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Ideas are cheap.
Enough with “just” ideas.
What the world needs now
are do-ers, not talkers.
It’s time for each of us to
start executing those ideas.
IDEO is prototyping
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Prototyping School is a hyper-practical hands-on program for every university student and adult, where participants work in teams to prototype and implement an idea under the mentorship of IDEO designers.
What is prototyping?
Prototyping is the act of bringing an idea to life in the fastest way possible. Here’s how we think prototypes to be different from traditional approaches.
Engineers’ or designers’ job
We live in an unprecedented era where there is very little hurdle for individuals to create something. Let’s all get to work and make this world a better place.
3-month development plan
Prototyping is all about bringing your idea to life in the shortest distance possible. Think “If you were to launch your idea today, how would I do it?”
Gantt charts, iOS dev..
When you’re prototyping, you don’t need to make them in the “correct” way. No-code tools and glue guns are your best friend. As long as it serves its purpose, all good.
Everything must work
if that’ll do.
The primary purpose of prototyping is to see if your idea has any value. For that, only the utmost core values need to function in the first few iterations.
Present your idea
Presenting an idea doesn’t change the world in any way. Go out to the field, hand the prototype to the users, see its true impact.
Take it easy. Start small. Hey, they’re just prototypes.
Here are some quick prototypes our designers have made for themselves.
Prototyping School is an out-of-school program for university students where you will work in teams to prototype and implement an idea under the mentorship of IDEO designers.
Anyone can apply to Prototype School.
No specific degree or experience required.
Work on a project
You will be prototyping solutions for a real business challenge. IDEO designers will work side by side with you to help you bring your ideas to life in every way possible.
outcomes in a biannual gallery
Each cohort will showcase their project outcome in a biannual gallery where we invite corporate HR/recruiters. We're hoping this will be an opportunity for hires and internships for both parties.
* The details of the program may change
We have opened applications for the 1st cohort.Learn more
Prototyping School for Business is an intense, hands-on and hyper-practical training program for prototyping connected products of today. Let us share you everything we learned about prototyping with modern tools.
Creating UI mock-ups has become easy. But so has creating functional apps. You will learn how to use no-code tools to easily whip up apps that actually work.
Everything is becoming connected, and for that we must also adapt the way we prototype to beyond screens. You will learn how to quickly prototype wearable devices using no code tools like Shortcuts and Origami.
VIDEOS WITH AI
With the amount of information that we absorb on a day to day basis, it is essential to know how to quickly turn ideas into concise, attractive videos. You will learn how to collaborate with AI to tell effective stories using cutting edge tools.
+ demo day
In the second half your team will work on prototyping actual concepts from individual projects with weekly check-ins with IDEO designers. In the last week you will demo the prototypes.
* The details of the program may change
We have opened requests for learn more
Prototyping School for Business.
a series of
We’re still prototyping Prototyping School. To stay true to our mission, we’re starting with a prototype: a series of half day workshops. Come join what it feels like to spend a day at Prototyping School.
Please note that all workshops will be facilitated in Japanese.
Tue Nov 1th, 14:00-18:00
Creating UI mock ups have become easy, but you can’t test the true impact of your idea without having the users actually use it. In this workshop we will use no-code tools to whip up apps that actually work, and aim to empower participants to stop talking about apps and start making them from the next day.GET TICKET
Tue Nov 8th, 14:00-18:00
Everything is getting connected to the Internet, and for that we must step out of screens and create a holistic experience with physical interfaces. In this workshop we will be using foam cores, Wizard of Oz, and even use iPhone’s built in app “Shortcuts” to whip up a smart camera that you can actually have people use, and empower you to start trying out the "what ifs" in daily life.GET TICKET
stories with AI
Tue Nov 15th, 09:00-13:00
We consume tremendous amounts of information every day, and being able to create eye catching, immersive stories through video is a powerful skill to have today. In this workshop we will use various AI tools to whip up videos and empower you to communicate any ideas through videos from the next day.GET TICKET
PHYSICAL MOCK UPS
Tue MAR 7th, 14:00-18:00
While the mindset of “rapid prototyping” using easily accessible objects and materials has spread over the past few years, we have also come to witness that there is quite a big gap between the outputs of rapid prototyping and something that is presentable to actual users. In this workshop we will practice the various techniques in prototyping with foam core, and empower you to start making beautiful and sturdy physical mock ups.GET TICKET
GET A SEAT
WITH 3D PRINTERS
Tue MAR 14th, 14:00-18:00
While 3D printers are undoubtedly a powerful tool to have when prototyping, it is also undeniable that it has not yet been able to provide the wide impact that it was supposed to bring. In this workshop, we will share how and when 3D printing can leverage the prototyping process through hands-on exercises, and empower you to become able to choose 3D printing as an option when executing ideas.GET TICKET
Tue MAR 28th, 14:00-18:00
As tools like Canva and DALLE enable everyone to create visually pleasing materials, the next thing that is needed is the ability to unite them all under the one coordinated theme, otherwise known as visual identity. In this workshop, we will utilize multiple tools to convert an idea in your head to words, shapes, colors and photos, and empower you to pitch any idea under one powerful identity.GET TICKET