The start of a new month also means a new newsletter. And this time this newsletter is even written by a new team. Last month we’ve shortly introduced ourselves to you, but from November on the baton is definitively passed on to us. In September we’ve started with our brandnew design and time is flying! Therefore, this newsletter is full all the new developments that have been going on concerning our project. We would like to invite you to take a look at our last month.
We hope you have just as much fun reading this newsletter as we had while writing it.
Robbert de Lange & Magali Ponds.
Meet our Pilot
In week 42 Project MARCH has introduced her third team to friends and family. Amongst them was our newest teammember, our pilot: Sjaan Quirijns. She will be the follow-up of Ruben de Sain, the pilot of MARCH II. As pilot of team Project MARCH it is very important to be in excellent physical condition. Fortunately, that is no problem at all with Sjaan. Ever since Sjaan was diagnosed with a T9 lesion after a sporting accident, she hasn't been sitting still. She got in touch with a whole new world of sports, in which she turned out to be more than successful!
She participated in the World Championship adapted rowing, became Dutch champion indoor and climbed both the Alp d’Huez and the Kautertale Gletscherstraße in the same week on her handbike! But besides sporting, Sjaan has a variety of other hobbies. Watching a movie in the cinema might be her number one leisure.
In daily life Sjaan works fulltime at the Hogeschool Utrecht as functional manager. Her experience with working with different target groups comes in handy during our project. Since Project MARCH works with co-creation, the cooperation between team and pilot is central. Our design is closely adjusted to the feedback of our pilot, Sjaan, in order to achieve the best final result possible: An exoskeleton that is user friendly in daily life practice and hopefully the future replacement of the wheelchair.
Science for Humanity On sunday the 15th of Ocotobre Project MARCH participated in the Science for Humanity event. This day was meant for future companies, organisations and intitutions to present their newest technologies to both professionals and the large audience. By giving two ‚Tech Talks’ and holding a stand, Project MARCH showed the visitors what our project is all about and what we managed to achieve over the past years.
Open days TU Delft On friday the 20th and monday the 23th of octobre the Open Days of the TU Delft took place. For the TU Delft these days were, of course, all about recruiting possible new students. To illustrate them the possible applications of technical studies, Project MARCH was represented at the faculties of Industrial Design Engineering and Electrotechnique, Mathematics and Informatics.
D:DREAM Innovation Awards Friday Project MARCH won the first price in the D:DREAM Innovation Awards! This award is created to reward and stimulate innovation amongst Dreamteams in the D:DREAMhall of the @Technische Universiteit Delft. By receiving this price we can now call ourselves the most innovative Dreamteam. Especially with regard to our social impact and technical contribution in the field of exoskeletons, Project MARCH has made the difference. Therefore, we are very happy and very proud to receive this title. This reward stimulates us to continue our work and #MARCHon.
Events November is for the team of Project MARCH a month full of events. Our agenda is fully booked with a large amount of events. Please find an overview of our programme for the next month below.
8 november Carrieredag VU Bewegingswetenschappen
9 november Dutch Congress of Rehabilition Medicine (DCRM)
10 november Congres 'Verder in Beweging'
14 november Hi-tech dag ministerie van VWS
15 november Precisiebeurs
16 november Precisiebeurs
18 november Personeelsdag faculteit 3ME TU Delft
23 november Haegsche Lobby
24 november Talentevent
25 november Talentevent
We would like to invite you to visit us at these events, so we can answer all your questions in person. For more information about the events, you can take a look at our website.
Thursday the 10th over november we will launch our first social media campaign: „Why MARCH?“. In which the question: „Why do you believe in the exoskeleton?“ is central. Every week the floor will be given to a new ambassador of the exoskeleton and more specific: Project MARCH. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Linked-in and Twitter and keep an eye on our channels.