Collaboratory improves on the common brainstorming method where participants sit around a conference table and quietly write ideas on sticky notes. After a while the notes are collected and read out loud to everyone. They are then divided into categories and prioritised, typically in different locations on the conference room walls.
- Ideas can be typed on and sent in from a mobile device on the same Wi-Fi. This is done either through the mobile app "Collaboratory Client" or using a web interface.
- Ideas are arranged and categorised digitally, on a projector. In this way everyone in the room can read the text on each note, not just the person holding the note.
- After the session is done the results are available in digital format and can be distributed immediately. No-one has to stay behind and document the ideas on the walls.