Inspiration

  • COVID-19 illuminated glaring systemic problems and disrupted the social, physical, and mental health of our people and planet.
  • Seeing our friends, family, colleagues, and patients suffer due to consequences of COVID-19 engendered an urgent, irrepressible and growing need to plan for, mitigate, and adapt in order to protect our people and planet.
  • To do so forced us to examine the factors involved in this crisis and to consider what we, humanity, can do to lessen suffering.
  • We recognized that we must bridge silos across sectors.
  • This is the only way we can transform the legacy of this Anthrocopene age from tragic and destructive to collaborative, humanitarian, intelligent and forward-thinking.
  • Initially, this can start as a collaboration between experts in healthcare, science, technology, economics, design, environmental sustainability and engineering.
  • COVID-19 is merely a preview of what the future will be like if we choose to continue along our current trajectory unabated. However, it also shows us that we can make drastic and sudden changes when forced to.
  • Let's not sit and wait passively for our next tragedy to strike.
  • Let's utilize our collective intelligence across sectors and plan for and mitigate tragedy instead of allowing ourselves, our loved ones, and our children continue to succumb to it.
  • Let's build a better tomorrow...today.
  • If not for humanity, then why?

What it does

  • It is a self-contained, deployable, sustainable, mini-factory that serves to build PPE and medical equipment anywhere in the world, on demand.

How we built it

  • We saw that it was possible for someone with no background in engineering, technology, design, or economics to learn to print effective PPE.
  • We extrapolated on that fact and made our design modular, sustainable, and deployable.

Challenges we ran into

  • Idealism versus pragmatism.
  • Initial differences regarding our goals.
  • Knowing what level of detail we can realistically go into over a limited time frame.
  • Perfect versus good enough with scalability in mind for the long-term.
  • Communication.
  • Role clarification.
  • Overlapping on parts of our submission and subsequent inefficiency and conflict.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • We merged idealism with pragmatism.
  • We overcame initial differences regarding our goals.
  • We clarified and refined our goals for this project and for future ones.
  • We improved our triage skills so that enough details were included to make a concept feasible while simultaneously permitting evolution of the initial concept.
  • We overcame individual differences so that an important idea could be realized.
  • We overcame initial naïvetés in regard to each of our professions.
  • We learned the importance of clarifying tasks to prevent inefficiency and conflict.
  • Teamwork and compromise make for feasibility.
  • End product is a real solution to an imminent, critical problem and has the potential to have a significant impact on our present and future.

What we learned

  • How to merge idealism with pragmatism.
  • All team members must be on the same page regarding our goals, and this requires compromise.
  • Clarification of roles and responsibilities are key and prevent inefficiency and miscommunication.
  • Enough details should be included to make a concept feasible while simultaneously permitting evolution of the initial concept.
  • To collaborate to build something for which there is a desperate and growing need.
  • How individuals across different sectors can work together and overcome initial misunderstandings and disagreements.
  • How to work effectively as a team while harnessing each of our unique skill sets and recognizing the value each member provides.
  • Perfect versus good enough with scalability in mind for the long-term.
  • Together, we can build a better future!

What's next for MoMo Lab

  • Cost estimates for leasing or buying.
  • Further refinement of concept and feasability of design.
  • Additional considerations regarding certifications of technicians, standard operating procedures.
  • Capital to launch this venture.

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