Umbre-Walking Stick

Umbre-Walking Stick

Singapore
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Elderly with problems walking will use the walking stick or the umbrella to aid them in their walking. When it is raining, they are not able to shelter themselves if they are using only the walking stick or support themselves if they are only using the umbrella at the same time. Thus, we are creating an umbre-walking stick that has both functions and reduce the chances of them injuring themselves.

About You
Organization:
National Junior College
Section 1: About You
First Name

NJC

Last Name

InE

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Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Organization Name

National Junior College

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Organization Address
Organization Country
How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

Your idea
Country your work focuses on
Innovation
What makes your innovation unique?

Our innovation is able to combine both the function of the umbrella (which is to shelter one from the rain especially) and the function of the walking stick (which is to aid the elderly in walking) together. With this innovation, the elderly is able to get support from the walking stick and yet able to shelter themselves from the rain or sun. This will reduce the chances of them falling down and injuring themselves.

When there is no need to use the umbrella, the elderly is able to keep the foldable umbrella into pockets located at the sides of the walking stick and use the walking stick as usual. When there is a need to use the umbrella, the eldery is able to unfold the umbrella and use it. The umbrella will be attached to the top of the walking stick. The umbrella will be of a bigger surface area so as to fully shelter the elderly when he or she is using the walking stick.

The elderly will use this innovation the same way he or she uses his walking stick, so we will not face much problems in teaching the elderly how to use this innovation. Also, the cost of making this innovation is relatively low, thus making this innovation afforable for the elderly. This makes the innovation available to most of the elderly, thus bringing us closer to achieving our aim.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

Our innovation is able to reduce the number of elderly falling down and injuring themselves because they are not able to use the walking stick and the umbrella at the same time. This allows the elderly to better support themselves and reduce their dependence on their family members and cause unneccessary worries and troubles.

Research has shown that 17% of the falls are due to balance disorder. Thus, our innovation is aimed at solving this social problem.
Source: http://www.learnnottofall.com/content/fall-facts/why-seniors-fall.jsp

Research has also shown that falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly. 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls. Our innovation is also aimed at solving this problem by reducing the chances of them falling.
Source: http://www.learnnottofall.com/content/fall-facts/how-often.jsp

A social impact of our innovation is also to increase the confidence of the elderly and encourage them to go out. With this innovation, the elderly will not have to worry about whether to use the walking stick or the umbrella as they are able to use this innovation which has both functions of the umbrella and the walking stick.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

Elderly are falling more frequently due to balance disorders. They are also falling ill due to poor immune system if they are exposed to the rain or strong glare of the sun. Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly. Most of the fractures in the elderly are due to falls. This is because elderly have weak bones as they grow older and older.

Our innovation aimed to solve these problems that the elderly are facing.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. Include a description of the business model. What might prevent that success?

First of all, we can do a survey to find out about the public's view, especially the elderly, towards this innovation. We can make a prototype of this innovation and let them try before getting their personal comments on it. In this way, the opinions they give will be out of personal experience and not just based on their imagination. It will be more accurate this way. We can also get some suggestions from them to make our innovation a better one and is more widely accepted by the people.

Thereafter, we will create a prototype of the better improved innovation and promote our ideas to relevant organisations. We can approach a few organisations to promote our idea.

If our idea is accepted by one of the organisations, they can help to fund us to mass produce this inoovation for sale in the market.

One thing that will prevent our success is that no one organisation is willing to accept our idea and help us in mass producing it. If this happens, we can use our own money to make one hundred of it first and sell it. If the sale is good, then we can use the revenue earned and other fundings to make more of it for sale. Over some time, some organisations will take notice of the sale of this product if it becomes popular after some time. They may be willing to help us with the cost of mass producing it.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

In the first year, we will be focusing on the research for materials used to make this innovation. We will also be focusing on doing surveys and making prototypes of our innovation and actively promoting our innovation to the public. Feedbacks of our innovation will be collected and we will work on how to make our innovation a better and more user-friendly one.

In the second year, we will try to promote our better improved innovation to the relevant organisations and look for sponsors to help us to mass produce this product.

In the third year, we will aim to actively promote our innovation through advertisement and in places like community centres and elderly corner where the old people usually gather. By promoting our innovation, we can increase our sales thus achieving breakeven soon.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$100 ‐ 1000

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?

No

If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

nil

Sustainability
What stage is your Social Enterprise in?

Idea phase

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?

No

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your Social Enterprise

Partnership is critical as it helps us with the financial sector of our project. Students like us do not have enough money to mass produce our product and sell them to the market even if our product is good and feasible. We require the help of partnerships to help us sponsor our production.

Partnership is also important to us. By working together, we can make our innovation a much better one. Being experienced in such fields, they can guide us and give us comments as to how to make our innovation more user-friendly and useful for the elderly. Thus, partnership is critical to the success of our social enterprise.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

Our initiative can be financially supported once it is accepted by the relevant organisations. As students, we do not have enough funds to carry out our project thus we require the help from relevant organisations to help make our innovation a reality.

An alternative is to get our school to support our project financially. However, there is a limit to the funding that they give.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

I thought of this innovation when my grandparents were complaining to me one day that they were unable to use the walking stick and the umbrella at the same time. If they use one of them, they will not have enough hands to hold on to the other. This caused a lot of inconvenience for them and they also told me that as a result, they do not like to go out as they find it very troublesome for them. Thus, this inspired and led me to create this innovation.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

The social innovator behind this idea is a caring person and takes notice of the needs of the elderly, thus came up with this idea to help the elderly better and make it more convenient for them.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

College or university

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