We coached four of our client’s tech partners over the course of six weeks, resulting in four user-validated prototypes that apply our client’s tech in novel ways. To get there in such a short time-frame, we created a robust step-by-step process. First of all, we established a strategy for identifying the partners with the most potential in terms of skills, mindset, and initial challenge scope. Secondly, we helped these partners to scope their challenge towards the most exciting target groups and use cases based on our client’s tech (tech-push!). Thirdly, we taught our 2-day, pressure-cooker masterclass using a dummy case. That way, partner teams could learn to apply the relevant techniques, understand the design process, and learn from each other without having to worry about IP. As a result they were ready for the last, and most sizeable step: Being coached through the full double diamond design process over the course of 5 weeks to create and validate the market fit of novel solutions. We made sure to include multiple points of validation with our client and real customers through customer interviews, elevator pitches, co-creative idea generation, and user testing.