Today, the three-days Accelerate Collective bootcamp started. During this bootcamp day one, pop up companies  carried out several duties.  The following pop up companies participated today: Refugees & local mothers, BuurtUp, and New Expat Event.

Prior starting the bootcamp, Margreet van der Pijl presented the three-days Accelete Collective bootcamp programme with the aim of informing the pop up companies what they will do during the bootcamp and what they could expect. Followed by Simone Heijhoff's presentation on searching in ourselves. The latter is a programme  already used by Google which is about mindfullness. She defined searching in ourselves as searching who you think you are and thinking what you consider as important. In order to experience how the searching in ourselves programme looks like, we had to do some exercises. The first exercise included closing our eyes; and start breathing in and out. In the second exercise, we had to select an unfamiliar person in the room as a partner, and together  we had to look at one another and stare at each other faces  while stand up. Afterwards, we  told each other what came up in our minds while we were staring at each other. Then, there was a short evaluation were we discussed how the exercise went. 

The bootcamp continued with Marjolijn Jansen's presentation on design thinking. As working for the company Guideon,  the company invented the Design kit. In her presentation,  she defined design thinking as bringing your ideas to live. In other words, a prototype is created from your idea/ideas. This prototype is  tested by people who will provide you some feedback. This can be a challenge. In spite being a challenge, feedback enables you to improve the prototype. Furthermore, she explained that design thinking can be divided into several stages. The following stages are incorporated into   design thinking: reflection, imagination, ideation, design, experience, and observation. This is also known as RIIDEO. In the reflection stage, you think what the problem is, and what do we know about it. In other words, it is all about finding out who is in the team and what the goals are of others. Everyone has a different view on the problem. In the imagination stage,  your mind  needs to be a dreamset.  You have a child's mindset . The ideation stage revolves around thinking of ideas and selecting one of these ideas. The latter results in creating a protoype in the design stage which will be tested by people on the street who will give feedback in the experience stage. At the end, conclusions will be made. 

In order to experience the stages of design thinking, the pop up companies went through all the stages starting with the reflection stage. Afterwards, they started crafting and used crafting objects that were made at their disposal for the imagination stage. This led to thinking of ideas and selecting one idea. All pop up companies transformed the idea into a prototype that was tested on the street by people or by calling people who provided feedback by interviewing them. For some, it was a challenge to obtain feedback. Prior continuing to the last stage, we did  again a searching in ourselves exercise. Then, they went through the last stage where they put everything on the table and looked where they are now. In brief, they made conclusions. At the end of this stage, each pop up company presented the conclusions to each other.

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