{DI-LAB COURSE} The Students Present 3 Opportunities

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase13-1Caption: The Artefact and Oracle Teams present the opportunities identified in the field.
On the 13th session of the  DI-LAB Course 2013 the teams introduced three opportunities identified using field “sondeo” (interviews, card sorting, in the “user’s shoes”, etc.) and convergent thinking. The students went also presented with a set of tools on creating great Presentations, and they did really good in keeping up with 10 minutes articulating their process and ideas.
DILab13_Blog-1-Clase13-2Caption: Team Teague’s and Oracle’s presentations on their sondeo


{DI-Lab Course} Diverging with others, bias on Recombinant Innovation

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase11Caption: Students Brainstorming Opportunities for their team but working collectively
Our 4 teams had gone to the field already (more of a Sondeo than a deep study). With that information they have come to the class (as a whole) to orchestrate a brainstorming instance for opportunity detection. Under our bias for recombinant innovation, these diverging instances with diverse individuals (that are not directly involved in the project) are crucial to achieving non-traditional ideas. Recombinant innovation for us is a way to avoid technological and ideological “lock-ins”.


{DI-Lab Course} Ethics and the last rapid ctxt assessment tools

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase10Caption: Ethics manifesto
On the 10th session of the  DI-LAB Course 2013 we worked on the last tools from the rapid (applied) ethnographic tools. Apart of practicing our tools in the classroom, the students had a discussion on their ethical standpoint. There are ethical challenges in teaching applied anthropology, and the main issue is that we are working directly with people (as opposed to machines or inanimated artifacts).  We talked about the informed consent (which I explain better here) and other important things to consider when going to the field.  

{DILab Course 2013] Delimiting the Design Space

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 9-1Caption: Henry Wang, our visiting Startuper
On our ninth session, Henry Wang, a Kiwi that studied in Berkeley and that now is down in Chile developing his startup project, came to visit us. At his young age (21), he had a bunch of advise to give to our students. He talked about taking risks and on having good technical knowledge to execute ideas! “The business model is not everything”… He has the business model in consideration, but executing some ideas and putting them “out there” ,for him, is crucial. Something he really highlighted was the value of uncertainty. “Get comfortable with it”. It was interesting for us to have a point of view from someone that is already doing things! The four teams also introduced themselves and their results on the assignment “Delimiting the Design Space“. As always, innovation challenges are “big” and ambiguous. The engineering designers need to take a lot of steps of diverging and converging in order to “figure out” which is the most appropriate solution. The teams are getting ready to go to the field and “grasp” information and insights on opportunities that could be raised to innovate in each one of their particular challenges.DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 9-2Caption: Students presenting their assignment

{DI-Lab Course} Planning our Field Research

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 8-3Caption: Protocols made by the students
On the 8th session of the  DI-LAB Course 2013 we worked on the effectiveness of planning our research. We learned about the concepts of Culture and Ethnography. We also learned how to prepare ourselves for the field. The students created their own protocols for a small in-class activity. Based on these,  they interviewed their classmates. DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 8-2Caption: Protocol activity

{DI-Lab Course} Tools we have learned

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 8-1Caption: Constanza‘s display of the tools learned on the crash course

During our 7 sessions of the  DI-LAB Course 2013 we have learned a bunch of applied tools and strategies to work on the design process. After going through the fast Crash Course, the students were eager to wrap up the session by putting down which were the learning outcomes . This is why I decided to make a list so they can know what were the takeaways from the course so they feel empowered to use them in the project. We have to remember that the crash course was just a “peek” in what the design process with an anthropological bias entails. In the rest of the course we will deepen in the meanings of concepts and strategies. Remember: WE DO NOT ONLY DO POST ITS! {read reflection}. We are escaping the Assembly-Line Instruction in order to achieve more meaningful educational experiences.

At the end of the sessions the student will be able to:

  1. To Evidence Mental Models and your own biases
  2. To Map Systems and Contexts
  3. To Reason Visually
  4. To Conduct a Focusing Brainstorm session
  5. To Synthesize in Directions
  6. To Conduct a Superficial Sondeo
  7. To Generate a Persona
  8. To Conduct an Idea Generation Brainstorming
  9. To Negotiate an idea through Pros+Cons
  10. To Map Moments of the Experience
  11. To Create a StoryBoard to explicit Ideas

{DI-Lab Course} Check out the teams’ blogs!

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 7-Blog1Caption: The blog of Team Design Central Team (Kevin, Pablo, Munir) and Team Artefact (Adriano, Vivi, Pedro)
The students have developed their blogs as a form of documentation of their processes and a repository of ideas. The blogs are also an instance for the teams to reflect on their projects and on other stimuli that they get from other classes or people. On the other hand, the blogs are good way to showcase their projects and for the counterpart  to see what the students are going through while facing the challenges they have established.  Check them out!

