Innovation

Danish School of Media and Journalism: Hackathon

CONTEXT

The Ministry of Immigration and Integration was looking for innovative ways of combating radicalization on the internet. They collaborated with the Danish Media and Journalist High School, to host a hackathon for the students and stakeholders from the outside.

The project was funded by the Ministry of Immigration and Integration with PET, the Media Council for Children and Young People and the International Recruitment and Integration Board, and a selection of young community-minded citizens with different backgrounds as other collaborators.

JOURNEY

The students first worked for three weeks, and did a deep dive to understand the problem in depth. The students generated insights, that was used as the foundation for a three day hackathon. We worked with the school to design and facilitate the hackathon. Students and external stakeholders, worked in groups and presented 10 final concepts to the client. Two of the concepts were selected and further developed. 

RESULTS

  • 10 final concepts presented
  • 2 concepts further developed to be implemented in collaboration with the ministry
  • The entire project was an effective way for the school, the students and the group of stakeholders to learn more about processes of collaborative innovation

TV2: Engaging Danes in Electing Their Politicians

TV2 Danmark

CONTEXT

TV2’s ambition is to be one of the most creative media houses in Denmark. When they approached Below The Surface, they were looking for innovative concepts for engaging the Danes, and tell the stories of the next government election in Danmark in new ways.

JOURNEY

We helped TV2 design and facilitate a creative process across the organization, that could utilize the collective creativity of the organization, and result in innovative concepts. We investigated new types of journalism, interactive media and technology, to spark inspiration and new ideas. Several concepts were developed, tested and evaluated.

RESULTS

  • A catalogue with more than 25 innovative concepts
  • Selected concepts prototyped and tested with users
  • Several ideas directly implemented within existing structures
  • Tools and methods applied into daily work in teams
We had a great process with Below The Surface, and we developed both as a group, and as individuals. They showed us in very concrete ways, that the secret of developing great ideas, isn’t that secret after all. Today I know how to inspire creativity. Living up to that is not easy, but it’s comforting to have a new set of tools. Today I use them everywhere I go.
— Kristoffer Pinholt, editor in chief, TV2 Denmark.

Creative Bootcamp at Hyper Island

For several years we’ve been part of delivering different courses at Hyper Island - Swedish interactive tech and media education. One of those is a course in creative collaboration and idea development often referred to as the Creative Bootcamp. The course is basically a three days creative problem-solving camp, where we work with briefs from real clients such as IRC ThinkIn, Greenpeace, WWF  - We deliver tools and techniques for creative problem-solving in groups. The around 250 students deliver their talent, passion and creative juice. The results are usually an overwhelming amount of really out-of-the-box solutions and heaps of learning.