LIFEHACK Labs, NZ’s first social innovation lab

LIFEHACK Labs, the 5-week design-led bootcamp that aims to kickstart impact projects for youth wellbeing, has just started accepting applications for its entrepreneurship programme.

Applications close on June 29th, and 20 candidates will be selected to continue their journey through the programme.

Sam Rye, one of the programme’s co-creators, says that after applicants have been selected, LIFEHACK Labs will start with a retreat-weekend, which is followed by a mixture of time spent exploring, researching, designing and prototyping. Students can expect to spend a healthy dose of time with mentors, as well as getting out to talk to real end users of the technology.

The 5-week programme will end with a final celebration and presentation of the teams’ work.

The initiative has been created as an opportunity for New Zealand’s brightest minds to come together and build new, functional technology to drive solutions to complex social challenges.

“The Labs experience is built on a blend of world leading research and insights from the best of positive psychology, lean startup, UX, design thinking, team development, leadership, social innovation and personal wellbeing,” Sam said.

“The LIFEHACK team is working on the big question, ‘How might we improve wellbeing for young Kiwis through media and technology?’”

LIFEHACK Labs will be enabling 20 changemakers to come together and create the space to answer this big question through an action learning experience which will enable them to build social ventures focused on improving the lives of their friends, whanau and people around the country.

The idea behind LIFEHACK Labs has been made a reality by the many mentors and supporters who have donated their time and money generously towards the programme.

Applicants from other parts of the country will receive accommodation in Wellington free of charge, as LIFEHACK continues its effort to completely remove the barrier of entry this year. Although the programme roughly acts as a startup accelerator, it will also not take equity in startups or charge applicants an entrance fee.

LIFEHACK was originally funded by the Prime Minister’s social media innovation fund, and the team looks to build on this for the Lab by partnering with a range of organisations who see the potential for this innovative new approach of tackling social challenges and building important new ventures.

If you have an idea that you know needs to get out in front of the world, apply to LIFEHACK Labs here. Registrations close on June 29th, 2014.

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