  • Team Oracle: Muévete Santiago http://muevestgo.wordpress.com/
  • Team Artefact: Civic Engagement http://dilabartefact.blogspot.com/
  • Team Teague: Flight XP http://flightxp.wordpress.com/
  • Team Design Central: SCLDsgn Proactive Health http://scldsgn.wordpress.com/

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 7-Blog2Caption: The blog of Team Oracle (Matías, Luzma, Gonzalo) and Team Teague (Rodrigo, PabloG, Sergio)

{DI-Lab Course} The End of the Crash Course – Articulating ideas

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 7-1Caption: Team Teague and Team Artefact working on UX Moments
This week @ the DI-LAB Course 2013 we are on the LAST session of our Crash Course. Today we worked on selecting and articulating ideas as a team. This is not easy! But the students make things explicit through some visual techniques in order to achieve consensus. The students created stories to build up a coherent articulation of the benefits of an idea to others in the class. It is important to remind our counterparts that the Crash Course is made over fictitious topics and data. The students have not yet done “field research”. With the 6 sessions of the Crash Course, the students are leveled as teams and prepared to face the design project. DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 7-2Caption: Munir and Matías working on their stories. Team Teague’s story scenes

{DI-Lab Course} Crash Course P5 – Creating

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 6-2Caption: Munir working on the creativity exercise
This week @ the DI-LAB Course 2013 we are embracing the 5th session of our Crash Course. It is our sixth class already! Time goes by quickly. Most of the teams have met already with their “Challenge Counterpart” (Teague, Artefact, Design Central and Oracle) and they are already figuring out a lot of information they need to grasp from the field!
DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 6-4Caption: Students working as teams Today we did some creativity exercises (thanks Anne and Michael for the inspiration on that one) and we worked on the holistic view of the UX Moments and Leverage points. DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 6-3Caption: Pablo working working on some ideas 


{DI-Lab Course} Crash Course P4 – The Human interface

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 5-3Caption: Students constructing “personas
This week @ the DI-LAB Course 2013 we are embracing the fourth session of our Crash Course. During this stage, the students learned how to identify and work with the human interface. As usual, focusing on an empathetic design, we worked with the construction of “personas” in order to have a first approach to what user-centered design is. On later stages we will work with deeper concepts of culture and what does it mean to be human. This is important for us in the realm of design-anthropology. As my friend, mentor (and one of the seminal researchers on design-anthropology) Dr. Dori Tunstall indicates “What makes Design Anthropology different from marketing research? Design anthropology asks, “What does it mean to be human?”  Marketing research asks, “How does one allocate resources to move customers to buy goods and/or services? ” We are just starting, the students are surviving the fourth day of the hands-on crash course in order to understand how the design process we are embracing is iterative, it diverges and converges and how it considers the human component. DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 5-1Caption: Students constructing “personas

{DI-Lab Course} – Focusing our challenge

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 4-1
Caption: Students using an orchestrated brainstorming to explore one of the topics
This week @ the DI-LAB Course 2013 we are embracing the third day of the Crash Course. We worked on focusing and redefining the challenge through techniques for diverging and converging. DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 4-2Caption: Students reaching consensus as a team
We are lucky to have a room with a lot of whiteboards which is not that common (although it might be changing). The teams were able to pick up a corner in the room to conduct their own explorations related to their topics. The idea of this activity was also to empower the students to use the techniques by themselves without the professor’s direct instruction (just coaching). This should encourage them to use the tool in the future without any help.
DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 4-3Caption: Students using the space during Crash Course

{DI-Lab Course} – The Crash Course Continues

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 3-3Caption: Students during Crash Course
This week @ the DI-LAB Course 2013 we talked about Engineering Design in Education by reviewing a seminal paper on the matter. Then the students went through the second stage of the Crash Course where they explored their role in the organizations they belong to, their mental models and the context where the project will be living in. DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 3-1Caption: Students performing  during Crash Course
During this stage, and consequent with the values of design-anthropology, the students are initiated in a process culture that aims to provide them a common language and a common way to figure out things. This process culture is open, flexible and makes them become aware of the convergent and divergent stages of thinking while developing a project. DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 3-2Caption: Students during Crash Course

DI-LAB Course 2013 – We have launched!

DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 2Caption: Students’ videos
This week the DI-LAB Course 2013 has launched at INGPUC in Santiago de Chile. We have 4 teams of students working with our “challenge partners” companies. Design Central posed a challenge on Proactive Health, Teague Associates is working on the Airport of the Future, Oracle on Smart Cities and Mobility and the Artefact Group  on Civic Engagement. We are pretty excited with the creativity displayed on these challenges! Through an orchestrated activity, our students (Pablo G, Pablo A, Matías, Vivi, Gonzalo, Rodrigo, Pedro, Sergio, Munir, Kevin and Luzma)  chose their teams. The teams are composed from students from different engineering subdisciplines (Mechanical, IT, Bio, Chemistry, Industrial, Transportation, etc!). They are all in Engineering Design today! Applying their knowledge to “figure out” a way to face the proposed challenges.
DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 2-1Caption: Crash Course Day 1

On our first stage of the course, the students developed videos to introduce themselves to others (they were overly creative!). We also started the first day of the CRASH COURSE. This activity looks to develop self-awareness, to develop an “attitude”  and to initiate the students into a same course culture.
DILab13_Blog-1-Clase 2-2Caption:  Crash Course Day 1

4 American-based companies will be partnering with us for the DI-Lab course!

In the same way we’ve done in the past, we are partnering with companies so that our students have real-life experiences and a hands-on project. Six American Based companies will partner with us during the DI-Lab course that will be imparted in Santiago de Chile starting in August 2013 at the School of Engineering at P.Universidad Católica de Chile. These are all relevant companies and change makers! And they will be partnering with a team of students to develop projects in socially relevant areas. Here is the amazing list:

DILab13_Blog-1-DCentralDesign Central– Columbus OH
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First Course Launching in August 2013 // Primer Curso Agosto 2013

The first course will be launching in August 2013 just for engineering students at “Escuela de Ingeniería de la Pontificia Universidad Católica”. We will be partnering with 5 American-based companies that will provide real world challenges for the students to solve. Spaces are limited for this second semester. The application process will be announced on this website or in our Facebook page. More to come …DILab_Blog-post prueba