Workshop on sustainable entrepreneurship

Participated in two-day a workshop offered by the Graduate School of TU Delft, and took place at the Yes!Delft incubator. Topics included business model generation, business canvas, team-building challenges, lean startup, success/failure stories, etc. Participants (all doctoral students at the TU Delft) were divided into teams of 4, and each team had to pick one of the research topics of the group members to try and turn it into a business idea.

Our team picked a topic that was quite far from what I do: building vegetation (the vertical type that can be attached to the outside of a house or a building), that saves energy, prolongs the life of the building, provides better isolation (and thus reduces energy costs) and cleans the air from certain harmful material.

It was quite interesting that, despite the fact the remaining team members had no experience on the topic, we were able to contribute quite well to the business model/canvas, gaining traction, and ideas for generating profit. See photos below! (Full of post-its).

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ICT Open 2015

Presented both a poster and a demo at ICT Open 2015! This is my second participation in ICT Open after the 2012 edition, and this time it was held in De Flint theater, Amersfoort, over the course of two days. There was around 50 or more demos in the hallway, and plenty of interesting talks/events, however I had to stay by my demo (and poster) almost the whole time. Overall, there was plenty of interest especially in my app, and plenty of research/industry contacts made. It was also great to see my supervisor at TU Delft awarded the Dutch prize for ICT in 2014, though unfortunately she couldn’t come to accept it in person. See below the poster, and more photos from the event here.

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Design Jam 2014

I had so much fun participating in the 2013 edition of the Design Jam Amsterdam, that I have been in contact with the organizers and was added to the organizing team for 2014! This time the event will be hosted by the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA), and will have many more sponsors. Looking forward for finding out what the design challenge will be this time, and how I could participate in making this series of events much more interesting.

Fully implemented app interface

Finally we have the app’s XML code for the interface implemented. Along with our programmer we both took part in implementing this interface. With android it can be quite tricky to create menus that update their contents interdependently, such as the Afspraken (agreements) menu, see photos. Must use runOnUiThread, which can be quite complex. Luckily StackOverflow is abundant with examples on that, like this one for example.

However, it is a still a very satisfying experience to have such a complex menu finally work flawlessly, while knowing that I’m being able to implement what is required in case we needed to change anything.

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Design Jam 2013

Participated in Design Jam Amsterdam. Was a really cool event! The theme was healthcare, and it lasted 2 days. on Friday evening teams were formed (seven of them), and discussed the next day’s events for a short while. All day Saturday the teams worked on creating a prototype of a product that would in one way or another, contribute to the domain of healthcare. Our team’s contribution was a family-oriented sports competition platform, that would encourage participation in sports events through utilizing gamification. It even had its own cool name, Zoef! See photos.

One of the coolest thing was the presentation style. Not one team used good o’l power point. Some used a paper roll, some (like us) acted the presentation out, etc. Way more attention grabbing than a bunch of slides!

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