OpenIDEO Challenge:

Inspiring Creative Confidence in Young People

Winter 2013-14 Course, D.School

Teaching Team:

Nadia Roumani, Sarah Stein Greenberg

Course Description

Curious about how to nurture creative confidence in young people? Interested in learning about how online innovation platforms can help foster radical collaboration and generate new ideas?

16 students were selected to participate as part of a Stanford team that worked with OpenIDEO on a time-bound challenge. OpenIDEO is IDEO’s open innovation platform for social impact. Over the last three years, its 53,000-member global community has participated in 20 design challenges on a range of topics such as improving maternal health in the developing world, revitalizing cities in decline and supporting the spread of local food.

The team worked on a ten-week challenge focusing on how to nurture creative confidence in young people (ages 15-25). Team members actively participated in the online platform, and led offline activities that tried to drive traffic to the platform, while simultaneously trying to design solutions to address the challenge. 

The class was divided into teams of 3 to 4 students.

Class Outcome:

One of the group concepts, an electronics program called The Electronster, was selected as an OpenIDEO challenge winner. The program is currently being carried forward by the students as a toolkit to be integrated into the Silicon Valley YMCA after-school programming.

Visit The Electronster page here!