“Hack weekends” churn out a lot of creative, disruptive ideas that are always left to languish into digital oblivion. I think this is indicative of a systemic focus on process -- which is great and has lead to great processes driven innovation -- but which has resulted in a general lack of actionability. As the ‘like’ function in social media is often criticised for failing to turn liking into action, so have hack weekends by and large failed to turn good ideas into great ideas that active change.
GSJ12 London (Global Service Jam, annual event) innovated on this by offering a prize of MakeSense consulting to carry the projects onward into investment to the two top services designed. Whilst this is only advice it offers further links to networks with investment possibilities to turn the ideas into viable businesses.
We need more like this.
The two top teams this year were “Snapbooks” and “Peekr”; I am incredibly enthusiastic about both (and will say that those two and “What’s Next” were my favourites throughout the weekend).
My thoughts on each follow: