Over recent years we have seen the rise of experimenting and hacking as a proven method for creating software innovations. Just as a picture may paint a thousand words, a prototype is often the best way to showcase the potential of an idea to a customer through physically interacting with the digital idea.
The process of hacking involves people taking existing software components, and combining them in new ways through a process of experimentation to create something unique. This process can lead to some surprising combinations and is covered in further detail in our 2018 CTO Council Technology Landscape.
In a similar way, maker culture is based upon the novel application of diverse technologies, and exploring new intersections between traditionally separate domains and ways of working including digital technology, hardware, materials (wood, metal, plastics) and arts (drawing, calligraphy, photography).
History is full of creative geniuses that preferred to work alone. Artists, sculptors, mathematicians, architects and engineers – many did their best work in solitude. When it comes to the maker movement however, there is a strong element of community evidenced by the shared spaces where makers can come together to share, learn and create. Whether it is a formal facility such as a TechShop or a community maker space like Eastern Suburbs Makers, people come together to share resources, learn from one another and ultimately translate their ideas into reality.
At Citrix, this approach to creating is echoed in the way we are moving beyond traditional teams embracing novel approaches to working together with internal hackathons, Innovators Program and “Spark Park Innovation Boot Camp”. In each of these, teams work for short intensive periods to advance an idea in a collaborative environment. CubeFree and GoToMeeting Free are recent successes from these programs.
3D Printing at Citrix