WHAT IS THE COVID INNOVATION HACK?

Our COVID Innovation Hack is a 2-week, fully-remote, innovation strategy sprint that combines Futures-Thinking, Design-Thinking, and Lean Startup methodologies to help you:

Future Scenario and innovation strategy hack

Map out what the post COVID-19 world will look like and the key drivers of disruptive impact on your organisation

IDEATION HACK, DESIGN HACK, AND PROPOSITION DEVELOPMENT

Generate a portfolio of targeted and high-impact innovation initiatives for both short-term bounce-back as well as medium to longer-term strategic change.

Studio Zao services remote roadmap

Create a clear roadmap for immediate implementation.

2 WEEKS — 4 STEPS — 100% REMOTE

Our unique process for the COVID Innovation Hack combines the best of a number of methodologies: Futures-Thinking, Design-Thinking, Lean Startup and entrepreneurial psychology.

VENTURE DESIGN, MARKET VALIDATION, AND ACCELERATION

WHY NOW?

COVID-19 has impacted all industries, sectors, and walks of life. Some are hoping for a return to business-as-usual and how it was before. But the world will not be the same.

Current restrictions will likely remain for an indefinite period — restricted travel, social distancing and workplace constraints. But more importantly, entire sectors may not recover; how we work, live and play may be fundamentally different.

The way your organisation responds now will dictate if you survive and thrive in the face of a new normal.

FIRST WEEK

  • PREPARE

    WE HELP YOU SELECT THE ENTREPRENEURIALLY MINDED INDIVIDUALS IN YOUR ORGANISATION TO TAKE PART.

SECOND WEEK

  • HACK

    We guide your teams to understand the new normal and ideate both tactical and strategic solutions through a rapid hack process.

    • Future scenarios analysis and mapping
    • Problem and opportunity framing
    • Rapid idea generation
    • Assumption mapping
  • PLAN

    We work alongside your team to define an immediate execution plan, associated costs, business value, and an action plan make it happen.

    • Execution roadmap development
    • Business case definition
    • Playback preparation
  • PLAYBACK

    We facilitate the preparation of clear and compelling playbacks by your team so that you can select which initiatives to green-light and ensure a prompt execution.

A RAPID AND TARGETED PROCESS

The COVID Innovation Hack is a rapid and targeted way to enable your organisation to bounce back with a clear direction, narrative and action plan to win in the face of real disruption:

  • A clear map and understanding of the key disruptive impact of COVID-19 on your organisation and industry
  • A portfolio of innovation initiatives targeted at addressing those impacts and capitalising on new growth opportunities for your organisation
  • A practical execution plan for each initiative with visibility on costs, timing and resources
  • A relevant, compelling and timely narrative for how your organisation is not only dealing with the challenges of the pandemic, but prepared to thrive in the new paradigm

In addition, this can be an ideal short-term activity to engage non key-worker staff or furloughed staff — allowing them to contribute meaningfully to the future of your organisation while also learning new innovation tools and techniques through participation in the hack.

Commercial Market Validation

JOIN US AS A PARTNER

The COVID Innovation Hack is a fully remote initiative for organisations and their employees to join.

Enquire now to learn about how you can get your organisation involved to prepare for the future of your industry sector.

WHEN IS IT?

The Virtual Hack will start on Monday 1st June 2020 at 10:00 AM.

FAQ

Who is this hack for? Business unit leaders, heads of digital or innovation and managers who need to re-think and re-design how they will operate in the next few months going into 2021. Furloughed staff can be invited to join, if they are happy to volunteer and learn new innovation techniques while contributing to shape the future of the organisation.

How does it practically work? We will run the hack using a suite of digital tools for webinar video conferences, virtual real-time whiteboarding, project and document management and remote collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Slack.

How much time do I have to set aside? We alternate plenary sessions with free-time and individual work so that we don’t disrupt your current operations. Each participant should expect to devote 10-15 hours of work over the 2 week period.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

“Studio Zao helped us identify consumer problems worth solving in order to design and deliver a rapid innovation sprint. They took us through a strategic and immersive venture building process, with 3 propositions going forward into pilots and a number of entrepreneurial talents recognised in the business”

Emily HaynesHead of Incubation, Pentland Brands (home to Speedo, Berghaus, Lacoste, Ellesse)

“For the first time I felt that taking a product or a service from an idea to a reality is actually something that I could do, and not limited to a selected few with a magic formulae”.

Andrea GuzzoniFounder and CEO, Rentuu.com (backed by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder of EasyJet and EasyGroup)

”It is great to see how far iSono Health has come and we couldn’t have done it without Studio Zao’s input. Not only did they help us over-achieve on our $4m seed round but they also helped us to learn more about our customers. Through their expert guidance and informative coaching throughout the project we now know how to effectively market our product and have a structured deliverable to show for evidence. It was great to work with a knowledgeable team. We now look forward to expanding the team and receiving our FDA approval.’’

Maryam ZiaeiFounder and CEO of iSono Health — raised $4M+ in seed funding as a result of our Market Validation Sprint – http://www.isonohealth.com

Learn more about our COVID Innovation Hack and how it can help you prepare your organisation for a new normal.

Enquiry Now About Joining As Partner