Let’s reinvent camping !
Our advice for the Challenge
Decathlon x Oui Are Makers
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As part of the « Let’s reinvent camping » Challenge, Oui Are Makers and Decathlon give you some tips for you to quickly and easily turn your idea into a prototype. The Challenge involves making an initial prototype that facilitates the organization, optimizes storage, or improves hygiene in camp sites.
Are you ready ? Let’s go !
1 – Making a prototype for the Challenge, what does that mean ?
Join the challenge facebook group, our webinars, and ask for our helping kit sending and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download the kit here : Helping kit open to everyone, Helping Kit dedicated to Decathlon teams.
The objective of this initial prototype is to show one or more features that will facilitate organization, optimize storage or improve the hygiene in camp sites. The golden rule: forget being a perfectionist !
Yep, the first successful prototype is a simplified prototype. You can make your prototype with whatever you have at hand. You can make it simple, cheap, fast and even ugly !
You don’t need great techniques to put your first prototype together. Grab cardboard, string, scissors / a Stanley knife. Why not use paper, tin cans, blu-tack or tape. Feel free to use natural materials such as wood, leaves, moss… We also encourage you to reuse materials that often go to the trash: cardboard tubing, crates, damaged textiles, egg boxes, plastic bottles…
Pull inspiration from frugal innovation, doing better with less. Please listen to our mentor, Navi Radjou for more info in this area. Check out his video here. According to him » The street is a laboratory « . The camp will be your laboratory in this Challenge !
If you master any techniques or tools you can, of course use them to make this first prototype. 3D modelling and 3D printing, welding tools, sewing machines, laser cutting…
You can participate in the challenge alone or as a team. If you’re participating alone, feel free to gather advice from people around you: family, friends, colleagues can give constructive criticism that will help you think about the creation of your prototype. If you’re participating as a team, feel free to form a complementary team in terms of expertise and profiles.
To validate your application as part of the Challenge, we suggest you make an initial prototype and not a sophisticated or reworked one. This initial simple version of your prototype should allow you to quickly test its functionality, its usefulness, its potential. It’s the feature that will be judged, not the design or the finish. The goal is to quickly assess if it’s a good lead to pursue. Over time you’ll be able to add features, technologies or aesthetics !
Making an initial prototype to give life to an idea or a function available to everyone. See this sleeping bag made from an old tarp !
2 – How to identify THE good idea to prototype ?
Do you want to participate in the Challenge but don’t know exactly how to find THE good prototype idea ?
Here is our method to get from the problem to the solution :
Step one : Trouble diagnosis
Think about the problems, difficulties, troubles you encounter during organization, storage, the shower / hygiene in camp sites. List these problems. They are called troubles because they’re the things that trouble us when we are in the heat of the moment, like a stone in your shoe right in the middle of a hike ! They’re the things that make us think : » Why has no one ever thought of inventing something that solves this persistent problem » ?
Second step : Possible solutions
Consider all the ideas that would solve the problems you want to pursue. Make lists, use post-its, stir up the maximum amount of leads, be all over the place ! The more solutions you have, the better it will be at this stage.
Third step : Sort the imagined solutions by relevance
Put your ideas in this order : from the most interesting to the least interesting from your point of view and from the point of view of the problem. What do you think is the best solution to solve the problem ?
Step Four : Identify THE function
At this point, you’ll need to identify the main function that your solution will need to have. To understand the » function » of your solution, you should complete this sentence: » My solution helps to … (do this) … in … (this context / this use) … »
Also ask yourself the following questions : Are there already things that have this function ? How could it be adapted to this use / context ?
Step Five : Get started with the initial prototype
Now get real, with the materials you have on hand: shape the function you have imagined into 3D !
Cf our first paragraph 🙂
Once you have your initial prototype, test it to see if fits the sentence from the previous step : » My prototype helps to … (do this) … in … (this context / this use). .. »
The ball’s in your court!
And if you have other ideas please feel free to share them so we can complete this list with your contributions! (email@example.com)