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News Article | April 24, 2017
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« Sugar-derived levulinic esters and cyclic ether show superior anti-knock quality to Euro95 reference gasoline | Main | Global Bioenergies successfully scales up renewable isobutene process in Leuna Demo plant » Net Impact, a global community of students and professionals who aspire to be effective drivers of social and environmental change, and Toyota announced the 3 finalists of the Next Generation Mobility Challenge. Launched in 2015, the Next Generation Mobility Challenge is a national competition from Toyota, the Toyota Mobility Foundation and Net Impact to inspire millennials to develop solutions for critical mobility needs in local communities and around the world. The finalists were selected based on project design, feasibility and social impact by a panel of judges from the two organizations. The winning team will be announced in early summer. The team will be offered summer internships at Toyota, funded by the Toyota Mobility Foundation, which was established to address mobility challenges around the world. Additionally, the winners may be considered for funding to bring their solution to life from the Toyota Mobility Foundation. The finalists’ pitch concepts and student team members are: “The Hub”: A carpooling concept based in school communities that would be more efficient than public transit and allow commuting parents to spend more time with their families. Sam Anderson, BFA in Interaction Design, California College of the Arts Nisha Pathak, Masters in Information Management and Systems, UC Berkeley Daniel Quon, MBA in Design Strategy, California College of the Arts “Project Mobius”: A company-sponsored employee transportation system for low-income individuals to help them acquire and retain jobs while boosting employee loyalty and reducing environmental impact. Andrew Gelfman, Computer Science/Engineering undergraduate, University of Colorado Carrie Cardona, Architecture undergraduate, University of Colorado Wenjin Li, Mechanical Engineering undergraduate, University of Colorado “Para Pickup”: A service that gives people with disabilities safe, affordable and flexible ways to get home, improving on current options which can be inflexible and slow. Sally Xia, Masters in Digital Media, Georgia Tech Riley Keen, Masters in Industrial Design, Georgia Tech Pranav Nair, Masters in Industrial and Product Design, Georgia Tech Kris Weng, BS in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech Members of the public can vote for their favorite by watching videos of the solutions through 26 April.

Kohno I.,Design Strategy | Nishikawa M.,Design Strategy | Fukumoto T.,Design Strategy | Ozawa N.,Design Strategy | Matsuda T.,Design Strategy
NEC Technical Journal | Year: 2014

Activities to promote Social Value Design in an enterprise consist of (1) the planning and development of products and services, (2) analysis of the effects of human-centered design (HCD) in activities and case implementation, (3) standardization of user interface (UI) and appearance and development of standard processes, (4) human resource cultivation and education and (5) organizational arrangement. In this paper, the authors report on the activities related to the effect analysis and case implementation that are effective to make NEC employees recognize the necessity of HCD. In this paper, the in-house effects of HCD activities include contributing to sales and improving development efficiency and quality and the effect for the benefit of customers is improved job efficiency. In addition, this paper also clarifies the effects of the NEC Group's in-house HCD enforcement project. The results of the analysis were posted on our intranet site and utilized it in education to enhance understanding of HCD and the will to undertake related endeavors throughout the entire Group.

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