Area 320: Forum 2.0
About Area 320 - Forum 2.0
The Area 320 - Forum 2.0, ISHCMC’s social entrepreneurship platform for Secondary students, was a true celebration of innovation and design. The concept of Area 320 itself, came from the innovations of student-teacher collaboration. Over the past 9 months, students have been working up to this moment to showcase their projects under the guidance of Area 320 Curator Benson Wallace.
Judges of the Forum used several criteria to assess the projects:
- Social Entrepreneurship Factor
- Impact Potential
- Monetization Potential
Shoulder Surfing Stopper
An issue that can affect each and every one of us, shoulder surfing, i.e. the act of obtaining personal or private information through direct observation, is becoming an ever-increasing problem. This project seeks to address this predicament and ensure privacy and security whilst users use their personal device.
Termed the Shoulder Surfing Stopper, the concept aims to creates a means to recognize the main user, and then through either sound, visual or infrared, be able to identify any possible secondary viewers. Once a second viewer is identified, the device is notified to close or switch tabs, ensuring that the private information is kept safe and secure from prying unwanted eyes.
Inspired by a personal experience, this project aims to support motorbike commuters in Vietnam when faced with intense rain and flooded streets. On such occasions, when flood water enters the motorbike’s exhaust pipe, the motorbike often cuts out, leaving riders stranded. With 45 million registered motorbikes in the country, the Motorbike Snorkel hopes to improve a significant amount of people’s lives.
The concept is a specially designed snorkel device, which connects to a motorbike’s exhaust, ensuring the end of the exhaust is then raised above any flood water, thus making sure the motorbike does not break down. With sustainability in mine, the device also minimizes its ecological footprint being built with integrated pieces of bamboo.
Losing items is a problem that we can all relate to. This is especially true for children at school, and this project illustrated this by citing one staggering statistic, according to one survey parents in America spent $26.7 Billion on missing school items. Having done their own research, the project found the problem is also a big issue at ISHCMC, and consequently sought to come up with their own unique solution.
By utilizing a Radio Frequency Identification system, the project devised a means to be able to track student’s items through tags and readers. Not only does the concept seek to help people find their items, it also brings a potential solution to ensure school equipment is kept on site and looks to benefit the environment as less items would be lost.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease which reaps havoc to millions in countries, such as Vietnam, Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka. This project seeks to provide a simple, effective, and environmentally friendly solution to tackle this international problem.
The project looks to spread Wolbachia, a vaccine which can be given to mosquitos which prevents them from transmitting viruses to humans. By using the project’s specially designed lanterns, named ‘Wolbites’, which are fitted with 500 Wolbachia infected eggs, from the full-grown mosquitos that are produced, the vaccine can be carried and spread with other mosquitos in the local area. Over time this would lead to the eradication of dengue fever within rural areas, helping millions of people.