By Carson Deveau
For Florent Herbinger, participating in the 2018 IDEA Sandbox boot camp was the best job that he ever had.
Herbinger recently graduated from Dalhousie in April with a bachelor of science and sustainability, as well as a diploma in engineering, and was only looking for a job for a few weeks until he moves to Montreal in July to pursue his Masters in engineering.
”It fit perfectly into my schedule; I was finished of classes and was looking for a job that would be fun and productive and the boot camp was the perfect opportunity.”
Throughout the six-week long boot camp, Herbinger worked on a variety of different ideas and projects, including design and creating a board game for his second final project. Herbinger and his group created a strategic tile-laying game called ‘GEMS’ where players must compete against each other to collect tiles and create patterns. This whole project was one of Herbinger’s favourite aspects of the boot camp, he said.
“I’m really into board games, I even created a board game society here at Dalhousie a few years ago. So finally having the opportunity to physically create my own board game, and then have it played by others, is a really cool feeling.”
Another one of Herbinger’s favourite aspects of the boot camp was the in-depth knowledge he received about product design. Herbinger said he never really considered integrating product design into his studies before but is something he’s going to be more mindful of moving forward.
“I have found that product design is very interesting and intersects with many different fields. I will definitely try to integrate aspects of product design, like the tips and rule for the empathizing and ideating phases, in my career going forward.”
Herbinger said he was really impressed with the boot camp, as it surpassed any expectation he had for it, because he never knew what he was getting himself into every morning as he walked into the classroom.
“Every day was different, as I would continuously be given the opportunity to tackle new challenges and ideas. It kept me really engaged the entire boot camp and had be looking forward to each day.”