Young Talent 20/21: Innovation with Exclusive Members – Block 3 [Dec 10-11]

Since 2017, Cookhouse Labs has a collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences in Wurzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany, where our Co-Founder Sven Roehl is a guest lecturer on the topic ‘International Innovation Management’. Every year, Cookhouse Labs invites its members to work with a team of E-commerce and IT students to specifically tackle one of their business challenges. Over the course of 1 semester, each student team will work exclusively with our member organizations in guided Design Thinking sprints, facilitated by Cookhouse Labs innovation experts. This years’ Young Talent 20/21 project kicked off on October 8th, 2020 and on February 19th, 2021, our teams will reveal their solutions to an audience of insurers from our member organizations — we can’t wait to see what they come up with! 

Are you interested in your own guided global student project dedicated to tackling a challenge in your organization?  

Click here to learn more about our Memberships and to get in touch with our Innovation Team! 

Back To Business Virtual Summit

All around us, small businesses are closing down due to the COVID-19 business interruptions. In roughly 6 weeks, more than 100,000 small businesses have closed their doors forever. They are more than just our customers. They are real people, with real families. 100,000 dreams have now been shattered. They are our friends, neighbors, and family members, dealing with fear, stress, and confusion. And right now, the ones that are still open are watching their life’s work close down, with no certainty of whether they will ever fully reopen, because they are missing information. Information that they may not have access to, or information they do not know exists.

It is the insurance industry’s responsibility, because we were founded as a community, to support our customers during these challenging times. As a result of this disruption, we’re launching a Virtual Summit for Small Business Outreach.

Click here to visit the official event website!

WinterHack 2020: Final Pitch Event

Winterhack 2020

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups and Vendors, and Students.
Click here to register to attend the Final Pitch Event!

Cookhouse Labs is proud to present WinterHack 2020: Global Design Thinking Ideathon, in collaboration with InsurLab Germany and msg.  Witness results from some of the world’s best insurance organizations, startups, and student innovators as they race against the clock in 2 days of exciting insurance innovation, ideation, and competition around the theme “Digital Ecosystems”! 
 

WinterHack 2020: Global Design Thinking Ideathon [Nov 3-5]

Winterhack 2020

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups and Vendors, and Students.
Click here to register!

Cookhouse Labs is proud to present WinterHack 2020: Global Design Thinking Ideathon, in collaboration with InsurLab Germany and msg. Join some of the world’s best insurance organizations, startups, and student innovators for 48 hours of exciting insurance innovation, ideation, and competition around the theme “Digital Ecosystems”! 
 

Why should I join? 

  • Re/insurers and Brokers: This is your chance to connect with your internal teams and global talent to put your agility and creativity to work while creating real business solutions to digitize insurance 
  • Startups and Vendors: Take this opportunity to network and work alongside insurance organizations looking for fresh ideas and new business connections 
  • Students: Show current and future business leaders why you should be their #1 pick for a career in InsurTech!   
     

Event Format 

  • 2 day virtual global event + 3 hour final pitch 
  • Facilitated hackathon following Design Thinking methodology in breakout sessions  
  • Hackathon period: Tuesday, November 3rd and Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 
  • The 2-day hackathon period will be held in 3 different time zones — Eastern Daylight Time, Central European Time, and Singapore Time — from 9 AM to 6 PM 
  • Final Pitch Event: Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at 9 AM EDT 
     

How does it work? 

  • During the matching process, Re/insurance organizations can invite startups, vendors, and student innovators to join their corporate teams to provide ideas, expertise, and skills, such as UX/UI Design 
  • Guided hackathon — our innovation experts will provide the right guidance on methodologies and tools to achieve best results following the Design Thinking Methodology 
  • We will provide prep material, including Design Thinking Masterclasses and a guide on how to structure your time according to the stages defined in the methodology 
     

Challenges 

  • 4 different challenges related to the theme “Digital Ecosystems”, covering commercial and personal lines, health/life, and P&C insurance  
  • Challenge statements will be released during the kickoff event 
     

Language 

  • Event language is English, including facilitation, support, and final pitch (including submission documentation)  
  • Teams can work in their preferred language 
     

How do I join? 

  • Click here to access the official event platform!

