Design Thinking Workshop – Recap

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The Design Thinking event with Google Education’s Maggie McCloud was so successful and all the Girls Innovate! girls did a great job with the media empowerment project. 40 girls and 20 parents attended and set to work in small groups after an introduction to the key steps in Design Thinking: User Empathy, Problem Definition, Brainstorming/Ideation, Prototyping and Testing. Girls and adults worked in separate groups to generate strong and positive ideas about how media could work better for girls and young women, creating slides and presenting thme– all using Design Thinking methods. They built prototypes using Legos, diagrams and videos to bring their ideas to life. Maggie said she was astonished by the quick adoption of Design Thinking and the quality of the ideas that emerged, even the slides were pretty darn polished for such a short work effort — of course Google Docs made it easier. Each group produced something different, but they were related in their common themes of wanting to create media experiences that are personalized, controllable, relevant, safe and collaborative.

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A short teen committee meeting followed with the core group of about 12 teens reviewing the by laws of their new organization. They discussed the importance of making a commitment to their involvement in Girls Innovate! and being mindful and respectful of the hard work required in organizing events. They discussed different roles they could each take to create the Girls Innovate! community. The girls conducted their business items in a very purposeful way and are beginning to lay the foundation for a sustainable and girl-led organization.

Thank you to all who came and contributed to an enlightening and collaborative afternoon!

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