In the last week of June, the five teams involved in the Leaders of Tomorrow Summer Accelerator Programme reconvened in the Accenture Head Office for a day long workshop. The aim of this workshop was to expose the teams to some Accenture Design practices, specifically focussing on prototyping.
In attendance were members of Gloria, the winners from our University engagement rounds. Joining them were the other finalists from this year’s competition; Biological Optical Prevention, UCMe, Compensave and Slide.
The workshop began with a pitch from each team. This was an important part of the process for several reasons. Firstly, there were several guest speakers present in the room who were unfamiliar with the teams. By allowing each team to introduce themselves this way, they can put their best foot forward from the start of the day. The other benefits of beginning the session with a pitch is to allow everyone to recap on the purpose of their business as well as the status of their development.
Two members of the team at Fjord were on hand to deliver the ‘Fundamentals of Prototyping’ workshop where they explained the principles of prototyping and provided the teams with techniques on how to design a model. The purpose of the day was to conclude with a low fidelity prototype from each team that they could work on. Through challenging the ideas and simplifying them down into a minimum viable product, there was an opportunity for all involved to learn from these efforts.
The prototyping workshop concluded with a final pitch from each team. Using the learnings from the day, the teams were able to build on their pitch from the morning, observe and comment on the progress made by their peers over the course of the workshop.
During the day the teams were also joined by a Creative Technology Expert from the Dock who spoke to them about their specific needs relating to Technology Stack, Responsive Design and various other technology solutions.
It is the goal of the Leaders of Tomorrow team to help each start-up team build an advanced MVP, ready for external market testing by the end of the summer. The prototyping was the first step on this journey. Next up we’ll start to layer on the technology components and build in earnest. Exciting times!
In the coming weeks we will be shining a spotlight on each of our teams in separate blogs. Through these posts the teams will be telling their story of how they formed, who the team members are and most importantly, how they are progressing. Stay tuned for more updates!