As Alan Kay once famously said the best way to predict the future is to invent it.
The INSPIRE Centre, University of Canberra is a research centre that prides itself on listening to great ideas, garnering plausibility amidst the cacophony of perceived versus actual.
Inventors find their home here as they crash-test ideas with our team, diversely differing individuals who also dream and invent ways to make awesomeness transparent. The most important inventions often surface as events like the #glassmeetup conduct on 12 May 2014
It's our mission at the INSPIRE Centre to make visible the process of engagement, open dataminds, make real human centred design thinking.
Cathie Reid, APHS (pictured) is one of those rare people who know how to engage with complex challenges and dream of ways to make innovation useful, take ideas to the ground and make them real.
With the help of INSPIRE Centre Director Professor Robert Fitzgerald, User Experience Designer Matt Bacon, Technical Powerhouse Lee Yu and Professional Associate Alexander Hayes, the jigsaw pieces have resulted in a collaboration that has resulted in a working proof-of-concept, a first stage application for Google Glass also largely due to the brilliance of Cecilia Abedia, developer and co-creator of LynxFit.
Read the full post here - http://cathiereid.com/glass-app/
In essence, a co-creation space has opened up where the long-tail of learner engagement, research and knowledge brokering will result in fully fledged, tested and critiqued industry lead application.
In this case the prototype is software as a hypothesis that skipped a few steps :)
The event Twitter thread that shows the full picture on what the most important aspects of the second or third stage stage in the conceptualisation of usefulness - https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23ucgm1
The University of Canberra welcomes the opportunity to engage with industry, multi-sector, national and international, to provide opportunities that propagate ideas, bring together minds made from molds that are internationally and culturally diverse, to conceptualise and support frameworks of engagement, bring good ideas to reality.
This is the beginning of where APHS and the wider industry affiliation with University of Canberra will prosper. The implications of this innovation, the testing, the interrogation of it's usefulness, it's social and workforce impact now made possible by Cathie's innovation and Cecilia's engineering are the next steps in this test of usefulness.
The Paramodic team will be an important part in the next steps of that journey.
The University of Canberra, with it's four key research themes of focus, excellence, impact and partnerships looks forward to supporting APHS in that journey, as a world ranking young university adding value by fostering human centred design thinking, realised innovation and rigorous critique.
UC has a vision of being recognised as one of Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions. Connecting and growing partnerships that ultimately bring about greatness by example for students is one of the most tangible outcomes of this union.