The team and I co-created an interactive wall, where visitors could draw, write and dream about the future of autonomic drones

For this project, I collaborated with Sint Lucas Antwerp & Cornelis Serveert. I organised and co-brainstormed for this project. This project was commissioned by Sint Lucas Antwerp. The goal was to create a pilot Pop Up School and to experiment with different methods of co-creation so students go beyond their own expertise. I was commissioned by Kurt Van Belleghem to coördinate and co-create this project. The creation of this workshop took about 4 days of brainstorming, talking and co-creation. Our main question was “How do we encourage visitors to think about the possibilities of indoor drones in the future?” We created multiple layers so people felt challenged and got pushed into participating. It was also necessary to break up this project into different stages, so people understand how difficult it can be to use drones in our everyday lives. First, we created 5 overall themes to frame people’s thinking. Underneath each theme we placed a piece of paper so that people could draw or write down their ideas.

Then we created a timeline going from 2016 to 2050 where our participants could place their ideas on, choosing the year in which they think their idea could be realised. Finally, they could judge each other’s ideas by putting stickers on it. After the workshop, the participants walked over to our drone cafe, where autonomic drones served them drinks. Which is cool, because they already thought long and hard about using drones in ‘normal’ settings. Here, they could see a tangible result.

The process

How, who, what

To make this project succeed, we needed an interessting problem, a good coach and interessting students. To find these was my first goal. Trough the network of Kurt Van Bellghem we found Sophie & Veerle, the founders of projectstudio Cornelis Serveert. Their speciality is to facilitate workshops, mostly for cultural institutions. They had just recieved an opportunity trough TU Eindhoven? They were asked to help the technical blue jay team with setting up their project and communicate it to the people. The brief was still very broad, but for this project it seemed like the perfect collaboration. So, after some technicalities, we decided to work together.

The women of Cornelis Serveert. Left: Veerle Devreese, Right: Sophie Van Rijswijk.

Setting Up

One of the first things we did was deciding what kind of workshop it would be. Veerle & Sophie took the leas as this was their speciality. In the mean while I maked sure the project was communicated to the students of St Lucas Antwerp en that possible colalborations with the teacher of St Lucas could go smoothly. The girls of Cornelis Serveert deliverd a draft of the timeline and we were ready to go. The fun thing about this project was that we could use the school areas of Fontys & Tu Eindhoven. I also booked a hotel to complete the experience.

Deciding the proces

Inspire!

An important part of the workshops is to inspire the participants. That's why we decided to organize impuls talks. These talks are from people who have great ideas, have a specific skill or can contribute to the bigger idea in any way..

A gaming expert on interaction and his entrepeneurial process

The Brainstorm

An important part of the brainstorm is to make sure the participants have enough room to ideate, but also are guided trough the more difficult phases. Veerle & Sophie did an exellent job.

The switch & Dividing Teams

The workshop consisted out of 3 days of brainstorming, a week of rest and 2 other days of brainstorming. After 2 days, we talked to the Blue Jay team and decided to create something where visitors could interact with. This way we made sure that we could deliver something real and it was important that the visitors of the project understood why the blue jay team wanted to build autonomic drones. To make this happen we had to split teams, we needed someone who could think about setting up the wall, somebody for the communication, sombody for the resources, somebody for the budget and people who already wanted to start designing. The beautiful thing about this was that there was no intervention needed. The students knew what they wanted and divided tasks like professionals.

Deciding on the budget

Building the interactive wall

The core idea was to build an interactive wall where visitors could fantasize about the future of autonomic drones. We could use the entrance hallway of the drone performance to create a wall. The wall would be an installation where people can draw on a piece of paper and put it on a timeline from 2016 untill 2050.

Prototyping the interactive wall in sketch

Final Steps

After every team had worked very hard to finish his or her part, we could presents our ideas to the blue jay team itself, the client. We explained the whole idea and they were very happy. They even told us, a team of ingenieers, that hey would noth ave been able to think up something like that themselves. Mission accomplished!

Thanks to the amazing team

This project was an amazing adventure, with amazing people and an amazing team. So thanks to the lady's of Cornelis Serveert, St Lucas for Commisioning me and the participants for delivering such an amazing end result!