This Hackathon is the perfect platform to connect with experienced innovators, both local and international. As you show your skills and impress our judges with your team’s extraordinary results, don’t forget to network and have fun! 

1 Day – Train the Trainer

Elevate your coaching style and way of facilitating innovation sprints

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups, and Academia.

Take advantage of the opportunity to allow your innovation coaches, managers and innovation leaders to expand their knowledge on the topic and learn new skills from our Innovation Coaches. Being a topic of collaboration, allows us to collaborate with your teams and share the tools we use, the way we coach and the style we implement in our innovation sprint experiences.

Join this online workshop to add new styles of facilitating, communicating during innovation sprints, present and tell a stories to engage project participants.

By the end of the one-day Train the Trainer Workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify your preferred facilitation and coaching style and learn ways to flex said styles
  • Add new exercises and tools to use during your sprints
  • Review the art of giving feedback and telling a story
  • Learn skills that you can use to motivate and inspire
  • Define your next version of you as an innovation coach and facilitator
  • Be part of a community of innovation coaches and facilitators present to support each other

Back To Business Virtual Summit [Sep 15-16]

All around us, small businesses are closing down due to the COVID-19 business interruptions. In roughly 6 weeks, more than 100,000 small businesses have closed their doors forever. They are more than just our customers. They are real people, with real families. 100,000 dreams have now been shattered. They are our friends, neighbors, and family members, dealing with fear, stress, and confusion. And right now, the ones that are still open are watching their life’s work close down, with no certainty of whether they will ever fully reopen, because they are missing information. Information that they may not have access to, or information they do not know exists.

It is the insurance industry’s responsibility, because we were founded as a community, to support our customers during these challenging times. As a result of this disruption, we’re launching a Virtual Summit for Small Business Outreach.

We will release more information on this event soon!

2 Day – Design Thinking Training

Learn how to apply Design Thinking principles to tackle complex problems within your organization.

Design Thinking is a mindset and a process that helps you solve real industry problems by developing customer-focused solutions in a short amount of time. Design Thinking methodologies are already being in a variety of industries to innovate quickly, channel creativity and when used correctly, save a significant amount of time and money when launching new products or services. Join this workshop to learn the fundamental concepts of Design Thinking and experience the value of its methodologies through engaging, hands-on activities.

Apply and Become an Innovator!

Apply for this training by submitting this form. There are 15 spots available and enrollment is on a first-come-first serve basis. 

Learn more about our Membership Options here.

Location

Online, virtual.

By the end of the two-day Design Thinking Training, you will be able to:

  • Define Design Thinking, and apply Design Thinking methodologies to achieve your business needs
  • Identify how Design Thinking is being applied in a variety of industries to solve essential challenges
  • Apply Design Thinking concepts to effectively empathize with and interview customers
  • Facilitate Design Thinking Sprints to solve problems.
  • Apply a ‘toolkit’ of activities to use within your organization and daily work to find efficiencies
  • Ask the right questions to aid in solution development

Project: Small Business Bankruptcy Prevention

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups, and Academia.

Small businesses drive 50% to 70% of the economy in many countries around the world. But these restaurants and retailers, have been hit hard by COVID-19. The focus of this project is to explore how might the Internet of Things (IoT) assist these business owners with their financial management, improve profitability and reduce bankruptcy?

And we ask, “How might we make small businesses more resilient now for future extreme events like COVID-19?”

When is the project?

  • Start: Thursday June 25th, at 8 am ET
  • End: Friday June 26th, at 12 pm ET
  • Final Presentations: Friday June 26th, at 1 pm ET

What’s in it for the team?

  • Learn the Design Thinking methodology, as well as how you can apply it
  • Gain tips and tricks from certified experts featured in our virtual Masterclasses
  • Show your skills and impress our insurers with your team’s extraordinary results
  • Build Lo-fi prototypes to show the opportunities of IoT insurance
  • Connect with experienced innovators (local and international)

Sprint Phase II: Innovating to Save Community Business During COVID-19

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups, and Academia.

In April 2020, Cookhouse Labs invited insurance organizations from across the Americas to come together virtually for a 4-Afternoon Sprint. Our innovators collaborated to solve a shared challenge: How might the insurance industry encourage and guide small business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic with access to expert knowledge and community support to give them peace of mind?

