1. 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.
2. 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.
3.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 publications, 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.
4.Give three examples of something very interesting you learned from a friend that was a completely alien concept to you.
My parents always told me of their stories in Guyana, from living on a farm and raising cattle to wearing the same clothes for days on end. One of the most interesting things they told me about was the food they ate; eating iguanas and pigeons were normal to them. This came as a shock to me as I’ve lived in the United States all my life. I remember going to Florida to visit my Dad’s brother and sister and we fishing near the everglades for a fish they normally called Hassa in Guyana which is known as armored catfish. After catching enough of hassa we decided to walk around the nearby area. My uncle spotted an iguana and used a mango to lure and catch it. After catching the iguana, my uncle later that day proceeded to kill it and cook it. It was the first time eating an animal so different from the food I was used to eating. Another time, my Dad would tell me stories about how he caught pigeons in Guyana. He would use chewing gum and put them in bushes and when the sun heated the gum up it became hot and sticky which was used to catch the pigeons that would rest in the bushes. He would also tell me about how he used slingshots and rocks to shoot the pigeons out of the sky. These concepts were so bizzare to me at the time because of how different life in the United States was. My friend would tell me about the home remedies his parents would use to treat injuries. Among them were treating bee stings by rubbing garlic and using salt water to heal strep throat. These home remedies were so different from the normal use of antibiotics and medical ointments.