Late night meetings, early morning discussions, tireless workdays. The past two weeks have been quite the journey. Pivots, arguments, frustrations combined with unified determination has brought us to where we are today.
Our original idea was a more accessible healthcare app for travel. The immediate visible flaws fueled a lot of clashes amongst members, harshly fragmenting the team. Only after a pile of research did we realize that the health industry is unmanageably large and bureaucratic. We had no choice but to pivot our idea, bringing us back to square one.
Four members of our team took a trip to the UCSF hospital to attain further information to expand upon the health/travel idea. Meanwhile, four members stayed back to brainstorm from scratch.
In the classroom, insane ideas were thrown around including, believe it or not, a clock that can turn into a shower. After hours of researching, discussion, and brainstorming, we ended with a whiteboard covered in a tangle of ideas; however, there was only one that seemed promising: an app that gave quick, educational pieces of information that were customized to the users’ interests. We called it QuickBits. At the same time, the group at the hospital gained hope from the doctors who found interest in our first idea.
When they came back, there was some friction. Some people wanted to continue, while others wanted to scrap healthcare.
After further discussion, we decided we needed to change our idea completely.