“When I’ll be on the plane back to San Francisco, I’m going to tell everyone - Savannah’s really got it going on!” Ben Sykes one of the Geekend speakers was thrilled at his workshop after he raised the question “Who has a real breakthrough idea from the audience?” So many people had… and I was so proud!
Yes, Savannah’s really got it going on! Nearly 500 people were involved in Geekend, the entrepreneurship and technology conference last weekend, and the Guild Hall was sparkling from new ideas and new connections. I had conversations with many entrepreneurs, designers, coders, gamers and curious minds throughout the three days, and they were all there for the same reason: learn and grow!
The three days were packed with thought-provoking presentations, panel discussions and workshops. When I emptied my bag at the end of Geekend, that’s what I found:
I was especially excited about Ben Sykes’ ‘Hacking Creative Innovation’ workshop. I like to think of myself as a creative person, still when it comes to the time when I have to come up with a new idea, I often feel like I don’t have any framework or tool to start. And I got so much more from the workshop than I expected! Ben is the Design Director and Experience Strategist at Since '95 in San Francisco. He has twenty years of experience in designing, building and launching products.
One of his superpowers is mentoring and teaching design. I could tell!
We started the workshop by signing our own ‘Failure Pledge’ to give ourselves permission to ‘fail, screw up & be messy.’And we really got messy from the colorful post-it notes and the sometimes great, sometimes crazy ideas! By the end of the workshop we came up with at least ten different ideas for a mobile to solve the refugee crisis in Europe. Sounds good, right?
I had such a great time at the workshop working together with other Geekenders in hacking creative innovation. Next time when I’m in my innovation mood, I know for sure that the only things I need are some post-it notes and a pen. (And maybe Ben’s slides from the workshop.)
If you’re in your innovative mood, try to solve a problem with one of Ben’s games, and let us know in the comments what you came up with!
Originally written for The Creative Coast blog, November 2, 2015 by Anna Toth