With the deadline for experiment proposals now just over 1 month away, we wanted to offer applicants the chance to meet potential collaborators and develop their project ideas further. On 18th July, we held our second open call clinic at London’s Urban Innovation Centre.
On arrival, attendees were asked to complete a networking task. As co-creation is one of our core principles, experiments must include multiple stakeholders from around the city, so we asked people to present the skill(s) they could bring to an experiment as a superpower. These were showcased on a wall throughout the event to prompt conversation and connect potential collaborators.
After a quick warm-up exercise, participants spent 20 minutes completing an individual brainstorming task to generate project ideas based on London’s 4 city challenges:
Taking into consideration the criteria for an experiment, each project idea had to focus on an issue area within the city challenge and incorporate a technology, which could capture, measure or analyse data.
After selecting their most promising idea, participants formed groups to discuss and develop one of their ideas further. This task looked in more detail at what would be needed to turn a basic project idea into a feasible project proposal, considering team members, resources and project stages. At this point, an expert panel were on hand to answer any questions people had around IoT, data capturing, sensors and data analytics.
We were very impressed with the experiment ideas that we were heard throughout the evening and many connections were build between participants.
Thank you again to everyone who joined this clinic. It was fantastic to welcome such a high number of new people to the community!
Read about our first open call clinic in June 2017 here.