Waterfront Athena is Tomorrow!


The time is here again for great ideas! 

The stage is set for The first Waterfront Athena Project at the Ballast Point Brewery Tasting Room in Little Italy (2215 India Street) — Tomorrow at 2:00PM. Our friends at Ballast Point have some excellent menu items, so bring an appetite not only for innovation and ideas, but for excellent grub and great craft beer!

We’ve had quite a few questions about what the event is all about and how it works, so here’s a quick and dirty summary:

The Athenians who have put together ideas will have five minutes to pitch their projects to the crowd. A good pitch consists of the identification of a problem, an idea for an innovative solution and an idea of the action steps necessary to make the idea happen. After the pitch, the floor is open for a five-minute question & answer session with the presenter.

We take powerpoint out of the equation, really aiming to concentrate the pitches for that five minutes. Presenters can bring handouts, tri-folds (science fair style), posters, whiteboards or anything else to get their point across, but NO POWERPOINT!

Each presentation will be evaluated by everyone in the crowd using a five-point scale, based on three factors: Idea Quality, Actionability (feasibility of implementation), and Presentation. We’ll tally the votes after each presenter and after the last pitch, the ADM Sims Award Winner is crowned.

Now, since this will be the first Athena experience for many, I’m going to keep the presenters list open until the first project starts, so if you’ve been considering presenting but just aren’t sure you’d be able to make it, you can get in. Just come find me when you get to Ballast Point!

You can connect with your ideas using social media if you can’t make it to the event! On Twitter, use #WaterfrontAthena to connect or get in the conversation on the Facebook page!

And finally, if I may make a humble recommendation: If you think that you might not have enough “meat” in your idea to present it, just go with it! The cool part about Athena is that it also brings a network of open-minded thinkers together to help develop your idea! This is what creative confidence is all about!

Kick the tires and light the fires! See you tomorrow!



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