The libraries used for hackathons are reoccurring bits and pieces of trends, tech components and human needs. New ideas are essentially new compositions of already known bits and pieces.
After participating in numerous workshops on idea development and idea mashups we have summarized the most commonly reoccurring bits and pieces that ideas and concepts normally consist of.
The idea was simple, to create libraries of cards with different components that can be combined into ideas. Cards that encourage creative playing and reshaping of ideas. As a result of their different purpose, the MethodKit with […] decks have a different mechanics than MethodKit for […].
The decks are most useful in the first part of a hackathon, coming up with what idea to build during it.
Example of pieces and fragments to be combined in an idea mashup workshop with cards from MethodKit with […]. Red: Tech Building Blocks. Yellow: Trends. Green: Locations. Blue: Human Needs. Turcoise: Business Models
Work in small groups (3–7 people). If you are more participants, split up into smaller groups. Decide which type of solution that you would like to develop. For example:
A product that… uses [technology] with [trend] on [location] fulfilling [human need] made of [material] made with [person] in mind, that offers [value/business model] and makes money from [revenue stream/business model].
You could also complete the sentences with an [idea] … that solves the housing crisis or a [solution] … that makes people more healthy.
Tip! Conduct parts of the workshop in silence where everyone is working individually, mixed with group work. That allows for parallel idea development processes.
A product that uses [component/sensor/api/services].
The things could be:
MethodKit with Tech Building Blocks (120 cards) was released November 2014.
A product that docks into/uses [trend].
Trends could be:
MethodKit with Trends (100 cards) released November 2014.
A product that docks into [human need].
Human needs create discussions on what people need, and more specifically: does you product/idea really fill a purpose in the world.
Example of Human needs:
MethodKit with Human Needs (60 cards) released November 2014.
Locations could be:
MethodKit with Location (Released December 2015)
People from different places, classes, generations and life situations that makes you reconsider what’s needed in the world. These type of different personalities/people is often called Personas.
MethodKit with Personas (Was released in December 2015)
MethodKit with Business Models is a library of 68 cards with value propositions, funding models & revenue streams.
MethodKit with Business Models (Was released in 2016)
The kits are available as the Brainstorming Bundle.