Startups in Partnerships: Working with DesignCORE

When you have a great idea, it is like treasure, you want to hold on to it. When you have been working hard on this idea, refining it, building it, taking it and building a startup from it, it is hard to hand that baby over to someone else. It can be hard to let outsiders poke around at your idea.

5 months ago, we had a prototype.

It worked.

We had a halfway decent case.

All the various parts and wires actually fit in the case :)

We felt proud, but…

It was time to hand our baby over.

We entered into partnership with DesignCORE, a design and product innovation centre in Carlow, Ireland. This involved road trips through the Irish countryside — good for getting our CTO and CEO away from the electronics and code for a few hours also!

It can be daunting to consult with people who have become experts in their field; but it can also be quite affirming and inspiring. The team at DesignCORE were very positive and helpful from the very beginning. In fact, they went beyond what we expected, giving us a very public thumbs up:

Working with such an experienced, professional team has greatly enhanced our understanding of the social and human aspects of our open-source smart-home; and how it will connect emotionally with our users. This has brought fresh perspectives to the shape and design of MyOctopus. It has also inspired us — there is nothing like seeing your ungainly prototype transformed into a sleek beautifully designed product.

The process allowed us to consider some different design concepts

It was a pleasure working with them. We definitely benefited in more ways than we expected. The process helped us with aspects of design, architecture and assembly, but also affirmed that we were on the right track in our ‘user-centric’ approach, where we consider each user and home to be unique. As an open-source company, users are at the heart of everything we do. People live in smart-homes!

DesignCORE were amazing to work with; warm, friendly, informative, and available every step of the way. We felt supported throughout the whole process; and very reassured; our baby was safe, and was looking fantastic!

Thanks DesignCORE!