz night so we get to meet everyone. So TEDI-London summer school is not just school. We do have movie nights and virtual field trips because of COVID. Hope you guys enjoy! See ya!
Hey everyone, Cristina from Australia.
My first day at TEDI-London start at 3:00pm Sydney time. It was a lovely day, I was sitting in my living room facing out the window with my afternoon coffee, meeting everyone in the introduction and learning about all the different people, where they were from and their fun facts. The first day seemed really relaxed and I was excited to see what the rest of the week would be like. I also cannot wait to meet my group team members….
It has been a very busy and long first week! So far, I am thrilled with the first week as there was so many activities and webinars that were absolutely amazing and very enriching. I am still adapting to the schedule; my body is not used to have evening classes till late – usually my body tends to relax so that has been a challenge, but I have survived the first week. This week also I met my lovely team members and we met a few times in the team's programs and completed the activities. We had a 24 hr Think Radio project which was a fantastic ice breaker for the team, and we got to know each other a little but more. I believe I have a good team as we all have different skills and knowledge to offer in the group, everyone seems enthusiastic and keen for the project to start.
Hey guys, Sofia from Portugal here.
I’m in Group 12 for the TEDI- London summer school and today we just started the 24 hour Think Radio Challenge.
I’m on the London/ Lisbon time zone, so we were the first ones to start working. We’re going to work till 10 PM and then the Australian timezoners are going to start where we left off and tomorrow we’re going to have to pitch an idea and present it to everyone at the summer school.
So very exciting! Very, very tiring at same time because we started classes at 7:00 AM. So it’s been a nonstop day, but we are enjoying ourselves so bye!
Hello everyone, my name is Isabella and I’m from Italy.
As the summer school has just started, I’d like to share some of my expectations.
I expect the summer school to be a lot of fun, to be able to work with people from all over the world will actually be a very precious experience for me, and I’m very excited about working on the actual project plan as it will help a lot of people with dementia.
I hope that when the summer school ends I will be able to get a lot of useful knowledge and to know how to work collaboratively in teams!
Hi everyone, I’m Sofia, I’m from Portugal. I study mechanical engineering and today it was my first day at the TEDI-London Summer School.
So I’m right here where I had my classes this morning which started at 6:00 AM Portugal time.
So, I had my laptop on this table and had a blanket wrapped around my legs and it was really nice drinking coffee in meeting everyone learning about different people and where they’re from, learning a little bit about active listening and basically having a really nice introduction to what I’m sure is going to be a really nice and really exciting summer school.
So without further ado, I hope you like this video and we’ll see each other again.
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