In February 2016, I was chosen (along with a few of my peers from the Bangor Design School) to take part in Enterprise by Design at the Pontio Innovation Centre in Bangor, North Wales.
I have briefly discussed it on my linked in profile, because of the number of skills I developed and acquired.
8 week multidisciplinary design challenge for students of Bangor University who took part. I was one of the students who took part in this challenge and was part of a team including and engineering student, a psychology student and a business studies student. Working collaboratively to solve issues related to user experiences of the high street using design thinking and design processes.
As a design student, you are more often than not so engrossed in your own work and making sure that your portfolio represents you as an individual as best as possible, that the chance to develop multidisciplinary or collaborative skills often gets missed, or just not thought about at all.
Here is a short video explaining what Enterprise by Design is by andy Goodman (Design Director at Pontio, Bangor)
The challenge started with creating a team. And the teams had to get to know each other to be able to collaborate effectively. This was done simply by the use of advertising triangles. Participants effectively had to advertise their skills and attributes on the triangle and then walk around until they had met and linked up with a potential teammate. Teams were complete when the pyramid was created by linking the triangles.
For further reading on how effective collaboration can enhance the design process click here