One Night of Creativity

Launch Pad is a "Design Thinking" event where people come together to rapidly empathize, define, and ideate applications for new technologies. The first event in the trajectory of Tri-Cities Launch, Launch Pad will provide the technology and curriculum, you just bring the ideas and passion. No previous experience necessary, and not just for Launch Weekend participants, this event is open to all skills and interests. Whether you have a big idea,  you're considering a new technology, or are looking to find teammates, Launch Pad is the starting point for inspiration.


What is Design Thinking?

"Design Thinking" is the team-oriented process for creativity originally pioneered by Stanford University. Used by organizations around the world, such as IDEO - designers of the first mouse, the process makes design fun and collaborative.


Select one of the cutting-edge technologies hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University (WSU).


Make a human connection by building a "persona" for the beneficiary of the creation. What are their challenges? What are their values?


Get ready for Launch Weekend by fleshing out an action plan for developing the first prototype of the idea, testing assumptions


Using post-it notes and the human brain, generate dozens of little ideas, connecting them into a complete experience.