This is my final blog post about my course. Don’t get me wrong. I will continue this blog, but I finally came out with some thoughts that what I learnt from the whole journey－not the journey about Kingston university, not the journey about my startup, nor my marketing and advertising classes, but about me, Halyn, as a person.
I wrote another blog 2 weeks ago, which is my reflective essay for my design thinking module. In that essay, I mentioned that in the beginning, I found the gap between what I was learning and what I want to do. Today, when I was taking a train back to Kingston, I suddenly realised that what is the most important thing in this course. And I desperately want to write them down.
This is my reflective essay about what I have experienced in past 8 months. Last April, I was struggling with which university should I go, and now I have already completed over half of my course. Rethinking again the whole journey, I still found it amazing that I have got frustrated, tried, then eventually learnt something. Also, I met so many people with great passion and ambition. In my reflective essay, I will describe what I did and learnt from my course. (Not only design thinking module, since all of them are relevant) I will start with the story of my team, and how I changed my attitude toward my role, then rethink about the influence in my life.
Team up and early steps
“A startup is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty” (Ries, 2011) Under the extreme conditions, sometimes we would get an ‘aha moment’ and be inspired by small things. Continue reading “Halyn’s Reflective Essay”→
Data is everywhere, people generating data all the time. In my opinion, since we were born, we are been affected by different kinds of information and experiences could also be “data”. For instance, the potatoes sold with a lower price in a shop or the rating of a restaurant in our minds. We could deduce human behaviours from these data, and predict the result more precisely. When it comes to a huge amount of data, we call it “Big data”.
In order to build more connection with startupers and people from industries, I attended some social networking event. In the beginning, I didn’t like to attend this kind of event, and didn’t feel comfortable to use social media, such as LinkedIn, Blog and Twitter.
I feel comfortable to meet new people and make friends. However, obviously, I thought attending the social event is always having a purpose, especially people who are in business area. I would prefer to treat people as ‘friend’ rather than ‘Contact’. In this course (especially design thinking for start-up), we are encouraged to challenge many new things that we have never done before. Meeting people on networking event is also one of them.
People are roughly divided into two categories – extrovert and introvert.
Most of us are in the middle, or depends on situations. Take myself as an example, I enjoy hanging out with people and not afraid of talking to passengers on the street. When I did man-on-the-street interviews for product development, I felt more excited than scared. However, I do need the time I spend with myself or talk deeply with close friends, which make me peaceful. Also, if I have to choose, I prefer the latter.
I believed many people have already watched Susan Cain’s speed ‘The power of introverts’ on TED.
On 16th December, we had a panel discussion. Our topic is ‘Crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and the maker movement within the creative industries.’
To be honest, I didn’t understand ‘maker movement’ at all at first. Yet after researching, I found it is an extremely interesting trend.
In the past, resources were owned by big enterprises, so people didn’t have enough ability to create their own products. However, handcraft always exists. Which means, humans have the nature to create something which satisfies our individual needs.
I clearly recall that one day on a Design thinking class, Janja, our director told us ‘talk to people’ is much more important than doing research in front of the desk. In order to apply Bright Idea, we complete our prototype and go on the street to get feedback from people. Our idea came up with solving a problem for older generation. However, after 2 times of assumption testing, we got the totally results.