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Welcome to Innovation Hawaii

Welcome to Innovation Hawaii. We are a community of individuals dedicated to the creation of an environment that fosters innovation and creative thought. Whether in business or personal life, innovation is an essential element to take on the challenges of our ever changing world. The pace of change is rapidly making the old ways obsolete. Technology has disintermediated middlemen and eliminated the barriers that previously prevented access to markets. In order to stay competitive Hawaii needs to think different and to nurture a culture of innovation. This site hopes to …

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Design »

[Written by Burt on 28 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

PepsiCo has introduced their social vending machine where customers can send free drinks to their friends via text messages.  The recipients receive a code redeemable at another vending machine.  Innovative? Yes. Social? Almost. Sending a coupon for a refreshing drink to a friend via text message is cool, but it would be even cooler if I could also post my good deed on Twitter and Facebook.  I mean, is it social anymore if it’s not on Twitter or Facebook?
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Culture »

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A great idea based on your unique experience or viewpoint is only a great idea if you throw it out on the table in front of everyone to see.

Innovation Process »

[Written by Burt on 14 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Harvard Business Review’s “The Conversation” blog has a great article today titled, “The Number One Key to Innovation: Scarcity” by Uri Neren, the CEO of Generate Companies.
By deliberately imposing scarcity of one kind or another on their problem-solving, inventors became demonstrably more creative, and the ideas generated under such conditions enjoyed greater success in the marketplace and society than ideas invented in more “blue sky” modes.
Think about that for a second and it makes a lot of sense. It’s the MacGyver method. You need to drive your truck somewhere but …

Innovation Process, Technology »

[Written by Burt on 13 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

VentureBeat had a post the other day on Woz, “Woz offers lessons on how to innovate”.  I liked this quote:
Woz suggests that everyone start with a goal of what they want to achieve. They don’t need the roadmap on how to get there immediately; since if you have a full roadmap, your goal is probably too easy to achieve. Be an artist, he said, and figure out how to get to that goal in the best way you can. Be clever, and “write the book yourself”.
There is no roadmap if …

Brainstorming, Innovation Process »

[Written by Burt on 30 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
When brainstorming isn’t brainstorming

“How to Run a Brainstorming Session”  is a great read and talks about the IDEO method and culture that we learned when we attended the “Learn Product Design Innovation–the IDEO and Stanford d.school way” event back on September 24, 2010. Former principal Lawrence Shubert taught us the innovation process from IDEO.
What wasn’t covered is the concept of “dabble” time. Keith Sawyer, a professor of psychology and education at Washington University in St. Louis says, “A brainstorming session is almost like a band-aid—a quick fix,” he continues, “It’s not necessarily going …