[APPLY NOW] Free Incubator for Disaster and Humanitarian Innovation!

I just got word of a great FREE coaching program at my master's alma matter.  If you have been considering an idea and want to work on it more with great mentors and support, this is a great program for you.  While the focus of the program is on developing a solution, you do not have to be technically oriented.  In fact, this program works for anyone motivated to solve a real problem in the disaster or humanitarian space.  Also, if your idea is disaster related, I might be one of the mentors you have access to as well.  Here are the specifics...

The Governance Lab at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service is searching for highly motivated and passionate individuals with good ideas but who may not know how to develop them without help! The aim of the Humanitarian Innovation Project Collaborative is to help individuals or teams worldwide to develop innovative humanitarian projects from idea to implementation.  I highly recommend checking out the link above for additional details.  The application process is also relatively short.  

NYU GovLab will provide tailor-made resources to anyone with a good idea to implement in a conflict/emergency setting after 8 weeks. The classes will be held in the evenings every two weeks for 2-3 hours and be scheduled around the participants' availability.  For those participants still not able to make a class, GovLab will record the session or be available for one-on-one sessions.  

Convened by a former White House Senior Advisor responsible for leveraging emerging technologies to address national challenges such as Hurricane Sandy and an Australian Prosecutor working for the UN Advocacy Division International Crisis Group, this eight week collaborative convenes those working on projects that have the potential to tackle the pressing needs of people in conflict, post-conflict, or disaster-affected communities through the use of civic innovation tools. Projects might aim to tackle diverse issues from the protection of vulnerable populations to strengthening health initiatives to providing shelter, education, and livelihood opportunities. But they will share in common the application of open, bottom-up and collaborative approaches. Through peer-to-peer support and coaching, expert mentoring and hands-on advising, the goal of this program is to help humanitarian innovators implement, scale, and assess projects. Ideal teams or individuals are those who have a project already or close to underway and clear insight into the problem they are trying to ameliorate.
— GovLab