Start-up founders, entrepreneurs, students and interested citizens are invited to participate in a rapid design sprint towards submission into the City of Melbourne Open Innovation Competition (OIC), responding to the theme ‘City Reactivation & Recovery Post COVID-19.’
Whether you’re starting from scratch or have an existing prototype, this four-day program will give you tools, frameworks and insights from a range of experts to help transform your idea into a viable solution. Choose to attend any or all of the daily masterclasses and panel discussions, and present your prototype to a panel of judges from RMIT, RMIT Activator and City of Melbourne at the final pitch event.
Face-to-face attendance is encouraged, to benefit from hands-on guidance, however digital experiences will also be facilitated for those unable to attend in person.
Day 1, Tuesday 27 April: Map
Set the goal. Understand your audience and define the key challenge(s) your idea will address.
- 10am – 11.45am: Design thinking masterclass
- Midday – 1pm: Vibrant and smart cities panel with Bonnie Shaw, Sandy McDonald, Tegan Kop and David Morison
Day 2, Wednesday 28 April: Sketch
Explore and develop the idea. Learn how to iterate fast and creatively to solve problems, regardless of feasibility.
- 10am – 11.45am: Research and define masterclass
Day 3, Thursday 29 April: Decide and prototype
Learn how to quickly prioritise the best ideas as a group and develop a prototype — all in the same day.
- 10am – 11.45am: Decide and prototype masterclass
- Midday – 1pm: Open innovation panel with Juan Polanco, Jacyl Shaw, Justyna Dabrowska and Will McIntosh
Day 4, Friday 30 April: Test
Unearth new opportunities or pitfalls as the product’s target audience tests your prototype.
- 10am – midday: Iterate and launch masterclass
- 2pm – 4pm: Pitch presentation – Present your insights and prototypes to a panel of judges from RMIT, RMIT Activator and the City of Melbourne.
Please note, following the morning masterclasses, a workshop space on Activator level 2 will allow a limited number to work on their ideas. Please bring your tech equipment (laptop, headphones, etc.) and a water bottle if you’d like to make use of this space.