Congratulations to all who participated in the Ideation activity at the 2017 Extension Annual Conference.  The winning idea received 35 votes from attendees:

Use augmented reality and gamification to teach emergency prep and response.  It is difficult to train our brain to respond when we haven’t experienced the event.  

Idea proposed by: Jamie Davis, Lauren Grand, Patty Driscoll, Carolyn Ashton, John Baggot, Virginia Bodeau, Lena Hosking, Lynette Black.

This group wins registration scholarships to attend the upcoming eXtension Designathon in Portland in February 2018.


The quick Ideation exercise generated many other fantastic ideas.  Scroll down for some inspiration from your peers:

Fridge Hero: 1.) App scans bar codes of foods in fridge. 2.) Suggests Food Hero Recipes. 3.) Provides tutorial videos “how to”.  4.) Food safety (food beyond expiration date or how many days still safe).  5.) Manual entry. 6.) Engage younger audience.  Table: Mary Stewart, Becca Colton, Ann Bloom, Angel Robb, Lisa Greene, Raeann Van Arsdall, Auyie Treadwell.

Work Place Wellness: throughout the day increase physical activity, spend more time outdoors. Be a role model for others- Extension office to County offices.  Research supports and increase activity, increase mental health.  App to build to remind/instruct PA with examples of ways to implement.  Table: Sally Bowman, Roberta Ropeletto, Amy Derby, Kelli Watcherson, Mike Knutz, Jeanne Brandt, Shana Withee.

Inter-Generational Housing Connections: 1.) Connecting older adults (alumni) who wish to stay in their homes with young students who cannot afford housing. 2.) Extension Gerontology (CPHHS)/ aging students will get education from the Gerontology Conference. Experiential learning opportunity.  3.) Decreased loneliness and improved mental health or both older adults and students.  4.) Relieve financial stress and improve student success and economic vitality.  Table: Jenny Rudolph, Jessica Linnell, Patrick Proden, Bridget Washburn, Brenda Draper, Sunita Vasdrew.

Create Virtual Reality Tours for use with Google Expedition. Tours would relate to Oregon and OSU and could be used to advertise programming or support programming.  Table: Melanie McCabe, Jon Gandy, Trisha White, Roxie Applebee, Andrea Leao, Didgette McCracken, Shanna Northway, Elissa Wells.

OSU Academy: Farm to table curriculum, school partnerships, and/or charter school, focus on underrepresented students. Table: Becky Munn, Christina Diaz-Toledo, Emily Henry, Amy Young, Jennifer Oppenlander, Ruth Jones, Ana Gomez-Diazgrandes, Anna Browne, Ann Harris.

Continuing Education Program for County Employees: In partnership with/AOC.  Use County collage as model.  Ethics, Leadership, Clientele services, Multi-generation workplace, diversity and equity, work/life balance.  Table: Willie Riggs, Dave Hansen, Denise Askey, Charle Beyger, Jivy Johnson, Bob Parker, Nicole Strong, Tim Deboot.

Homeless Awareness Day-OSU wide (all colleges) statewide event: Student experiential learning, sensitivity training, needs assessment. Table: Mary Corp, Sam A., Michele W., Signe, Bill B. Gail, Patricia, Brooke

Virtual Reality Interactive Publications: Learn by doing, virtually hands on, mistakes can be redone to learn how to do ‘it’ right, experience a variety of environments in comfort of your own home. Table: Robin Gullaway, Petz Schroeder, Vanessa, Marica Dickenson, Brian Tuck, Dana Martan, Carole Smith, Dushu Johusa.

Master Conservationist Program: Intergenerational pairing of youth and elders, systems level thinking about waste streams, life cycle of resources, can include many aspects such as: gray water recycling, repurposing marine debris, county office repair fairs, zero waste cooking, tool Shania (community), making your own personal care products. Table: Jenny East, Kim P., Anne H., Chris Branum, Gail Wells, Amerie L., Noelle Mills, Susan D.

Engaging in change: using our community based resources, connections, access to youth through 4-H to rebuild civic society-youth engagement in the local government, economy, and society. Hard decisions are made every day as local places adapt to and plan for change.  This program would use innovative methods to expose youth to the fabric of their local community in new ways.  Table: Mallory Rahe, Steve Renguist, Chip Bubl, Molly Engle, Jack Breen, Sue Hunt, Pat Willis.

One Oregon Pen Pals: urban rural exchange using technology (coast, eastern, urban, etc.). Classroom credit for culture, sociology, etc.  Topics core learning, share daily/weekly edited videos between pals (learn new skills, foster communication), compare contrast experiences.  Table: Deb Warnock, Bretcher Dursch, Shannon Caplan, Jenifer Cruikshank, Vince Adams, John Williams, Ann Murphy.

