What a week! It wouldn’t have been surprising if you even saw steam rising out of the BSL building from 4th to 8th December! About 100 students, guest speakers, experts, BSL Faculty and staff beavered away during the week, developing start-ups from initial promising prototypes first conceived during GAPFRAME week 1 of this academic year. The GAPFRAME weeks are a series of four innovation weeks yearly during which students come up with solutions to one or a combination of the 24 challenging sustainability issues identified in BSL’s GAPFRAME research (see www.gapframe.org). During GAPFRAME week 2, BSL partner Aileen Ionescu-Somers led the students through an innovation exercise with support from several BSL Partners and Faculty (Belinda Sadouk, Katrin Muff, Sascha Nick, Kevin Fox, Maurice Dent, Arash Golnam, Kelly Kretz and Alexandra Broillet) who set challenging tasks for the students to hardwire their concepts and bring them to the next level.
In this first half of the year, our students primarily addressed environmental issues (biodiversity, carbon emissions, oceans, land & forests, clean air, water, clean energy, and waste treatment). Consolidating the prototype concepts developed in GAPFRAME week 1 into viable start-ups was a formidable challenge for our students. The overarching task of the week was to create a multimedia, multidimensional exhibition space in BSL classrooms – one start-up per classroom - throughout the school that would be as worthy of investment as possible. Our students stepped up to the plate and wowed everyone with their business and creative genius. Four expert assessors provided them with feedback. More on this to come! Congratulations BSL students! You did us proud! Looking forward to GFW 3 already!