How the Bit tech brainstorm cards can help you uncover tech-driven innovation opportunities

Nadia Piet
Jul 8, 2020 · 4 min read

At Bit, we have a range of methods and tools to explore opportunities for tech-driven innovation with our teams and clients. One of them is our tech cards. We use these cards as prompts to think about the technologies as superpowers to solve your challenges and as conversation starters to explore (near-)future opportunities.

To support you in your innovation journey, we decided to make them available to all! You can brainstorm around emerging tech yourself and with your teams at any time — also when we’re not around.

Why use brainstorm cards?

While we can all come up with a handful of random ideas at any time, there is an art to brainstorming and prompting people to ideate.

Here’s the thing why brainstorm cards work: They bring limitations.

The thought contradiction; everything is possible

Prompts probe unexpected ideas

Comfortable to make mistakes and shout silly stuff

How to use brainstorm cards?

1) Force fits

Give people a combination of 2 or more elements from which they have to generate new ideas. For example a technology (e.g. computer vision), and an SDG (e.g. quality education). Or a company (Nike), and a product (e.g. laptop). Here you can use a set of brainstorm cards per element.

At Bit, we often use one set of brainstorm cards (e.g. tech brainstorm cards) for one element, and use “How Might We” statements of the design challenge at hand (e.g. how might we support tenants in home maintenance?) as the other element.

2) Round Robin

At Bit, we often assign a HMW statement per team/person and rotate the tech cards. Each time you get a new prompt, you ask “how might [computer vision][AR] [robotics][ NLP] support tenants in home maintenance?”. Sometimes we also do it the other way around, holding the tech as a superpower and tackling different challenges with it.

Each round, you receive a new prompt, write down your ideas for 1/2 minutes, and pass your tech card to the left. Keep moving on to the next prompt until you end up with the one you started with.

3) Conversation starters

For example with the tech brainstorm cards, you can talk with your team about how each of them are (or might be) relevant to the organization, the industry, the design challenge at hand, etc.

This are three simple exercises we’ve found helpful, but there are many more out there to help guide you and your team on your innovation journey.

Without further ado, go to wearebit.com/tech-cards to explore the deck.

Originally published at https://wearebit.com.

We are Bit

We are Bit — a research and prototyping studio for emerging tech

We are Bit

We are Bit, a research and prototyping studio run by 50 young tech talents, on a mission to fast-forward the impact of emerging tech.

Nadia Piet

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Designer & researcher focussed on AI/ML, data, digital culture & the human condition mediated through computing

We are Bit

We are Bit, a research and prototyping studio run by 50 young tech talents, on a mission to fast-forward the impact of emerging tech.

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