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Telstra Foundation launches bootcamp series for not-for-profit sector

- April 7, 2016 2 MIN READ

As any non-technical founder knows, development work is expensive. It is easy enough for the Government to encourage everyone to innovate, but those without the skills or funds have no way to actually do it. Seeing this, the Telstra Foundation has launched a series of free innovation bootcamps designed for the not for profit sector.

Called the Telstra Imaginarium for Non-Profits, the bootcamps are open to applications from those currently employed by a non-profit organisation that works to improve the lives of young people in Australia.

120 participants will be selected, with the bootcamps looking to help build each participant’s capability and equip them with the tools and confidence they need to bring what they have learned to their organisation.

To be held in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane across three weeks, the bootcamps will be led by Damon O’Sullivan, founder and strategy director of THICK, and Jackie Coates, general manager of the Telstra Foundation.

They will cover service design, including design thinking, user research, and prototyping, business design, including theory of change, business case, and impact evaluation, and digital design and product development, including co-design, lean vs agile, MVPs, and engaging agencies.

As well as the workshops, the bootcamps will allow participants to take part in networking events and gain mentoring from industry experts. Perhaps most importantly, the bootcamps will expose participants to the board of the Telstra Foundation and its funders.

The launch of the bootcamps comes after the opening of Remarkable, Australia’s first disability-focused impact accelerator, last month. An initiative of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the Telstra Foundation, the accelerator aims to facilitate the development of breakthrough technologies tat will increase social and financial inclusion for people with a disability.

The Telstra Foundation also last year held an Imaginarium encouraging young people to come up with new ideas to help their generation.

Last year’s initiative saw 80 participants chosen to take a three day design and UX thinking course during which they were asked to identify a problem facing 18-35 year olds, research it, and then pitch a solution to industry experts.

Fifteen teams were then chosen to take part in an eight week intensive program, at the close pitching to Telstra for potential funding. The winner was team Face to Face, which created a Fox, a platform looking to help parents and teachers communicate better.

Find out more about the Imaginarium here.

Image: team Face to Face. Source: YouTube.