A hackathon where groups of students can work together to create prototypes and concepts over a 36-hour period at Aarhus University. An endless supply of gadgets, tools, and tech people are provided to help us make actual prototypes.
Our product was a pc-monitor application that will display productivity.
Through an intelligent system that monitors computer activity and facial recognition, the PC will display your productivity and procrastination. Based on this productivity, the application will either reward or punish its user.
Although we already had an idea, I motivated the group to spend more time on creating more ideas within our problem area. So, I facilitated a creative process using convergent and divergent thinking.
Here every team member would individually brainstorm as many ideas as they could.
Then, we would present all our ideas for each other.
When everybody had finished presenting their ideas, we would discuss which ones we thought were the most interesting to work with and realistic to achieve within our limited resources such as time, tools, and people to work with.
- Frederik Hvilshøj, Student of Computer Science, Team Member
Here I create as many interfaces and elements for the interfaces as possible based on the given context. I explore every field, and simply focus on making more.
Afterwards, I review and discuss (with my-self sometimes) all interfaces and benefits of each interfaces compared to each other.
At AUHack I reviewed all interfaces together with Frederik about which one suited our product the best.
We decided that a bar and a numerical value worked in our favor. Unlike a circular graph, A vertical or horizontal bar gives a better sense of progression for the user. Because it grows and fills up empty space. In this way, we reward the user visually. While a circular graph is never growing outside itself but only changing it´s content.
It is a box that contains some kind of reward inside (e.g. a cookie). The henge of the box is connected to an Arduino that is connected to a server. When a user's productivity bar is filled, then the box will open.
For sure. In fact, I've requested them to contact me next year so that the challenges and the event can be more relevant for digital designers. It is very cool to hang out with smart people who have their own niche areas and interests, and together create something. You learn so much, and it reminds me of why I love creating.
Working with people from different studies help me realize my own skills as a designer. I also learned that it is helpful for a developer when the designer knows the basics of coding, so that you in your design can implement solutions that don't require them to have to code too specific stuff. And also, data scientists have a very different atmosphere and culture than we do on my studies. They are very pragmatical, and it can take some effort to convince them to be more creative.