It’s the end of the day! Lined up in front of me are some volunteers from each group, ready to present the ideas they have come up with today. Here are just three of our bright ideas for apps.
1) “How We Say It” – an app that functions as a language guide for professionals. This would include the vocabulary that young people who are transgendered say they find acceptable, and the history and usage of such words.
2) ‘Five Steps” – an app which lets users write five steps or tips to themselves that they can look over at times of stress.
3) “Panic Button” – an app which could be linked to your Google Calendar, or any other contact list or organisation programme, and which would automatically send out a message to friends or a select group of contacts. This message could range from “I’m inconvenienced and cannot make our meeting” or could more plainly state that you are unwell and would welcome some support from your friends.
As well as pitching some of the best ideas to the rest of the group, the team have put together an enormous Wall of Ideas, with ideas loosely grouped into the following categories: direct action, family support, engagement with communities, mentoring and shadowing, independence, communication, supporting others, early intervention, mobile services, web services, signposting, breaking the cycle, explaining your story, and many more!
It’s now 4pm and it’s been a long but productive 5 hour day. 26 characters with an average age of 30 (57% male, 43% female), 98 situations and 194 ideas have been generated today!
Now that Lab 1 is over, we’re going into the incubation stage. Everything generated today will go online into a special Innovation Labs network where participants will be able to provide feedback on each other’s ideas, throw in new ideas and help develop today’s ideas further. The best ones will then be developed further in February when we all come back together again for Lab 2!
Written by Mei Leng Yew.