Virtual Bridge

The third phase, or Virtual Bridge, assists Impact Collaborative (IC) participants to enrich a growing, innovative, and deeply engaged project, ready to move to the next level, that is reinforced with curated content, stakeholder commitment, and strong community engagement.

A 4-H makers workshop. Photo courtesy of Dave Francis, Utah State University

This is the phase where participants take the ideas they generated in Designathon One and carry out the investigation, prototyping, iteration, and infiltration (pitches) they planned during the D1 workshop. Most importantly, this phase is where the stakeholder engagement shapes and improves the idea as it becomes an innovative project or program.

How Does the Virtual Bridge Work?

The IC team supports this phase through connections with Program Fellows, other IC participants, and IC facilitators. Depending on the needs of participants, they may participate in coaching sessions, webinars, team building and evaluation activities, and more! Learn more about connecting with the IC team and other participants at the 2018 IC website.

Participants that successfully complete this phase will:

  • Be empowered
  • Expand their community network
  • Embrace innovation
  • Build excitement and energy for their work
  • Be confident in their next steps

The Impact Collaborative Collaborative Process

The Virtual Bridge is the third of six phases in the IC process. The IC incubates innovative ideas and accelerates their development as projects for measurable local impact. Check out the activities and people involved at the 2018 IC website.

  1. Commit – Apply to the IC or register for a Designathon One event (contact Ashley Griffin for application information or a list of upcoming events)
  2. Designathon One
  3. Virtual Bridge
  4. Designathon Two
  5. Post-Work (coming soon!)
  6. Next Event (coming soon!)