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NTU EEE Students won 2nd runner-up in the SCDF Lifesavers’ Innovation Challenge 2018

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Recently, NTU EEE students participated in the SCDF LifeSaver's Innovation Challenge. The SCDF Lifesavers’ Innovation Challenge 2018 and won 2nd runner-up (3rd place). The competition provided an opportunity for undergraduates to propose and develop solutions to address existing challenges faced by the SCDF. In view of a highly dynamic operating environment, resource constraints and a complex urban landscape, the SCDF continuously leverages technology and innovation to enhance its operational capabilities. The inaugural competition this year invites undergraduates to apply their knowledge, research and analytical skills as well as their creativity to propose a solution around the theme of this year’s challenge: Overcoming SCDF’s resource constraints. 3 NTU EEE (IEM)students participated in the SCDF LifeSaver's Innovation Challenge. Hao Anran(Y4), Huang Xinwei(Y3) and Luo Jingying(Y2)​

The challenge was brought to the attention by their lecturer Dr Wesley. Immediately, the students were excited to participate. They settle on the concept of crowdsourcing AED with Gamification. The team identified the following challenges — (I) limited awareness and participation of the public in myResponder App and CPR-AED skills; and (ii) upkeep of national AED database. The concept was crowdsourcing infused with gamification features present an effective method to engage, retain and activate public participation in activities related to lifesaving. The solutionwas to designe a modular crowdsourcing platform which can be seamlessly integrated into existing platforms such as the myResponder app. This gamified design and interactive learning tools spread knowledge of CPR-AED skills and other ways Community First Responders (CFRs) can contribute to the Lifesaving Force.

The gamification features enhance engagement of the public through the myResponder app, realising the potential of crowdsourcing community participation for critical time-sensitive functions (e.g. applying CPR-AED), or laborious tasks (e.g. maintaining the national AED database). This provides a more comfortable initial level of participation for members of public who wish to help, but may not yet be confident in delivering CPR-AED. The gamification features prime the community to be ready to respond to calls for action when the need arises. As the movement towards a Nation of Lifesavers gathers momentum through its success stories and the community's realisation of its importance, this solution may serve as an accelerator towards fulfilling this vision

The students also had high praise for the other teams. The winner (1st place) and runner-up (2nd place) were the team from NTU REP program and the team from SUTD respectively. The former developed a web-based system with IoT devices for the communication flow during emergency medical incidents, and the later proposed a smart equipment used in fire fighting. The team from SUTD 3D printed their prototype and demonstrated it to the judges at the grand final. It seemed to be an innovative product which performance and cost-effectiveness could be the-state-of-art devices.

The students learnt something very crucial in this competition. In order to solve a real problem, it is necessary to conduct background research well. In terms of the competition process, besides a good proposal, team collaboration and good presentation skills are also very important. They also learned about SCDF and their efforts towards community involvement and innovation.

What was your team’s idea/plan/concept and provide short description about the idea/plan/concept?
Crowdsourcing AED with Gamification

The Problem
Our team identified the following challenges — (I) limited awareness and participation of the public in myResponder App and CPR-AED skills; and (ii) upkeep of national AED database.

Our Concept
Crowdsourcing infused with gamification features present an effective method to engage, retain and activate public participation in activities related to lifesaving.

Our Solution
We designed a modular crowdsourcing platform which can be seamlessly integrated into existing platforms such as the myResponder app. This gamified design and interactive learning tools spread knowledge of CPR-AED skills and other ways Community First Responders (CFRs) can contribute to the Lifesaving Force.

Impact Beyond Emergency Response
The gamification features enhance engagement of the public through the myResponder app, realising the potential of crowdsourcing community participation for critical time-sensitive functions (e.g. applying CPR-AED), or laborious tasks (e.g. maintaining the national AED database).

This provides a more comfortable initial level of participation for members of public who wish to help, but may not yet be confident in delivering CPR-AED. The gamification features prime the community to be ready to respond to calls for action when the need arises.

As the movement towards a Nation of Lifesavers gathers momentum through its success stories and the community's realisation of its importance, this solution may serve as an accelerator towards fulfilling this vision

Which other contestants’ concept were you impressed by? Who were the winning teams(1st and 2nd place) and what was their concept? (one liner is sufficient to descript the winning team concept)
The team from SUTD 3D printed their prototype and demonstrated it to the judges at the grand final. It seemed to be an innovative product which performance and cost-effectiveness could be the-state-of-art devices.

The winner (1st place) and runner-up (2nd place) were the team from NTU REP program and the team from SUTD respectively. The former developed a web-based system with IoT devices for the communication flow during emergency medical incidents, and the later proposed a smart equipment used in fire fighting.

What did you learn from this experience?
In order to solve a real problem, it is necessary to conduct background research well. In terms of the competition process, besides a good proposal, team collaboration and good presentation skills are also very important. We also learned about SCDF and their efforts towards community involvement and innovation.

What guidance did you get from faculty, if any?
We got a lot of useful advice from Dr Wesley during the preparation. We have also received support from Prof Lee Chei Sian about the background research and the design part of the proposal.

  




 

Published on 23 Jan 2019​​

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