Why did we do this? Because we are an industry that was developed out of the idea of community, dedicated to protecting the community from catastrophic losses. Today, we collectively face a situation where the community is being hit very hard by the pandemic.

The team came up with over 70 ideas and thoughtfully selected one idea that stood out of the pool, which they then tested during the Sprint with small business owners. The solution they developed was to host a Virtual Summit for Small Business Outreach as an insurance industry, with selected expert speakers sharing latest updates and insights into various topics, such as Finances, Wellness, Insurance, Tax, Employment law, and so on. Read the project recap of Phase 1 here, and view an infographic of the project here.

We would like to invite the community to join the project team to design and develop the framework for a Community Outreach Summit for Small Businesses. This Sprint will be facilitated and lead by Cookhouse Labs’ innovation team.

What?

  • Create a roadmap for a virtual summit
  • Define key topics and test them with small businesses
  • Draft an event agenda

How?

  • Co-innovate with other industry peers
  • Develop a blueprint and action plan for the virtual summit

What’s in it for you?

  • Show your support for the community and create customer loyalty
  • Collaborate with other experts
  • Empathize with small business owners
  • Share your expertise and learn from other experts
  • Present your results to a wide audience from the insurance industry

The output?

  • A concrete blueprint and action plan for a virtual summit
  • Final presentation to a wide industry audience to grow the amount of participating organizations

Dates and Times

  • Introduction: Thursday, June 11th from 3 – 4 pm ET
  • Wednesday, June 17th from 1 – 4 pm ET
  • Friday, June 19th, from 1 – 4 pm ET
  • Community Call-to-Action: TBD

What happens after the Phase II Sprint?

  • Final presentation to stakeholders of the insurance industry
  • Define the Virtual Summit date(s)
  • Execute the action plan and launch the event

Who can join?

  • Anyone from the insurance industry who wants to bring in their expertise

Sprint Phase II: Innovating to Save Community Business During COVID-19

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups, and Academia.

In April 2020, Cookhouse Labs invited insurance organizations from across the Americas to come together virtually for a 4-Afternoon Sprint. Our innovators collaborated to solve a shared challenge: How might the insurance industry encourage and guide small business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic with access to expert knowledge and community support to give them peace of mind?

Why did we do this? Because we are an industry that was developed out of the idea of community, dedicated to protecting the community from catastrophic losses. Today, we collectively face a situation where the community is being hit very hard by the pandemic.

The team came up with over 70 ideas and thoughtfully selected one idea that stood out of the pool, which they then tested during the Sprint with small business owners. The solution they developed was to host a Virtual Summit for Small Business Outreach as an insurance industry, with selected expert speakers sharing latest updates and insights into various topics, such as Finances, Wellness, Insurance, Tax, Employment law, and so on. Read the project recap of Phase 1 here, and view an infographic of the project here.

We would like to invite the community to join the project team to design and develop the framework for a Community Outreach Summit for Small Businesses. This Sprint will be facilitated and lead by Cookhouse Labs’ innovation team.

What?

  • Create a roadmap for a virtual summit
  • Define key topics and test them with small businesses
  • Draft an event agenda

How?

  • Co-innovate with other industry peers
  • Develop a blueprint and action plan for the virtual summit

What’s in it for you?

  • Show your support for the community and create customer loyalty
  • Collaborate with other experts
  • Empathize with small business owners
  • Share your expertise and learn from other experts
  • Present your results to a wide audience from the insurance industry

The output?

  • A concrete blueprint and action plan for a virtual summit
  • Final presentation to a wide industry audience to grow the amount of participating organizations

Dates and Times

  • Introduction: Thursday, June 11th from 3 – 4 pm ET
  • Wednesday, June 17th from 1 – 4 pm ET
  • Friday, June 19th, from 1 – 4 pm ET
  • Community Call-to-Action: TBD

What happens after the Phase II Sprint?

  • Final presentation to stakeholders of the insurance industry
  • Define the Virtual Summit date(s)
  • Execute the action plan and launch the event

Who can join?

  • Anyone from the insurance industry who wants to bring in their expertise