Participants

Program format

Smart Seeds has two different program formats: Pace and Bootcamp. The learning outcomes and materials are the same for each format, with the timing of the delivery being the difference between them.

Smart Seeds Pace

There are four key events over the course of the approximately 10-week program.

Launch Workshop – week 1

At the Launch Workshop, participants form teams around challenges presented by industry leaders. Teams are also introduced to an industry mentor who will offer guidance and support throughout the program.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the ideas framework and techniques to facilitate innovation.

Following the Launch Workshop, teams work independently to research the challenge and generate ideas.

Ideation Workshop – week 3 (approximate)

Participants learn ideation techniques to further interrogate their challenge and develop their innovative idea.

Influencing Change Workshop – week 7 (approximate)

Participants learn pitching and presentation skills to effectively communicate their innovative concept to senior industry leaders.

Showcase – final week 

At this exclusive event, each team will pitch their concept to a judging panel, as well as an audience of senior industry leaders. The Showcase celebrates the innovative concepts developed by the teams, and inspires senior staff with fresh ideas and perspectives.

Time commitment

The time commitment is approximately 4 – 6 hours per week.

Smart Seeds Bootcamp

There are two key events over the course of the approximately 6-week program.

Bootcamp – week 1

Smart Seeds Bootcamp starts with an intensive two day learning session. This session consolidates the experience of the Smart Seeds Pace Launch, Ideation and Influencing Change workshops, jump starting the innovation process.

Showcase – final week

At this exclusive event, each team will pitch their concept to a judging panel, as well as an audience of senior industry leaders. The Showcase celebrates the innovative concepts developed by the teams, and inspires senior staff with fresh ideas and perspectives.

Time commitment

The time commitment is 2 days at the start of the program and approximately 4 – 6 hours per week thereafter.

Support

The team mentors will be the first port of call during idea development.

We also use Slack so that participants can easily communicate with all members of the program (not just the people in their team).

The Primary Contact will provide support to participants in terms of time management and participation in the program.

Smart Seeds Coordinators will also provide support, deliver learning and development and set expectations.

Deliverables

Participants will deliver a short 8-minute group presentation to pitch their idea at the Showcase Event. The delivery format and content of the presentation will be open, and creativity in delivery will be encouraged. Further information is provided at the Launch Workshop. Participants are also required to produce an A3 idea snapshot poster for the event. These posters will be published on the Smart Seeds website.

 


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