Most of us start Tuesday with coffee, but the BizSmart campers started their Tuesday with a tour at TNACI led by Dr. Clay Raines. Many of them were excited and expressed their enthusiasm through questions and interactions with Dr. Raines. After this rather enlightening experience in the morning, they entered the most fun and important session of the day—Brainstorming.
This seemingly easy activity required a mighty team effort and collaboration as well as creativity. Most of the ideas might have sounded funny, unrealistic, or even wacky. But at the end of the day, the team with the most ideas tended to be more advantageous in terms of choice and tangibility. Below I have included the team, members, and quick overviews.
AQUAFFINAS (Sumita, Lily, Ellas, Ashutosh, Kira, Braidy):
This team was attempting to design a monitor that could monitor fish or water to eventually reduce pollution in order to improve the water quality and the over all well-being of the aquatic organisms. To me, even though the flying pizza restaurant for fish was clearly undoable with present technology, this idea was undoubtedly creative on the next level! There were also great points involving water monitors that could move while simultaneously collecting data of the water. Some of them were rather eager to share their ideas, but slowly and surely, they were learning the importance of collaboration and waited to present their ideas until others finished.
FLIXNET (Luiz, Sonia, Mikey, Adam, Rayyan, Andy):
This team was focused on bettering the daily life of us by designing a product that could display Netflix contact via AR and VR. Their ideas mostly involved goggles, glasses, and physical objects that could be worn or inserted. The possible design of a product that could be inserted into teeth and display content through bluetooth earned them 1 point for the craziest idea among the field of competitors. Not being personal here, but if this becomes a reality, our lives would never be the same again.
Hydro Squad (Trevor, Shantal, Martin, Astha, Peter, Nikos):
This team’s goal was to design a product that could deliver electricity to people in need, especially for underdeveloped countries. My first take on them was they had a ton of notes up! In fact, they won 1 point for having the most ideas, topping 94. Furthermore, their ideas clashed and encountered disagreements over the targeted customers; thanks to their fine team dynamics and work ethic this issue was solved through discussion.
FLUX( Karsten, Wil, Andres, Braswell, Frances, Mallory):
I believe most of us have heard of Fitbit; well, this team was working to design a fitness gadget that would fit different groups of people and offer optimum amount of information. Their ideas involved heavily around wearing gadgets powered by sensors; as a swimmer myself, I look forward to seeing them encompass different aspects and truly “create” a product that could teach us how to exercise correctly and offer details about our daily activities. It is time to prove that cool products are also capable of serving their purpose!
Big congratulations to Luiz for winning the Spirit Award for his enthusiasm and supportiveness in the team!!!