IdeaKube goes international! We held our first Ideation Party outside of the US this past weekend. A truly global event - we had local Singaporeans, Europeans, Indians, Americans and expats squeezed into a Singaporean pint-sized space! But we managed to pack in 3 different brainstorming exercises, some acting and some time for mingling.
Firstly, what was on the menu at this ideation party? The snacks and "creative juices" from around the world included:
- Spicy Grape Juice
- Sparkling Cider
- Kiwi Apple Juice
- Chick pea peanut snacks
- Pumpkin Chips
- Prawn Crisps
- Durian Crunchies
- Chocolate Soan Papdi
We focused on 3 exercise to tackle our challenges and break the ice:
- Triggers: Use an unrelated item to trigger ideas to tackle a challenge. Each of the attendees had a toy and brainstormed verbs associated with that toy (e.g. "pretending", "launching"). They then applied the verbs to the challenge they received.
- Flips: Solve the opposite of a challenge. Each team found solutions to the contrary challenge.
- Mergers: Reframe the challenge with another challenge. Each team got 2 different challenges and had to think of products and services that would solve them both simultaneously.
What were some of the examples of individual professional and personal challenges we tackled:
- How to complete everything on a to-do list?
- How to find a good intern?
- How to sleep better?
- How to draw people to online education and self-learning?
- How to get website traffic?
- How to get buy in from a skeptical CXO?
- How to learn how to drive and keep the resolution to continue doing it?
- How to manage and motivate people with high intelligence and ego?
- How to motivate exercise?
- How to fight jet lag?
- How to networking with pet retailers to get orders?
- How to train for a 5K?
- How to find the inspiration to go to meet ups?
- How to help companies understand that layoffs are not smart?
- How to remove inertia in life by creating new challenges?
- How to find a job despite government mindset?
Check out some of the products, services, ideas and resources we discussed during the event:
- The dumb things entrepreneurs do. #entrepreneurfail Check out this web comic about the misadventures in startups. Services include custom comics and white label comics. You could be featured if you have your own example of #entrepreneurfail #cartoon
- Hack the System. Cheat codes for life is basically what this cool website offers. Figure out how to beat the system in anything you do whether it be productivity, finding a new job, travel or picking up a skill. #tipsandtricks
- Draw out your ideas with Mindmapping. This is a great way to expand on your thoughts and build upon your ideas through visual branches. You'll be surprised by what you can come up with #tools
- What kind of innovator are you? Emerginatics allows you to determine the individual strengths of team members: analytical, conceptual, social or structural. A team with the combination of all 4 traits results in the best innovation. #tools
Some motivational tools for exercise, getting over jet lag, etc:
- Bring a bf/gf along
- Make it fun and fashionable with glow in the dark reflectors
- Apps to find exercises in new places
- planes with gyms
- Get frequent flier miles for exercise points
- Prepackaged meal just for you - jet lagger, 5k runner, exerciser
- Service to replicate your lifestyle in a new country
- Add an offline component
- Make it exclusive so offline can't compete
- Make it significantly cheaper
- Make it a game and randomize it
- Equal number of fun and stressful ones
- Create your own every few months