By Carson Deveau
During the first week of this year’s IDEA Sandbox boot camp, to help the participants get in the headspace of design thinking and product development, instructor Holly Pharaoh tasked the students up with an idea for a new feeding system for her pet rabbit, and then had to build a rough prototype of the design.
The students were placed into small groups of three or four, and were only given the afternoon to come up with their designs and prototypes.
The goal of the assignment was to not produce a feeder that Pharaoh could actually take home and use with her pet rabbit, even though she did take a few home to try out, but was to give an introduction to the type of problems students would be dealing with while in the six week long boot camp. As well, the assignment was the first group exercise that the students had to complete for the boot camp, so it served as a good icebreaker to get to know the other participants.