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Find Business Solutions to Global Issues

“Hackathons are no longer just for coders. Companies far outside the tech world are using these intense brainstorming and development sessions to stir up new ideas on everything from culture change to supply chain management.” – Harvard Business Review

At the Social Innovation Hack, passionate and creative professionals from the private and nonprofit sectors and aspiring entrepreneurs will come together to find new solutions to address global issues. Over the weekend, participants will learn from experts, form teams, and create a social enterprise (Social enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with a twist) from scratch to pitch to a panel of judges. Subject matter experts will be on hand to teach and guide participants through the process so no prior experience is necessary.

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Mentorship Opportunity

We’re looking for mentors – subject matter experts (issues, social entrepreneurship, etc.) to support participants through the process of developing and pitching their social enterprises. Click here to learn more!

 

Why attend the Social Innovation Hack

5 reasons to participate: 

  1. Find business solutions to global issues
  2. Learn from industry experts in design thinking, entrepreneurship and more
  3. Apply your existing skills to build your resume and develop new ones
  4. Join a team working on an inspiring social startup
  5. Network with other like-minded professionals

 

Registration

Early Bird (until 9/26, 11:30PM) – $80 
General (until 10/20, 11:30PM) – $95
Presentation Only (Sunday Evening) – $20

Please Note: Ticket prices, provided above, do not include Eventbrite fees.

Your ticket includes:

– Opportunity to build a social enterprise from scratch with a team
– Social Entrepreneurship workshops
– Mentorship from industry experts
– Networking with like-minded peers
– Meals from Friday evening to Sunday evening (7)

Please Note: Presentation Only ticket only includes the presentation portion of the hack and Sunday dinner.

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Refund Policy: No refunds within 7 days of the event. 

Schedule

FRIDAY

6:30PM – 7:15PM: Check-in / Dinner / Networking

7:15PM – 7:30PM: Welcome

7:30PM – 8:15PM: Workshop Session I – Ideation

Presenter: Alejandro Crawford, Professor of Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurs often begin with a simple question: what should just work differently? In this workshop, participants use an interactive framework for answering this question, and following it with a focus on obstacles to solutions and how to overcome them to make those solutions real. Led by Alejandro Crawford, Professor of Entrepreneurship for Bard’s MBA in Sustainability, this session provides a springboard for hackathon participants to articulate their solutions and look ahead to making the business and impact case for them and proving their concepts in practice.

8:30PM – 9:30PM: Pitch (optional) / Form Teams  / Begin Work

SATURDAY

You’ll work with your team throughout the day. Below are scheduled activities. 

9:00AM – 9:30AM: Breakfast

9:30AM – 10:15AM: Workshop Session II – Customer Discovery & Development

Presenter: Karen Schlesinger, FounderTherapy

Why do so many startups fail? One of the biggest reasons is that founders wait until it’s too late (after countless cash has been burned and time has been wasted) to get out of their living room / garage / coworking space / parent’s basements and talk to customers. They rely on their own assumptions to guide critical business and product decisions, often leading them down the wrong path. Tragically, these founders don’t realize they’ve built something that no one actually wants until they try to go out and sell it. In this workshop, you will learn why it’s never to early to start finding and talking to customers, what you should be asking (and NOT asking) and why, how you should ask be asking, and what you should be listening for.

12:30PM – 1:00PM: Lunch

1:00PM – 1:45PM: Workshop Session III – Prototyping

Presenter: Lee Kim

During this session, you will transform your ideas into rough prototypes of tangible products/services for your users. You will work with your team members to “BUILD” your solutions forward. Failures are encouraged. Stupid ideas will be celebrated. At the end, you will SHOW your product to gather feedback and get ready for testing and iteration!

2:00PM – 6:00PM: Consult with Mentors (Onsite and Slack)

Mentors will be available during this team to answer any questions you may have. Talk to them!

6:00PM – 6:30PM: Dinner

SUNDAY

You’ll work with your team throughout the day. Below are scheduled activities.

9:00AM – 9:30AM: Breakfast

9:30AM – 10:15AM: Workshop Session IV – Storytelling / Presentation

Presenter: Cynthia Hellen, SMPLCT lab

Social impact organizations often dive into storytelling without articulating clear goals, understanding the interests and motivations of target audiences, or setting measurable objectives. These strategic guidelines are necessary to craft effective content and design an engagement plan using appropriate platforms to reach the right people and mobilize them for the cause. 

