Christoph Massak

MA work

Simply Sterile – A low cost medical steriliser for developing countries

When you go to your doctor you probably don't worry about dirty medical equipment. If you live in developing countries, there is a high chance that your reality differs quite a lot. Medical tools often are used multiple times for various customers without cleaning them in between. This causes health-care associated infections to spread fast in communities.

Simply Sterile is a low cost and mechanical device which converts ordinary, off-the-shelf pressure cookers into steam sterilisers for medical tools in developing countries. It runs without electricity, can easily be repaired and it is as simple to use as winding up an egg timer. 

Find out more about the project here

Max: Income maximisation for on-demand economy workers.

The gig economy represents the most substantial change in the relationship between employment, income and benefits since the industrial revolution. This economic shift has been driven primarily by authoritative centralised entities such as Uber, but now requires innovative solutions to return strategy, autonomy and control to gig economy workers. Max is a software/system solution which addresses the issue of income volatility in this quickly growing form of employment

With predictive analytics software, Max enables gig economy workers to make more deliberate decisions to maximise their earnings. Max helps workers understand where to be and when in order to optimise take home pay after expenses. We envision eventual full blockchain integration, enabling a completely decentralised system.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Global Innovation Design, 2016

  • Born in a rural part of Austria, I've been seeking the rush of the urban atmosphere since I graduated from high school. Since then I have completed my BA in Industrial Design and my MA and MSc from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College. The projects I worked on have been as diverse as the cities I lived in during my time in Global Innovation Design, from an arm-mounted bubble gun and a transformable chair to an inflatable device to help children with cerebral palsy and low cost medical sterilisation for developing countries.

    Through my work my aim is to generate new and innovative ideas based on thorough research to create meaningful experiences. I take a holistic design approach to figure out the most appropriate solution, whether it is based on service, product, experience, interface design or other disciplines.

    Besides thinking about solutions for present and future problems, I enjoy spending time in nature doing various kinds of sports.

  • Degrees

  • BA Industrial Design, University Pforzheim, Austria, 2014; Diploma in Global Innovation Design, Pratt Institute; Diploma in Global Innovation Design, Keio University
  • Experience

  • Industrial design intern, Factor Product München, Munich 2012–13
  • Awards

  • Grand design winner, Sabae Urushi Competition, 2015