Lightning Lab GovTech provides an opportunity for local and central government agencies from NZ and abroad to tackle problems using a unique accelerator approach.
We want to help the public sector develop innovation frameworks using real-world projects.
HELPING YOU BUILD A BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER PUBLIC SECTOR
Now, more than ever, the government needs to harness the power of innovation and technology. Local and central governments around the world are being held to higher account by their stakeholders who are more engaged and connected to the world around them.
Lightning Lab GovTech wants to help you build an innovation framework using real-world projects. We are looking for projects that have the potential to change the way the public interacts with government. We will help you deliver the work using tested innovation methodologies that we know will meet stakeholder requirements.
As well as this, we are committed to helping your staff develop the skillset to apply innovation techniques and methodologies to a range of future government initiatives.
Lightning Lab GovTech wants to work with local and central government agencies to develop innovation frameworks using real-world issues.
We can help you:
- Enable your most innovative projects
- Increase the speed that you can create stakeholder-centric and stakeholder-validated prototypes and solutions
- Provide experiential and immersive upskilling of your staff in innovation techniques and formats
- Inject significant “outside thinking” into your project using top NZ entrepreneurs, innovative GovTech companies from around the world, and Wellington’s best network of mentors and expert advisors
- Significantly reduce risk in procurement procedures using collaborative and market-driven approaches
For public sector agencies, here is your process:
We will schedule 1.5 hours to sit down with your team and review all your project needs and desired outcomes. We can then determine if the Lightning Lab GovTech programme is a good fit for your Project and help you craft the best Project submission.
FOLLOW ON PLANNING SESSIONS
After a workshop, we can spend another 1-2 hours with your team to help determine the problem and target market for your project. We can also help your team craft up the Project application and all the required supporting materials.
You must complete a project submission to be eligible for selection into the Lightning Lab GovTech programme. Requirements are below and in the submission form. You should start your application as soon as possible so we can help you along the way.
The Project selection is a competitive process, and those Projects who best meet the Project requirements will be able to participate in the programme.
PROJECT TEAM DEVELOPMENT
If your Project is selected, we will help you prepare a Project Team for the programme. Project teams consist of 3-4 members with complementary skill sets. We can help you in different ways depending on what you need.
Have a team: If your agency or council already has a team to work on the Project, we can help you identify team roles and responsibilities for your team members and prepare them for the programme
Build a team: If you require additional team members for your Project, we can find and contract the right people for you with required areas of expertise – this is an open application process
Find a team: If you wish to have a high performing startup or innovative company bring their team to work on your project, we can help find them for you – this is an open application process
The week before the programme starts, your Project Team will report to the Lightning Lab facility and spend a week getting prepared for the accelerator programme. Your team will learn new leadership and team building techniques that will enable them to perform at their best in the programme. During this week wider teams will also have opportunities to participate.
Your Project Team will work side-by-side with the other Project Teams in the Lightning Lab facility for the entire 12 weeks of the accelerator programme. Teams receive help from our Lightning Lab GovTech programme staff, Creative HQ startup coaches, mentors, and expert advisors. They use specific lean startup and agile methods that have been proven to be useful for innovating in a government setting through work with dozens of teams from several different government agencies in New Zealand.
DEMO DAY SHOWCASE
Once the programme is complete, your Project team presents to your agency’s leadership, other government officials, and the interested public in a Demo Day showcase event. Past Demo Day events have had been over 500 attendees, including several ministers, foreign officials and the press.
Lightning Lab GovTech is seeking the most innovative and well-supported projects from both local and central government. In order to assure that the projects are best suited for success in the programme, we have the following requirements for each project.
PROJECT WRITE UP
Each project must have a write-up that covers the following points:
- Background/history – What has happened on the project in the past and what information is available for the Project Team to use in the Project?
- Scope – What is the full scope of the Project? What problems do you wish to solve and for what target audience?
- Desired outcome – What do you hope to achieve from the Project? (note that this is not the solution that you want, this is the outcome of a solution that will solve the problems identified in the Scope section above)
- Needs – Do you have a team, need to build a team or want us to find a team for you? What do you need for this Project Team to be successful?
Each Project must have the oversight of an executive in the Agency or Council who can steer the Project and make decisions about the Project going forward after the Lightning Lab GovTech programme.
Each Project must have a designated Manager from the Agency or Council who can commit to working with the Project Team throughout the programme. This role cannot be provided by a contractor.
There is a Project fee of NZD$40,000 (ex GST) associated with putting a Project into the Lightning Lab GovTech programme.
Each Project must provide either the details of the participants on the Project Team or provide evidence of funding set aside to compensate Project Team members who are contracted to work in the Project Team.
FUNDING COMMITMENT FOR POST-PROGRAMME SUPPORT
Each Project must have funding committed for support of the Project after the Lightning Lab GovTech programme is complete. Such funding would be subject to success criteria defined for the Project within the Lightning Lab GovTech programme