We are part of a successful product development firm that prides itself on being at the cutting edge of technology. Our firm designs a wide range of successful, innovative consumer and professional products that are driven by new technologies, societal trends or challenges, and concerns about quality-of-life and global sustainability. As part of our innovation strategy, each year our company challenges a select group of teams to propose and develop innovative products in a new strategic direction.
You are a member of one of 6 teams that have been charged with this challenge.
This year our strategic theme is "KINDNESS!" Kindness is a call to make the world a better place – to encourage inclusion, to promote wellness, generosity, protection, empathy, and much, much more. Kindness has many powerful associations, and products can serve as an invitation to engage in new opportunities. We will develop new products fueled by this spirit.
"Kindness" is your challenge! Any viable, meaningful product related to the spirit of this theme is a potential candidate. You may use our kindness association chart as a helpful starting point for seeding ideas for needs and product opportunities. It is just a possible starting point to build upon.
Target customers may include those living in developed or developing countries. Business models may range from products for under-served clients, to products distributed on a non-profit basis, to highly profitable mass-produced goods.
In all cases, you must develop a realistic plan for how the product can be produced and sustained. If the plan is unrealistic, the product will not reach its intended users and thus not have impact. Additionally, the product must be something people want. In order to help understand the level of interest in ideas, crowdsourced-based feedback may be used to gauge the pulse of real users. Your team will consider ideas generated through its own ideation and research, along with themes introduced by potential clients at an idea fair.
Your product development challenge begins on September 9 with the theme reveal and culminates on December 7 at the prototype launch.
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." Thomas Jefferson