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HCD 02 - Select a pre-crafted challenge topic

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Selected Topic: 
Challenge 2) How might we provide healthier food options for  people in need?" 

Based on team members' preference, knowledge and time frame of the course, we decided to work on the healthier food options, as it is generally relevant to all members.
 

We  learned the basics of the Discover phase of the human-centered design process from first meetup. We practiced conducting design methods that help us gain a deeper understanding of the needs of various stakeholders in your community. As part of the class 2 workshop, our design team selected one of three pre-crafted design challenges and then get started conducting Discover research.

We had 2-weeks to complete this class. 

The healthier food options are less accessible and more expensive. Hong Kong has more of an eating out culture but that is slowly changing with increasing interest in healthcare.
Healthier options is available but normally at higher cost.  Does this always have to be the case?  A lot of healthy meals can be prepared at low cost I believe.  I think this topic provides good opportunities to conduct surveys, and the potential of coming up with an impactful solution in the short run is also high.

I like the social problem Cedric raised, i.e. healthier options is available but normally at higher cost. Top of mind example is an organic cucumber in supermarket can cost 3 times more than a cucumber from China! 
Another social problem is the lack of work/life balance of HongKongers. For convenience sake after a long day of work, most would rather have a quick, unhealthy meal outside, than spend another hour cooking a healthy meal at home.

The affordable and competitive dinning culture in Hong Kong is also encouraging HongKongers to spend more, to experience more, to network and socialise (both for business and personal), and most importantly, to have something to talk about (e.g. molecular cuisine).

Reference: http://www.tablefor2.org.hk/history/
The options suggested by the course guidelines are as following:
• Challenge 1) How might we encourage low income families to save a little more each week? 

• Challenge 3) How might we enable more young people to become social entrepreneurs?