"Education Scrimmage" to Apply Design Thinking to Education Problems

Birmingham, Alabama, September 23, 2015 – Newly launched educational nonprofit k12 Lean Labs will host Birmingham’s first “Education Scrimmage” in October.  Scrimmages are day-long design-thinking/rapid-prototyping events that link social impact organizations and their leaders with the incredible creative talent in the Birmingham community.  The social impact organizations will present a specific design challenge and work throughout the day with their community partners to come up with actionable solutions.  

The Education Scrimmage will take place at Innovation Depot on Saturday, October 17th.  It will bring together several social impact organizations focused on making a positive impact on students in the Birmingham community.  Scrimmage participants will be a cross-section of talented professionals committed to making Birmingham a better community.

“These types of events are being done in innovative cities across the country.  Through conversations with other engaged community partners, we felt the time was right to bring an event of this magnitude to Birmingham,” said Mickey Millsap, founder and executive director of k12 Lean Labs.  “Our organization is focused on identifying and developing disruptive ideas in the K12 education space, and we are committed to bringing innovative programming like this to move the conversation forward for students in Birmingham and across Alabama.”

For participants, the Scrimmage is an opportunity to connect with other engaged professionals, learn design-thinking skills, and make an immediate impact for organizations focused on Birmingham area students. 

For social impact organizations, the Scrimmage is an opportunity to solve a pressing challenge to improve the educational ecosystem in Birmingham, connect with engaged professionals for future volunteerism and recruiting, and to learn new techniques and processes to solve future challenges.

“This is a huge opportunity to prototype and implement innovative ideas that will move the needle on education in Birmingham,” said Millsap.  “We’re excited to partner with individuals committed to students, and the Birmingham community, to help create more opportunities like this for engaged citizens to make a direct impact on the future of our metro area.”

The Education Scrimmage is made possible through support from a partnership between NBCUniversal and 4.0 Schools.



About 4.0 Schools and NBC Universal

4.0 Schools is a nationally recognized education incubator based in New Orleans and New York, and is also committed to supporting education entrepreneurship communities across the country. NBCUniversal’s partnership with 4.0 Schools is part of NBCUniversal’s vision for social impact, Open Possibilities, which is focused on unifying media, technology, and community + driving 21st century solutions to strengthen communities and move people forward.


About k12 Lean Labs

Recently launched k12 Lean Labs is a Birmingham based k12 education incubator focused on identifying, developing, and launching innovative technologies, programs, and solutions that positively impact Alabama students.

k12 Lean Labs focuses on the people who know best how to design innovative programs that impact student outcomes, the educators.  k12 Lean Labs’ vision is to build a community of innovative educators, technologists, business professionals, and committed community members that have the tools and resources to rethink the future of how we school children so that we can disrupt the patterns of educational inequity impacting Alabama students.

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