Join us for this special Idea Jam at the Design Common, part of the Centre for Social Innovation (Annex). Let's explore what the ThingTank and Design Common communities can share and learn from each other! We have a great evening planned with 2 terrific presenters.
6:00PM - 6:50PM: Hala Chaoui: From organic waste to fertilizer
7:00PM - 7:50PM: Dawn Buie: CSI Annex Wayfinding
Hala Chaoui: From organic waste to fertilizer
As a new business, I designed and adobe manufactured set of devices that simplify the recycling of organic waste to fertilizer. The business is based on my work in agricultural engineering: http://www.urbanfarmsorganic.com. The adobe design includes collapsible kits that modify milk crates into a device that dry waste, or one that processes it. These kits can be mailed in envelopes, to consumers. The set of devices I made constitute a system, that turns waste into a higher quality fertilizer in order to increase the productivity and soil health of edible gardens, in cities and elsewhere. I found a way to manufacture in machine shop, instead of requiring capital cost to mass produce in factories. I could use inputs on the logistics of manufacturing, storing, fulfilling orders, how to grow organically as a business, and how to reach consumers.
Dawn Buie: CSI Annex Wayfinding
"I'm examining the state of wayfinding at the CSI Annex building - and will be suggesting low cost ways the situation can be improved, and will demonstrate how to use personas to tailor a solution. I've already taken photos of the various floors and entries/exit and have notes on possible problems and solutions.
I'm also interested in ways I could connect the physical spaces to the stories of the people in the spaces, or potentially the history of the space. This portion could live online and be accessible through smart devices or computers or even speakers and sensors in the walls - I need to blue sky it a bit more.
More esoterically I'm interested in how certain architecture can encourage the telling of certain stores and tends to see similar human dramas enacted over and over again."
Idea Jams - Come roll up your (brain) sleeves
If you have an idea that you need help with, come pitch it at our bi-monthly events. This is no Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank! Idea Jams are informal get-togethers with just enough structure to make sure that you get something of value out of coming.
You bring your ideas (vaguely related to the Internet of Things), we provide the "secret sauce" (along with beer and snacks!)
Need some help with an idea? Together we'll figure out how to make your ideas concrete and possibly help you find the labour and resources you need. Each individual segments of the idea jam is about 50 minutes. You have 10-15 minutes to present your idea to all jammers and explain current challenges/problems. Jammers then break down into small groups and brainstorm solutions for 20 minutes, using our handy "writables" (writeable tables...). Jammers then report back to the group in the last 15 minutes. We hope to have 2 presenters at each Idea Jam event.
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Intellectual Property & Collaboration Policy
By attending you agree that all ideas discussed in reference to the presenter’s project during the individual segments of the Idea Jam become the property of the presenter. This is a pay-it-forward event. If during the event you have an idea that you want to develop on your own, keep it to yourself.
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.
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