A gamified rapid ideation tool to boost creativity and collaborate with your community
Tell us about your idea
Our idea is loosely inspired by the concept of Chindogu. The Japanese art of inventing silly and whacky solutions for everyday problems. It started off as a creativity warm-up exercise we designed and facilitated for participants prior to a Design Thinking workshop. The activity was well-received by students and professionals as they felt that it was fun, whacky, and creatively challenging. In addition to getting their creative juices flowing, the Chindogu activity really helped to break the ice within the team which made the sessions more collaborative and encouraged people to build on one another's ideas.
We saw a need to digitize this activity when we had to engage with large audiences during large design-athons with over 300 participants. There has to be a scalable way to tickle the creativity of the masses and teach them ideation methods in a fun and engaging way. Moreover, in the past couple of months, lockdowns across the world forced majority of students and adults to study and work from home. It got us thinking: How can we bring a traditionally offline activity such as brainstorming (and design thinking sessions) into the online world?
Hence, we envision Rolljak to be a gamified rapid ideation tool to engage, collaborate, and innovate with your students and community at large. Think of it is a mix between a game, an open ideation platform, and an audience engagement tool.
How it works
A gamemaster will create a game by choosing from a suite of game modes, each of which is inspired by a design ideation method (e.g. decomposition, synthesis, reverse thinking, aggregation, user stories/persona)
Players will use these divergent ideation methods to address the different in-game challenges. They will have to sketch their ideas and give it a tagline. Thereafter, they will swap sketches like in a design charette and are challenged to build on other players' ideas. With sketching as the main medium, it will unlock greater diversity and interpretation of ideas compared to semantically limiting textual ideas. Finally, there will be a rating segment to collectively converge on the best ideas from the room.
All this in just 5-minutes and entirely online!
We would love to hear your feedback and you can sign up as a beta-tester at https://www.rolljak.com/
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
FUN! This is the ethos of our work. We believe that the learning will take place naturally once learners are intrinsically motivated to be involved because of how enjoyable the experience is. From programming workshops to physical and digital products, we aim to make the experience fun, memorable, and impactful for adults and kids alike.
We have launched 2 successful Kickstarters Potato Pirates Coding Card Game and Potato Pirates Enter The Spudnet to make coding and cybersecurity accessible to everyone. With Rolljak, we hope to do the same for creativity and design thinking.