The Journey

The Process + Key Dates

Choose a Team

Choose a Team

Start by finding two other individuals who share your passion and commitment to this process. Together, come up with a big question that frames your challenge and inspires a design solution. This should be open ended enough to enable exploration, but focused enough to create a plan of attack.

OCT 11, 2017 - NOV 14, 2017

Apply

Apply

The online application is your chance to introduce us to your team, highlight your skill sets and perspective, and show your thinking so far. In the application, tell us a bit about yourselves and why you are interested in this. You must also identify your audience, frame your big challenge, create a hypothesis of how to address it, and describe some initial ideas for what you would like to build and test. After reviewing the applications, we will conduct 30 minute video interviews with shortlisted teams.

DEC 31, 2018

Selection

Selection

Five teams will receive $80,000 in funding. Selection will be based on the proposed team, their focus on high risk populations, an interest in Design Thinking as a method for innovation, and the potential for sharing the excitement and strategies from this project with others in your circle of influence.

JAN 22-26, 2018

Design Process

Design Process

Design Thinking is an approach to creative problem solving that focuses on user needs through research, prototyping, and iteration. You will learn and practice this process over the course of a five-month period, beginning in January with a week-long workshop hosted by IDEO.

All Teams must be available for the January workshop in San Francisco.

MAR 19-23, 2018

Design Support

Design Support

IDEO and TNC will provide guidance along the way, both through topic-focused workshops in San Francisco, and through remote support. This helps you and your team develop new skills while also connecting with the larger Innovation Next cohort.

All Teams must be available for a second week-long workshop in San Francisco in March.

EARLY JUNE, 2018

Final Pitch

Final Pitch

The final pitch is the culmination of your work and research: you’ll present a compelling story about the evolution of your design, a vision for the minimum viable product (MVP), and a plan of how to get there.

All Teams must be available for a culminating event in San Francisco in early June.