Inclusive Design Universal Design Innovation Camp (HiOA) Day 1 Tuesday
8 Nov 2013
I was invited to be the “employer” at the Innovation Camp at the HiOA on Oct 29-30th here in Oslo, organised in co-operation with Ungt Entrenpreneurskap.
The two days were a great success I really enjoyed it! I learn’t a lot as well. It pushed me out of my comfort zone. I also got a great chance to spread the word about what I am working with which was important for me too.
So what was it all about? Why was I the “employer”?
Well I was asked to present me, my company and set an Inclusive/Universal product design task for final year nurse and physiotheraphy students.
I was not quite sure what to expect.
Thankfully I could present in English as the whole module was in English, phew!
So after presenting me, IncludeYou and I got down to details of talking a bit about Inclusive/Universal Design.
A couple of videos including one homemade by me I think worked really well in showing the challenges people can face from day to day. I wanted the students to get the feeling of how it is to live with MS, ME, a stroke or Arthritis.
Then followed explaining the task...
I really wanted the students to think out of the box and come up with a physical product. I think we are all app’ed out at the moment. I really stressed too that the product should be affordable. An iphone at 5000kr without a phone contract is not affordable!
To pinch a tag line from a Norwegian TV commercial my mantra if you can call it that was “Den enklere er ofte det beste” – or “Simple things are often the best things”
So the interesting thing for me was how would the students react to the task? Would they go for it 150% and engage with the task and the challenge. How would they react and cope with going outside their comfort zone?
The students were not product designers, not technical people. They will become Norway’s next generation of health professionals
So in the space of just over a day the students in groups of 5-6 had to come up with a concept, produce a business plan, and plan a 2 minute sales pitch.
We gave the students paper, pens, modelling clay, pipe cleaners and other bits and pieces that could be used to build a prototype. I love making stuff, and for many people it is easier to express themselves making things rather than in words.
The students were helped in the task by a group of mentors including a physio, and a commercial advisor, so they were not alone, they got help.
This video from Day 1 shows what it was all about. Hope you like it :-)