The Idea Translation Lab is a new broad curriculum course available to Trinity College Dublin undergraduates. The Idea Translation course involves working on the boundaries of art and science, engineering and developing new innovative ideas where these disciplines meet.
The Idea Translation Lab, in association with the NTR Foundation and the Studiolab FP7 Programme, ran for the second year at Science Gallery with a new cohort of students from Trinity College, where it is an option under the broad-curriculum. 43 students participated in this years programme from departments across TCD for the 12 week programme. Students worked with expert mentor (11 guest lecturers and 7 external project mentors (providing online advice)). Guest lecturers included: Owen O’Doherty, City Architect, Dublin City Council & Dominic Byrne, Fingal Co Co; DesignGoat, Product Design; Sean Harrington, Architect & Brian Solon, Interaction Design; PJ King entrepreneur and innovator; Dan Crowley, NDRC, Director of Commercial Development National Digital Research Centre; artists Seamus Nolan & Conor McGarrigle; Joan Mulvhill, IIA & Sean Coughlan and, Social Enterprise IRL. A group of students traveled to La Laboratoire in Paris as part of the Studiolab project to pursue their project and receive mentorship during a week long programme, in association with Harvard and RCA London.
The Idea Translation Lab is a new broad curriculum course available to Trinity College Dublin undergraduates. The Idea Translation course involves working on the boundaries of art and science, engineering and developing new innovative ideas where these disciplines meet. It is a cross disciplinary undergraduate course stimulating the development of entrepreneurial skills through collaborative group projects.
Modelled on and closely linked to the Harvard University, Idea Translation Lab; the course consists of a combination of lectures, including many guest lectures, and weekly “labs” where students work on developing their collaborative projects.
Following the completion of the course and presentation of their projects, a select number of students have the opportunity to further develop their projects, as an extra curricular activity, through Trinity term and to take part in an intensive Summer workshop at Le Laboratoire in Paris.
Idea Translation Lab 2012 saw seven teams develop ideas drawing inspiration from the themes of social intervention and innovation explored in the Science Gallery exhibition "Hack the City".
Each group was assigned a mentor to assist in the detailed development of the seven early stage concepts (outlined below) and presented their work for critical review at Science Gallery in April 2012.
Two projects (Pedal to Power and Radical Growth) were developed further via Hack the City and also attended the ITL lab in Paris in June 2012.
Early Stage Concepts — Idea Translation Lab 2012
Pedal to Power
You're in town, you have that important text to send but you cannot - your out of battery! Well Pedal to Power aims to address this issue and help you get fit at the same time. Pedal to Power proposes the creation of a series of stationary bike booths across the city. At each booth the bikes are augmented with dynamos, battery units and wires. Attaching your phone to wires and battery and you can pedal and charge your phone. Pedal to Power's graphic interface will also allows you to understand the amount of energy you have created and the amount of calories you have lost! Get fit and charge with Pedal to Power.
Radical Growth takes the idea of land and garden share initiatives whereby people share their gardens with those who have no growing space of their own. Radical Growth contributes to this movement in Ireland by creating a web and social network to unite those without land with garden owners for the production of a shared crop. The Radical Growth site will contain listings by parties both seeking and offering land, garden details/conditions, crop organization, community composting, recipes and seed saving. Radical Growth empowers city communities to take ownership over their shared land, develop community resilience, while generating a sense of competence, well-being and satisfaction by sharing and growing your own food.
Stuck in the city on a Friday night? Your parents want to see you and you want to get home? Lift share offers students the possibility of sharing car lifts across major road routes in Ireland. The lift share website has two offerings: 1) Car lift providers - can register their lifts, build their profiles; 2) Car lift hitchers - can browse lift offers, choose and book a lift. Contributions towards petrol for each lift are recommended. Benefits include meeting new friends and supporting more ecological modes of travel.
Dublin Bike App
The Dublin Bike Scheme is widely accepted as one of the most popular public transport modes in Dublin. Yet at a glance it is not possible to know if a bike is free at your local station or report breaks or defaults. Although there some apps have been built to address such issues, they have been shut down. Our app offers to address this issue by providing a more considered approach to the development of an app, which demonstrates the value to all partners in the scheme. Our app will show people not only to know where and when bikes are available but also draw attention to desire lines and popular routes across the city. This in turn will provide instant feedback to Dublin City Council and JCDecaux Group, which in turn would support further planning and implementation of the scheme.
Who loves their heels but hates the pain? Flatties are biogradable flat shoes for ladies on a night out. High heels are sexy and fun but can be a pain at the end of the night, when you want to get home fast! Our solution - Flatties - biogradable, fashionable and reusable flat shoes for women who want to look good without the shame and pain of the wobble walk. Produced and manufactured using sustainable materials, Flatties can be purchased at vending machines and cloak rooms at clubs, venues and bars. For every Flattie purchased a percentage will go to charity. Look good and feel good with Flatties!
What will be the health needs of future city populations? Between 2030-2050 it is predicted that of the 8 billion people in the world, 5 billion will live in cities. This means we will be living in closer proximity to each other. Basic modes of survival, such as the prevention of simple bacteria via touch screens and hand-to-hand contact will become even more important. In addition sedentary city lives will add to overall increases in obesity. Viral 2050 – is a campaign for the future city, which draws on current research and future health trend predications. The campaign projects itself into the future by examining 'What if....' scenarios and developing a marketing campaign for tomorrow urban dwellers.
Reach Out focuses on using existing electronic screens and dashboards within the city to communicate information to homeless and vagrant people. Working with charities and organizations who are providing support for such communities we are exploring how we can hack into existing media surfaces within the city and reusing them as communication dashboards for the homeless. For example, tapping into Dublin Bus notice boards, we aim to use such screens to inform homeless people of access point, food services and available beds.
Radical Growth and Pedal Power were selected to travel to Le Laboratoire in August 2012.
Pedal Power won the prize for the best exhibition idea based on their project at Le Laboratoire in Paris. The team worked on rapidly developing gallery based installations, which would illustrate their project.
Radical Growth and Pedal Power have been developed through the Idea Translation Course, 12-week broad curriulm module, where students from the arts, science and humanities elect to attend the course. This year the course content followed the ideas behind HACK THE CITY focusing on themes such as the commons, community, city resources, energy, transport and wellbeing.
The five students who attend the workshop in Paris were taking part in a week long idea development workshop, which is part of the wider Le Laboratoire, Art-Science programme and prize. The Irish teams worked alongside teams from across the world (US, Europe and Singapore). Students ranged from the ages of 15 - 29 yrs.