The Future Environment Lab, established by Kyoto University of Information Studies (KCGI) and Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG) in collaboration with the leading IT service company, Nihon Unisys Co., Ltd., Technical Research Institute, January 27 (Sat), 28 “Idea Workshop & Hackathon” was held at KCGI Kyoto Station Satellite / KCG Kyoto Station School for two days.This is a contest-type event in which ideas and deliverables are presented while learning the design method called human-centered design for practical situations that companies tend to face, and KCG students are divided into teams and make full use of technology. And demonstrated their creativity.The staff of Future Environment Lab supported by Nihon Unisys and KCG group faculty and staff.
This time, when students attend the event, Yuko Sakamoto from Nihon Unisys' “HCD-Net certified human-centered design specialist” will deeply understand the user through interviews and behavior observation, and design a solution that closely matches the user We also had an opportunity to teach about the technique “human-centered design”.
A video production company Hat (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo), who handles many commercials for large corporations, became a user.First, Hiromitsu Odakami, Director of Creative Division (Director) and Producer Yusuke Watanabe introduced the company, and then explained the contents of the work while touching the flow of video production, staff composition, and their roles for students. Did.
Students form a team of 3 to 4 people, select the winning team by competing on idea setting and ideas to solve it in the idea workshop on the 27th, reassessing the team members on the 28th hackathon, winning the first day I worked on the implementation of the idea.Each team earnestly worked on their issues with peace of mind.
Judgment criteria are: ▽ Is the user happy with this system ▽ Is it good to focus on problem setting ▽ Is there a future for the solution idea? ▽ Does design or function have a sense of the future? These are important even if you go out to society and face a place of practice.In addition, presentations that convey ideas to teams and contents of deliverables to clients are also important.The students carefully explained to Hat about the performance and appeal of their team.The winning team for each idea and implementation was awarded a prize by Hat.The students who participated seemed to be able to experience the environment and atmosphere close to those of IT companies and to realize that they had acquired practical skills.
In February 2017, the KCG Group signed an agreement on collaboration between industry and academia for academic and research collaboration with Nihon Unisys Research Institute in an effort to nurture IT human resources who will lead the next generation through collaboration between industry and academia. In the university, a creative project "Future Environment Lab" was established.Students working in the future of the IT industry will continue to collaborate in various research and academic collaborations with researchers from IT companies, making full use of flexible ideas and creativity.In the future, we plan to hold various events with many students.