The Essential Allies Challenge took place in two rounds.
In Round I, the 22 accepted schools engaged in a user-centered design process to further explore parent engagement in their school communities. In addition to work in their school community, schools came together three times during Round I to participate in Challenge Collaboratives.
- At the EXPLORE Challenge Collaborative (November 22, 2013), over 75 students, teachers, parents, administrators, designers and iZone staff members came together to learn methods for conducting user-centered research from our EAC Partner, the Design Gym.
- At the UNDERSTAND Challenge Collaborative (December 13, 2013), participants brought back stories from their research to learn methods for turning data into insights.
- And at the IDEATION EXCHANGE (January 11, 2014), EAC Semi-Finalists used their insights to ideate with other members of the the iZone, Design, Tech, and DOE communities around early-stage prototype ideas. The day culminated in pitches from 17 of the Semi-Finalists schools. [See here for highlights.]