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Hacking a Way to Success

In a world where people constantly attempt to make themselves presentable in interviews, presentations, workplaces, and more, more and more of us forget what introverts can do. Another side note: Because we are students living in the Bay Area, we frequently see invitations to hackathons(events in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming). By the end of the hackathon, groups of programmers present their ideas to the audience. Let's combine the two ideas together. In general, introverts are known for their listening skills and ideas(famous introverts include Rosa Parks, Steve Wozniak, and more), while events like hackathons allow people to explore different areas/ideas and test them out.

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Societies can create more work opportunities by hosting events, for the public, so people can share ideas, or come up with ideas on the spot. The events would target anybody with ideas, but mostly introverted people who might prefer to work by themselves. 

Ideally, after many people see ideas and concepts they love, they should personally contact the idea developer(s) and the collaboration will continue. Events like these would provide a good basis for people who want to be inspired or entrepreneurs who seek people to work with. 

Some questions to consider:
How would we spread events like these, and encourage all types of people to go?
How would we encourage creativity and independent thinking in an event like this? What resources would we need to provide for them?

Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?

These kinds of events would benefit all interested participants who are passionate about developing their own idea(s) or looking for connections to work with. Younger people(this also depends on perspective) take risks and generate fresh ideas, while older people have experience in what they do. Companies could definitely host events like these to see what other people outside of their employee circle have in mind, but a simple public social gathering will do.

How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

With the exchange of ideas, businesses could look for new potential employers and contact them for employment opportunities. In addition, people can look for partners and friends to start a new company, which could inspire many more people to become entrepreneurs.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We can hold a test event somewhere (preferably somewhere that represents the US pretty well) and see how many people show up and the types of ideas shared.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

We would like to know anything you have to say about this idea! Whether you are an introvert who feels underrepresented to a person who is confused about what a hackathon is, we would love to know what you think.

The idea emerged from:

  • A student collaboration

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to prototype it, find partners and pursue implementation


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Great thinking, guys! Perhaps you might consider helping people better grasp how this idea could play out by describing some example scenarios which describe user journeys through some of the proposed activities you've outlined. Check this example: where a few simple scenarios were created in an attempt to explain the goodness on the idea in a human-centered way. (You can update your post at any time by hitting the Update Entry button up there on the right.) Look forward to what you come up with...

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