The DTLab of the Arctic University of Norway in collaboration with DT4U of Lodz University of Technology, SHOPA of Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology and the University of Vigo, Spain held a week-long “design thinking challenge” where the students interested in design thinking and innovations presented their findings.
Text: Tamara Sizykh and Aleksandra Iakovenko
Design Thinking is an innovative methodology, developed at Stanford University, which encompasses business, organizational, and social challenges in innovative ways. These challenges can include such factors as the creation of new products, services, business models, processes or systems.
The final ideas of the contestants were presented on the 16th of September by the master students of Business Creation and Entrepreneurship within the discipline Design of Technological Innovations and Markets and other students of UiT.
During the presentation, four teams of students presented their vision of how to develop the tourism potential in Tromso, to make the city more accessible to tourists from all around the world. The students talked about transportation and accommodation possibilities, information support of tourists and their security, city attractions and cultural events. The groups presented different innovative projects such as a guide-hologram, as well as various mobile applications.
At the end of each presentation there was Q&A session during which students and invited guests could ask questions related to submitted ideas.
After the completion of all the presentations there was a secret voting which defined the winning team who will have the opportunity to go to Vigo, Spain where there will final stage of the DT Challenge. Anna, Sara and Youkay, the second year master students with their idea of creating the Open House with different facilities for tourists and a mobile application won the competition and they will present their work at the final conference in Vigo.