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INNOVA team develops activated carbon cloth mask
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Mar '10
The Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE Center) of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, has inspired the thinking and imagination of many students. Four students, Yi-Cheng Chen and Kuan-Ting Tsai of the NCKU Department of Physics, together with Ya-Ju Chang of the Department of Applied Music, Tainan National University of the Arts, and Hsiang-Ting Lin of the Department of English, National University of Tainan, have established a creative studio, INNOVA, which designs innovative products for the convenience of the community.

During season change, when flu prevails, almost everyone wears a mask. Some only wear a single cloth mask, and some wear an activated carbon mask with cloth mask. The INNOVA team came up with the idea of combining cloth with activated carbon, and eventually developed a beautiful cloth mask which contained two inner lining cloths for placing activated carbon mask or tissue, a feature extremely popular among women. Because the exterior cloth is carefully selected, it is hard to find the same design on the streets. When 200 masks with distinguished style were first released, they received high praise. They are not only popular among friends and relatives, they are well-liked by the creative market as well. The Office of Student Affairs, NCKU, has also ordered 2,500 masks as gifts for the upcoming Student Forum event.

In the financial and marketing aspects, the team members used their own money and applied various creative methods to prove the feasibility of the implementation of the CIE Program. Yi-Cheng Chen, Vice President Finance of the Member Committee of AIESEC in Taiwan, expressed, “Because I learned a lot from the Creative Marketing course of the CIE Program, I wanted to imitate the course content and apply it practically. With this idea in mind, I began searching for students with the same interest. The first person I found was my junior colleague Kuan-Ting Tsai from the same department, Department of Physics. Later, I found two more students outside school whom I met through school activities. The studio then began to operate and develop with the four of us.”

The activated carbon cloth mask is the first innovation product of INNOVA. This mask is a functional mask which will benefit the community and bring convenience to the people. “We believe, with endless creativity and daring spirit, products designed for people's convenience will be developed. We do not only observe the smallest details of inconvenience in life, most importantly, we transform them into creativity and practicality,” said the team.

Dr. Shyh-nan Liou, Director of Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Institute of Creative Industry Design, NCKU, emphasized, “The inventive dreams of young people need to be encouraged and supported. The CIE Center plays an important role in inspiring creative ideas and cultivating innovative spirit in the campus. It is expected that the successful implementation experience of INNOVA studio will open a creative window for students with ideas and dreams.”

National Cheng Kung University

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