Problem Solving with 501cThree 🧐
And learning new skills along the way (project managing, deck building and more!)
Going into November, I thought I would have no stress tackling The Knowledge Society (TKS) City Challenge. The Vancouver and LA cohort partnered up with 501cThree, a non-profit organization aiming to mitigate the ongoing complications with the Flint water crisis. Our challenge? - to implement water sensors into 1 out of every 100 homes.
Quick recap - I am Angelina Lim, a 17-year-old TKS innovator passionate about social change and emerging technologies 🙋♀️
TKS City Challenge 🎉
Working with 501cThree 💦
As mentioned earlier, 501cTHREE is a non-profit that has implemented programs such as the Water Box Program. This initiative implements portable water filtration systems or Water Boxes, in cities including Flint, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey that are most affected by contaminated water.
How does our challenge help 501cTHREE?
The water sensors monitor the water quality and collect data on the chemical levels within the water. With this system, 501cTHREE can prevent residents from consuming the water and use the data to further improve the Water Boxes.
Project Managing 🤓
Keeping the team on track and grinding (⌐■_■)
During one of our check-ins, I noticed that the team was starting to feel stressed because of university applications and other commitments. That’s when I decided that we stop working on the challenge until after the early admissions deadline. I’ve heard stories about burnout and it is important to prevent my teammates from experiencing it.
I wouldn’t have been able to make this recommendation deck without them. In the end, our deck came was 58 slides long! Our recommendation to 501cTHREE was to create an app that acts as a game and as a tool to inform others of the water crisis. The game features a gamification system that rewards users after they complete environmentally-friendly tasks such as using a reusable water bottle. By completing tasks, users will collect in-game currency to redeem for items such as water sensors. For every water sensor installed in the game, a water sensor is installed in real life.
Instead of asking Google a question to a not-so-obvious answer, why make figure it out by yourself? This mindset is all about taking your curiosity and taking a roundabout way to figure out a solution.
This month, I challenged myself to find more about virtual reality and augmented reality. I spent a couple of hours on the internet learning about different companies and the most recent innovations in the industry. To my surprise, I discovered neuroreality, a technology that combines brain-computer interface and virtual reality! After exploring some more, I decided to write my next article on this topic.
🔑 Takeaways This Month 🔑
Notion is my new best friend 🤗
Plan ahead of time and leave room to relax
When working in a team, get to know them and their commitment!
Next Steps 👟
✅ Organizing my Notion (PMing has taught me what a valuable tool it is)
✅ Learning C#
✅ Listening to podcasts about a topic I’m interested in!
Look’s like I’m out of tea! Make sure to come back next month for more!
This is Angelina, brewing the next pot!
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