How to Bring Your First Big Idea to Life

Do you have an idea that will make the world a better place ? Does this idea use technology in an innovative way ?
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  • Lectures 6
  • Contents Video: 25 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

This course has been designed to help people who have an idea for a technology-based project in the social impact space. If you have an idea about how to change the status quo through the innovative use of technology then this course is for you.

We want to help you realize your idea and we will do that by covering all the key things you need to know at this early stage of your project. We have identified four key areas that will help you not only turn your idea into reality but keep it going until you achieve all your objectives.

These four key areas include

1. Defining and communicating your idea

2. Finding money for your idea and managing your expenses

3. Building and leading a team to help you realize your idea

4. Measuring the impact of your idea

We have broken this course down into four sections. Each section will give you a deeper understanding of all the topics listed above.

We think this is a very important time in your career development. Bringing your first big idea to life is a huge career milestone. We are thrilled to be helping you realize your dream and want to make sure we help to set you up for success for years to come.

What are the requirements?

  • You have an idea for a technology based project in the social impact space

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How to communicate your idea effectively and define and connect with your target audiences
  • Where to look for funding for your project and how to approach budgeting
  • How to recruit and manage an effective team
  • How to measure the impact of your project

What is the target audience?

  • English speaking 18 – 25 year olds
  • This will be one of the biggest projects you have embarked on to date
  • You have natural leadership abilities
  • You can work without formal structure
  • You are socially conscious and have a passion for the power of technology to change the status quo

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:06

This course has been designed to help people who have an idea for a technology-based project in the social impact space. We have identified four key areas that will help you not only turn your idea into reality but keep it going until you achieve all your objectives.

These four key areas include

1. Defining and communicating your idea

2. Finding money for your idea and managing your expenses

3. Building and leading a team to help you realize your idea

4. Measuring the impact of your idea

We have broken this course down into four sections. Each section will give you a deeper understanding of all the topics listed above.

Section 2: Defining and Communicating Your Idea
02:52

This video will provide you with an overview of three main things when communicating your idea to the world. This includes:

1. Explaining your idea in a clean and concise manner

2. Defining your target audience

3. Deciding what the best way to reach this target audience is

2 questions

Quick re-cap quiz

Section 3: Finding Money For Your Idea and Managing Your Expenses
04:01

This video will cover the three main things to think about when managing your finances. These include:

1. Budgeting

2. How to find funding for your idea

3. Mapping your timeline against your budget

Managing Your Expenses
3 questions
Section 4: Building and Leading a Team
06:43

This video will review the three main things you should keep in mind when building and leading your first team. They include:

1. Finding like-minded people who have a passion for the subject matter of your project.

2. Ensuring these people have a complimentary skillset to your own

3. Defining roles and goals for your teams

building and leading a team
3 questions
Section 5: Measuring the Impact of Your Idea
04:35

This video will help you to better understand why and how to measuring the impact of your idea. It will cover three main areas:

1. Why should you measure the impact of our project

2. What should you measure

3. How should you measure

Measuring your imapct
2 questions
Section 6: Bonus Chapter
04:40

The Digital Participation Camp is an active international network of digital innovators, social entrepreneurs, designers, developers and content creators that come together every year in Munster, Germany for a week of working together on digital projects that are focused on social good. In this lecture you will hear tips and tricks from a wide variety of different social entrepreneurs.

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Instructor Biography

Digital Participation Camp and Summit, Connecting the World for Social Good

The Digital Participation Camp aims at creating an active international network of digital innovators, social entrepreneurs, designers, developers and content creators to unite skills and work together on digital projects for social good. This course is produced and hosted by an international team of active and experienced social entrepreneurs who live in Canada, South Africa, Jordan and Egypt.

Instructor Biography

Randa Nassar, Student MSc in Management (Specializing in Marketing)

A current MSc in Management student (Specializing in Marketing) and a previous Computer Graphics and Animation graduate. Worked at Rubicon Group Holding (RGH), a global leading transmedia company, for three years. During my experience with RGH I participated in the idea generation and production of five educational applications that are currently available on iTunes, initiated and conducted focus groups, came up with the design concept for RGH website, handled all social media networks and marketing activities. Currently living in the amazing city Barcelona where I am doing my masters. Highly passionate about marketing, visual communication, interaction design, and photography. I am also passionate about traveling and exploring new places!

Instructor Biography

Dr. Dalia Ihab Younis, Creative Learning Director

"Word and Voice artist. Creative director with over 6 years of providing creative solutions to national ‎and multi-national clients. Not just bilingual in writing and VO performance, but also bi-dialectal ‎‎(British & American English and Egyptian & Lebanese Arabic). Special interest in entrepreneurship ‎and social activism. Passionate for extraordinary experiences and Tencho-holic!"‎

Creative writers are usually the worst people, I believe, to write an autobiography. Since I'm already fed up with pressing the backspace and delete more than letters let me put this in the most direct and simple way:

- Born in June 5th 1986 in Egypt (where I studied, worked and got married).

