This week's assignment brought us to further research of our subtopics. This time around we were to ask for the creative input of others.
First we had to rephrase our problems questions from last week into "How might we" questions.
My questions from last week in the "XXX needs a way to _____ because _______" form were these:
1) Lindsey needs a way to stay alert and awake when she has a cold because she still needs to go to work.
2) Mark needs a different way to remedy his stuffy nose because a regular tissue leaves his skin feeling irritated and sore.
In their "How Might We" form they are:
1)How might we create a product that keeps people awake and alert when they have a cold so that they can go to work?
2)How might we find a way to remedy a stuffy nose without causing soreness like regular tissues do?
After forming these "How Might We.." questions, we were conduct a brainstorming session. Mine was conducted in my dining room with 4 other people - Charlie, Yukina, Kari, and Britt. Before the actual brainstorming started, we can to get in a humorous and silly mood by playing a made up game.
Making up a game:
This is actually a game I used to play with my cousin Tory when I we were kids. We played it on a trampoline.. if you don't have a trampoline, just improvise.
It's quite simple really. And quite random.
You start at one side of the trampoline and leap to the other side, bring your arms up and shout "I'M ___________!!!!!!" at the top of your lungs. You fill in the blank with any noun, adjective, or noun with an adjective. Here are some that I remember saying:
"I'M A DEAD TIGER!!!!"
"I'M POOPY!!!" (??)
You get the idea. It's super duper fun when you're 6 and I'm sure it is too when you're in your 20s....
I had everyone try it, and while I think everyone thought I was nuts, it was pretty fun.
Next we started with the first question and set out for 20 minutes, writing down ideas like we did in class.
After a short break for some cookies, beverages, and a little of "The Office", we continued in our next 20 minute session of the next question.
I calculated the group IPM, and it turned out that we had a total of 44 ideas. That rounds to about 1 idea per minute per person.
After both sessions were done, I had everyone, including myself, pick 4 of their favorite ideas, 2 for each question.
They were put in a bowl:
After that we took out those favorites and organized them into 2 bowls, separating them by question #1 and #2: (10 in each bowl)
From these two bowls I had everyone vote on their favorite 5. Following are the winners in each category.
Category 1, How might we create a product that keeps people awake and alert when they have a cold so that they can go to work?
1) The Shocking Headband:
2)"I'm Awake!" Glasses
3)Caffeine Smoothie + Vitamins
5)Smell Salt Dispenser
Category 2, How might we find a way to remedy a stuffy nose without causing soreness like regular tissues do?
1) Nose Protector
3)Vick's Vapor Vaporizer
4)Farmer's Blow Catcher
5)Vick's Vapor Rub Patches
I think my favorite idea is the "Nap App," which Britt came up with. I think it would be a way for people to balance staying on task and taking some breaks. I also remember hearing that it's good to take short breaks while you're working or studying so your brain doesn't get overloaded or tired. And when you have a cold, taking those naps might be a way to continual give you a little burst of energy so you can make it through the work day.