Last night I supported a friend/coworker at the reception for Johns Hopkins 2016-17 Social Innovation Lab. The Social Innovation Lab is a 6-month cohort funded by Hopkins "that supports promising companies and organizations that are developing innovative solutions to local and global problems." Each of the 10 cohorts in this year's class had to give a 60 second speech describing their initiative/business idea. I was VERY impressed! Honestly, I went to the event not knowing what to expect.
Well let me backtrack...
The event was from 5:30pm to 7pm at the Atwater's Restaurant on Hopkins Hospital campus. Hour and a half networking/happy hour/after work functions are the perfect amount of time. Nothing too long and daunting; but long enough to shake a few hands and exchange a few business cards (sidenote: I had another weird networking conversation. I'm beginning to embrace these *shrugs). We ate sandwiches and drank sparkling water until about 6:15, then each cohort talked for one minute. After that we were free again to mix and mingle. I met a few folks I'll follow-up with today. But what I most appreciate is being around such innovative and forward thinking minds. I was very inspired. I'm also very eager to see the evolution of these initiatives over the next 6 months. For more on JHU's SIL click here.
A few photos I snapped below.