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Throughout the current global context, many lives are lost every day due to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically healthcare staff and professionals. Due to this, I have designed a tangible product - a COVID-SAFE WORKSPACE. The desk will be portable, provide protection through protective screens, electronic accessibility features for a tablet and a multitude of compartments for everyday devices/tools relating to the use of the desk.

I will require the assistance of healthcare workers (my primary target market) to assist in providing information relating to their occupation:

Thank you!

What do you think?

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Niloy Bal @ 2021.03.10 8:56 PM
This is a great idea and hats off for such an unique design.

IdeaSpies @ 2021.03.14 9:27 AM
This related idea may be helpful

IdeaSpies @ 2021.03.16 6:07 AM

This idea is different but for the same audience so may give you ideas about implementation.

Lana S @ 2021.03.18 5:03 AM

Thank you for your feedback and links Lynn and Niloy!

Lynn, the safe space for essential workers link was a really great crossover of physical health and mental health of healthcare stuff as that is just as important! It is also a great idea due to the demand and prevalence around the globe of healthcare workers and that idea and my own is just two ways to assist in this area.

Thanks again.

Deyan Stamatov @ 2021.03.22 6:29 PM
I think this is definitely important in a covid world

wayde@principals @ 2021.03.24 5:10 AM

Hi Lana,

I thought the Sanitary Food Transfer Window mentioned in might be interesting for you to think about.  

Part of the challenge with solid perspex screens in customer service settings is the challenge for people to communicate clearly with one another, or to transact [paperwork, payments, Medicare card checks etc].  Some form of COVID safe transactional window might be an important design consideration?  

Best of luck with your project.

Lana S @ 2021.03.26 10:00 AM

Hi Wayde!

Thank you so much for your feedback and kind words! When conversing with my target market, they too spoke about some type of window/opening needed for passing documentation/forms through safely. I am definitely going to look into incorporating that within my second prototype and your link will definitely help with my research! The sanitary transfer window will be a great inspiration for my own covid safe window design.

Thanks again for your correspondence! Lana

David Hauser @ Silicon Beach @ 2021.03.29 5:25 AM

Lana, this is such a great prototype! So many people are struggling getting their ideas out of their heads and getting started to interact with them and learn what works and what doesn't. 

You are far ahead of the game! 

Looking forward to your second one.

ReadyFundGo @ 2021.03.30 5:55 AM

Well done Lana 

What a great idea - so good that you are thinking of a solution to help safe the lives of the amazing help care workers who are at risk every day.

Best of luck with your project.


Sabra Brock @ 2021.04.02 5:56 PM
Like the concept and rendering.  Have you done a search to find out what else is out there and who is funding those efforts?  Might be a good way to find a sponsor to implement your idea.

Lana S @ 2021.04.11 1:44 PM

Hi David (David @ THNK) and Jill (ReadyFundGo),

Thank you for your support and feedback!

Lana S @ 2021.04.11 1:50 PM

Hello Sabra,

Thank you for your comment!

I have been lucky enough to have a range of contacts within the hospital ranging from surgeons to porters to hospitality staff, that have been willing to assist with important information and first-hand feedback regarding my design and the concept surrounding it.

As for funding these efforts, the hospitals that I have been directing these efforts towards are obviously under the guise of NSW Health therefore it has been a bit of a challenge to get in contact with a sponsor or something/someone who fund efforts much like these. I definitely think that this will be a great thing to look into for the long-term benefit of my design!

If you or anyone out there reading this knows of such, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me!

Many thanks, Lana

R Hainsworth @ 2021.04.28 11:26 AM

Good afternoon Lana

How is the project going? Have you been able to test your prototype in the 'field' yet? Would be a great way to get user feedback?

What assistance do you currently need from your team at this point?

R Hainsworth @ 2021.09.09 2:34 AM

Good morning Lana, hope all is well with you and your loved ones. 

Congratulations on your MDP journey. Your project looks incredible! We hope that being part of the UpRising initiative has been rewarding and meaningful for you too. 

As we wrap up the trial phase of the UpRising initiative and head towards the awards night in November I have a few quick questions.  If you could answer these questoins in a comment below that would be so great. We want to understand how UpRising assisted you so that we can etter help next year's cohort of designers. We are also curious to know if there is anything further you would like to do with your project.

1.      What were two interesting things that you experienced or found as a result of being part of the UpRising? 

2.      How did UpRising help you with your project?

3.      What would you like to do with your project and what would help you get there?

4.      How did seeing other UpRising projects affect your designing and learning experience? 

5.      What would you like to see added to the UpRising initiative to better help next year's students?

Congratulations once again and looking forward to seeing you in November. You have done an amazing job and we are very proud of the 2021 cohort. 

See you soon

Lana S @ 2021.10.14 6:37 AM

Good Day Mr Hainsworth! Thank you so much for your comment and the interaction on my post! I am doing well, as is my loved ones, hope your team are doing well too!

Thank you very much for your kind words, it was quite the journey but we got there in the end! UpRising was such a great opportunity to be a part of so I would like to thank you for that firstly. As for your questions, hope this helps!

1. Two interesting things that I was able to experience as a result of being part of the UpRising were both to do with connectivity. I feel that UpRising has such a large potential to bring likeminded and innovative students together to create some real damage in the design world. This being not only within my class room but the wider community in collaboration with IDEASPIES! I also found that it gave my own design a push as I was able to view what others were creating which furthermore drove me in the production of my own product. 

2. UpRising helped me communicate with industry and other again likeminded people who share a passion for all things design and creation. I just wish that more people could be a part as I feel that everyone could benefit with their own projects. 

3. As just an 18 year old girl finishing school, taking a gap year and heading to University in the following year. I clearly do not have that many connections or knowledge on the works of industry and where someone like me can take their project after its completion. I personally would love to help as many healthcare workers and take my project to the ends of the earth but of course I would need someone there to assist. As for this very moment, I would love to focus on my studies but possibly take my project somewhere in the future!

4. Like i mentioned previously, seeing other UpRising projects deeply affected my designing and learning experience as I was able to communicate with people much like myself with all aspects of my design, whether that was product or portfolio work. 

5. This question is a toughy. Seeing as the UpRising initiative tis so new to the wider community, it of course needs to start somewhere. In saying this the initiative as a whole is such a great concept that I believe can't truely succeed without that sense of community. Therefore  to better help next year's students I think that more people should get involved!

Hope those answers helped! Have a great day. Speak soon.


R Hainsworth @ 2021.11.20 8:56 AM

Congratulations on all of your hard work this year and for being the first year 12 design students to be part of The UpRising.  The 8 judges have been busy going through all the major design projects to decide which projects should be awarded hundreds of dollars in seed funding and mentoring, to take their project to the next level. The judges have used a points system, 3 points for the project they felt was the most impressive, 2 points for a second outstanding project and 1 point for a project that really resonated with them. Three projects will be awarded Seed funding and mentoring 

  • First Place $1000 Seed funding

  • Second place 750

  • Third place 500

The winners will be assisted with the continued development of their project next year by the very cool company Nectir

We are holding an Awards night to announce the winners and we would love to have you all there. It’s online so you can join in from wherever you are. 6pm - 7pm Thursday evening 9th December. 

Click here to get your tickets. 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Wishing you the best of luck with your final exams. Awards night is on the 9th December

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