Open Data Challenge 2018: Ideation Session

By Open Data Delaware (other events)

Sunday, February 25 2018 1:00 PM 5:00 PM

We want to make Delaware the most accessible state in the country.

Delaware has natural beauty and great recreational opportunities. We have parks, forests, beaches, rivers, ponds, bays and an ocean to explore and enjoy. We have roads, trails, bike routes, buses and rail to get us there. But not everyone is always able to take advantage of these opportunities. There are different reasons for this, and different ways to solve these problems. DelDOT and DNREC have come to the Open Data Challenge for help finding solutions.

In order to find these solutions, we need to take a deep dive into the problems. Enter the Ideation Session.


You're probably wondering...what's an Ideation Session?

Ideation Sessions are designed to find creative solutions to problems through a series of exercises focused on "divergent" and "convergent" thinking. These exercises help people to think about problems in different ways and, potentially, find non-obvious solutions to challenges. Ideation helps teams to:

  • Ask the right questions and innovate
  • Step beyond obvious solutions
  • Bring together different perspectives
  • Uncover unexpected areas of innovation
  • Create volume and variety in your innovation options


What will we do during the Ideation Session?

Expect an interactive session filled with teamwork, brainstorming, and giant Post-it Notes. Our facilitator, Zach Jones, will guide small teams through ideation exercises. The day will look close to this (though is subject to change):

1:00 pm - Registration & Mingling
1:15 pm - Welcome
1:30 pm - Ideation Begins!
2:30 pm - Break
2:40 pm - Ideation Resumes!
3:40 pm - Break
3:50 pm - Ideation Wraps Up!
4:50 pm - Closing


I'm not sure that I'm qualified to participate...

We promise, you are! How do we know this? Here are a few guiding questions to see if you're qualified:

  • Have you ever been outside?
  • Have you ever travelled anywhere?
  • Have you ever been to Delaware?
  • Do you want to help your community?

If you can answer "yes" to any of those questions, then you're qualified to join us. Ideation Sessions are best when people with different experiences who have different perspectives work together. This Ideation Session is no different!


Tell me more about the Open Data Challenge.

From February through May 2018, Open Data Delaware is partnering with DelDOT and DNREC to put together the Open Data Challenge. The Open Data Challenge is a series of events culminating in a month long "Data Jam". There are up to $35,000 in cash prizes available for teams that successfully create prototypes to help make Delaware the country's most accessible state. Get some more information at


Is the Horn Program for Entrepreneurship accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes, this location is accessible to persons having disabilities. Any person having special needs or requiring special aid, such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired, is requested to contact DelDOT by phone at 1-800-652-5600 or by mail to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903

Mailing Address

1007 N. Orange St. Wilmington, DE 19801