- Based on your life experience, skills and interests, what would a design process that is both uniquely yours and effective look like?
We want our unique design process to integrate with the people living in Almaty. It has to be a process that is sustainable, and that will promote entrepreneurial growth in Kazakhstan.The process has to be driven by the people’s needs, and our opinion will be complementary.
- Identify your three most important stakeholders and list five UNIQUE attributes for each one of them.
The students at KazNu that we are partnering with are definitely one of our most important stakeholders. Their unique attributes include their lifestyle. Since they are students in the city of Almaty, they see what is happening there everyday. Their personality is also an important attribute because they are a younger generation so they will see issues differently from some other adults living there. Their opinions are very important because they are the ones living there, so we are trying to improve their lives with our innovation. Where they reside is clearly important because they are in the city of Almaty, but they are also living in dorms which is unique. Their social class is also unique because some of them could be coming from different backgrounds with various family wealth, but now they are all studying to attain their own job and social class.
The citizens of Almaty are other important stakeholders to us. They live in one of the fastest growing cities (urban) in the southern part of the country. They use a lot of energy throughout the year (interests) especially during hot and cold months. Their motives, to move into Almaty, we can assume was to attain a well paying job (possibly in manufacturing). Their social class is also important, because there are sectors of the city that are much more wealthy than others. They also live in an area where they are exposed to a decent amount of air pollution (the climate).
Another stakeholder will be the manufacturer. Depending on if our manufacturer will be in Kazakhstan, or in another country will affect the attributes of this stakeholder. For now let’s say it is a manufacturer in Kazakhstan. Their interests are a unique attribute because they will mostly be interested in making the most money they can. Their motives are also therefore unique because they might not see the same end game we see; they will only see the product or innovation leave their factory. Their personality traits are also important because they may be set on doing things a certain way, and we may have to convince them otherwise (or visa versa). The benefits sought are also important because again they may have a different goal than us. The market density is important because we will be entering an already busy market.
- Identify three ways in which you will validate your project concept, technology, usability, and business model.
Once we have a concept/technology for our project, we will validate it by getting a paper published about it. Through academic publishments, we can establish our concepts in a professional manner and we make sure that we benefit the scientific community through what we will accomplish. To measure our impact, we will collect a lot of data from our product in use in Almaty to have numbers to support its success (or failure). Depending on the product, we can also try to validate it by intelligently translating it to other parts of Kazakhstan (if applicable). To measure that, we can collect data on the effects of that issue before our innovation, and hopefully the improvements on that issue after. When it comes to the final phase (when our product is approved by the public), we will implement a suite of systems and innovations around the product to ensure its long term establishment.
- Give three examples of something very interesting you learned from a friend that was a completely alien concept to you.
I was in about 7th grade when I was first introduced to the concept of Fair Trade. I had never known the power I had as a consumer purchasing products at stores. I had never thought about the people who grew the crops, or stitched the cloth. Now that I am more aware, I try to make smarter purchasing decisions and think before I buy the cheapest option.
When I went to Guatemala with a group from my church to visit our partner parish there, I was told that giving handouts was not an effective way of lessening poverty. This was the first time I really thought about that and began to understand. Giving someone food will not help them not be hungry the next day. It is more important to empower people and create a sustainable solution.
The first time that a friend recommended that I should run (as a sport), instead of playing soccer and softball (which I have grown up with), was a completely absurd idea to me. However, I tried it and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.