A worldwide call to primary education schools to come up with dream machine ideas. Children from all over the world have responded and dropped their dream machine idea on the world map of MyMachine DreamsDrop. After a selection of all ideas, today, at the request of MyMachine, 100 higher education students Industrial Product Design at HOWEST University of Applied Sciences (Belgium) are starting to bring to life the selected ideas of children from Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa, Mozambique and India!

Today conceptualization is central. The ideas of “the customer” are translated into possible concepts. For example, Alan (8) from Portoviejo, Ecuador is requesting a machine to be able to live for 1 million years. Lamora (7) from Piketberg, South Africa is requesting a machine to help her grandfather with cleaning his umbrella. The Dream Machine from Leonardo (6) from Villahermosa, Mexico is a machine that ensures that his parents spend less time on their smartphone and play more with their children. Gabriel (10) from Maputo, Mozambique asks for a machine to be placed next to his bed at night as a night lamp that doubles asca smartphone carrier and brings some cooling because the nights are too hot. These are some of the 16 Dream Machines that will be elaborated in two completely different concepts by two different student groups. The original inventors will therefore each receive 2 different solutions.

This type of assignment is what students Industrial Product Design are looking for. In their future job they will also have to translate customer questions into workable and producible concepts, products and applications. Today they will start with creating 10 different concepts. This way 160 product concepts will be created. At the end of this day they will converge again by eventually selecting one concept that they will elaborate. The selection is based on various criteria such as feasibility, degree of complexity, creativity and alignment with the original demand of the ‘customer’. From tomorrow morning the selected concepts will be further developed into real working prototypes.

The original inventors from the participating countries can follow the entire creative process remotely and will help to assess the end results.

Children and students learn that the world is malleable. That having ideas is important. That you should not be reluctant to express your idea, even though it may sound a bit challenging or strange. And they also learn that you really can bring any idea to life, as long as you dare to be creative, collaborate, respect each other’s talents, communicate and persevere.
This MyMachine DreamsDrop context is (compared to the unique standard operation of MyMachine) a new, complementary MyMachine action. Since the launch of this new MyMachine DreamsDrop World Map, more than 1,600 Dream Machine ideas have been uploaded from both adults and children from 40 countries worldwide.

Tomorrow we’ll be back with more news.