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UID alumni make splash at Core 77 Awards

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With three vastly different projects, ranging from health care to epidemic outbreaks to educational toys, UID alumni managed to steal the spotlight at this year's Core 77 Awards. 

The international design competition Core77 Design Awards, has recognized the principles of inclusivity, innovation, and excellence since 2011. Professionals and students from all over the globe are rewarded in 14 different categories. For the fifth time the 'Commercial Equipment' category was won by an Advanced Product Design student from Umeå Institute of Design, Lina Trulsson. Students at UID received a total of 15 awards, including three category winners.
2017 Core77 1 Winners

Lina Trulsson (Sweden) won the 'Commercial Equipment' category with her concept Adoxy, which she developed during her degree project  ECMO - Last chance treatment. ECMO stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, which means that it is an artificial lung outside of the body providing the patient with oxygen.The Adoxy is a concept for a compact ECMO system that reduces cables as well as automating and streamlining the product. With Adoxy, the oxygenator's placement has been made more accessible and protected for both safety and usability. The most vital part of the unit can be released from the cart used at the hospital and mounted on a smaller transportation cart used during medical transports in ambulances, airplanes or helicopters. Adoxy reduces the risk of human error by easier handling and fewer steps in the process, thereby assisting the staff during an already complex and stressful workday.

 

2017 Core77 2 WinnersIlteris Ilbasan (Turkey) went on a landslide whith his project  Ubuntu in the Core77 Design Awards. Not only did it win the 'Built Environment' category, but was also acknowledged with notable awards in three additional categories ('Commercial Equipment', 'Design for Social Impact' and 'Open Design'). Ilteris developed Ubuntu during his degree project as a direct reaction to the insufficient capacity of hospital beds during the ebola outbreak 2014-2016 in West Africa. Ubuntu   proposes a new type of low-cost yet dignified hospital bed that offers quick on-site assembling using locally produced materials, like bamboo, zip ties and disposable sheets of Tyvek®. The Tyvek® functions as mattress and a barrier between the beds and the sheets are delivered in a large roll with all instructions printed on it.

 

2017 Core77 3 WinnersTais Mauk (USA) won the 'Open Design' category with her degree project Code Roads. The concept is a modular children's toy that helps kids learn the fundamentals of coding logic. By making these abstract concepts tangible, kids gain a concrete roadmap of how code behaves. The toy is essentially a hacking toolkit with emphasis on automation, and so pushes children towards finding applications in their own life. Whereas in traditional coding education there is typically a big step between learning concepts and being able to create something useful or rewarding. As a remedy, Code Roads encourages immediate implementations in a playful way.

 2017 Core77 4 Runnerup Notable

Three Runner Up (R) awards were acknowledged in the two following categories: 

Interaction:    TreeSense: Embodied Storytelling by Yedan Qian (IxD) and Xin Liu (MIT Media Lab).  ORI, Design For Death by Justyna Fryczak, Mehek Sharma, Zhi Wang (IxD) and Melissa Mahmutovic, Lu Zheng (APD).

Commercial Equipment:    CORE - The future Arborist by Jens Rehammar and Joe Richardson (APD).

Nine Notable (N) awards were acknowledged in the five following categories: 

Interaction:   SNASK by Frida Stenlund, Klio Rapakoulia (IxD) and Sebastian Miura (APD).  Superbleeper: play, music & math by Mariano Velamazán (IxD). GOOD FOOD - Empowering Food Decisions by Thuy Nguyen (IxD).  Mr Speaker - An Intelligent Voice Interface for the Future of News by Emily Keller (IxD).

Commercial Equipment:    AERO by Susanne Duswald and Janis Beinerts (APD).   Ubuntu by Ilteris Ilbasan (APD).

Open Design:    Ubuntu by Ilteris Ilbasan (APD).

Design for Social Impact:    Ubuntu by Ilteris Ilbasan (APD).

Service Design:   SNASK by Frida Stenlund, Klio Rapakoulia (IxD) and Sebastian Miura (APD).