10:30AM – 1:00PM: Consult with mentors (Onsite and Slack)

Mentors will be available during this team to answer any questions you may have. Talk to them!

1:00PM – 1:30PM: Lunch

1:30PM – 3:30PM: Presentation Rehearsal

5:00PM – 7:00PM: Presentation & Judging

Get ready! This is your opportunity to share your solution with a panel of judges and compete for prizes.

7:00PM – 8:00PM: Dinner / Judges Deliberate

8:00PM – 8:30PM: Announce of Winners & Prizes / Wrap-up

* Schedule is subject to change

FAQs

 

Is this event a hackathon?

Not quite. Although the activities are similar, the Social Innovation Hack is not tech specific and does not require coding. All ideas to solve global challenges are welcome.

What is a social enterprise?
“A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders.” – Wikipedia

What is a minimum viable product?
A Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is: “[the] version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort” — Eric Ries.

Who should attend?
Anyone! This event is an excellent opportunity for individuals who have an interest in social entrepreneurship, are subject matter experts, have business or technical skills, are looking for co-founders, want to test an idea, etc.

Which business models are within the scope of this event?
Teams can develop social enterprises that are nonprofit, for-profit or hybrid (for-profit + nonprofit). To learn more about these models, click here.

Does the social enterprise have to be tech-focused?
No, tech is not a requirement. All ideas are welcome.

Is the hack focused on a specific global issue (i.e. education, poverty)?
No, this event is not focused on a specific global issue. Teams can develop solutions to address any global issue.

Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?
No, but we highly encourage you to!

Can I pitch an existing business or idea that I’ve been working on?
We highly discourage pitching ideas that you have previously worked on or are currently working on. The hack is designed for teams to develop new solutions.

Will I be assigned to a team?
No, participants are responsible for forming their own teams. There will be time following the pitch on Friday for you to find team members.

Can I bring a team?
No, you’ll have an opportunity to form a team on Friday. However, we do encourage you to bring friends to the event!

How many people can be on a team?
Each team will have 3-5 members.

Who has ownership of the social enterprise?
Ownership is determined by your team. The Social Innovation Hack and Net Impact NYC do not play a role in this process.

How do I prevent other people from stealing my idea?
Unfortunately, you can’t. If you have an idea that you’re concerned others might steal, we recommend you not pitch it.

Do I have to be at the event all weekend?
Yes, it’s important for you to be present the entire weekend – to support your teammates and to get the full experience.

What resource is provided during the weekend?
Throughout the weekend, there will be workshops to walk you through the process of developing your social enterprise. There will also be subject matter experts (“Mentors”) who will provide guidance as you work on your social enterprise.

What does the winning team receive?
TBD – We are in the process of securing prizes.

What should I bring to the event?
Laptop, power cord / charger, business cards, etc.

Please email socialinnovationhack@gmail.com if you have additional questions.

Speakers

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Alejandro Crawford

Senior Consultant, Acceleration Group and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Bard MBA

B.A. (History), Cornell University; M.B.A. (General Management), Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. As Senior Consultant at Acceleration Group, Crawford enables leaders of mission-driven businesses and nonprofit organizations build bottom-up innovation, forge risk-aware strategy, and seize “acceleration moments” to increase their impact on the markets and communities they serve. He publishes regular opinion pieces for forums such as U.S. News and World Report’s Economic Intelligence blog, and speaks frequently on sustainability, entrepreneurship, and education. His courses and workshops have launched change-makers and innovators across half a dozen universities and an array of client organizations. Crawford serves on and facilitates strategy for various educational boards and is co-founder of the Mountaintop Program, which challenges young people to imagine solutions to problems they identify, in a dynamic exchange with individuals who have created such solutions in practice.
 

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Cynthia Hellen

Co-Founder & CEO, SMPLCT Lab

Cynthia is a Peruvian-American, entrepreneur, producer-director and technologist. In 2012, she returned to her native country, Lima, Peru with one purpose, to challenge herself and live on less than $2 a day. This inspired her to launch SMPLCT Lab in 2013, where she focuses on creating cross cultural collaboration between communities, design low-cost solutions for those living on less than $2 a day; and educate society on sustainability. Follow her journey at @cynthiahellen.

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Lee Kim 

Technical Director at AKRF, Inc. and Design Thinking Facilitator, Cornell University

Lee is passionate about the transportation field and deeply immersed in Design Thinking in everything she does. She believes that by focusing our attention to the human centered design and experience, we can arrive at solutions that are delightful and amazing. She looks to find hidden treasures behind the obvious facade.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb.

