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Design4Impact

Empowering Citizens as Agents of Change:

Design for Solutions in a Post COVID-19 World

 

A New Normal

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world hard. In Singapore, beyond immediate impact on health, the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to leave longer-term impact on our community. Reduced economic activity has contributed to a number of residents without jobs, heightening financial insecurity and mental stress. Circuit Breaker and safe distancing measures have been associated with increased isolation, a reduction in social interaction and access to healthcare, built-up tensions at home, with reported increase of domestic violence.


A post COVID-19 world will be very different from the world we hope we can return to.

We need your help.
 

Thank you for your overwhelming enthusiasm and interest! Registrations have now closed.

Confirmed participants will be notified via email by 18 June. The first session will take place on 23 June.

Design4Impact

Building a Community of Carers around health and social care.

Design4Impact is a health, social and design initiative that brings together social minded groups and individuals to co-create solutions to some of the biggest challenges amplified by COVID-19. Design4Impact aims to build user centred research and design thinking capabilities amongst the participants, who will be given the skills, resources, training, support and networks to innovate and develop sustainable, community-driven solutions to these problems.

Design4Impact is brought to you by: 

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Design4Impact is the first design initiative to traverse the health and social care sectors, allowing stakeholders to work together to discover and address important factors that contribute towards improving health outcomes holistically. Taking a whole-of-community approach to designing care models is important because social, behavioural and environmental factors play a big role in our health and well-being. 

Jurong Edition

The inaugural edition of Design4Impact is based on the long-term effects of COVID-19 in the communities of Jurong, MOHT’s pilot site for understanding, and piloting interventions for health and wellness. 

These efforts will see community providers, grassroots organisations, Social Service Agencies, patients, caregivers, volunteers, community residents, public service officers coming together to co-design real, implementable solutions to enable Singaporeans to thrive during and beyond COVID-19.
 

What solutions are required for a post COVID-19 world?

Physical distancing has, and will continue to impact our general wellbeing in the way we work, exercise, eat and interact. COVID-19 has also highlighted longstanding gaps in our social fabric which exacerbates wellbeing, such as, increased social isolation, reported increase of domestic violence and job insecurity.

 

For a start, the team will choose to solution around one of the three key issues faced by the community, namely: social isolation, facilitating physical and mental health, and continued access to health and social care during and after COVID-19.

*mouse over to see problem statements in full!*

Challenge
#1
Physical Isolation in a post COVID-19 world
#2
Facilitating physical and mental health despite physical distancing in a post COVID-19 world
Challenge
#3
Continued Access to Health and Social Care in a post COVID-19 world
Challenge
 

Join us for a comprehensive, immersive learning experience - entirely virtually! 

Workshop consists of four phases

Understand & Immerse

  • Scoping initial challenge and convening champions

  • How to design with empathy, understanding the challenge though our patients/clients/ residents lenses

Synthesize & Define

  • Scoping and defining our design challenge based on impact and what really matters

  • Analyzing our research findings to identify trends, opportunities and insights

Ideate & Prototype

  • Creating new solutions based on our users' deep needs, context and research insights

  • Building a viable solution, poised to scale, and how to communicate your ideas to stakeholders

Test & Iterate

  • Testing your solutions with our users

  • Rapid prototyping, improving though iterations

4. Test & Iterate

7th July

  • Teams to test low-fidelity prototype and iterate with User Testing.

2. Synthesize &
Define
  • Teams regroup after insights gathering, and will be guided to define the challenges in Plenary 2.

30th June

3. Ideate & Prototype
  • Teams will be guided through ideas generation and prototype building during Plenary 3.

3rd July

1. Understand & Immerse

23rd June

  • Design4Impact Kick-off with Plenary 1 to scope and understand the challenge from a user-centric lens.

27th May - 10th June

Registration

10th June

27th May

  • Registration Opens

Pitch & Implement

10th - 17th July

  • Learn how to pitch and scale your prototype during Plenary 4.

