Saturday morning at 9 AM, well rested and ready to go, we started the teams off with a brief about some important information gathered the night before.
Leading up to the event, the Boston City Council Office teamed up with Jacob Dansey of Involved, a micro-polling software for local government, that helps public offices increase civic engagement and understand public opinion with single question surveys. The surveys were sent out to the residents of District 4 to help guide the teams with feedback to make informed decisions about which solutions would be most meaningful or relevant to the surrounding community.
District-wide, about 35 percent of respondents said they were looking for more housing, 27 percent wanted community green space, 22 percent were interested in urban farms or gardens, and about 8 percent spoke up for public art or commercial space.
These public opinions together with a field book, which described the features and characteristics of each site, together with the Boston Property Data and photo & video info pack, teams had enough information to start rapid prototyping solutions in an agile sprint.
The rest of the day we spent encouraging and coaching creativity in an intense, exciting collaboration to get the best ideas out of the teams who thought and worked together up to the last minute preparing for the packed Saturday evening pitch session.