Sustainable Gardens: provide triangle space to demonstrate the entire process for clean, healthy, environmentally, friendly, gardening practices and food production. Provide an app showing process from seed to preparing to preserve for each crop.  Table: Linda Jones, Joyce Senior.

Gamified Augmented Reality (Experience Connecting Outdoors and Health): Partners (USDA F.S./Oregon Outdoor Rec, local business/ Sierra Club/ Community colleges. Students as co-designers/teams in locals regions (social, shareable, discoverable, engaging, incorporate aspects for accessibility).  Earn rewards and share achievements.  Call on existing extension expertise in forestry, natural resources, and econ. Development Ag, education technology, physical activity/health youth development, senior/aging population. Captive audiences: outdoor schools, 4-H.  Table: Cheryl Kirk, Siew Sun, Rich Roseburg, Allan Dennis.

OSU Branding translated into customer service: Trend of the public requires a step up in customer service. Training improvement for staff and faculty, customer service, social media interface, office environment, consistency from one of to another, dealing with challenges to program philosophy or research, positive first impressions.  Table: Squire Stien, Bondi Williams Moore, Hein Lynn, Kelly, Mike, Jan, Kristen, Wendy.

Resources to live-agriculture, water, food, housing, energy, traveling road show with OSU student developed tools and curriculum- interactive and innovative displays/games (experienced learning). What are the impacts of our life decision, electric powered vehicle or solar trailer-Electric/solar covered wagon.  Table: Victor Viegas, Lisa Gillis, Joy Jones, Nancy Kersha, Lisa Mckibbin, Wayn Jardune, Troy Dawning, Rita Bauer.

10 Ways to be diversity champions at work: Topics to develop with stake holders and add action items with local input. 1.) input 2.) Market 3.) Welcome 4.) Inclusive lesson 5.) Inclusive activities 6.) Participants share strengths 7.) Music (?) 8.) Culture klatch (weekly/monthly learning support) 9.) Advisory board- stakeholders 10.) Become member community boards.  Table: Sandy Reichhuber, Rachel Werling SOREC, Debbie Sayer, Olivia Davis, Karen Zimmermann, Patty Skinkis, Glenda Hyde.

Technology kits for “tech augmented” education with support for early adopters to ensure accessibility for all. Drones to access remote locations, GoPros attached to instructors so learners with limited mobility/disabilities can “stay” with the group-viewed from iPad with audio.  Table: Emily Anderson, Jason O’Brien, Jordan Maker, Maureen Quinn, Liz Olsen, Norma Kline, Sonia Reagan.

Mindfulness education (integrated into programming). Table: Michelle Sager, Rachel Suits, Sergio Arispe, Susan Coleman, Sara Runkel.

Hands up-build up: Cross generational programing, learning labs, capturing the richness our own elders, connecting youth with seniors, problem solving, meeting need for homeless. Table: Sherry, Karie, Honor, Pamela, Traci, Robin, Melissa, Keely, Tracy Krauss.

Google maps: include Ag info as you drive to describe locations. Table: Melanie, Jon, Trisha, Roxie, Andrea, Didgette, Shanna, Elissa.

Young farmers and fishermen with tech know-how collaborate with older farmers and fishermen to gather their wisdom and then distribute it via podcasts, YouTube, etc. Table: Phillip Brown, Bryan Major, Jung Kwon, Jovana Kovacevic, Mylen Bohle, Victoria Binning, Amy Garrett.

Food Waste Program: App that calculates food waste in homes, app that tells how to use your leftovers (recipes), repurpose food (alerts to where to take or where to go get food left at conferences), education that tells you if food is salvageable or to compost, integrate into Mastergardner and other programs. Table: Carol Tollefson, Katie Ahern, Weston Miller, Patty Case

Extension as model workplace: Extension offices model ideal workplaces and are aspirant venues from which government profit and nonprofit enterprises can learn best practices. A divers office (backgrounds, disciplines, partnerships), resources extension is multi-source, extension offices live values in their daily interactions, extension offices provide service/experimental learning opportunities for students.  They will learn what a workplace should look like.  Table: Wiley Thompson, Kaci Buhl, Toni Stephan, Lauren Gwin.

Crowd shaping: tool to collect data via technology for needs assessment and hold community meetings, listen to needs, discuss solutions, data captured and evaluated to measure risk and reward against available resources on the spot. Table: Clatsop office.

Extension Siri. Table: Alex Levin, Gordan Domec, Christy Lucas, Pami Monnette, John Punches.

AR Community College transfer tables: Mayor specific courses, transfer deadlines, admissions deadlines, transfer advisor contact.  Table: Dawn Liuerman, Sara Runkel, Michelle Sager, Sergio Arispe, Susan Coleman.