Congratulations to Franchezka Ruby Oxales, a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Industrial Design) program! Ms. Oxales was selected as one of the National Runners-up for this year’s James Dyson Award (JDA), a prestigious award named after the founder of the renowned technology company Dyson Ltd.
As her Industrial Design thesis project, Ms. Oxales developed SugarBuddy to help Down Syndrome patients monitor their diabetes. A wrist-worn device, SugarBuddy aims to guide its users in managing their diabetes through animated steps, LED lights, and verbal instructions to promote self-care and routine development.
Along with the National Winner from Mapua University and the other National Runner-up from the University of San Carlos, Ms. Oxales will enter the next stage, where a panel of Dyson Engineers will review, select, and shortlist the Top 20 design entries. This shortlist will then be forwarded to Sir James Dyson, who will personally select the international winners and runners-up.
Congratulations again to Franchezka Ruby Oxales! May her success in the competition inspire our Industrial Design students to aspire for excellence and become change agents through design!