A design sprint uses design thinking and innovation techniques to solve complex problems throughout co-creation, rapid prototyping, and qualitative testing. VCU da Vinci Center’s Design Sprints are multi-week opportunities to engage in workshops and learning opportunities that take early stage ideas and IDEATE, TEST, and PROTOTYPE alongside community mentors and subject matter experts.
VCU da Vinci Center Design Sprints open to all VCU students and free.
How can design thinking be used to impact health care?
Participate in this Design Sprint to examine challenges in health care through the lens of human-centered design and design thinking. This is a free event and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
Sponsored by the Health Innovation Consortium
How can design thinking be used to impact social justice?
Participate in this Design Sprint to examine social justice challenges through the lens of human-centered design and design thinking. This is a free event and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
The IDEATE Series is an element of our work to enact social change through social innovation and impact. IDEATE is an acronym that stands for: Increasing Diversity in Entrepreneurial And Tech Ecosystems. At the da Vinci Center, we recognize that our best work comes to life when we bring together diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences for the greater good of our community.
How can design thinking be used to create new ventures?
Participate in this Design Sprint to bring your venture ideas into action through the lens of human-centered design and design thinking. This is a free event and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
Sponsored by VCU da Vinci Center Angel Advisory Board
|February 9||Registration Deadline||There is not an application for the Design Sprints but we do ask that all participants register by 11:59pm on February 9.|
|Monday - Friday: 10am-11am||Fireside Chats||Each day hear from a community expert and da Vinci Alumni in both live and pre-recorded sessions that will focus on relevant topics such as: ecosystem resources, marketing, failure, growth/scaling, and fundraising. Students are encouraged to attend live sessions to ask questions.|
|Monday, 2/15: 5pm-8pm||Design Sprint Kickoff||All sprint tracks will meet to go over the program and host a virtual networking session.|
|Wednesday, 2/17: 5pm-8pm||Training & Team Selection||All sprint tracks will come together for Design Thinking Training. The remainder of the session will be used to network and form teams.|
|Thursday, 2/18: 5pm-8pm||Meet Your Cohort||Go over all deliverables and meet the mentors from your cohort.|
|Monday, 2/22: 5pm-8pm||Executive Summary||Review examples of successful executive summaries. Teams will break out to work together and with mentors.|
|Wednesday, 2/24: 5pm-8pm||Pitch Deck||Review examples and tips of successful pitch decks. Teams will break out to work together and with mentors.|
|Thursday, 2/25: 5pm-8pm||Pitch Practice & Wrap Party||Teams will pitch to the large group for feedback and the session will end with a virtual celebration of completion of the Sprint.|
|Sunday, 2/28||Deliverables Due||All deliverables due by 11:59pm to be considered for the $250 award.|
|Friday, 3/5||Winners Announced||Each cohort will announce the awardees through email.|
Every year the da Vinci Center hosts VCU Demo Day to highlight student ventures and award prize money. Last year VCU Pre-X and VCU Healthcare Innovation Sprint came together to compete for 2 top prizes of $5k and 2 People’s Choice Awards for $500. Eight teams from VCU Pre-X participated in a semester-long program to identify, support, and launch high growth and high potential startups and founders. And eight teams joined a 2-week Healthcare Innovation Sprint to explore solutions related to COVID-19 through health care and innovation.