Being part of something bigger means seeing your ideas and solutions impact at scale, and achieve sustainable business, environmental and social outcomes.
At the 2020 CIMIC Group graduate program induction, our new graduates learned how to make a difference using the rapid innovation process.
What is the rapid innovation process?
The Rapid Innovation Process is a structured, time-focused process that helps teams convert ideas into mature concepts for innovations, by working through a series of steps including:
Identify the challenge
- Clarify the problem to be solved
- Define the greatest opportunities
- Identify community and social issues
- Mind map any ideas/ solutions
- Identify problems or concerns
- List all questions relevant to the problem/challenge.
Session facilitator, Coretex Group Director Cameron Fee said graduates bring a fresh perspective to problem-solving and can easily identify lots of potential solutions.
“It’s always amazing to watch the level of enthusiasm and creativity graduates bring to these types of challenges.
“The rapid innovation process gives graduates a tool to generate and refine ideas, build support for their innovation and work towards an effective solution."
“I have never seen the rapid
innovation process before and it is much better than brainstorming ideas. It
gave us a way to work together.”
- Ben Maunder, Thiess GIS Graduate
Rapid innovation in
The session introduced graduates to the story of Simon Doble
who used rapid innovation to solve a lack of lighting in United Nations refugee
camps with solar lights. Simon went from reading an article about energy
poverty in Time magazine to developing and installing solar lights in refugee
camps in less than two years. He has gone on to establish the SolarBuddy
charity which is tackling energy poverty around the world.
Ready to change the
Working in small groups, graduates were asked to solve a
challenge associated with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in less than an hour.
Groups jumped at the chance to use the rapid innovation process to generate
solutions for sustainable cities and communities, and address problems faced by
people living in extreme poverty.
One challenge asked graduates to find a solution to
malnourishment caused by people not being able to keep food fresh. Graduates
explored a range of solutions, including technologies that do not rely on
“It was great to experience using the process for
humanitarian development. It’s an impactful and useful tool. I can see ways I
could use it commercially as well. When you’re solving a problem for a client,
you need to be aware of their needs and the limitations and opportunities for a
- Janna Guy, EIC Activities Digital Engineering Graduate