Tom Riley • about 4 years ago
How far out-of-the-Box?
I am a technical designer who specializes in the big-picture and out-of-box ideas. My ideas are usually out-of-the-box down-the-street and around-the-corner. This is simply because that is exactly what is what is needed to address the great problems of the 21st Century.
I have participated in a number of Hackathons (my Thon is now thoroughly hacked). Invariably the judges have judging criteria, consequently they pass over truly out-of-box ideas, which (wait for it) do not fit in their judgement box.
The human brain in now known to be made up of many modules (here called Brain Apps). Three Brain Apps that technical people know and love are Eureka, Buy-In, and Flow. We now know enough to design specifically for these Brain Apps.
Also, units of society are called Memes. The Constitution of the United States is a meme (a big important one). Angry Birds is a Meme (a small inconsequential one). When we make apps we are specifically trying to program Memes. The literature on Memes is now large enough that, as designers, we can know what a Meme can do and what it cannot do.
Cut to the chase:
ISIS is currently using the Brain App Buy-In, a favorite of all religions, and modern communications to get recruits. The result is positively murderous. Time is passing.
We can design new Memes to deny Buy-In to ISIS for a large portion of the population. This we can do this now, and this is something new.
I have about two years work on this idea and a couple grand would help us complete a prototype. It turns out that Brain-Apps are programmed almost exclusively in language and Microsoft Word is a perfectly good language processor. We also use Excel for data reduction. I also have experience making videos with Movie Maker.
My question again is how out-of-box will the judges tolerate before skipping over my entry as if it were not even there?
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