Resilience (Tutorial Team)

2nd Meeting: 30 September

Qn 1: What does scaling up mean?

It can mean providing your product/ service to another segment of the population (e.g. originally HKU students, then to HK population, then to the world) which requires tweaks to the product/ service but NOT a totally different idea. You are pitching your idea to the experts, so if you pitch a totally different idea in the scaling up portion of your presentation, wouldn't it be contradictory? (The analogy I used was telling your funder that building a microwave will tackle the issue but also telling them that you want to use the additional resources you have means you are going to build an aeroplane. Qn 2: How can I have an innovative solution?

Innovativeness not equals technology. Innovativeness is just something that is different from what is available out there. This means that finding out what is available out there and benchmarking yourselves against them is also one way to determine/ prove if your solution is innovative or not. Another concern that you may have is the lack of time to implement an innovative one. But remember that you are expected to complete the prototype, not the final product. The idea is to prove that the solution would work, not to implement the solution fully.

Meeting #1

Topic: Resilience Meeting

Recording and Details

Time : Sep 14, 2020 08:00 AM - 9.00 AM

Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: @mhD^6O1

1st Meeting: 22-23 September Meetings

1st Meeting: 22-23 September Meetings

Key Information about Deadlines and Deliverables

  • Check your team page for the template! You need to fill it up and then export it as a PDF and then ONE of you upload it to Moodle by 27 September.
  • As Ella is still fixing the page, please work on GDocs for now, and transfer the content into the notion team page later one.
  • Keep in mind the 3rd October Deadline and the 10th October Pitch!

Ideas and References Shared


  • Qn: What is 'resilience'?
    • If you google the dictionary definition: resilience is not about not 'failing', but being able to 'bounce back' and recover when one does fail.
    • It also overlaps in meaning with sustainability - because if something is not resilient, it cannot be sustained. An example in food production would be how certain types of agricultural production methods degrades the land over time, and they can no longer produce food.
  • Qn: What kind of prototype should we make?
    • You should make a prototype that fits your defined problem and tests the assumptions of your idea. It's not about making the 'biggest' / 'fanciest' product!
  • Qn: What are we graded on?
    • You are being graded holistically, so it's just as much about the quality of the product as the process.
    • A detailed breakdown of the grading rubric will also be released soon!
  • Qn: What is this design thinking??? Why is it so hard???
    • It's an iterative, experimental process!
    • It's about going back and forth, discussing ideas, making decisions and most importantly - being energised by what you are doing because it's enjoyable and meaningful.
    • It is not always clear what the deliverables are, because even the problem is for you and your team to define! The template helps a lot, but it's ultimately your call on what to make out of the time and resources you have 😇

Summary of Key Points

  • References Assignment
    • Upload 5 References and Read 5 References by Tuesday Night
    • Upload 10 References and Read 10 References by Saturday Night
    • How to give a score? How reliable / relevant the reference is and how well presented it is on the page
  • Team Management
    • Use notion/ other platforms; some way of documenting work processes; meeting minutes/ resources etc.
  • Design Thinking
    • What is Design Thinking?
      • User-Centric - understanding the behaviour of the target audience
      • Experimental and Iterative - repeated processes of failing and trying, and improving
      • Possible: drawing on existing ideas but adapting them (e.g. different purpose/ context)
    • What is Prototyping?
      • Purpose of prototyping - test out KEY aspects of the idea which is necessary for it to work; there may be more than one aspect to test out
      • How to present prototypes - in the context of a presentation where experts have not much prior understanding of process; explain idea and WHY this
    • Food for Thought
      • What data points do you need? Qualitative/ Quantitative?
      • What is "Resilience" and how is it understood differently by different people? How does that affect how different groups approach the same task?
        • e.g. food supply shortages during pandemic, diversification of food sources,
        • e.g. food insecurity among different populations
      • What are the different scales that your team can work at? HK level, student level?

Follow Ups

  1. References Assignment
  2. Full outline of course grading criteria will be announced soon
  3. Fill up time slots for 2nd meeting and subsequent check-in meetings (individual groups)
  4. — Tip: Come prepared - you have 1 hour to communicate your ideas/ concerns and ask questions

    Possible timeslots

    NameTagsZoom LinkFiles
    Tuesday 9am to 10am
    R1 Whole team
    Tuesday 12pm to 1pm
    Wednesday 8am to 9am
    R2 Whole team

    Wednesday 9am to 10am
    Wednesday 10 am to 11am
    Wednesday 11am to 12pm
    Wednesday 12pm to 1pm
    Wednesday 9pm to 10pm
    R3 Whole team


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