In January 2016, 22 Fujitsu employees from the UK and Japanese offices visited the RCA for a two-day hackathon. Masahiro Fujimoto, who leads Fujitsu’s design team in the UK, initiated the project, which was managed by Kurosawa Yu and Ippei Takami, a Post-experience Programme student from the RCA.
The hackathon focused on developing and testing concepts for real-world,
human-centric Internet of Things (IoT) products and services, applicable to the
various industries Fujitsu works within and aligned to their future vision.
The College fully organised and facilitated the
event and provided physical prototyping expertise, offering the Fujitsu team a
unique opportunity to experience the fast-paced creative techniques and
environment of the RCA/Imperial College Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme.
Tim Corvin,Senior Visiting Lecturer and RCA Design Management alumnus, directed and managed the event. He was joined by staff and alumni from the IDE programme including Senior Tutor Yoon Bahk, former Helen Hamlyn Senior Research Associate Ross Atkin and current InnovationRCA incubatee Wai-Chuen Cheung. Guest speaker Duncan Wilson, Intel Director at ICRI Sustainable Cities, was also invited to share his expert insights.
IDE second-year students joined the Fujitsu employees in the hackathon. Together in teams of mixed specialisms and expertise they developed five working prototypes from scratch, addressing the sectors Fujitsu works within, from improving health and efficiency within the workplace, to educational and transportation concepts. The outcomes are currently undergoing further development and patenting by Fujitsu before being made public.
"It was wonderful to hear the feedback from my colleagues from all parts of our business expressing their amazement at how much they had achieved in such a short space of time. They were especially inspired by the creative, technical and practical skills of IDE students and graduates."Masahiro Fujimoto
Senior Designer, Fujitsu