Workshops

The Ideation & Prototyping Workshops hosted by Civic Hall Labs will take place during the open submission phase of the NYC BigApps 2017 competition. These open product development workshops will guide participants along a journey from introducing the challenges through to discovery, user research, ideation, design, and refinement of a solution through prototyping. Participants will gain practical skills and methods for problem solving from each session along with “lab” time to practice and build out an idea with their teams.

These sessions will strengthen participants’ submissions by enabling their ideas to be grounded in real user needs and experiences. By offering these workshops, we will provide participants with the tools necessary to develop solutions that address the NYC BigApps 2017 challenges and aim to improve the lives of New York City youth, seniors, and immigrants.

Introduction to Challenges (Inspire + Define)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Civic Hall, 118 W. 22nd Street, 12th Floor
Registration Closed

This kick-off workshop will introduce participants to the BigApps 2017 challenge topics and overview the design process we’ll be using throughout the workshop series. From this session, participants will learn how to define their challenge area, get inspiration around the challenge topic, and scope the research phase for product development.

Research & Understand (Discover)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Civic Hall, 118 W. 22nd Street, 12th Floor
Registration Closed

In this session, we will apply a human-centered and empathic approach to design research and ethnography in order to deeply understand unmet user needs.  Some of these activities will include user and subject matter expert interviews, as well as observations and secondary research. Participants will come away with an understanding of the core principles of design research.

Synthesize Research (Discover)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 [NEW DATE]
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Civic Hall, 118 W. 22nd Street, 12th Floor
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In this session, we will identify patterns across qualitative and quantitative data sets. We’ll explore open source data & reports, interpret qualitative data from our interviews and learn data visualization techniques. From there, we’ll generate insights to highlight the opportunities for initial product concept direction.

Join us as we also learn how eligible people and organizations can get no-cost access Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and its suite of tools for hosting, computation, analysis, machine learning, computer vision, and translation. Come learn how you can utilize Azure as you build your BigApps solution. Microsoft staff will be on hand to answer questions, and will provide ongoing support as mentors throughout the competition.

Understand the Constraints (Design)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 [NEW DATE]
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Civic Hall, 118 W. 22nd Street, 12th Floor

From here we’ll begin a series of rapid and iterative brainstorming processes that will lead us through prototyping and ideation. This session will focus on using the research from the previous weeks to start making design decisions and scoping product prototypes.

Ideation & Prototype Building (Design)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Civic Hall, 118 W. 22nd Street, 12th Floor

At this stage of the workshop series, we’ll “build to think.”  We’ll rapidly prototype our concepts in order to get a better sense of how it more tangibly supports the needs of our users. This will be an opportunity for teams to get early stage feedback from a variety of experts, mentors, and community members.

Prototype Testing (Test)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Civic Hall, 118 W. 22nd Street, 12th Floor

In this workshop, we will live-test our prototypes with users and subject matter experts. We will incorporate users into the design process through this co-creation session and rapidly learn how to better the product functionality and design. We will also focus on different methods for gathering feedback outside of the workshop.

Learnings & Iterations (Refine)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Civic Hall, 118 W. 22nd Street, 12th Floor

At this point of the workshop series, we will focus on next steps and making it real. We’ll practice storytelling to get to the “why” behind the prototype, build a business case for the product, and practice pitching concepts to our key stakeholder groups.  Participants and teams will come away with a practiced pitch and evaluative framework to submit to the BigApps 2017 Challenge.