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Tryplex a Report on Setting Up a COIN

Tryplex a Report on Setting Up a COIN

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tryplex: a report on setting up a COIN
Mischa Schaub mischa.schaub@hyperwerk.chBenjamin Schmid, benjamin.schmid@hyperwerk.chStephan Urech, stephan.urech@hyperwerk.chPatricia Kaeufeler patricia.kaeufeler@hyperwerk.ch
In summer 2010 the final-year students at the Swiss Institute for Postindustrial Design HyperWerk decided todedicate their academic year 2010/11 to the question „how to swarm“. A group of three students were senttogether with their professor to COINs 2010 to present this institutional question as an exercise in appliedswarming. This trip proved to be such an important team-formation experience that from now on this text willtalk about us, since we became such a great team.We decided to build a framework around our intention of living the swarm by making our kick-off statementat COINs 2010 and saying that we would deliver a report on our results at next year’s conference. So thisprovided us with a starting point and a defined aim –prerequisites for any strong vector and force.At the conference we were very happy to meet the people working towards a scientific explanation for whatwe had felt intuitively: that the tools and rules of collaborative networks are transforming innovationfundamentally. We believe now that the future of innovation will depend on the capability for synchronousimprovisation with many hands on the grand piano of imagination.Our plan was appreciated at the conference. This became manifest with the COINs Steering Committeeentrusting HyperWerk with organizing the next COINs conference in our hometown Basel, Switzerland. After theconference our student team decided to start their own swarming process by visiting several of the institutionsbehind the great people we had met at the conference. This gave us the idea that purposeful nomadicbehaviour with a traveling laboratory might achieve a noticeable effect within several months.Back in Switzerland we started working on the first elements for fulfilling our vision. We set up technology forthe production of inflatables – inflatable products are very small but can become very big. That makes themeasily transportable and highly visible, and they can be used as projection screens for exhibitions. As post-industrial designers we are fascinated with technologies for speeding up prototyping and decision-making, andwith getting messages across in unusual ways. The nearly immaterial qualities of inflatables seem ideal tobring information from the digital realm into our real world. So we visited manufacturers of high-techmachines for the creation of inflatables, and we found much goodwill, great equipment, and generousconditions. Many of these companies standing behind ultrasonic welding technologies seem to have found

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