Passion Projects Create Innovation?
Did you know that most of Google’s iconic products – such as Gmail, Google Maps, and Adsense – started out as employee passion projects? Google fuels its innovation through a company-wide initiative called 20% Time. The initiative is simple: commit at least 20% of your time on any project that a) you’re passionate about; b) improves the community; c) develops your skills. The result? A burst of continuous innovation, skill development, community building, and mental well-being across the company. 20% Time is incredibly effective – and we believe that 20% Time should be in every classroom, community, and business throughout the GTA.
This is why we created Passion•Hack; a 2-month program that allows any business to immediately spark community-wide innovation through 20% Time. The program is co-facilitated by expert Jelly Social staff and trained personnel at your company (trained by Jelly Social). Local non-profits may also be invited to co-create community projects alongside your co-workers, and increase your social impact outcomes. The program starts with: an internal hack-a-thon (Passion•Hack) where co-workers kickstart their own passion project in 4 intense hours; progresses into 2-months of peer-to-peer accountability as they develop their projects (allocating 20% Time); and concludes with a demo night that showcases your co-worker’s completed community innovations.
Want to bring the Passion•Hack program to your company? Let’s get started:
The Passion•Hack Program
- How many people will be participating?
- Which non-profit community partners will be involved?
- Who are the in-house team leaders (to be trained)?
Part 1: Passion•Hack
- 4-hour Passion•Hack (hack-a-thon conducted at your company)
- Facilitated on-site by Jelly Social volunteers
- Deliverable: Individual project plan and prototype (co-created with non-profit partners
Part 2: 20% Time Accountability
- 4 bi-weekly accountability check-ins (done over 2 months)
- Designed to ensure that all participants remain on-track
- Conducted by in-house team leader
Part 3: Demo Night
- Jelly Social Demo Night
- A public demo event to showcase employee passion projects at the end of the 2-month program
- Co-promoted throughout the community by Jelly Social and non-profit partners (if any)