The LWOW experience happens in teams and each person on the team has an assigned role.
Each team will be comprised of no more than 8 people:
2-3 professionals selected by the sponsoring entity who serve as Lead Hackers;
2-3 business or law students who serve as Student Hackers;
2-3 Hacker Mentors comprised of:
1 LWOW alumni (former LWOW participant selected by LWOW leadership team); and
1 LWOW academic.
They are aided by two other people:
1) one dedicated Project Manager (who is seasoned in LWOW and the 3-4-5 method of Innovation who helps assign/divvy up tasks to ensure that teams move from problem to solution efficiently and effectively over the two days); and,
2) one Innovation Coach (who has experience in leading teams on an innovation journey) who helps teams innovate successfully. The LWOW Project Manager and Innovation Coach will be selected by the LWOW leadership team. All Sprint teams will also have access to resident experts in business planning/pitching start-ups, technical engineering, branding/marketing, and pitch deck development.
Each team for LWOW Xed comprised of 3-5 Student Hackers (law + business students) and 1 Project Manager (a former LWOW alumni). Teams will also have a list of mentors to draw expertise from at their discretion.
Student HackerS (Law or Business Student)(Lwow sprint and lwow xed):
Selected and assigned by the LWOW leadership team (although Sponsors can request certain schools/areas).
For LWOW Sprint - Student Hackers will answer to the direction of and work within the culture and expectations set by the Lead Hackers (think of Lead Hackers as bosses/primary mentors). They incorporate guidance, feedback, and expertise of Hacker Mentors and the Project Manager/Innovation coach throughout the LWOW process.
For LWOW Xed - Student Hackers will work alongside their team (3-5 students) as well as their Project Manager to create deliverables while driving the problem fine tuning, investigative research, idea generation, target audience identification, business case development, and concept creation.
Time commitment: Approximately 4-10 hours per week (including Deliverables, weekly team meetings with the Project Manager, LWOW Live webinars, and assigned readings and Pre-recorded webinars)
Lead Hackers (LWOW SPRINT only):
Selected by the sponsoring corporation/firm to serve as Lead Hackers for their LWOW team. They can come from within the sponsoring entity or the internal or external clients of the sponsor.
Guide the Student Hackers’ during the Sprint weekend, oversee project development and management, aid the team in developing creative and practical solutions to the problem identified, provide critical feedback and commentary on the Student Hackers’ work, guide the development of the final dynamic presentation.
Time commitment: LWOW Sprint weekend (17-18 April @ Coral Gables, Florida). Lead Hackers are invited—but not required—to participate in LWOW Xed.
Hacker mentors (LWOW Sprint only):
Selected by the LWOW leadership team the Hacker Mentors will be comprised of 1 LWOW alumni (former LWOW participant selected by LWOW leadership team); and 1 LWOW academic.
Lead and mentor the team by enhancing the team’s understanding of the nuances of the problem.
Identify resources and people that can help the team gain the necessary corporate and industry knowledge.
Advise the team about the proposed solution to ensure that it solves the business challenge in a valuable and viable way.
Time commitment: LWOW Sprint weekend (17-18 April @ Coral Gables, Florida). Hacker Mentors are invited—but not required—to participate in LWOW Xed.
Selected by the LWOW leadership team, the Project Manager who is seasoned in LWOW and the 3-4-5 method of Innovation will assist the team all weekend to assign/divvy up tasks to ensure that teams move from problem to solution efficiently and effectively over the two day event.
Time commitment: LWOW Sprint weekend (17-18 April @ Coral Gables, Florida). Project Managers are invited—but not required—to participate in LWOW Xed.
Selected by the LWOW leadership team, the Project Manager who is seasoned in LWOW and the 3-4-5 method of Innovation will assist the team throughout the entire LWOW Xed course by meeting after each Live webinar (every Wednesday from 22 January - 8 April). The Project Manager will assist in brainstorming, planning, and the assignment of tasks if necessary to ensure that teams move from problem to solution using the 5 step method. The Project Manager will help guide the team through deliverables and provide advice on which Volunteer Mentors to reach out to throughout the process.
Time commitment: Approximately 12-14 hours over the course of four months. Project Managers are encouraged—but not required—to attend the LWOW Live webinars.
Volunteer Mentors (Academic, Business, Entrepreneur) (LWOW SPRINT AND LWOW XED):
Volunteers selected based on their special expertise in the topic and/or in LWOW.
Provide guidance on problem solving, research, and professional growth and generally use their experience and connections to support the team on their journey.
Time commitment: On an as needed basis. Teams are given the option to reach out to a list of pre-selected Mentors as they deem necessary. Mentors are invited—but not required—to participate in LWOW Xed.
LWOW Webinar Thought Leaders (Lwow Xed only):
Selected on a volunteer basis from a diverse array of legal and non-legal backgrounds based on their knowledge from their professional and personal experiences to enrich the LWOW Community in developing their 21st Century professional skills.
Deliver the content of LWOW Live webinars.
Time commitment: Approximately 1.5 hours total (20- to 30-minute presentation over the course of a 60-minute session, plus an hour of session planning and training with our online classroom software).
Selected on a volunteer basis from a diverse array of legal and non-legal backgrounds.
Watches the team present their Project of Worth, and then, in 5 minutes or less, asks questions and provide constructive feedback on at least three factors: substance, creativity, and viability. Absolutely no preparation is needed.
Time commitment: The entire experience (team presentation, judge’s feedback, and audience voting) lasts just under an hour for each presentation.