Design Thinking Bootcamp

The Design Gym is a community at the intersection of learning and creative problem solving. We bring together classes of diverse professionals to work on projects of aspirational organizations – learning by doing. We recently did one focused on airbnb, because we think it’s a pretty rad company, and our students were pumped to work on their problem for a day.

One day, a doctor, an ad executive, and a design student go out to lunch together to learn about the state of hospitality (no…seriously). This is how it goes down over the course of a full-day:



Each team refined their insights, sourced from their interviews and issues maps, pushed through prototypes, storyboards and iterative testing over the course of the afternoon. Each team presented a vision for AirBnB going forward:

– Air Home & Hood – an online service that allows home renters and buyers to test out a neighborhood or city before fully committing to making the move. It’s complete with a neighborhood guide matching system.

– AirBnB KEY – an iPhone app that unlocks the world. Just grab your keys, wallet, and phone, and go. Through a new hardware device, users can unlock their Airbnb rentals conveniently, and through partnerships are able to easily access rental services and currency exchanges.

– Airbnb +plus – An add on service that allows users to supplement their home rental with services such as cleaning, local guides, recreational equipment, and even a weekend pet.

– Airbnb Experiences – People search endlessly to get an authentic experience or have a serendipitous encounter with locals – why not make that easier? Airbnb experiences connects travelers with local communities and people to break bread, explore the town, and build empathy far beyond the normal travel book’s recommendations.

Daniel Stillman
  • JessicaOsa
    Posted at 21:04h, 24 February Reply

    Something I wanna try out someday! I am now a professional and am working now but It’s interesting for me to be learning more stuffs aside from the things I’ve learned already. And practicing problem solving skills specially on a team will definitely help me not get rust in my brain.

  • Andy
    Posted at 14:04h, 25 February Reply

    Hi Jessica! Would love to have you join, this sounds like it’d be a great introductory class to get you started. Let us know if you have any questions!

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