Few weeks ago Jingjing invited us to join in a hackthon event called Create Squared. After checking it on Facebook, all the member in our HCID project group agree that it is quite interesting and meaningful. So we ordered our seats in this event.

It was a cold Friday.  After finishing a Lab at main campus we walk there in the cold wind. Unfortunately we arrive there too early and have to wait an hour to go inside. After a long time we finally go inside the Norrsken and meet other guys. It is quite impressive that there are a lot of people spending a long time to come here from other parts of Sweden. After a simple dinner there is a quick brainstorming part and we gethered in teams randomly to do brainstorming based on two clues they gave us. After ten minutes’ discussing our team decide to use my idea of giving credits to those who protect the environment, and they can use the credits to apply for loan or renting houses or have more allowance in credit cards. Although I am not so good at pitching but as a challenge to myself, I went up to stage and do a 1 min pitching about this idea to everyone. After that there is a voting part to decide which idea should be kept. Unfortunately they forget to put my idea on the wall and it was too late when I notice them the fact. In the end I joined a teams called “crime map”.

Our team leader is a Swedish government officer so he has a strong connection with the gov. We have a Polish girl called Kata who is quite a fan in entpreneurship and a economy student from CTH called Flip. Another team member who helped me a lot is an exchange student from Singapore called Fengwei. That night we do a lot of brainstorming until 1:00 then we came back for a sleep.

The second day is the most important day. And we have a lot of work to do. But the bad thing is there are some conflicts in our team about this idea. Because the information about the safty state in different area is not that easy to get access and there maybe negetive effect of marking one place as “dangerous”. In the end they are persuaded to use my idea and show all the feelings using word cloud and doing a recommondation system like Tripadvicer. To evaluate the market protencial we did a lot of research and discussed a lot. Then we divided into two parts to finish the task. I am in charge of prototype and they in charge of business model canvas.

After two days hard working we finally made out our final prototype. Although we didn’t get any reward because the unsatisfying presentation, we still learned a lot during this time.

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