10th July

14th July

  • Final Submission

17th July

Post-Design4Impact
Prototype

Mid July - End 2020

  • Top 3 teams to work with project mentors on implementing and scaling initiatives in the community

  • Registration Closes

  • Final Pitch and results announced

To learn more, please download our detailed timeline here:

 

What can participants look forward to?

The social spirited innovators in each of us can look forward to:

  • Implementable solutions – An opportunity to develop implementable solutions, supported by the relevant authorities and partners for immediate rollout, to benefit fellow Singaporeans

  • Capacity Building – A comprehensive and immersive programme comprising workshops, mentoring and coaching sessions to develop your concept and adapt for scaling

  • Networking Opportunities – Access to government organizations, grassroots, community partners, private sector partners, skilled practitioners in health, social care and design

  • Seed Funding – Top 3 ideas selected by our judges will qualify for a micro-seed funding of S$2,000, to be used for piloting of prototypes in Jurong.

  • Strategic Partnerships – With community networks and relevant stakeholders to co-create solutions that would create and enhance health and social impact

Judging Criteria

Solutions will be evaluated based on the criteria below:

Solution fit

To what extent does the proposed solution address the problem statement and end user needs effectively?

Feasibility / Scalability

How easy will it be to develop and implement a working model of this solution?

Application of Design Thinking principles

How well has the team used DT principles (empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test) to inform their solution?

Pitch & Presentation

How has the team articulated their proposal and engaged the audience?

Innovation

How well does the solution present new concepts or approaches to tackle the design challenge?

 

Funding

Top 3 ideas selected by our judges will qualify for a micro-seed funding of S$2,000, to be used for piloting of prototypes in Jurong. Thereafter, winning groups will be guided to obtain a larger seed fund and work with relevant stakeholders to implement and scale concepts.

 

30% of the Seed Funding money will be awarded to 3 Top Winners at the start of the post-challenge prototype development phase, with the remainder 70% to be awarded during the prototype development phase.

 

The award will be subject to the fulfillment of terms & conditions and the milestones of the prototype. 

Awardees selected to undertake the prototype development phase will be required to enter into an agreement with MOHT and NCSS that will include more detailed conditions pertaining to the prototype development.  

 
 

We are all natural problem solvers

You can register as a team or as an individual. If you register as a team (3-6 pax), we would like to encourage your team to have members with diverse skill-sets and backgrounds to as to bring different perspectives to your project. If you register as an individual, we will help to allocate you into a team, based on your interests, skill-sets and background. As we have only limited slots available, we seek your understanding that only participants who are selected will receive a confirmation email. 

I'm part of a group, why should my team sign up?

We need your help to:

  • Use your unique expertise to contribute to solving community issues

  • Use your imagination to reimagine new futures to create a better world

  • Contribute to the public good

You and your team will get to:

  • Learn more about community needs, and co-develop solutions with them.

  • Rally your community to actively ideate solutions to community challenges​

  • Work with people from different backgrounds

  • Learn & practice Design Thinking in a real-world context

  • Co-develop policies & services

  • Do good, contribute in a meaningful manner

Sign up as a team!

I’m an individual, why should I sign up?

We need your help to:

  • Use your unique expertise to contribute to solving community issues

  • Use your imagination to reimagine new futures to create a better world

  • Contribute to the public good

As an individual, you will get to:

  • Have an opportunity to create real impact by focusing on pressing challenges that society currently faces like aging, climate change, social isolation

  • Work with people from different backgrounds

  • Learn & practice Design Thinking in a real-world context

  • Co-develop policies & services

  • Do good, contribute in a meaningful manner

Sign up as an individual!

I would like to be a part of Design4Impact, but not as a participant. How else can I participate?

You don't have to be a participant to partner with us! We are looking for: 

  • Users who are keen to test out and provide feedback for the participants' prototypes.

  • Content resource personnel from community providers, grassroots organisations, Social Service Agencies and other partners who can provide knowledge and insights on the challenges and problem statements to the participants.

  • Sponsors who would like to support our operational costs.

  • Implementation partners who are keen to come onboard to implement the pilot prototypes, together with the winning teams.

If you have any questions about Design4Impact, or if you would like to partner with us,

please contact us at [email protected] or visit our Facebook page

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