Jack Strachan, who graduated from the Loughborough Design School in 2019 with a first-class honours degree in Industrial Design and Technology (BA), and now works at Wilson Fletcher, a business innovation consultancy as a graduate designer, was one of nine selected finalists to join the SDC in Milan. Along with his team, their solution was the winning pitch of the 2020 IxDA Student Design Charette.
“I was made aware of the opportunity to apply for the IxDA Student Design Charette by my tutor Val Mitchel. I was then given the support and guidance needed to create a video and answer the questions required to submit my application from both various Loughborough Design School tutors and my colleagues at Wilson Fletcher.
Over three days I worked in a team of three, with students I had only just met, to create a solution in response to the brief set by the Amazon Design team.
Our solution was an Alexa enabled facilitation service that assists caregivers with the support and guidance they need to prevent impending meltdowns in neurodiverse children so that they can work together to overcome them. Our concept utilised a network of Alexa enabled devices, so that trigger causes and symptoms could detected. This enables caregivers and children to work together, through a series of co-created soothing techniques, to prevent an emotionally exhaustive meltdown.”
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