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The Idea

An interactive game device that plays your music and projects colored lights to create a new experience every time you play. With Scoot, you can compete with friends in a flashy version of high-energy musical chairs or just turn up the music and move. It’s a game and a mobile dance party all in one!

The Team

David Ngo, age 27, Palo Alto, California

David holds degrees in aerospace engineering from MIT and Stanford University and is a master’s student in the Joint Program in Design at Stanford. "I wanted to do something more creative and more immediate. I found the world of product design and fell in love with it."

How did you come up with your idea?

"I just got really psyched up about the challenge. Ruckus Nation was like a breath of fresh air. It gave me the opportunity to attempt to make the type of toy that I think all toy designers want to make. It harkens back to the days of designing a hula hoop or Twister or Legos – things that deal with physical interaction. I literally just woke up, had the image of lights flying around a room and kids chasing them, and got up and just immediately started drawing."

How will your idea get kids moving?

"For kids, exercise needs to be fun. If you focus on fun first, all the rest will fall into place. Scoot is like a dance party and a game – it’s basically an updated version of musical chairs, with the immediacy of technology."

Who inspired your idea?

"David Kelley, [Stanford professor and] founder of IDEO, a renowned design firm, inspired my work. He brought a lot of creativity to the Stanford community."

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