Hello again, at this post I’m going to share with you what I missed in the first two weeks before I came here, as you know I’m here doing my masters to learn. However, I have asked my friends about their experiences and what they learned of it.
At the first weekend, about 3 classes from the university had to be in the Surrey County Council to work on something called “Hackathon”.at the beginning of the hackathon’s people gave my classmates an introduction and brief about the Surrey community and some of the problems the community is facing. Thy looking for creative and new ideas from the students to help. Actually, the trust of the University and the County Hall amazed me as it gave the student a feeling of confidence and the ability to make a difference.
The students were all new, which was in the first week in the University and that it was very stressful not knowing anyone and most importantly not knowing what they will be facing during the weekend. But in the end, they all agreed that, it was the best icebreaker and they devoted their skills in team working and how to deal with work pressure. The interesting point that most of the students came from different backgrounders and came together to help a society that is different than theirs. I thought this must have been an obstacle but it turned out to be a positive thing. As it facilitated creative solutions as people view things differently in a different part of the world. The facilitators gave the students steps and guidance from the design thinking tools to guide them and help them come up with an affective solution to help the community. My classmates shared with me their creative ideas and talked about the short yet affective learning curve in the skills of pitching.
Redesign a Shoe:
There are five stages of the Design Thinking process, starting with Empathise, Define, Ideate, Prototype and final test. Using this process my classmates redesigned a shoe, they started the 1st step by going around the campus observing users having interview and conversations instead of surveys as Janja gave an interesting example of how a conversation and an interview is more valuable and insightful than a survey. They were looking mostly for extreme users, and in this case, anyone who is not wearing sneakers. As extreme users can give you a deeper understanding than normal users. They took pictures and notes about the users and why they chose to wear the shoes they are wearing. Next step was Define, they highlighted their key findings to then used POV Statement
Moving to the 3rd step, the students started with ideation which includes brainstorming and many solutions as possible to create the perfect shoes for their persona then they moved to the prototype creating amazing shoes with very simple material and this has taught them a lot as they did not spend so much time in. In the ideation phase, they learned that sometimes creating things can actually give you better ideas.