I’m studying Master’s degree in Design at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. I am in the last stretch of my studies and in the spring I was missing just one last course when I saw an early introduction to the CERN Bootcamp -study concept. I stopped looking for other courses, since I knew this was the one for me. I put the date in my calendar and waited for the application period to start.
CERN Bootcamp offered a perfect crash course for service design process, methods and tools. As a designer and design student concentrating in service design and design management, jumping in to the deep end felt easy. I would emphasize the easiness of the jumping with no fear. Swimming in the design current was as stormy and joyful ride as most design projects I have ever been involved in.
Solving Huge Challenges
The kick-off weekend in May showed us just how crazy this study period was to be. A crazy amount of work and a huge challenge. At the kick-off we the course students formed teams and chose the challenges to be solved during the Bootcamp.
My team’s challenge was to find a solution for how to make climate change effects visual to consumers in purchase decision situations. No more or less than to have positive influence on climate change. No more or less than to influence people’s behaviors. It seemed overwhelming at first, but fortunately my whole team had their brains set to design thinking mode and we were ready and happy to jump in with full of curiosity. We could not wait to start the work.
Different Expertise Was Our Strength
The big push for me to apply to the CERN Bootcamp was to test my understanding and implementing skills of service design and mostly to work with new people. How would I work with totally new people?
As I look back, throughout the whole experience, the greatest lessons I got out with was from the teamwork with my wonderful multidisciplinary team at CERN. My team worked really well together. We were students who all came from different fields and had different backgrounds and work experiences.
Everyone was one hundred percent committed to the task and everyone brought in all their different expertise to the table. We worked really hard within an incredible workflow spiced with humor and good spirit.
In addition to becoming acquainted with all these wonderful people in my team, I also had an opportunity to meet with other great people that I would have never met otherwise. Such as a physicist at Cern, experts on climate issues, consumer behavior and activism, as well as all the customers at Cern-cafeteria. All random people who were interested in our project and would stay with us and stir our views.
And not the least the teachers and mentors without whom we would not have found the right tools and methods during the project and come up with a solution to the problem at the end. Having the chance to meet so many interesting people with fresh viewpoints and the opportunity to visit and stay at the incredible and almost surreal CERN made my CERN Bootcamp the most rewarding learning experience in my studies.