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2nd MLG Marines, Sailors participate in first Innovation Bootcamp

28 Jan 2019 | Cpl. Ashley Lawson 2nd Marine Logistics Group

JACKSONVILLE, N.C.- More than 30 Marines and Sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in the first Innovation Bootcamp at Jacksonville, N.C., Dec. 10-14, 2018.

The week-long course was facilitated by MD5: Defense Innovation Accelerated, a national security technology accelerator, and 2nd MLG leadership to promote creative and innovative thinking. The Marines and Sailors worked in small teams on a unique project blueprinted to enhance combat readiness in the command.

“This is the first iteration of the Innovation Bootcamp at 2nd MLG, but the Marine Corps as a whole has participated in many versions of this course,” said Capt. Conor Bender, the innovation officer for 2nd MLG. “Last July, there was an innovation symposium in Quantico, Virginia, where service members participated along with the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller. [He] emphasized the importance of innovation throughout the Corps and how it will make us a more effective fighting force in the future.”

Like the symposium, this course focused on applying human-centered design, problem framing, Lean LaunchPad, Mission Model Canvas, and minimum viable product concept to solve 2nd MLG problems. The training was led by Sophi Martin, innovation director and lecturer with the Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley, and Vivek Rao, a lecturer with the Haas School of Business.

“One of the things that makes this really special is that it’s interactive and not just a slideshow,” said Martin. “We pick a topic that groups within the Department of Defense is really passionate about and train the students how to tackle that challenge in their workplaces.”

To conclude the course, the teams pitched their ideas to a panel comprised by the 2nd MLG leadership and Tommy Sowers, MD5's Southeast Regional Director. The panel picked some of the ideas for further development and implementation within the command. The way ahead is for the bootcamp participants to take what they learned during the course and apply it to at their units while passing to other members the same problem-solving methodology.

“I love that we start out with a few skeptical people, then see them open up and come up with some great ideas,” said Martin. “It’s so awesome to inspire people to challenge their everyday problems and find legitimate solutions that work within their life.”

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