"Great Success"

IDSA Kentucky Co-Hosts Design Thinking Boot Camp

Sep 4 2015 - 9:43am

Ranging in age from 18 to 60—and in skill from novice to experienced—more than three dozen people attended Design Thinking Boot Camp on August 29, 2015 in Louisville. The event was co-hosted by the IDSA Kentucky ChapterFirstBuild and Columbus College of Art and Design and organized by Symon Harrah, IDSA, community design manager at FirstBuild.

He said participants called the event "an awesome experience that really opened their minds to design thinking and the possibilities it holds."

"It was a great success," agreed Lucas Van Dyke, chapter co-chair, who served as one of 10 teachers in the free class. "People were fully engaged and having fun."

Three main presenters—John Youger, director of insights at WD Partners; Michael Compton, partner at Alloy Research and Brand Strategy; and Todd Cook, senior process engineer at Sealed Air Corporation—shared their experiences and led an interactive workshop and a question-and-answer session.

"The class was very well thought out, very well planned and extremely organized," added Van Dyke. So well, in fact, that many of the students asked for, and were taken on, a tour of FirstBuild and said they hoped to become more involved in design.

FirstBuild is the result of a partnership between GE Appliances and Local Motors to build a new model for the appliance industry, engaging a community of industrial designers, scientists, engineers, makers and early adopters to address some of the toughest challenges and innovations.