On March 12th, I had the pleasure of participating in the Bits + Blocks Makeathon at the one and only IDEO in San Francisco! I was amongst the 80+ participants selected out of 270 applicants, so it was already an honor to be able to participate. The grand prize for this makeathon is an 8-week summer fellowship at the Bits + Blocks coLAB at IDEO.
I arrived bright and early at 8am to find that I've been assigned to Team 15. With the table full of post-its & sharpies (the only tools you really need for innovation!) and with a hearty breakfast in my stomach, I was ready to start hacking the day away.
Design Prompt: Time Travel
Our design prompt was to design at device for the year 2066. In our first exercise, we each had 5 minutes to brainstorm how technology might be different in the year 2066, and how it would impact our lives.
After the 5 minute brainstorm session, everyone in the group shared their ideas. We all had ideas around a more seamless integration with technology: one member more focused on changing the whole coffee shop experience, and another on a smart water bottle, but we all had pretty similar ideas. Other members had ideas about changing the way we interact with society, whether it's changing how we wait in line at the bank, or how we interact with strangers we meet walking down the street. We decided that we wanted to create a project that focuses on building interpersonal relationships.
Let's Start Designing!
Because it's the year 2066, we decided to take advantage of potentially available technology of nanobots. Nanobots are promising tiny machines for the future of healthcare, as they can deliver medicine to areas we currently can't.
How Might We...
Presenting: The VIBE System!