Agung Nuswantoro is the winner of Humanitarian Air Drop
Being an inventor has always been my passion, although the profession is not well recognized in my country. Most people become flustered if you say you are an inventor (some people confuse 'inventor' for the CAD software 'Autodesk Inventor').
Since my childhood, I've been very interested in science and technology. I don't know why, but I find serenity in scientific things. And as I grew up, my interests spread to many fields including design, military, sports, psychology, sociology, politics, etc.
I like being creative and seeing the world with a different perspective. Questioning how things, people, or situations might appear or function from a different perspective. I also love reading and sketching; some of my other hobbies include disassembling things and then reassembling them or creating something new out of the parts.
I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, with a major in energy conversion. I worked for several years in R&D for an electronic manufacturing company. However, I found my job was only dealing with people, paper, and bureaucracy -- no research and design as it should be. Therefore, I resigned. I currently work as a freelancer, but I consider my self an inventor.
I discovered InnoCentive while searching for design and innovation contests, a habit since I was in high school. I've always enjoyed participating in design and innovation contests. Although I don't always receive an award, the experiences have enhanced my knowledge and skills. InnoCentive Challenges are different in many ways: it's not about winning or losing -- it's about people pushing their limits and solving others' problems, even without knowing each other.
My solution for the Challenge Humanitarian Air Drop came from the coal industry and used some aspects of a fire extinguisher system. Having an interest in military technology helped me a lot when developing the solution. I got my winning idea just about 10 days before the deadline, after trying several different designs over many sleepless nights.
Most Challenges on InnoCentive are definitely not simple problems; some are very exhaustive to think about, pushing the Solver's creativity limit. But Solving is fun -- it makes me learn new things and fuels my mind with creativity.
Right now, I'm working on several Challenges and waiting on others. What's unique is that the "AHA" moment comes while thinking about several Challenges simultaneously. Though it's not guaranteed that I will find a solution, thinking about solutions is itself very fun.
Thank you InnoCentive!