Since 2017, in the spirit of spurring innovation throughout the City, the Office of Performance and Innovation (OPI) has been running an idea collection and innovation training for City staff called IdeaStarter. IdeaStarter encourages City employees to bring their ideas to receive funding for prototype testing and potential implementation, and brings participants together as they build out their ideas through a hands-on curriculum. The cohort receives tools to approach their challenges from a human-centered perspective, build a structure around their innovations, and formulate a pitch to leadership and other potential project allies. OPI recognizes the benefits of building capacity within the organization through expanded training opportunities for City employees, and couldn’t be prouder of its growing alum of innovative, collaborative IdeaStarters.
If you have an idea, or a challenge you’re interested in solving using these valuable innovation tools, we’d love to hear from you. Click here, or the image below, to apply!
Please note that the 2021 cohort will be the first to be entirely remote. Shortly after submissions close in February, applicants will receive notification on their acceptance with more information and sessions will begin. Depending on the needs of participants and projects, lessons and feedback sessions will plan to meet and check-in biweekly through the duration of the 5-month cohort.
If you have questions (or ideas!) don’t hesitate to reach out.