I was glad that I got invited to speak, mentor and judge startups at Google’s Indonesia Android Kejar 2016 hackathon last 25-26 May 2016. It focused on education technology (“edtech”) and we saw 31 startups from all across Indonesia come to the 2-day event to solidify, build and test their idea. The first day was mentoring & speaking session from me, where I spoke about Designing with Empathy. Designing is hard, but there is one best starting point: your users. For a moment, forget about technology, business and design, and focus on the user’s pain points. This way, your product will evolve closer to solving your user’s daily problems.
I also had a chance to speak with the startups and it was great to see a wealth of ideas and the drive to make them happen. The youngest participant was a team of 13-year & 14-year old students from Semarang.
In case you’re curious, here’s the deck that I presented.