The Work Hackathon event is an interdisciplinary approach to come up with ideas and to design radical alternatives on current problems considering the way we work and live. Therefore, hacking can be seen as a tool to deal with challenges and solve them by optimizing existing conditions. It has become obvious that new concepts can´t provide universal answers for every problem, but rather have to react on a contemporary state, to deconstruct processes, disrupt and transform the status quo. Hacking is no longer just a way to intervene in the digital space, but to redefine collaborative processes, objects, rooms, buildings, software tools and new civic ideas.
The most successful companies of tomorrow are driven by curiosity and creativity. It´s the turn for everything from how we learn, to how we work, where we live. By leading to a shift away from efficiency, doing the same thing over and over, only a little bit better to a brighter future. Curiosity is the fuel leading to some of the most innovative and game-changing ideas and products of the time.
By 2028 innovation will be the new normal. We will not think about scaling a product, or service, we will just prototype and implement, apply, or sell it. Innovation will be democratized and freed, as Eric von Hippel says, and no longer driven by market shares and competitive advantages. User themselves will hack, adapt and change existing solutions, according their needs, requirements and for the social good. What does that mean for us? Stress, of course, uncertainty, for sure, the risk to fail, absolutely.
But it also means opportunity, it means optimism, and freedom to create better futures, and better services. It means empathy for every single project we are going to undertake. Products will vanish to n=1. And we can’t do it alone. We will need other perspectives to tackle complexities and reduce the uncertainties. We will need technology to interact, to communicate, to model, test, iterate and handle the risk. We will act and research in studio environments, lab areas, virtual and augmented spaces to socialize, foster our creativity and transform the stress. Boundaries between disciplines will blur, and disciplines will be arranged around fields of interest.
Headquarters will disappear, along with the distinction between university, office or cultural institutions. Our office will be our university will be our stage. By 2028 we will play at work, while all repetitive tasks and commodities will be executed and supplied automatically. Artificial intelligence will do accounting, customization, production and maintenance, and you will be finally deliberated from an industrial mindset of optimization, efficiency and scalability. You will be lost, or not.
We live in a phase where individual talent, creativity and continuous innovation are essential. We should be thinking in terms of return on inspiration and create new economy models. Disruptive changes in business models will have a profound impact on the workplace landscape over the coming years. The will to innovate requires communication and transparency in further space patterns. Creative innovation needs agility and performance of both product and space.
You are encouraged to be innovative beyond your area of expertise and create the unexpected by setting up this open minded and public spaces, far from your existing education building, workplace strategy or work style. The next economy spaces of the 21st century are highly flexible and optimized environments. They will be the place where the entire community of rebels, leaders, makers, hackers and developers, that will adapt, scale and thrive the products and services of tomorrow. They invite to discover something new by a breaking out of an ordinary workday and promise untold opportunities. The stage is yours: Imagine, design and re-define organizations and their purpose.
We take care to ensure completeness, corectness and being up-to-date, we can not guarantee this. Each Hackathon participant is responsible for his or her submitted ideas. This includes also any copyright violations affecting third parties resulting from these ideas.
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Vitra invites you to be
part of the fifth of 12 interdisciplinary Work Hackathon events worldwide.
The next Hackathon event will take place in Seoul 31st August 2018 at the Samsung SNU COOPERATION R&D Center
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As the world is in a seamless stage of changes, conceptional solutions that question the status quo and react to our technological, economic, societal and urban conditions are required.