Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Day 23 - Frantic last minute preparations

The participants were quite literally left to their own devices today, with D-lab and the other workshops the hub of all activity. Teams were tasked with having prototypes, posters and two minute presentations ready for the all important showcase at 4pm tomorrow. The idea behind the posters and the presentations is that teams will be able to give some basic background information on the context of the problem they have been working on, the design techniques and processes they have applied and the ultimate innovation they achieved. The final presentations represent for us a chance to celebrate the work participants have put in over the last four weeks but it also should be seen as an opportunity for the teams to gain useful contacts with a view to hopefully bringing their projects to the next stage. I, for one, am excited about the potential of the prototypes I have seen so far!

Here are some shots of the participants at work today:

Kurt Kornbluth explains an idea to Gustavo Fujiwara

Shaibu Laizer makes some final parts for the pico hydro prototype

Jagdish and Alvaro get to grips with a part of their Ropeway transport system

Lamine Diakite takes some time out during a busy day!

Some (almost ready) stabilized soil blocks

Bernard, from the Charcoal crushing team, helps Madeleine with a key part for her teams Incubator prototype

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