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Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Prototypes

Prototype Funding Application

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge, through funding provided by the IKEA Foundation, held two prototype funding applications windows for the participants of year 2021-2022 of the Challenge. The second window closed on 6 March 2022. Watch this space for a potential exhibition of these prototypes.

Why create a prototype?

A prototype is a simple, experimental model of a proposed solution used to test or validate ideas, design assumptions, and other aspects of its conceptualisation quickly and cheaply. Prototypes are not limited to functioning models. Examples of the many forms that prototypes can take include simple sketches or storyboards used to illustrate a proposed experiential solution or paper or digital model.

Prototyping need not be full products: you can prototype a small part of your full solution (the digital interface of an electric cooker for example) to test that specific aspect or component. Developing and testing a prototyping will allow students to bring their ideas to life and test some of the assumptions that students used when going through the designing process. It will also be a great tool in helping students to demonstrate their concept to the judges and the audience at the Grand Final in June.

Previous Participants' Prototypes

Student prototypes from the past have included simple sketches, cardboard models, physical or digital prototypes.

Watch below a short video for a quick look at some prototypes from previous years.

In October 2021 some of the prototypes from 2020-2021 participants were showcased in an online exhibition as part of the Dutch Design Week. Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is the largest design event in Northern Europe and presents work and concepts from more than 2,600 designers to more than 355,000 visitors from home and abroad. It ran from 16 – 24 October 2021. Enter Efficiency for Access’ virtual space here to see some of last year’s prototypes: electric cooker, fresh fish cooler storage, grain dryer, hydroponic system, milk pasteurizer, vaccine refrigerator, water purification. Watch this space for future exhibitions of our students' work.