Join us on May 9 for a special edition Idea Jam dedicated to Story Planet!
What is Story Planet?
Story Planet inspires kids to develop their unique voice & to make it powerful using the written word, visual arts & digital media.
Story Planet recently opened a new writing centre on Bloor Street west between Dovercourt and Landsdowne. This dynamic Space gives kids and youth the opportunity to hang out and learn from some of Canada’s finest writers, artists and digital storymakers. There's also an exciting shop where you can get everything for the traveling alien including some tantalizing reading!
This new, innovative centre for kids and youth is inspired by two successfully operating models, Dave Egger’s 826 National in San Francisco (which oversees eight centres in the US) and Roddy Doyle’s, Fighting Words in Dublin, Ireland. Both of these organizations are involved in supporting Story Planet through ongoing mentorship, consultation and the sharing of resources.
Idea 1: Space-age, playful interactive installations
Brainstorming great interactive elements to help bring the space to life.
We're already working on some pieces around space travel, story telling and information about goings on in the space and we're looking for more. These are items that will reside in the Interactive Travel Authority – the concept store part of the Story Planet.
Constraints and features
Reason why we’re doing this: To bring the store alive for kids and adults
Story Planet is all about giving kids the inspiration and the tools to create stories. We’d like to design a creative toy or device that helps them do just that. We love things that are somewhat open-ended so that even if you have instructions to build one way, the next time you can do whatever you want and create your own thing. Interaction is fun, so if the thing can move, or light up, or make sounds…
Constraints and features
Reason why were doing it: To stimulate story
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.
Need some help with an idea? Sign up to present at our next event! See our handy web form here.
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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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