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Handout from the Open Design Hackathon event in Cape Town, South Africa


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Handout from a full-day design jam that happened in April 2013. More info here. The handout is under CC attribution license - for others to reuse and build upon.

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Handout from the Open Design Hackathon event in Cape Town, South Africa

  2. 2. 10:35 Introduceyourselvesw ithin theteam 11:10 Brainstorm ideas 11:50 Getfeedback13:00 Lunch!Havesom efood forthought 13:40 Develop yourbestidea 14:00 Build yourpresentation 15:00 Getreadyforshow tim e! TEAMWORK TIMELINE
  3. 3. Introduce yourselves • your name • what do you do (in one sentence) • why did you choose this particular problem • a little-known fun fact about you
  4. 4. Define your challenge What is the problem you are going to address today as a team? Example: high drop-out level in high-schools Choose a specific user group influenced by this problem. Give as many details as possible. Example: “Teenage girls in Langa” is better than “Young girls in South Africa” Formulate the problem into a challenge that includes your user group. Example: How might we help teenage girls in Langa complete their high-school education?
  5. 5. Brainstorm ideas In next half an hour come up with at least 30 ideas that solve your challenge. Think RADICAL! Write every idea on an individual post-it & group similar ideas on the fly. Consider the rules of brainstorming: • Defer judgement • Encourage wild ideas • Build on the ideas of others • Stay focused on a topic • One conversation at a time • Be visual • Go for quantity
  6. 6. Choose 3 most favorite ideas that you will present to your sister team. Use discussion & voting. Voting: Every team member can vote for 4 different ideas by putting a dot on the selected post-its. The post-it that gets most dots is the most favorite. IDEA 1 IDEA 2 IDEA 3
  7. 7. Get & give feedback Now meet up with your sister team and present them your challenge & 3 favorite ideas. Use 5 minutes per idea. Capture their feedback on a separate sheet of paper that you can find on your table (that looks like this:) Switch, now the sister team will present its challenge and ideas. -+ ? !
  8. 8. Lunch!Have some food for thought
  9. 9. Develop your best idea 1. Based on the feedback you got, choose the best idea 2. Develop it: • vision • impact • who could make it happen? (people, organizations) • how could it be economically sustainable?
  10. 10. Build your presentation Be creative! Use flip-chart paper, prototyping, roleplaying, storytelling. Make sure to cover: Problem 1. Describe the challenge that you are addressing 2. Explain why it’s interesting and important to solve Solution 3. Give it a name 4. Describe it in one sentence Example: “Uusi is a mobile service that helps poor people find jobs” 5. Describe how it works (you could use a scenario or a storyboard) 6. Explain the impact of your solution, benefits and value to the user 7. Explain how it could be implemented: • who could make it happen • how could it be economically sustainable
  11. 11. SHOWTIME!
  12. 12. Sources used IN this handout: - An introduction to design thinking OpenIdeo: Tips on Brainstorming en-tips-on-better-brainstorming
  13. 13. What worked... What could be improved... Questions... Ideas... -+ ? !