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Indoors 2.0. ML platform that provides tailored design hacks to businesses to mitigate transmission of respiratory pathogens

Mitigate risks of transmitting respiratory pathogens in commercial and workspaces through small, effective 'hacks', tailored to your needs.

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Quarantine measures are being eased globally, yet the design of our workplaces and commercial spaces have not been repurposed to safeguard users from transmission of respiratory pathogens, such as the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Beyond infection, this can also increase anxiety amongst returning workers and patrons. 

However, most businesses, especially small and micro businesses, are going through financial difficulties and may not be able to invest in large scale re-designs.

So then, how could we support employers to implement simple "design hacks" to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst employees and clients?

Indoors 2.0 is a machine learning platform where workplaces and commercial spaces can answer key questions about their indoor environment (e.g. open style vs closed offices; sensory doors vs handles; number of staff, clients etc), and receive automatically generated simple prompts they can implement to safeguard their employees.

These suggestions range from:

- Public health (such as having signs to remind persons about hand washing procedures), to

- Interior design/minor construction  (reorganising spaces for physical distancing),

- Technological recommendations into the most cost effective, impactful small investments for businesses (e.g automated bathroom doors vs knobs), and

- Wellness (e.g. ensure natural light to reduce anxiety).


The impact of these measures should also be tracked, so that insightful datasets are built that can then harness machine learning to make better and continued suggestions (least investments, most impacts for each space, budget etc).


Suggested business model:

- For changes that are more challenging, there could be a B2B option to link the employers to qualified professionals or commercial places that can offer them solutions. As % is paid to the app.

- Businesses pay extra for more in-depth, extensive "hacks"


What is the need are you focusing on?

This idea was borne out of conversations with a friend who is a commercial interior designer. It also seemed even more important for small and micro businesses that have limited resources:

Quarantine measures are being eased globally, yet our workplaces and commercial spaces remain designed in such a way that can contribute to the transmission of respiratory pathogens, such as the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
This can also increase anxiety amongst returning workers.

So then, how can we support employers to implement simple "design hacks" to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst employees, contractors, and clients? Additionally, most businesses are going through financial difficulties and may not be able to invest in large scale re-designs.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/apr/13/smart-lifts-lonely-workers-no-towers-architecture-after-covid-19-coronavirus

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

- Help businesses (especially small and micro businesses) reopen safely, and build trust with their staff and patrons - Mitigate health risks for employees and clients. - Reduce anxiety amongst staff and clients on their return to these commercial spaces.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Plantain Publishing Ltd

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Plantain was borne out of a belief that we could help build a more connected and empathetic world through sharing life histories. We are a team of social scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and designers who help people record their life stories in unique books and digital heirlooms. We serve families and businesses. For the past 7+ years we have helped hundreds of generations worldwide capture their stories. https://www.plantain.me/family-books-digital-heirlooms https://www.plantain.me/-

What is your profession?

Global Health Professional and Entrepreneur

Where are you located (country)?

Trinidad and Tobago

Where are you located (region)?

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Entrepreneur/Investor
  • Healthcare/Medical

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 5-10 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

- Partnerships with Architecture, construction and interior design bodies/associations would be useful in developing the recommendations. - Small business alliances to learn their needs and develop the system to help meet their needs.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

- Time: this is very time sensitive since restrictions are being lifted in select countries already

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

No

Website URL

www.plantain.me

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