Each selected team has at least 2 mentors. One of them has received further design training and has a little more experience facilitating design sessions and working as an entrepreneur within government. These individuals are our Uber Mentors. They give an hour a week to helping the selected teams and can also facilitate half-day deep-dive design sessions.
The #HackRedTape Network of Innovators
Sometimes issues and questions come up that are very specific and beyond the core skillsets of our mentors. In these cases, we put Ignite teams in touch with someone that can help. These may be legal experts, privacy experts, technologists, or someone who can help navigate external relations.
There is also a larger network of Ignite alumni – from every OpDiv and almost every operational HHS Region of the country – that are ready to jump in and help. Beyond HHS, there are also folks who ‘get it’ and have Ignite experience. Previous Ignite mentors include people from other federal agencies such as: 18F, the Lab@OPM, the State Department, SBA, Department of Commerce, and elsewhere.