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Week 5 and 6 Wrap-up

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In what felt like no time at all, the final two weeks of AGILITY’s first course came rushing up with deadlines and final projects. In week 5, students collaborated in their groups to create a prototype and presentation to be showcased in the last class. The four teams presented their final ideas to their peers, instructors, as well as community members, sharing the reasoning behind their projects and intended impact. Some even included business plans and additional marketing materials in order to further demonstrate their project’s feasibility. The ideas students developed included: • BookFarm by Sterling Clavelle, Jessie Neudorf, and Lisa-Marie Swanepoel • Fresh to You! YQL by Erin Gerrard-Evjen, Karen Ogilvie, and Michelle Boivin-Carriere • Reduce Food Wastage by Lindsey Nakamura, Shamria S. Latif, and Walt Barton • Restaurant Experience by Mikayla Kamiski, Doran Johnson, and Krysten Lumsden The idea behind BookFarm was to make it more feasible for…

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Themes in Innovation 2016 – Week 4 Wrap-up

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Ethics, a tricky but essential conversation to have when developing new ideas, was the main topic of week 4 in Themes in Innovation 2016. Dr. John Usher led students through a discussion on various aspects of ethics, including the implications of technology, philosophical underpinnings, and finding solutions to ethical problems. In relation to food, the class delved deeper on ethical implications related to food giants, pseudo foods, and supermarket strategies that influence shopper purchasing behaviour.  John also highlighted differences between ethical dilemmas, choices between right vs. wrong and right vs. right, the doctrine of double effect, and Type 1 and Type 2 problems. In the latter half of the week, students pitched their final project ideas to a panel of judges (as well as the rest of the class) that identified a potential food related issue requiring innovative problem solving. From there, students then chose the top three projects that they would dedicate…

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Themes in Innovation 2016 – Week 3 Wrap-up

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Students delved deeper into design principals in Week Three with Associate Professor Leanne Elias. As one of the faculty involved with the Fine Arts Data Physicalization Lab, Leanne charged students with a hands on activity to engage their critical making skills by coming up with solutions on how to bridge the gap between creative ideas and physical representations. The activity? Take four black boxes and arrange them in different ways to convey the meaning of a word. Data physicalization aims to help people explore, understand, and communicate data using computer-supported physical data representations. In the Fine Arts Data Physicalization Lab, U of L students and a variety of scientists work together to explore the intersection of art, new media, and scientific data. AGILITY students were able to sample the process that Data Physicalization students follow in order to gain an understanding that seemingly impossible constraints, once worked on, are actually not as limiting as initially thought….

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Themes in Innovation 2016 – Week 2 Wrap-up

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Dr. Bruce MacKay really kicked off the theme of this year’s class by giving a guest lecture titled “The Implications of Food”. During his discussion, Bruce talked about genetically engineered salmon, FDA regulations over modified animals, and the implications to the future of our food. One such case that was used was AquaBounty Technologies, the first company in the world to gain FDA approval in order to sell genetically modified food animals.  Bruce also brought up the real cost of pork production. Everything from the effects of hog manure in tailing ponds, the impact on a community from emphasized racial and poverty inequalities, and global export operations were examined by using case studies of large, tightly-controlled indoor hog operations. The main example came from Duplin County, the top hog producing county in the United States with 530 operations and the capacity to farm over 2 million pigs. The case highlighted just how impactful a…

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Themes in Innovation 2016 – Week 1 Wrap-up

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What a great first week of classes! We kicked off our course with a design thinking workshop modelled after the Stanford Design School design thinking virtual crash course followed by a prototyping facilities tour and ‘The Thing from the Future Game” in the second class. On the first day, students were presented with the challenge of redesigning the gift giving process, going through the entire design cycle in 90 minutes. Working with a partner, students learned to gain empathy through interviewing their partner, identifying their needs, and then created a custom solution. What made the class especially interesting was the diverse mix of majors. Almost every faculty was represented with students ranging from Fine Arts, Computer Science, Management, Biology, Language Studies and more. While the workshop was challenging for everyone that participated, the solutions created really demonstrated the ingenuity that comes from going through the 5 stages in the design process….

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