- Been an A student at school because I loved everything about it and a perfectly-average student at the faculty of Medicine because, obviously, I hated everything about it.

- Started working as a freelance creative writer, virtual assistant and web admin at 2008; 2 years before my graduation.

- One year after my graduation, I decided to do a full career shift into the creative industry (yes, I quit being a doctor for my writing passion).

- Got a great job at an advertising agency as a copywriter. Ironically the agency was specialized in healthcare.

- Spent 3 years there where I learned 80% of what I know about business. The other 20% I learned from working as a freelancer.

- Witnessed January 25th revolution, the best thing that happened to Egypt in its history so far.

- Became a social activist and supported many entrepreneurial projects.

- 3 years after the revolution I decided I don't wanna sell ideas for people to get money. I wanna sell ideas for causes.

- So I joined an NGO called Tahrir Academy where my role, as a Creative Director, is to simply turn boring education into a fun, mind-stimulating experience through making creative educational videos.

- Proud of my mistakes more than my achievements, always connected to the child inside and strong believer in the Islamic concept of 'God serves you as long as you serve people'.

You can always check my LinkedIn profile for more details on my career.

Instructor Biography

Mark Greenspan, Digital Educator and Business Developer

I am a connector, a business developer and an educator. I have 17 years of international experience in digital strategy development, capacity building, sales and marketing. I have helped thousands of organizations and individuals across the globe create business opportunities by leveraging digital technologies.


I began my career working in Singapore by creating and hosting technology-focused curriculum to college students at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. From there and during the dot come boom I worked with acclaimed Internet consultancy firm Razorfish in London and Milan to sell and deliver digital solutions to Fortune 500 clients.

More recently I ran the training program for Canada's most innovative digital incubator called the CFC Media Lab. I also built Canada's leading series of digital business conferences called nextMEDIA and subsequently ran an organization that produces business facilitation and industry growth programs.

Currently I'm consulting with a number of international clients to help foster innovation and industry development. I am also an international presenter with a robust network of international contacts. I have completed a Masters of Education at the University of Toronto and I am passionate about fostering entrepreneurialism throughout the world to generate new wealth and solve critical issues.

Instructor Biography

Jason Muloongo, Co-founder of Funda Online and part time Aerospace Engineer

My name is Jason, I’m 24 years old and from Johannesburg South Africa. I am a digital native, engineer, freelance web developer, founder, open minded person, project manager, innovator, early adopter, gourmet, future adventurer and wannabe sportsman.

In 2009 Jason founded Blu-uni Mobile, a company focused on using digital tools to bridge the gap in education between the rich and the poor. In 2012 after 3 years of ground work and experimentation, Jason and his team received funding from investors that has turned his company into a benchmark education and training technology company (Funda Online) in South Africa. Funda’s vision is to spread innovative and engaging quality education and training methods across Africa. In 2012 Funda created a platform that aggregated and organized resources to aid final year high school students prepare for their national examinations in Mathematics and Science. This success is what led to Funda’s investment in 2012. With a background in Aeronautical Engineering, problem solving and attention to detail, come naturally to Jason. He has completed computer-programming, systems engineering and design courses that have helped him develop a critical mind that knows how to manage innovation. As a junior engineer he has worked for some of the countries best companies designing and developing aircraft components and programs to improve flight performance. He served as chairman for the University of Witwatersrand in 2011/2012 where he guided the university to their first inter-varsity remote control aircraft win. He also has been on national television showcasing the Aerospace Dream – a show promoting Maths and Science, targeted at high school students.

Instructor Biography

Nour Yehia, Financial Coordinator at Pocket Cinema

My name is Nour Yehia and I am from Cairo, Egypt. I have been studying economics and finance at the University of Chicago and the American University in Cairo for the last four years. I am the financial coordinator of the newly established start-up "Pocket Cinema." Pocket Cinema is a social media website and a physical space meant to 'C'onnect uncelebrated young media talents, 'P'roduce short movies and get them 'P'ublished. Our team likes to call it the CPP (Connect, Produce, Publish) Process. I have worked at Green Hands organization in Cairo for 2 years and have contracted sponsors and secured funds for the organization as its Organizing Committees Director. I have also worked as an International Account Adviser at Vodafone UK. My experience ranges from economic empowerment in India to digital participation in Germany. I am very interested in leadership exchange programs; have participated in two global leadership programs in Madeconia and Egypt.

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