Week 1: Workshop #1 Reminder

The Social Impact Lab PDX kicks off tomorrow evening, Thursday, 9/26


We’re so excited to be welcoming such a wonderful cohort of Portland professionals to the first Portland lab. It has been thrilling to see applications roll in and we’re so excited that you will get the chance to meet each other tomorrow evening during our lab kickoff.

As you might imagine, some of you are super familiar with design thinking — and for others this is the first time you’ll be applying a design thinking framework to a real challenge. Because of the different levels of experience and expertise, we’ve done our best to both honor your request to work on your specified choice of project but also to create a good experience for you and your teammates.

You will be getting a follow-up email soon connecting you to your teammates. Because we had a number of applications roll in this past week, we are recommending that you connect with your Team Lead at the workshop on Thursday to find a time for an official team orientation after the kickoff (either over the weekend or early the following week). 

In the meantime, here’s a few things to take note of:

Our lab kickoff tomorrow and first workshop on Research is tomorrow evening at Jama Software at 6 pm (located at 135 SW Taylor Street, #200). Doors will open around 5:30 pm and we’ll want to start promptly at 6 pm so please keep commute / traffic / parking in mind. During this first lab workshop, you’ll have the chance to hear from two amazing guest speakers on design research. You’ll also get to work through some breakout activities together as a team. You should leave the workshop with some ideas for potential research activities you could conduct over the next few weeks, which you’ll be able to share with your team during your first official team meeting.

Check out the Lab Huddle page! - This will be the main page for lab news and updates over the next eight weeks. 

Mark your calendar for official lab events. Make sure that you’ve marked the dates for the other two workshops (on Thursday, 10/18 and Thursday, 11/1) and the two-day Impactathon on Friday, 11/2 and Saturday 11/3 (more details forthcoming). Also, it’s not too early to spread the word about the final celebration on Thursday, 11/15  This event will be free and open to the community — a great chance for your friends or colleagues to learn about what you’ll have been up to! :) 

Be in touch with any immediate questions and we look forward to meeting you all in person tomorrow!