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Keep them happy

The message I try to send is that each one of us could be able to take action towards our own cybersecurity in our everyday life.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

I talked to a couple of people that are somehow knowledgeable about cybersecurity, and they both mentioned the importance of educating people about it and enable them to take action. As I decided to go with IoT, I decided to make the sketch as visual as possible showing the common devices that are found in a smarthome. The devices are happy, maybe because they are fresh new into the home network, or maybe because the network had the appropriate security measures. Either way, it is important to let the user know that they can (and should) take ownership of that security and get informed on best practices. This is intended to trigger curiosity and redirect the reader to an appropriate source.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

Another way to deliver the same message. Same scenario as Sketch 1. However, this time the devices are sad, and there are some weird eyes watching at them all over the place. Doesn't feel too safe, uh? Well, know it is time to do something about your beloved devices. Take ownership of your security and fixed that mess. Again, this is intended to trigger curiosity and redirect the reader to an appropriate source.

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

First, I truly believe that it is important for the visual to be simple so that a kid can understand quickly. Cybersecurity is a topic that in my opinion should be taught since school. Second, I providing those little chunks of information should help everyone to get interested in the topic. It is impossible to put all the information in a single visual, but be can use the visual wisely to generate awareness. Finally and most important, cybersecurity visuals can be fun. I saw many amazing visuals in other peeps' contributions, all of them giving a positive vibe.

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

I am a Peruvian that currently lives in Toronto. I am a Telecommunications engineer and recently earned an MBA from the University of Toronto. Love technology, design thinking and music (I am a guitarist as well). I have no graphic design background at all, but I always enjoyed doing visuals for my decks, for my rock band, or even just for fun.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

I wanted to do this challenge because it has a bit of several things that I am interested in: technology, design, and social impact. If it had music on it I could have gotten the full combo. Also, I wanted to use my empirical visual skills (which are not great, I know) for something meaningful beyond my usual boundaries. Looking forward to participating in more in the future!


What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have minimal experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a visual creator by hobby.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO email / social media

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  • Canada

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Hello Ricardo Menendez  Happy to see your contribution to the Cybersecurity challenge. How would you consider pushing this idea further? We've had a large number of very interesting creations, have you had a chance to browse other submissions? There's a very interesting conversation around cybersecurity going on!

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Hi Dima Boulad , thank you for your message. As some fellows suggested, individualize each device with their own personality and including some concrete security best practice can help to boost the visual. I am thinking of keeping the hand-drawn style to maintain a playful tone, but I'm open to suggestions on this.

I did see some other contributions. Thrilled by the amount of creativity and especially by some powerful concepts on what is cybersecurity that definitely resonated with me but I didn't think about before.

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Taking IOT from the device point of view and giving them some character is a sound approach that offers a lot to build on. If you are chosen to the second round, you might consider how each of the appliances has its own individual personality, and have them interact like characters, which implies a storybook format.

As a fellow entrant, I invite you to visit my submission and let me know how you think it could be improved..

Best of luck.

John Messing

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That's a great idea John! I didn't think about including different personalities, that would definitely make the visual much more catchy.

Happy to provide some feedback on your submission.