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Briefing Session: Good Design Research Grant (Nov 2021)


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30 Nov 2021
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
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The Good Design Research (GDR) initiative by DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) empowers designers to build deep domain knowledge through applied research, tackling pressing global and societal challenges such as pollution, climate change, inequality, technological disruptions and many more.

For this upcoming GDR grant call, Dsg is inviting interested designers across disciplines to submit a proposal for support. Selected designers will receive a grant of up to S$50,000, alongside guidance from industry mentors and active media support. Designers will also be able to tap into our wide network of partners to collaborate and exchange ideas, strengthening your project with experts across sectors.

The proposal could be (1) self-initiated (2) inspired from one of our open challenges or (3) in response to real-world challenge statements below that could turn into an actual business opportunity:

  • (Busy Bees) How might we design infrastructure and playscapes that promote sustainability in childcare and engage children to care for our environment?
  • (Grab) How might we design sustainable and cost-effective packaging for food delivery in Singapore, or even Southeast Asia?
  • (Tsao Foundation) How might we design for an age-friendly environment in Whampoa, that can enable older persons to continue to lead independent, healthy, engaged, and purposeful lives even as Covid-19 becomes endemic?
  • (Tsao Foundation) How might we use technology to offer hybrid online-offline experiences that can better engage seniors, build resilience, and strengthen their sense of community?

Join us for this upcoming session to hear from these organisations directly and find out everything you need to know to apply!

Note that attendance for this briefing is not mandatory to apply for the grant.

What you can expect

  • 4:00-4:05pm Introduction (5min)
  • 4:05-4:15pm Grab’s Challenge Statement (10min)
  • 4:15-4:25pm Busy Bee’s Challenge Statement (10min)
  • 4:25-4:35pm Tsao Foundation’s Challenge Statement (10min)
  • 4:35-4:45pm About the GDR Open Call (10min)
  • 4:45-5:00pm Q&A (15 min)

About the Speakers

Ms Pek Hai Lin

Senior Specialist for Environmental Sustainability, Grab

Hai Lin covers waste-related initiatives for Grab’s Southeast Asian region and is passionate about all issues related to environmental resource management. She has been engaged deeply in the work since joining an NGO in 2017 and has led several projects driving education and advocacy across government, corporate and community stakeholders.

Mr Kevin Ang

Head, ESG & Estate Management, Busy Bees Asia

Kevin spearheads the sustainability initiatives in BusyBees Asia and is passionate about adopting clean technology and advocating green practices/ecosystems within preschools. He seeks to reduce Busy Bees’ carbon footprint and instill sustainability virtues from the children’s early years. Kevin believes that young children can also influence their families, and eventually society, for a more inclusive and sustainable Singapore.

Ms Raksha Mahtani

Research Associate, Tsao Foundation

Raksha and her team runs a pilot initiative, EMPOWER, to enrich and mobilise the social participation of older persons in the neighbourhoods of Whampoa and Boon Keng. The programme utilises a culture-centred approach, working closely with older persons in the community to identify and resolve common challenges experienced by older persons. Together with stakeholders, these solutions are gradually implemented to meet the needs of the community.

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