Lab Tech Life
My week seemed to be quite busy in some parts, with me looking at branding for a couple of teams, along with the web content they were generating.
Then, any “down-time” was spent working on an illustration for the Accelerator… or sitting in on the speakers’ sessions…
CoHelix, first draft business card
2shakes draft branding
R9 illustration research on Pinterest
Prep for the first Mentor Meet night
Packed house for the first Mentor Meet night
Yoseph Ayele – Kiwi Connect
KiwiConnect are making steps to connect world-class talent to workplaces, to drive innovation and increase capital for businesses in New Zealand.
One of the key takeaways he had for the teams was:
“Make sure to dig deep to define the problem…
Then articulate it so that anybody can understand what you’re trying to achieve.”
– Yoseph Ayele
I thought it was really insightful too when Yoseph pointed out:
That this is an opportunity for the teams to build trust with government agencies…
So even if they don’t have initial success with their opportunities, they will have (hopefully) broken down barriers for future change and suggestions.
Dustin Haisler & Paul Taylor – e.Republic
We were really lucky to hear from Dustin and Paul, who Skyped in from Texas and Washington respectively.
From my perspective, one of the most resounding points was:
“Don’t just focus on the tech.”
– Dustin Haisler
Dustin explained by saying that it’s not always a technology problem, but it could be that there’s an underlying process problem.
Both also talked about the amount of time the teams have within the accelerator, 12 weeks. Dustin tried to give the teams an idea of, realistically, the impact they could make – referring to the below ‘goggle boxes’…
(Left) Man hours (18+ years old) spent watching TV in the USA in comparison to (right) man hours spent for initial Wikipedia creation.
*My visual is not accurate to data, but a representation for the contrast*