Hey Kate, will do, and thanks again for all your helpful comments and feedback throughout.
As StairWear offers a range of custom-fit products, it really falls into both categories. The Grip Strips could go for a pilot run almost immediately, and 3D printing networks like 3D Hubs already exist, so even the logistics are not a big thing to set up. StairWear Outdoor would ideally go for a pilot within a year, following further material testing, so I would put them in the 'Most Viable category. Meanwhile, StairWear Indoor is more of a mid-to-long-term goal (like 2-3 years before a pilot and 5 years before being up and running), so this would be in the 'Most Promising category.
For both awards: The prize money would help to fund materials and testing, and would allow us to get the Grip Strips into a pilot study almost immediately. The product could initially be produced by one CAD engineer (Michael is capable of this), and once a successful design has been proven we would begin to automate the process and tap into existing networks of printers, etc. We would simultaneously test StairWear Outdoor, and the funding would help us rent larger printers to test this.
Assuming that the AARP Mentorship could be done online, this would be extremely useful for helping us to develop ways to get the product to those who need it most and to integrate it seamlessly into their lives.
The research study with the iCare Research Panel would be hugely beneficial in helping us to develop the perfect system for those who are most likely to be ordering these products (as found from our research) - carers and family members of older adults. It would help us validate our proposed system for ordering the product (requesting a specialist to take measurements, gaining a permit, and customizing the StairWear product to the needs and wants of the end user).