Assignment 1: Brainstorming Ideas and 1-Minute Madness Presentation


Individual assignment

On a single page, develop 2 or 3 concepts for the use of Google Glass to change healthcare, health, or health research. Think big and out of the box, as discussed in Class 1. Think crazy, in the good way. Target high risk, high payoff ideas. Don't just think about death or disease, but all the other aspects of health discussed in Class 1 that could benefit from more attention. Be realistic ... remember we want to build something real!


You might want to develop more than 2-3 ideas, but pick the best 2-3 to describe as best you can.


At least one of the ideas you describe should relate to something you might include as part of the Northeastern campus living lab project. What's that? Read about it in the email Stephen will send.


Next, develop an "elevator pitch" for one of the ideas. This will be a 1-minute presentation to describe the idea to the rest of the class as best as you can. Your goal is to convince us that you have come up with a great idea ... innovative, creative, appropriate for mobile devices, useful, engaging, addictive, buildable in the span of a semester, etc. You don't yet have enough information about Google Glass to really do this, but give it a shot anyway. In short, after your 1 minute, try to leave us thinking, "Wow! What a great idea! Why didn't I think of that?"


You will present your idea in class as part of our 1-Minute Madness Idea Pitch session in Class 2. In the class we will use a variant on Petcha Kucha for presentations. You will present using timed slides using a particular format. For this assignment, you must develop 3 slides using this template.


Hand in:


Email your slides as PPT named PHIDD-[YourFirstName][YourLastName].1mm.ppt to by 4PM on Wednesday so there is time to compile them before class. Email a PDF of your one page to named PHIDD-[YourFirstName][YourLastName].brainstorm.pdf


Grading on this assignment simply consist of each concept being scored "go-forward," "revise," or "start fresh," and students can resubmit this assignment as many times as necessary until they have at least two different ideas that get "go-forward" scores. All we want is for you to generate a bunch of good, and different ideas!

Note that you are absolutely not committing yourself to these particular ideas in any way. Your goal in this exercise is to come up with a great idea that others will be enthusiastic about and make a good 1 minute pitch for that idea. This is the start of a process to help you (and then your eventual team) come up with something truly outstanding.