We generated different ideas based on our problem statement from the define assignment. Some of the ideas were also generated based on an exercise in one of Klaudia’s lessons. The brainstorming method was used to generate these ideas.
One of the members of the group was chosen to be the designated leader for the brainstorming activity. After that the group generated a HMW (how might we) question based on the problem statement from last assignment. The HMW question generated was the following: How might we make students at Østfold University College feel more included in real life socialising?
The designated leader was responsible to write down the different ideas which the group came up with on sticky notes. Once all the ideas were written down and visible for the group, we discussed in plenum about which of the ideas were the most rational one, the most delightful one as well as the long shot choice. We felt that using the “Four Categories Method” alone didn’t help us with the idea selection. Because of this we ended up using the post-it voting method, so the designated leader set a 5 minute time limit for all of the members to vote on the different ideas individually.
The group sat down with each of their own blank post-it notes where they numbered the top 4 ideas of all the generated ideas by using points from 4 to 1 individually. 4 points was given to the most liked idea. After this the members gathered again and wrote their numbers down on the post-it notes with the ideas so everyone could see each others votes. After that the votes were counted up, and one of the ideas was chosen as the winner. The 3 ideas that received the most points were a calendar, an app and a diary.
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Our first idea was to have a physical diary. In this diary students could write different social events that would happen during the week. This diary could be located at a place where it would be easily accessible for every student. This idea received 4 points in total.
Our second idea was to make an app for keeping track over different social events. Each student could create their own event (using their student ID to log in) which would then be visible for all other students. One would later be able to change or delete their own event, however they can only do this for events that they created themselves. This idea received 8 points and was close to winning, but we thought that going for an app would be boring, and we didn’t want to limit ourselves to an app. We wanted to think outside the box, to avoid the Man with the Hammer Syndrome.
Our third idea is kind of a combination of our first two ideas, in the fact that it is an overview of all social activities happening around the school area, where every student can create their own events. The idea was to use TV screens to display a calendar which would be easily visible all around campus. An iPad is connected to the screens, this is used to register events. A student would scan his/her student ID to log in, they would then be greeted by the first screen where you could choose to add an event or view an existing event in more detail. If you choose to create an event you are presented with the options of choosing a category, location and date/time. This idea received 12 votes in total and won the voting.
After giving the third idea above some thought, we decided to make an app for every student to download instead of having an iPad connected to each TV. In that way students could use the app from everywhere instead of having to be at the school to use the solution. We still want TV screens to be placed around campus to spread attention about the app, and students could either download the app from the AppStore or via a QR-code on the TV.
This resulted in a new and final problem statement. The new statement is as follows:
How can a local student event app help students at Østfold University College to feel more included in real life socializing?
After completing this assignment, we realised that we had too few ideas during the brainstorming phase. If we could go back in time, we would’ve come up with many more ideas to chose from. We have learned from this, and will hopefully not repeat this mistake in future subjects and situations regarding brainstorming.