#VR4Rehab #interregNWE #Hackathon

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We are at our 5th hackathon for the #VR4Rehab project in Bruges and today at the Sportinnovation campus van Howest.

We have some 60 students from this educational facility. Some on physical therapy, ergotherapy, others on a more technological study.

All in all, we are able to build team from various disciplines which is exactly right for our design challenges in this hackathon.

We are working on rehab application for pain management, lower limb, adherence to therapy etc.

This morning we first had rounds on empathizing with the subjects, now we are in the phase of building our first shitty drafts and prototype ideas. Later today the students will present to a jury and will be judged for a ticket to get to the upcoming Game Jams where the actual workable demo will be developed based on the ideas that emerged in these 5 hackathons.

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It’s going to be a (couple of) beautiful day(s)…

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Above some views as I cycled to work this morning. It is going to be a beautiful couple of days looking ahead. Today first of all of course the ‘Made by Google’ event from New York and Paris. You can find everything you need to know about the Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, Pixelbook Slate etc. etc. here on this excellent website.

But there is more exciting stuff this week.

Tomorrow I will be part of the Design Thinkers Conference Day Zero in Amsterdam discussing Smart Cities – Inclusive & Empathic. This is an invitation only event that gathers experts in foresight, thought leadership, futurism, urban planning, social entrepreneurship & change agents to find solutions to some of the critical barriers that stop us from progressing in our society and making cities livable for our future generation. This is part of my ongoing activities within the Creative Leadership Platform (formerly DesignersDNA).

Since Wednesday is  only Day Zero there is more to come. On Thursday and Friday I will join the Design Thinking Conference ‘Through Different Eyes”. It is the second edition and just like last year there will be a wide range of different speakers and activities.

It will be an exciting, exhilarating, immersive and energy-consuming and -producing couple of days. I will probably meet some people I met last year and obviously some new acquaintances will be in the process as well. Combine this with a couple of days in the capital in a small hotel at the Prinsengracht and you see why I am looking forward to this.

The goal of this knowledge seeking adventure is off course to be able to implement these newest insights into the workshops as I have been giving them this last month. Since I know what to expect of the conference from last year, I expect to have a much greater learning experience.

So keep an eye out for any updates these next couple of days. It’s going to be fun. If in the meantime you would like to know more about design thinking, workshops or innovation management, feel free to reach out to me.

#designthinking #SDT #innovation