At Wizeline, innovation is one of our core values, helping us improve our creativity, efficiency, effectiveness, and competitive advantage to ensure the best results for our customers. To bring the best out of our Wizeliners and help spur innovation, we hold an annual Innovation Camp. Read on to explore how it works, learn about some of the projects, and discover this year’s winners!
How It Works
In 2020, we launched the inaugural Innovation Camp as an annual, in-house initiative to boost ideation, exploration, and experimentation. The idea of the camp is to have many multidisciplinary teams contributing to new or existing Wizeline projects. We encourage Wizeliners with exciting and fresh ideas or those who would like to experiment with new tech or tools to participate.
We have a period of registration for teams and after the opening ceremony, we allow a couple of weeks to work asynchronously on their projects. Participating Wizeliners form teams with a minimum of three people to work through the following deliverables:
- Essay: An introductory essay to explain the idea behind the project and describe the features. This document should answer the following questions:
– What is the issue that the project is trying to solve?
– How will you accomplish this goal?
- Mockup Demo Submission: If applicable, teams are required to submit a basic visual prototype of the future app. This is useful to test the core concepts and provide clarity. It can be a basic functioning application, a design mockup using Invision, or even a napkin drawing.
- Project Submission: This should include the team members and describe what each member contributed to the project. If applicable, it should also link to the repository with the README file following an Open Source template. Finally, the team should add a pitch video showcasing the participants’ process and accomplishments and outlining the project’s features and functionality through a comprehensive demo.
Projects are judged by experts on specific criteria, and winning teams are rewarded with cash prizes.
In the first cohort in 2020, we had 17 exciting and thought-provoking submissions from teams across the company. We realized that it was a great way to bring Wizeliners together and foster collaboration and creativity across the company, so we decided to bring it back this year to see what our always-innovative Wizeliners would come up with.