IDEO Make-a-thon Thanks & Recap!…


Thanks to everyone who attended the IDEO Make-a-thon this weekend!

Your enthusiasm, passion, creativity and skills helped make the prototype of this event spectacular and generated some truly original ideas.

We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

If you want to continue work on the 8 OpenIDEO open-source projects from the IDEO Make-a-thon, please use the project brief links below. Please add your relevant links / files / images / photos, or videos from your projects. If you would like to leave comments and feedback about the event, please leave comments on this post.

Over the next few weeks we will be documenting our learnings from the prototype IDEO Make-a-thon on OpenIDEO Field Notes and IDEO Labs. Keep an eye out!

The photos of the Make-a-thon are up! Check them out here…

In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of all the IDEO Make-a-thon teams and projects:

Village People

Brief: The Future of the Village Fête

Starting with the question ‘What is the urban fête?’ The Village People team created a new grassroots movement where London locals can plan and stage their own fête interventions. Prototypes included a fantastic brand, video testimonials from locals and a concrete ‘deaddrop’ where locals can share digital fête music.



Team: @brendandawes@neilchurcherCharlene LamEmilie Sheehan, Nazia Parvez, @robinhowieLawrence Willmott, Ivo Vos, Chris Grantham.


Team Xtreme

Brief: Boris Bikes for Tourists

Team Xtreme were tasked with improving the Boris Bike scheme for London visitors. They created a number of innovative prototypes including a receipt docket that gives you a sightseeing cycle route and a custom clip that can be used to mount cameras, maps, flowers to your Boris Bike.

Look out for the soon-to-be-released 3D product on!


Team: @basil@james_croft@falkowate@ithinkihaveacat@bedford2@hadleybeeman@jude.pullen


Karma Comedians

Brief: Postcode Gangs

The Karma Comedians team sought to bring locals together through a skills sharing interactive phone booth. They created a seamless experience prototype by joining up technologies such as Twillio, Skype and the iPad.

Check out the open source version of the code here:

Team: @andypiper@dnw1710, Haley Stopford, @tburrellsaward@vbrooksy, Steve O’Connor.



Brief: Cycle Safety 3.0

The Bikewell team looked at cycle safety on London streets and created a service to teach people about cycle safety as well as a series of smart bike lights that react to cars when they’re too close, or post messages to drivers in traffic.

Checkout the video of the working bike light prototype here: 

Team: @roseofwinterJosah Emsley, Larissa Seilern, @cactuslouise, Oliver Poyntz, @jeremy_ih 

Amnesty International

As part of the Make-a-thon, we also worked with 4 briefs for Amnesty in tackling unlawful detention.
Thanks to @amy_bonsall and @AmnestyInternational

Protect Yourself

Brief: Amnesty Advice Platform and Amnesty Action on Google

Protect Yourself created a live prototype of an Amnesty Checklist platform where activists, family and friends can seek advice about unlawful detention. The team worked with Amnesty subject matter experts to create the content for these checklists as well as building the platform to host them.

Take a look at the live prototype!

Team: @bengmorgan@tezzutezzu@sabrinatucci@hisposyrian@danieltownsend


Don’t Panic

The team built an alert app and platform for signaling at risk situations using Google Maps and HTML5 technologies. Accessible via mobile browsers by those at risk, individuals can hit the alert button to register when they’re in danger of being taken, sending their location and details. A group of volunteers monitor the platform and in turn alert the relevant organizations.

Check out the live panic button:
And the monitoring interface:



Team: Zaynab Leeya, @biancaUXD, Jill Irving



Brief: Amnesty Observer App

The team built an app to help people record and upload human rights violations. Using HTML5 and Phonegap, they were able to create a working app for the iPhone that allows users to record video or photos and upload details about the imagery to a secure server.

Team: @iliasbartolini@gridinoc, Ralf Rebmann, @tristamsparks



A web service for determining if an `at risk` activist has gone offline and may need help. The service monitors a user’s social media usage and alerts those in their network if they haven’t registered any activity for a period of time. This is a subtle way of detecting when someone may be missing, without relying on the person to be proactive.

Team: @ideesabsurdes@joelanman@junkafarian


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