2019 Session Description

The art of making something un-useless

For adults (teens welcome) • 90 minutes
Category: Creating

Combining ideas is Idea Generation 101, and chindogu is one of the most fun ways to do this. Chindogu, coming originally from Japan, is the art of designing “un-useless” inventions: that is, inventions cannot be regarded as "useless" in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem, but that in practical terms, they cannot positively be called "useful." Some shining examples: attaching a dust mop to the belly of a small dog to sweep your floors; attaching umbrellas to your shins to keep your shoes dry.

Come to this session to innovate new and unusual solutions to everyday problems. You will prototype a solution to a real problem, creating an item that will work to solve the problem — but that most likely would not really be used. Come prepared to try, to fail, to succeed, to laugh!

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Learn rapid prototyping
  • Use rapid testing for feedback
  • Gain a new perspective of the everyday items you use
Darrell Kidd
Phoenix, AZ
Darrel is an entrepreneur, business owner, published author, and blogger.

He recently joined Raine Digital, where he focuses on using design thinking to help small companies thrive.

Prior to this career change, Darrell taught engineering, design innovation, and entrepreneurship to high school juniors and seniors — and was a proactive advocate for students, helping them find and pursue their passions and introducing them to professional social networking and social networking etiquette. Although he has moved on from the school system, he will continue working with young entrepreneurs in the Phoenix area through Seed Spot — and will also continue his work developing curriculum for the Youth Changemaker Summit to help students recognize they can be part of the solution to the problems they see.

This is Darrell's first year presenting at Mindcamp.
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