From more than 10.566 valid entries submitted by design students from all over the world, only 100 projects received an iF concept award 2012. Two of these were awarded to Masters students at Umeå Institute of Design (UID): Simon Fredriksson and Gosha Galitsky, Dogan Sekercioglu, all students at the Masters programme of Advanced Product Design (APD) and Carol Tang from UIDs Interaction Design programme.
Umeå University, and the UID, is proud to be the only Scandinavian university represented in iF’s ranking of the award winning universities. Of UID´s eleven iF awards since 2007, nine have been given to students from the APD programme.
Simon Fredriksson received his award for his Niox mine, a concept for a complete system for people diagnosed with asthma. It allows the user to monitor the level of inflammation by measuring the nitric oxide level in the airways, which is an indicator of the present condition of one’s asthma. This information makes it possible for the user to adjust the optimal medication dosage, thus avoiding over or under medicating, thereby giving a better chance to have as normal life as possible. The project was carried out in collaboration with Aerocrine, a Stockholm-based medical technology company.
Gosha Galitsky and Dogan Sekercioglu received, together with Carol Tang, an award for their concept for a Diver Distress Signal System (DDSS) in the cross-programme course Industrial Sound Design. In regular use the DDSS functions as a diving computer. The emergency function is readily accessible by pulling the handle on the device. Once activated, the DDSS uses proprietary alarms and light signals to communicate various levels of distress. The device also functions as a beacon that guides rescue divers to the victim, saving precious time and significantly increasing the victim’s chances of survival.
“The iF concept award is one of the most important as well as biggest international competitions for students and young professionals from the areas of design, architecture, marketing and engineering. The iF concept award was introduced as a discipline in 2003 and has become an award in 2008. It is a label of design excellence for young designers worldwide but also secures points in the iF ranking university for the academic institutions involved.” (Source: iF website)
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