Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Generating 300+ Ideas in 2 Hours: Bay Area Brainstorm - May 4, 2014


In the first IdeaKube brainstorming party on the west coast, we focused on generating ideas for two contests:
  1. Marriott's Travel Brilliantly Competition to change the future of travel and designed TravelBrilliantly.com to give you, the consumer, a voice in this transformation process. Each entrant must submit a written description, up to 500 characters, of an idea to make the experience of traveling better. Fifteen First Prize winners who post their ideas on TravelBrilliantly.com with a curated Brilliant Travel gift package. 
  2. The Big C Competition is looking for big thinkers to create tangible innovations and solutions improving the daily lives of people facing cancer. The Big C competition is an opportunity to change the way the world fights cancer. The top award is $25,000.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Funstorming: Idea Workshop and Party - April 3, 2014


I collaborated with one of the hottest small businesses in our nations capital last week: Rigil Corporation. I was impressed with their record of launching innovation since their inception. The founders and executives of the company reiterated that they emphasize creation not just ideation and recently launched a prototype app in under 6 weeks and less than $12k.  Another nugget of wisdom they told us is that they conducted interviews with 20+ people for each hire they made. This was time-consuming but ensured they had the right team in place.

Rigil provided the office space for the event - an airy full wall white board space - perfect for ideation and brainstorming.


Also a shout out to Neil Shah, my co-facilitator for this event. This was the first time we collaborated but the synergies helped the event a lot. Neil has worked in the startup world, has experience in real estate and consulting, and currently consults for the world bank innovation lab.

We started off asking everyone to put their "super hero names" on their name tags. We had a Wonder Woman, Everything Man, Enlighto, Lightona, and Rajini in the group!


The 3 brainstorming hacks we learned during the session were:
  1. Toy Inspiration - Use a toy, a random word, an image or anything unrelated to your problem to spark new ideas
  2. The Contrarian - Flip the problem you are trying to solve to find a solution for the opposite
  3. Mergers and Acquisitions - Reframe the question from different perspectives to see what "they" would do to solve the problem

Problems to Solve:
  1. How do you steal other people's ideas and be safe?
  2. How do you understand women?
  3. Startup costs are too high
  4. Marketing is difficult if no one understands your product or service
  5. What products to create for senior citizens
Real products and services that helped us inspire new ones:
  1. Idea listing app with laughing devils, Power Ranger identifying the good ideas and the bad. Barber will cut out the bad ideas.
  2. 12 Ideas of Xmas app for $5
  3. Vendor app just for startups - with deals and discounts
  4. One man's junk is another man's treasure app
  5. App to instantly create a superhero out of a brand
  6. Pothole detection app
  7. Cloud sourcing power
  8. Fashionable old people attire
  9. Arts and crafts classes on flights

Some things to check out:
  1. Betterific - Crowdsourcing ideas
  2. Brain Magic TED talk
  3. Prototyping your ideas on Quirky

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Invite: Washington DC Idea Workshop and Party - April 3, 2014

Who's in? This is our first event in the DC area! We hope you can join us! Sign up here.

Searching for that sensational new product idea? 
 Want to create the next Facebook, the coolest new app, or the next amazing non-profit? 

 Join us for a fun Idea Workshop and Party on 
April 3rd from 7-9 pm 
Rigil Office 888 17th St NW 5th Floor,
 Washington, DC 20006 
 (next to Farragut West Metro)


  1. Learn the 3 brainstorming hacks that the experts use so you can come up with an awesome idea to out-innovate the competition 
  2. Get a chance to flex your idea muscles and try out the new tricks 
  3. Meet like-minded people as you bond over cool (and sometimes ridiculous) product ideas 
  4. Everyone gets to take a toy home to help them brainstorm after the event 
Led by: 
-(Facilitator) Kriti Vichare, Innovation Consultant, Author, and Cartoonist, Led events in NYC & Singapore. Featured on Forbes.com & content on over 15 publications
-(Guest Facilitator) Neil Shah: Startup Expert and Advisor, Professor, and Consultant at the World Bank Innovation Labs

Price: 
$12 online in advance (If you bring a food or drink to share with everyone at the event, you'll get $2 in cash back at the event!)

Sign up: 
http://www.meetup.com/DC-Area-IdeaKube-Ideation-Brainstorming-Creativity-Events/

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