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Design by Nektar Ege Altıntoprak, Graduate of Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Izmir University of Economics (IUE), came in first place in Turkey at the “Falling Walls Lab” contest organized by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The “sleep tracking device”, consisting of a smart alarm and an ankle band for children will prevent bed-wetting.

Altıntoprak developed the band and alarm system called the “Moon” in order to allow children aged 8 – 12 to get a good night’s sleep. The design, which came in first place at the contest where many projects by entrepreneurs and inventors competed, will represent Turkey in Berlin against other projects coming from different countries.

‘Children will get a better sleep’

Altıntoprak, who is doing a double major at IUE Department of Psychology, stated that she was extremely happy to be awarded for her band and alarm system design for children. Altıntoprak said, “Bed-wetting is a common issue among childhood. However, it can lead to psychological and social problems in children. Moon has been designed to help children aged 8-12 solve this minor problem and let them have a comfortable sleep. During the first week, the ankle band monitors the movements, the physical state, tightening of the muscles, and sweating of the child prior to bed-wetting. It collects data such as the sleeping phase, the time when the bed-wetting occurs, and some more.”

Altıntoprak reported that the device gave out different signals such as smell, sound, vibration, and light, which are unique to the child. She added that when the alarm was set, it would wake the child up in order to prevent bed-wetting. Altıntoprak said that after her design came in first place in Turkey, she would compete at the finals that would take place in Berlin.




Turkish and Japanese interior architecture students designed student housing at Izmir's 8.500-year-old prehistoric settlement: Yeşilova Tumulus. 9 Japanese and 11 Turkish students conducted on-site examination in Izmir and displayed their joint projects as part of the collaboration between Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Izmir University of Economics (IUE) and Chiba University Department of Architecture.

In the past 6 years, 48 students learned about the cultures of both countries in Turkey and Japan, and developed joint projects together. This year, while 8 prospective interior architects from IUE got a chance to perform internship in Japan during summer semester, 9 Japanese prospective architects, under the guidance of Prof. Kaname Yanagisawa, Head of Department of Architecture, Chiba University, got a chance to get to know Izmir and its surroundings up close.




Cansu Sönmez, Graduate of Department of Sociology, Izmir University of Economics (IUE), will continue her successful journey in education in Italy following her studies in England. Upon completing her Master’s in Criminology with a scholarship at University of Plymouth, England, Sönmez will start her Ph.D. with a full scholarship at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in Italy.

Sönmez, who is getting ready to study urban studies and regional science for four years, will also participate in researches supported by the collaboration of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the University of L'Aquila, and London Schools of Economics. Sönmez will focus on immigration, crime, and victimization researches.