Brainstorming Schedule Time Ac(vity 7:00-‐7:10pm What makes an idea hot? Break into groups (HW/SW) of 3 students, 1 mentor. 7:10-‐7:30pm What are your favorite hobbies? What are you an expert in? Create a chart of these topics, tape it to the wall. 7:30-‐7:45pm List ~5 opportuniNes on paper individually. 7:45-‐8:45pm All group members verbally share their top 2 ideas. Choose one idea from your group that you like the most. 8:45-‐8:55pm Create a Lean Canvas for your top idea. Each box, 1-‐5 should have 1-‐3 very clear sentences. End at 8:55pm, then begin pitches.
What makes an idea hot? • Within your team’s area of experNse and/or hobbies • Something that aﬀects at least 100 people • Has a soluNon that your team could build
Fast Pitch • Each group presents one idea to the enNre group of students and mentors. • 3 minutes to present, 4 minutes for Q&A. Timing is strict. • Begin by reading your Lean Canvas boxes 1-‐5. • Groups can rearrange a[er the last pitch. Team sizes of 2-‐4. Exit Criteria: • Roster for each team, including team name and mentor name(s). • Lean Canvas of your idea. • That’s it—go home!
BrainstorMentoring • Keep discussion rapid and posiNve, there will be Nme to criNcize later • Immediately neutralize mean comments/behavior • To criNcize ideas, say 2 things you like, then say “I’m concerned that ____” • Keep an eye on the Nme • Get all students to share • Students will value your opinion a lot—be careful • If you have Kickstarter ideas, consider introducing them as quesNons: “Do you think that we could _____”
Brainstorming QuesNons • Really clearly arNculate the problem, who speciﬁcally it aﬀects, and how they are solving that problem right now • How could we get in touch with those people? What do they read, who do they listen to, and what clubs are they in? • What are the 3 important features of the soluNon?
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