Inno.Space at IdeaSquare
Especially in the first few days, ideaSquare invited some experts from different fields of expertise who gave us inspiring talks. We learned about “Why we are here”, “Multiverse Thinking” and different future scenarios. And of course we were inspired by all the amazing people we met at IdeaSquare, especially by the other teams.
We really enjoyed the time with the other international teams. Having fun at all our breaks during the day. One of the most exciting parts were the warm-up games every morning, which were organized by the different teams. For our team warm-up we decided to play “Grandma, Ninja, Tiger” and one of us made it to the final (and even won in the end).
If you ask anyone that did this course before, we are quite sure that they cannot hear the word ideation anymore. Same for us. The two weeks were mainly all about ideation and finding ideas that you didn’t even think you could have. For this we got to know many different ideation techniques. We started one session with opportunity cards, the next with technology cards. We would start the session by finding a future scenario first or by doing team swaps, also known as world cafe. We even did a dance session that should help us to go beyond our limits and out of our comfort zone.
One of the most important persons in Design Thinking is the user of the product. If he won’t use it in the future, there is no need to build it. For this reason, we had the chance to talk to “Cernies” at their canteen R1. Biggest lesson we learned there: “If you fail, fail fast.” Besides skipping one of our ideas completely, we got helpful feedback on things we should consider or technology we could take a closer look at.
After trying all different kinds of ideation concepts and getting tons of feedback from the teaching team, the other students and the Cernies, we came up with a lot of good (or less good) ideas and made some prototypes.
We normally did a short presentation after every ideation session in order to get feedback and to get used to presenting our ideas. At the end of the two weeks we had a bigger presentation. We had to select two promising ideas, do a little more research on them and present them in front of the other program members, members of CBI Barcelona (they arrived on Wednesday and were preparing for their final presentations), IdeaSquare staff and guests and friends of the project. We decided to present the two following ideas: