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OpenIDEO January 9, 2014 2 OpenIDEO Site Refresh: Share Your Feedback


We're really excited to share our newly-redesigned OpenIDEO platform. OpenIDEO has a new look and feel, some new features and has been rebuilt from scratch, meaning it's faster and much more stable. We’ve also redesigned our homepage, improved our search function, refreshed our blog and more – all to make reading, exploring and collaborating even more fun and easy for new visitors and veterans alike. If you have any questions or feedback about any of these changes, let us know. We’d love to hear what you think.

Check out this update to learn more about how we're re-orienting ourselves for even more impact together in 2014.

Alain Anhalt December 14, 2012 8 OpenIDEO + Universities

Making it easier for students to join our design challenges for social impact is something we've been working on for a while now, and it turns out that many of you are too! From organising Concepting OpenSTORMS and hosting Refinement workshops, to conducting expert interviews and creating official OpenIDEO clubs on campus, students everywhere have found new and clever ways to share our process and our platform with their classmates.
We've been blown away by the university stories you've shared with us, so to help support your efforts to bring OpenIDEO to even more campuses, we're excited to publish our OpenIDEO University Toolkit – a short, fun guide for OpenIDEO newcomers and veterans alike. 
As always, we're curious to hear your feedback on this Toolkit so that the next version can be even more useful. Let us know what you think!

Download the University Toolkit here

How will you share OpenIDEO design challenges with your friends and classmates?
We're eager to hear what you come up with.

Meena Kadri October 30, 2012 Feature Suggestions



We’re excited to announce our new Share Your Story prototype feature! This will provide an initial avenue,
for those of you who are transforming ideas into action, to let us know so we can help share your stories
with our OpenIDEO community. There’s also an opportunity for you tell us how the OpenIDEO community
might help you further.

Bear in mind that this is a prototype – so we’ve hacked it together pretty quickly in order to learn about
how we might collect and celebrate stories of action from our community in a more integrated way in future.
If you’ve got suggestions as we continue to develop our efforts – chime in below...

Haiyan Zhang June 24, 2012 11 New Users: We're Here to Help

We all know the impact a great image can make to our inspirations and concepts. Sometimes finding a great image where we also have the right to republish can be a bit of a challenge. I'm hoping to compile a list of resources where everyone is finding their Creative-commons licensed images. What are your tips & tricks?

Lately I've started using Flickr to find Creative-Commons licensed imagery. You can access their Advanced Search at this url: http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/

Be sure to scroll down and tick the box that says "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content" as this will ensure you only search for images where the photographer has given some permissions to their photos being republished.

Once you've found your image, be sure to check the "License" link on the right-hand side of the page. If it says "All Rights Reserved" then you can't use it, and if it says "Some rights reserved" you can click on the text to find out what the rights are. Most of these photos will allow you to at least share the image provided you give attribution to the photographer.

At this point I will go back to the image, find a reasonable size for it and download it. When I upload it to OpenIDEO, I will also paste in the link to the original Flickr image to attribute it back to the photographer.

That's it! With Flickr we have access to hundreds of thousands of images we can use with the permissions of the photographers. Looking forward to hearing your tips about sourcing great visuals for OpenIDEO...



Haiyan Zhang February 20, 2012 14 IDEO Make-a-thon

Thanks to everyone who attended the IDEO Make-a-thon this weekend!

Your enthusiasm, passion, creativity and skills helped make the prototype of this event spectacular and generated some truly original ideas.

We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

If you want to continue work on the 8 OpenIDEO open-source projects from the IDEO Make-a-thon, please use the project brief links below. Please add your relevant links / files / images / photos, or videos from your projects. If you would like to leave comments and feedback about the event, please leave comments on this post.

Over the next few weeks we will be documenting our learnings from the prototype IDEO Make-a-thon on OpenIDEO Field Notes and IDEO Labs. Keep an eye out!

The photos of the Make-a-thon are up! Check them out here...

In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of all the IDEO Make-a-thon teams and projects:

Village People

Brief: The Future of the Village Fête

Starting with the question ‘What is the urban fête?’ The Village People team created a new grassroots movement where London locals can plan and stage their own fête interventions. Prototypes included a fantastic brand, video testimonials from locals and a concrete ‘deaddrop’ where locals can share digital fête music.



Team: @brendandawes, @neilchurcher, Charlene Lam, Emilie Sheehan, Nazia Parvez, @robinhowie, Lawrence Willmott, Ivo Vos, Chris Grantham.


Team Xtreme

Brief: Boris Bikes for Tourists

Team Xtreme were tasked with improving the Boris Bike scheme for London visitors. They created a number of innovative prototypes including a receipt docket that gives you a sightseeing cycle route and a custom clip that can be used to mount cameras, maps, flowers to your Boris Bike.

Look out for the soon-to-be-released 3D product on thingiverse.com!


Team: @basil, @james_croft, @falkowate, @ithinkihaveacat, @bedford2, @hadleybeeman, @jude.pullen


Karma Comedians

Brief: Postcode Gangs

The Karma Comedians team sought to bring locals together through a skills sharing interactive phone booth. They created a seamless experience prototype by joining up technologies such as Twillio, Skype and the iPad.

Check out the open source version of the code here: https://github.com/andypiper/karma

Team: @andypiper, @dnw1710, Haley Stopford, @tburrellsaward, @vbrooksy, Steve O'Connor.



Brief: Cycle Safety 3.0

The Bikewell team looked at cycle safety on London streets and created a service to teach people about cycle safety as well as a series of smart bike lights that react to cars when they’re too close, or post messages to drivers in traffic.

Checkout the video of the working bike light prototype here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIETDClOn9o

Team: @roseofwinter, Josah Emsley, Larissa Seilern, @cactuslouise, Oliver Poyntz, @jeremy_ih 

Amnesty International

As part of the Make-a-thon, we also worked with 4 briefs for Amnesty in tackling unlawful detention.
Thanks to @amy_bonsall and @AmnestyInternational

Protect Yourself

Brief: Amnesty Advice Platform and Amnesty Action on Google

Protect Yourself created a live prototype of an Amnesty Checklist platform where activists, family and friends can seek advice about unlawful detention. The team worked with Amnesty subject matter experts to create the content for these checklists as well as building the platform to host them.

Take a look at the live prototype! http://hackweekend.info/

Team: @bengmorgan, @tezzutezzu, @sabrinatucci, @hisposyrian, @danieltownsend


Don’t Panic

The team built an alert app and platform for signaling at risk situations using Google Maps and HTML5 technologies. Accessible via mobile browsers by those at risk, individuals can hit the alert button to register when they’re in danger of being taken, sending their location and details. A group of volunteers monitor the platform and in turn alert the relevant organizations.

Check out the live panic button: http://panicbutton.herokuapp.com/
And the monitoring interface: http://panicbutton.herokuapp.com/notifications



Team: Zaynab Leeya, @biancaUXD, Jill Irving



Brief: Amnesty Observer App

The team built an app to help people record and upload human rights violations. Using HTML5 and Phonegap, they were able to create a working app for the iPhone that allows users to record video or photos and upload details about the imagery to a secure server.

Team: @iliasbartolini, @gridinoc, Ralf Rebmann, @tristamsparks



A web service for determining if an `at risk` activist has gone offline and may need help. The service monitors a user’s social media usage and alerts those in their network if they haven’t registered any activity for a period of time. This is a subtle way of detecting when someone may be missing, without relying on the person to be proactive.

Team: @ideesabsurdes, @joelanman, @junkafarian


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