Posted on August 11, 2014 by Mythri Ambatipudi
MYTHRI - FINDING MY NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK OF IDEAS
This week, the time came to finally pick one of my three invention ideas. The process was extremely challenging, but it taught me a lot about innovation.
When I first sat down to think about which of my three ideas to pick, my mind immediately went blank. I could not bear the thought of parting with any of my ideas. I decided to call Dr. Ali, my mentor, and have a conversation with her. We discussed the top three problems and the potential solutions. Dr. Ali recommended some 3M products that I could potentially use in each of my ideas. After talking about the impact of each of the ideas, we discussed this criteria to pick the top idea:
1. Is the solution for the idea creative and innovative? - I wanted to create an invention that would challenge me to be as creative as possible.
2. Is the solution one that people all over the world can implement? - I wanted my invention to be able to be used everywhere by everyone, regardless of availability of supplies.
3. Which solution will have the biggest impact? - I wanted to invent something that would assist as many people worldwide as possible.
4. Can I use 3M products in the invention?
Finally, after much discussion, we agreed on one of my ideas. I now realized the value of having a mentor to help. My initially muddled brain was now thinking clearly. Having access to a 3M scientist taught me that the first step in innovation is learning to be methodical. Now that the task of picking the top idea is completed, I am looking forward to beginning my research and experimentation!
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