From Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, we’ll be working (and having fun) together to bring your ideas to life. We’ll bring the experts and the expertise and you bring the thinking! No matter what state your ideas are in—you have the idea but it needs a little nurturing, or you want to use this time to come up with an idea—you are welcome.
Our expert facilitators will guide you through a series of exercises from our strategic design toolkit (used by companies and instigators all over the globe) to help you bring those ideas to life!
This is an example of an activity called a creative matrix, it is designed to help you generate lots of ideas quickly. We’ll have activities like this available for folks who want to use this time to generate new ideas.
This is a concept poster, it is a way for you to express your ideas to possible investors, business partners, teammates and supervisors. We’ll have activities like this available for folks who are ready to bring some form to an existing idea.
Throughout the weekend, we’ll make space for you to hear feedback from other participants and experts to help you reimagine your ideas as business concepts!
We’ll end with a celebration of all of the ideation we do together where we’ll award some prizes for the business concepts (or parts of concepts) that really stand out.
We will have several free tickets reserved for people who want to brainstorm or already have ideas related to certain topics.
Those topics include:
This is your time to settle in, meet others and grab a plate.
Make sure you have signed the photo waiver and have your name tag on!
Make | Choose your adventure
We invite you to start working on your Protoconcept Poster. Make sure you have an exciting name, a description, and a rough sketch for your idea.
Pick the winning idea from your creative matrix and start fleshing it out on the protoconcept poster.
Now it's time to talk to share your draft, talk to coaches, and make changes to your protoconcept poster.
You are done!
Time to wrap up and get those last changes in on the posters.
Dinner: Fish Fry Friday aka Pittsburgh's #1 Fish Fry! by Community Kitchen Pgh
Grab some breakfast and settle in.
Make changes to your posters if needed and start putting them on the walls.
Time for feedback!
This is your chance to give and receive good feedback.
Make sure you make a note of ideas that you find interesting during this session.
11 - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:30pm
Speaker Session + Lunch
Lunch Provided by: Chef Dix
12:30 - 12:45pm
You can now choose to either commit to your original idea and build it out further
OR choose to join another idea as a contributor
12:45 - 2:30pm
Make | Knowing your users
This is where you really understand the users who you are solving for. Think about the larger system. Feel free to use your laptops, call people, or leave the building to do research.
2:30 - 3pm
3 - 4:30pm
Make | Prototyping Session
Let us start building! Prototyping allows you to make your ideas tangible making it easier to discuss, get feedback and learn by doing. You are free to use tools that make sense for you.
4:30 - 5:30
Time for feedback!
Present, act, or showcase your prototypes. This is your time to give and receive good feedback.
5:30 - 6:30
Dinner provided by:
Evening entertainment provided by the multi-talented event host, stand up comedian, and hip-hop artist:
Coffee and treats provided by: Millie's Homemade
Make | Final Concept Poster
This is your time to finalize your concept poster, polish the story you want to tell, and get ready for pitching your ideas
12 - 12:45pm
Speaker session + Lunch
Lunch provided by: Blanket & Board
1 - 2pm
Time for feedback!
2 - 2:15pm
Place your votes
It is time to place your two votes on the ideas you think are the best!
2:15 - 2:45pm
2:45 - 3pm
Announcing the Winners
Make sure you attend the final event of this weekend while we announce the winners on the stage