Design Thinking

Here is the Design Thinking framework provided by Stanford University. It is open source so anyone can use it. (http://longevity3.stanford.edu/designchallenge/design-thinking-process/)

Last weekend I attended the Small Business Fair at Honolulu Community College. It was fun seeing familiar faces and also learning from others about the plethora of resources available for small businesses.

In one session, I was introduced to Design Thinking thanks to Ian from Oceanit. Basically, It’s a framework built for anyone trying to provide a solution to a problem. Perfect for entrepreneurs.

One of the key takeaways I got from the presentation was that this framework is like a martial art. The more you practice it, the better you’ll be at it. So it made me wonder. Are there groups that spar on a regular basis?

Do you or anyone you know practice Design Thinking? I’d love to connect and chat. Let’s talk story.

Big Data & Hackathons in Hawaii

Greetings Everyone,

This past month there was plenty of activity in my home base of Hawaii. Check out some of the shots from the events I’ve attended:

Hacking away at a problem. Programming style. Photo by D. Ramos

 

One of my favorite projects out of the dozens of pitches at the ATT Hackathon. A group of programmers created a way to use Augmented Reality (AR) to teach a person how to play the ukulele.

Not only were there awesome ideas at the hackethon, but there were some resources that I did not know exist. For example, I knew blocks of codes can be used as puzzle pieces but didn’t know Google had a library called Blockly. Thanks to Mr. Kuok at OceanIT for introducing this to me. The following is an example of what Blockly looks like:

Here’s a sample of Blockly. You can also play around with it by following this link: https://developers.google.com/blockly/

Another highlight of March that involves big data is the Open Data Day 2018, organized by Burt Lum on Oahu. It’s amazing what kind of data is available out there. Meeting people involved with collecting the data and making it presentable was also a plus.

Before I started my company, I did a little bit of “market research” by digging up data on how many businesses are on Oahu alone. Thankfully I didn’t have to put too much effort. I discovered The Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism to justify my existence.

Introducing dashboards that summarize data the government has collected. Depending on your situation, this may be very useful for you or your business. Photo by D. Ramos

Months later, at Open Data Day, many of the people supplying this information were in attendance and shared even more data that would be useful for many different organizations. The amount of resources can actually be a little overwhelming. Like many of the conferences I’ve attended in the past, I share specific information with people who need it.

However, one thing I encourage is to stay active and ambitious about finding out information. It’s a lot of hard work but there’s so much that can be done. I like anything data so it’s easy for me to attend events like the Hackathon or Open Data Day.

If you’reĀ  a newbie, I suggest you should figure out what you’re interested in and THEN put on the glasses I have for data. Maybe you like comic books or maybe you like cosmetics. Just know that there are resources out there. And if you need help interpreting, we can chat. Let’s talk story, feel free to holler @ me.