To begin with, now we have people who joined our team, since me and Max do not have much knowledge in engineering. We have decided to start with building a simple prototype that can be presented to the people but not advanced enough to be sold yet. We are getting help from the Industrial Design course students, and we are discussing plans with IT and electrical engineers.
After celebrating Chingiskhans birthday until 6am we arranged a meeting with Pieter Sonneveld from Dirkzwager at 9am. It was a difficult task to get there after 1 hour sleep but it was worth it in the end as we have been discussing some different places to test out our Scooter system in a closed environment; Veleuwe park and Papendal. We think these are both great places to start as you need to get around quite a large area and there are relatively good roads. They are also both in a closed environment meaning it is less viable to theft or vandalism. All in all a good trip to both locations and it was fun to hear some of Pieters ideas and stories.
We contacted the Mayor he replied surprisingly quickly and hopefully we can set up a meeting to discuss possibilities for Arnhem.
As I have been returning home today, I thought: "Wouldn't it be nice to blog our project?" Therefore, I will start doing that from today (10.04.2019) and if you want to know the story before today, you will probably find it somewhere else (or just contact us).
Today, we went to find any engineers who could make us a prototype charging station, so we went to HAN Engineering building. Luckily, there was a career fair going on there where students were looking for companies and vise versa. At first, we skipped passed it because we were looking for a lecturer who was recommended to us in order to help with our issue. After long search, we found him, and he told us that it will be available only in September and needs to be an official part of study for the second year students.
We did not give up and rushed to the fair to find anyone who could help us. Who knew that there are many types of engineers and not all of them suit us (e.g.: mechanical engineers, industrial designers, project managers, etc.). Nevertheless, by talking to a bunch of students, we have found the people interested, so we are looking forward what comes from that later on.