BABSON MBA & BABSON/OLIN/RISD PRODUCT DESIGN FAIRS THIS MONTH

Babson will participate in two Product Design events featuring innovative designs by Babson MBA students and collaborative teams of undergraduate students from Babson, Olin College of Engineering, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

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Babson College, the top-ranked entrepreneurship school, will participate in two Product Design events featuring innovative designs by Babson MBA students and collaborative teams of undergraduate students from Babson College, the Olin College of Engineering, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

The annual Babson MBA Product Design Fair will be held Tuesday, December 6, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in the Needham-Wellesley Room, Olin Hall.

Seven graduate student teams will explain and showcase their new product concepts. The teams developed the designs during the graduate single-semester Product Design and Development course (MOB-7555). Project sponsors included Preserve, New Approach, and Essential Design; neighboring Olin College of Engineering provided prototyping support and engineering advice.

New products and solutions include:

  • CycleCargo – An innovative bicycle cargo solution that’s easy on the eyes
  • ecoCafe – A reusable food container within a sustainable system to improve the university dining hall take out experience while reducing both student and food service provider wastes and expenses
  • [BLAH] Better Lighting At Home solves the no-ceiling-light, no-drilling dilemma faced by many apartment renters.
  • Playroom: A solution that motivates kid’s to clean up their toys
  • CarriedAway – New luggage that helps keep all your carry-on belongings in sight while traveling
  • SpoonSaver – A carry-on luggage solution that makes traveling easier and less painful for people with arthritis
  • Crafting solutions: improving the customer experience of working with foam and other crafts.

On Thursday, December 15, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., at Rhode Island School of Design, Room 300 in the ID Building (161 South Main Street, Providence, RI), six interdisciplinary teams of undergrad students from Babson, Olin College of Engineering, and RISD will present their new product concepts in six consecutive presentations.

Their creative concepts include:

  • A harness accessory for leg crutches which aids in reducing pain and increasing mobility
  • A set of accessories that make life easier when on crutches
  • Desk-related furniture for student’s small living spaces
  • A new device empowering children to take an active role in managing their asthma
  • A new wireless headphone set for runners
  • Glass that educates the user about his/her calorie intake for various beverages

The teams developed their designs during the joint three-school undergraduate course in Product Design and Development in interdisciplinary Teams (MOB-3578 at Babson, ENGR3299 at Olin, Babson-Olin Studio at RISD). They will present their products in six consecutive presentations.

For more on the Product Design Fair and the Final Presentation Event visit Babson’s design website Innovation by Design or email Prof. Sebastian Fixson.


By Michael Chmura, | 12/05/2011 10:00