- CAMP is a part-time program that trains, mentors and empowers emerging young Australian and Chinese leaders and entrepreneurs.
- CAMP delegates first collaborate online and then unite in Sydney for a face to face intensive hackathon to kick-start their own ventures in Australia and/or China.
- Build up their intercultural capabilities;
- Increase their employability by gaining a broad spectrum of integrated skills;
- Improve their innovative thinking;
- Hone their leadership skills;
- Build trusted partnerships and relationships with their Australian and Chinese counterparts;
- Are supported and coached by expert mentors from their own industries;
- Develop innovative projects and ideas to change their communities – and the world - for the better;
- Pitch for funding from private investors, government agencies and corporate sponsors.
CAMP delegates join together into teams based on their backgrounds and the global challenges they’re working to overcome.
We call these teams THINKTANKS.
Delegates in each CAMP Thinktank have support from companies, government agencies, universities and NGOs. They are mentored by inspiring thought leaders to develop their projects and ideas.
Delegates work collaboratively to generate multiple ideas within a Thinktank Challenge.
The two most innovative ideas in each CAMP Thinktank are fast-tracked through prototyping, user testing, developing a business model and a value proposition and creating an implementation plan.
The final output is a business plan or white paper pitched to investors, venture capitalists, government and industry to compete for funding at the CAMP summit in Sydney.
Week 1 - Oweek
Step through the experience, introduce the three key frameworks for innovation, leadership and intercultural learning. Meet meet the people in your ThinkTank and the wider CAMP community.
Weeks 2 - 6
Immerse yourself in the Thinktank Challenge through desk and in the field research, learn human-centred research tools and techniques, and gain some fundamentals on working cross-cultures. By the end of this phase, you will clearly understand the environment, opportunities and challenges, your specific mission and competencies.
Explore possible solutions to your challenge while being mentored by industry leaders. Experts help you evaluate the most innovative solutions to take forward into development. By the end of this phase your Thinktank team will have challenged your assumptions and applied critical skills to develop your ideas.
Prototype and test your ideas, and prepare a pitch presentation in advance of your arrival in Sydney.
Iterate your idea and validate, build value and a business model around your venture. Engage in masterclasses in preparation for the pitch to an industry panel on the final day of the Sydney Summit. Click here to see last years CAMP Summit Schedule 2015.
Join the CAMP Alumni, plan next steps to moving your projects forward as well as arrange meetups in various cities. The CAMP Team provides some follow-up tools for you to build and grow your ventures as well as engage in a leadership assessment. Connect with incubators and accelerators in Australia and China.
CAMP delegates will learn through three approaches:
WHAT DO CAMP DELEGATES LEARN?
The CAMP program has three learning components:
1. Innovation tools
Get out of your mental comfort zone and gain the tools you need to develop innovative ideas, perspectives and models that benefit society.
Many of the CAMP methodologies and tools are adapted from the open resources shared by IDEO Design, Standford D-school, THNK and other well-known institutions.
2. Leadership development
As a delegate, you will engage in a personal assessment and develop the leadership skills you need to successfully handle personal and professional challenges.
From critical thinking to the ability to inspire and delegate, you’ll nurture your self-esteem, authenticity, resilience, intuition and sociability to take action and drive change.
3. Intercultural skills
As a CAMP delegate, you’ll experience new perspectives, customs and practices from your Australian or Chinese fellow-delegates. You’ll build your knowledge of contemporary Chinese and Australian society and business, and learn the cross-cultural skills you need to connect.
You’ll form friendships with outstanding Australian, Chinese and global experts and join the inaugural group of CAMP alumni - the top innovators and influencers from both countries who will work together for years to come.
Stage one: online learning
You will be expected to invest 4 - 5 hours per week during the 3-month online program. This time will include completing individual learning activities and working within your Thinktank team on your projects and deliverables.
The three-month online period will have three stages:
Discover: Assess your skills and capabilities, and immerse yourself in your Thinktank Challenge. Carry out desk and field research, learn human-centred research tools and gain fundamental knowledge of working across cultures.
By the end of this phase, you’ll clearly understand the environment, opportunities and challenges, and your own mission and competencies.
Ideate: You’ll explore possible solutions to your challenge while being mentored by industry leaders. Mentors will help you choose the most innovative solutions to take forward into development.
By the end of this phase your Thinktank team will have challenged their assumptions and applied critical skills to develop their ideas.
Develop: You’ll prototype and test your ideas, and prepare a pitch presentation in advance of your arrival in Sydney.
Stage two: Sydney summit
During the week in Sydney, you’ll meet up with your Thinktank team and mentors for forums, masterclasses, workshops and networking events. You’ll organise activities to fine tune and finalize your team’s prototype, then pitch your idea to sponsors, investors and CAMP supporters.
The summit will kick off with a climb up the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, and you’ll take part in adventures like sailing on the harbour, trekking and races to build awesome friendships and bond with your team.
Your CAMP experience is mainly accomplished by working closely with four team members within the ThinkTank you are assigned to. We have carefully hand-picked these teammates for you to ensure the maximized diversity within the team in terms of nationality, gender, background and skill set because we believe the diversity is the key to creativity.
You are required to spend minimum 5 hours per week during the online program (between 5 and 10 hours is ideal) and full time presence during the summit in Sydney. Online program content will consist of readings, video watching and discussion activities.Your team is expected to submit deliverables on the regularly basis. It is up to you and your team to work out and decide how you would like to work together and use your time wisely.
The process will be mainly driven by your own team under a self-selected rotating team leadership. We will provide each team with a Master Facilitator who has many years of experience in cultivating innovation and team dynamic. They are your main point of contact should any issues arise.
Besides the Master Facilitators, we have a team of people to help you achieve your goal and success. To list just a few:
1, Industry Leads: the key representatives of the ThinkTank Partners with specific industry expertise.
2, Innovation Experts: the industry professionals with rich experience in innovation processes such design thinking or lean startup methodology.
3, Subject Experts: Experts from China and Australia who have profound knowledge around ThinkTanks and challenge you are working on.
4, Community Manager: takes care of your logistics and overall arrangements within the program.
WILL A CERTIFICATE BE AWARDED UPON COMPLETION OF CAMP?
We will provide a Certificate of Outstanding Leadership for individuals that complete all requirements, moreover, we will run an alumini program which will be announced in the future
CAN I ORGANIZE MEETUP WITH OTHER CAMPERS IN THE SAME LOCATION?
Absolutely! We recommend making connections with other CAMPers in the same location to provide peer to peer support in terms of learning and other logistical stuff.
ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES FOR CAMP ONLINE PROGRAM?
There are no prerequisites, just bring an open and collaborative mindset with you.
DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE PROGRAM TO BE ABLE TO COME TO SYDNEY?
We do want to include everyone. But keep in mind, your team will need to present the outcome of your online program on the first day of the Sydney summit in front of everyone. You surely don't want to come empty handed.
CAN I SWAP TEAMS?
No. Every challenges you face within the team is a learning opportunity for you. Don't avoid the challenges, anticipate them!
WHAT ARE THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS?
You need a computer that allows you to watch videos, download our course materials (PDF reading) and the ability to upload your assignments, which will include text reports and images.