This exercise will help you practice your customer observation skills and also help you to develop a broader range of ideas for the project. Simply watching potential customer behaviors (unobtrusively) and talking to people is an excellent way to identify product opportunities. Any time that you are out and about is an opportunity to observe!
This exercise is scheduled to help your 2.009 project idea generation in the second week of lab.
There is also an optional, special tutorial on Friday, September 16 at 5 PM in 3-370 to help you develop skills for observing and learning from potential users.
One member of your lab section should complete the web form below and submit it for your entire section. After picking your section in the combination box, assign each section member to one venue to go and observe. Since there are more options than section members, all places will not be assigned. After all section members have been assigned, submit the form. Your section and the course instructor will receive an email with the venue assignments.
Details of how to complete your observation task are with the observation submission instructions.
Venue list with suggestions
|an art museum||Council for Arts at MIT provides free general admission for MIT students to the Harvard Art Museums, Institute of Contemporary Art, and Museum of Fine Arts (details)|
|an art studio||MIT Student Art Association, MIT Glass Lab, Mucky Kids Art Studio in Cambridge|
|a children's museum||Boston Children's Museum has $1 admission on Friday nights 5-9pm|
MIT Museum has Paper Circuits Idea Hub program noon-4pm on Sunday, 9/18 (free admission with MIT ID)
|a composting or recycling center||Cambridge has 4 drop-off food scrap locations|
Cambridge recycling center is open Saturdays 9am-4pm
|a construction site|
|a dog park||Boston and Cambridge dog parks|
|a fair or festival||things to do in Cambridge on Saturday, including Curious George Birthday Bash, Danehy Park Family Day, Revels RiverSing|
Eastern Massachusetts list, including The Big E
|a farm||Belmont Acres Farm in Belmont (farmstand open Saturdays 1-5pm), Drumlin Farm in Lincoln|
|a fire station|
|a garage||search for "auto repair shops" to get a list of ones nearby|
|a homeless shelter||Directory of shelters in the Cambridge & Boston area|
Food pantries and/or soup kitchens
|a makerspace||Artisan's Asylum, a community fabrication center in Somerville (tours at 2 & 4pm on Sat/Sun)|
Parts and Crafts, a kid's makerspace in Somerville has open shop on Saturday, noon-2pm.
|an orchard||Massachusetts Pick Your Own Farm listings|
|other||Have an idea for a great place to do your observation exercise? Let us know where your'd like to go!|
|a race||Survival Beach race on Saturday, 9/17 in Revere, MA (North of Boston, Revere Beach MBTA Station)|
Your First Mud Run on Sunday, 9/18 in Holyoke, MA (Western MA - need car)
|a shipping and receiving location|
|a zoo||Franklin Park Zoo, Stone Zoo, Museum of Science|