MacGyver Problem Solving – Episode 1

So I was thinking about something today that I had to post to you all out there. Historically, innovation has come out of necessity with the intention of making things easier. One thing that many people dont realize is that not only is that true but most of the time, the prototype or concept for something actual was derived from some household items. This reminded me of the classic television show MacGyver where the lead character always found himself in a strange predicament that he had to utilize what he had on his person to solve or get out of. So I have decided to start a post that will challenge the readers to come up with a solution to a problem with the list of things provided below.

Scenario: Imagine you are stuck alone in an elevator 80 floors up in a highrise skyscraper and the power has caused the elevator to stop in between floors.

Challenge: You will be required to exit the elevator and safely make it to one of the floors above or below.

Conditions: No cellpone signal, power has also tripped the emergency alarm and phone from functioning, elevator is a cable supported type, there is no light and you are without any food or water.

Tools: You have on you the following items; cellphone, digital wrist watch, metal ballpoint pen, notebook, backpack with nylon straps, laptop computer, Swiss Army knife.

I urge you all to be as creative as possible and please reply with your solutions.



Sean Yakeley

New Product Development

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