→ Best practice research
→ Unpacking frameworks
→ Creative brainstorming
→ Rapid prototyping
→ User testing
→ Business modelling
Given the experimental remote format, a careful preparation of the process was essential, especially concerning the various tools necessary to allow the teams to collaborate in a fully digital environment.
Due to the remote setting the empathy phase was set-up differently than we’d normally do in an offline hackathon. Instead of going out to interview users, we invited five industry experts and academia to speak on Friday afternoon for 10 to 15minutes. Each of them shared specific knowledge from their field and provided an overview of the current solutions available and inspiration for the teams.
Based on the expert inputs and the knowledge brought in by the participants, the teams mapped out their challenge to get a systemic perspective on the issues at hand.Based on this understanding, each team developed a specific, actionable problem with the right scope to be addressed.
During Saturday morning, the teams engaged in digital ideation on miro. In general, we choose to collaborate digitally on one miro board so both the facilitator and coaches had a full overview of the progress and idea generation of the different teams. The brainstorm sessions were stimulated by various creativity techniques and narrowed down using an impact-effort matrix to evaluate the ideas.
Saturday afternoon provided time and space for the teams to prototype and test their solutions for a meatless future. Prior to the hackathon, the teams were asked to organise users that could contribute valuable feedback for that stage of the development process.
Each team prepared a pitch for a group of judges. The pitch was approached differently by each team. From a representation of the meatless solution portrayed and acted out by LEGO to engaging presentations. Despite the distance, the participants made sure that their solution or idea was represented and communicated in an interactive manner.
Michael Augsburger - Business Associate at Spark Works
pitches & prototyped solutions
Throughout the three-day long remote hackathon ten teams were continuously driven to work towards a meatless future and all of them ended up with an innovative, interesting solution, which wouldn’t have been possible without the motivating support of the coaches. The winning teams earned a coaching package that supports them with moving their ideas forward.