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Karen Schlesinger

Product Director and leads Operations, FounderTherapy

Karen Schlesinger is a sustainable business expert who specializes in helping entrepreneurs work through strategic and company-building challenges. Karen is a Product Director and leads Operations at FounderTherapy, where she is part of a team of professional co-founders, advisors, product developers, engineers, business strategists, and expert problem solvers. She also leads the company’s Tech for Good initiative, focusing on helping startups build and launch products that are addressing social and environmental challenges.

Karen has specific sustainability expertise in waste and recycling, food systems, and greenhouse gas emissions management. Previously, Karen worked on emissions management and energy efficiency projects for a large waste and recycling company in the northeast. She also spent several years as a sustainability consultant to large corporate clients, including Walmart and Citrix, working on sustainability strategy and operations.

Prior to her work in sustainability and tech, she ran her own digital fine art reproduction business, launched a city-wide economic revitalization organization in Troy, NY, and has taught art, business, and sustainability courses at several universities. She has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and an MFA in Imaging Arts & Sciences from RIT.

Mentors

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Fanny Spencer

Director, Brooklyn Programs, Teach For America

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May Samali

Director, Tumml

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Melis Tusiray

Founder and President, HeyLadies.org

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Artur Sousa

Founder, Adopets & Mentorship Program Manager, MassChallenge

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James Lascar

Account Manager II, Charter Communications

 

Alicia Noel

Co-founder, Director of North American Operations

 

Joseida Rosario

Independent Consultant

Judges

Lyle Casriel

Senior Vice President – Wealth Management and Private Wealth Advisor at UBS

M.B.A. (Finance & Entrepreneurship), University of Southern California; B.A. (Economics & Italian), Washington University in St. Louis. Lyle is a Senior Vice President in Wealth Management at UBS. Lyle entered the financial services industry in 2006 at Lehman Brothers. Lyle spent the majority of his time at Lehman as co-founder of the Community Investing Group, an innovative cross section of Wealth Management and Asset Management established to help the F.B. Heron Foundation commercialize a proprietary, positively-screened social investing index based upon the S&P 900. The Community Investing Index was launched to allow other like-minded institutions and individuals invest alongside Heron’s mission around community engagement. Currently, Lyle continues to engage like-minded clients on the topics of alternative energy, social investing and strategic philanthropy. Lyle also continues to pursue his interest in sustainability as an angel investor in sustainability oriented companies.
 

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Alex Hanken

Strategy & Operations Associate at Inspiring Capital

Alex found Inspiring Capital through her own struggle to find meaningful, impactful work in the social sector, after several previous nonprofit and for-profit engagements. She has worked in development and nonprofit management for a variety of causes including breast cancer and education, and has seen the growing need within the sector for an infusion of sustainable business practices and high-level human capital.

She now leverages this experience and knowledge toward the goal of recruiting, fostering, and placing high-capacity professionals in fulfilling careers that utilize their talents toward finding better ways of doing good.

Alex received her B.A. in Anthropology from Davidson College, where she focused her studies on civic engagement and development. She is passionate about exploring different cultures and ways of understanding the world, and loves cooking and eating new things. She lives in New York.

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Alejandro Crawford

Senior Consultant, Acceleration Group and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Bard MBA

B.A. (History), Cornell University; M.B.A. (General Management), Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. As Senior Consultant at Acceleration Group, Crawford enables leaders of mission-driven businesses and nonprofit organizations build bottom-up innovation, forge risk-aware strategy, and seize “acceleration moments” to increase their impact on the markets and communities they serve. He publishes regular opinion pieces for forums such as U.S. News and World Report’s Economic Intelligence blog, and speaks frequently on sustainability, entrepreneurship, and education. His courses and workshops have launched change-makers and innovators across half a dozen universities and an array of client organizations. Crawford serves on and facilitates strategy for various educational boards and is co-founder of the Mountaintop Program, which challenges young people to imagine solutions to problems they identify, in a dynamic exchange with individuals who have created such solutions in practice.

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Prizes

THE PRIZES INCLUDE:

 

$1,500 from University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy 

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Business Consultation from SMPLCTLAB

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A pass to the Social Venture Institute Hudson Valley Retreat

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Fast track admission to Inspiring Capital’s Pitch for People in April

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Other prizes are in the works so check back here often!

Ready to discover solutions to global issues? Join us.

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STRATEGIC

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