On March 1st, 60 + local engineers, designers, developers and overall creative minds gathered to give back to a group of individuals who have already proven their own selflessness through their services. Challenge America, the VA of Northeast Ohio Healthcare System (VANEOHCS), and Cleveland Clinic Innovations gathered a group of talented volunteers and veterans to launch Challenge America (Makers for Veterans CAMVETS) Cleveland 2019. The joint mission of all involved is to assemble teams of experts to create innovative solutions to the unmet needs of injured Veterans.
Outside observers who were able to witness the environment within St. Edwards High School’s-Lowe Institute of Innovation, could have easily confused this for a team building exercise between employees who had known each other for years. The fact is, however, they had only just met. Much of this excitement and ideation can be attributed to the Design Sprint framework that was laid out by the CEO and President of Balance Innovation & Design, Rene Polin. The Design Sprint approach teaches innovators to spend a substantial amount of time really getting to understand their challenges and define specific approaches before launching into development. For approximately 2 ½ hours these seven newly formed teams were ideating, strategizing, and most importantly getting to know each other and their respective strengths.
If we can carry over this momentum to the actual “make-a-thon,” which will be held from April 25th-27th, we are going to make a huge difference in veteran lives and share a collective victory for the city of Cleveland. If you missed the ‘kick-off’ event don’t worry, there are still opportunities to participate. If you would still like to be a donor, mentor, or maker, please contact Matt McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Matt McBride, Director, Inventor Services.
Matt has been with Innovations since 2012 and currently serves as the Director of Inventor Services. In this role, Matt is responsible for overseeing early stage assessment of invention disclosures based on intellectual property, market landscape, and return on investment for all technologies in the Cleveland Clinic Portfolio. Prior to joining CCI, Matt served as a Naval Officer at several commands throughout the world.