It may sound obvious, but spending 20 minutes on Google can be a great way to start.
1. Start here
Go to www.google.se and search for words that you think are related to your challenge or idea and see what you find. Of course, it does not have to be Google as a search engine - to avoid the filter bubble, it can be good to try another, e.g. DuckDuckGo. It can also be good to search in English and you will get a wider selection of results.
- Is there good background information about your challenge?
- Has anyone already created a solution? (If you are exploring a challenge, write down possible solutions on the page. In Explore your idea template there is a parking space.)
- Are there already one or more similar ideas out there?
- If you find projects that are driven around similar ideas or challenges, have they been successful?
Write down what you find and copy links to where you find it so you can easily go back again.
2. Analyze what you found
If you are exploring a challenge, look at what you found. Briefly summarize the most important things that deepen your understanding of the challenge.
If you are exploring an idea, look at what you found and briefly summarize the most important things. If you found similar ideas out there, it does not mean that you should not continue to develop your idea. The best solutions are often copied or further developed from other. You may need to do a little more research and test a little first to find out. And if you do not find something similar, it's okay too!