Virginia Tech® home

CCI Innovation Boot Camp

January 3-7, 2022

Webpage header

The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative is inviting you to join the CCI Innovation Boot Camp, facilitated by BMNT.  Students will be exposed to immersive business practices that BMNT adapted for use by university students to prepare to tackle civic innovation challenges in the U.S., UK, and Australia. This approach places a special emphasis on the methods necessary to connect the invention of new ideas with the adoption of new capabilities.

During the workshop, students will be split-up into teams to converge on real-world problems that BMNT sourced from its network. This enables students to talk with and learn from real people about their pain points and desired outcomes, essential elements of rigorously assessing and prioritizing mission-critical problems.

At the end of the Boot Camp, students will understand a common framework and language for innovation, as well as its practical application, so they can employ the most basic methods to validate a problem and explore solutions in an accountable way.

How to Apply

Students of Virginia higher education public institutions must submit a 60-second personal pitch video on why they should be admitted into the Innovation Boot Camp. Be creative!

Videos must be submitted to by 5 p.m. ET on December 9, 2021. By submitting the qualifying personal pitch confirms you are available to attend January 3 – 7, 2022. Students will receive acceptance letters by Friday, December 17, 2021.

Submission Format

Subject Line: CCI Innovation Boot Camp Pitch - [NAME]

Email body
Year of study:
**Attach your video pitch


Day Workshops

Monday, January 3

Welcome programming, including kickoff by current or former government senior leader

Prior to arrival, students will be given reading material to prepare for the week

Tuesday, January 4 Workshop 1: Background & Theory


Wednesday, January 5                     


Workshop 2: Beneficiary discovery tips and best practices

Thursday, January 6

Workshop 3: Intro to agile product development

Evening Bootcamp Social

Friday, January 7

Exit programming, including student teams pitching their solution ideas to a panel of innovation experts

After departure, students will be given contact information for each of their fellow participants and any experts that contributed to or participated in the workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. ET on December 9, 2021
  • Invitation to join will be sent out: December 17, 2021
  • Innovation Boot Camp: January 3, 2022 - January 7, 2022

Submit a 60-second personal pitch to A 60-second video pitching why you believe you should attend this camp; get creative and have fun with it!

Attending CCI’s Innovation Boot Camp is at zero cost to the students. CCI will cover the student’s food, hotel, and parking. Students will be responsible for transportation to and from Arlington, VA. 

The CCI Innovation Boot Camp is only eligible for undergraduate and graduate students attending Virginia public institutions of higher education.

Your hotel accommodations are at the Holiday Inn Arlington in Ballston at 4610 Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22203. The hotel has complimentary breakfast and parking and is within walking distance to the bootcamp, restaurants, gyms, and stores. 

Students will be grouped in the hotel rooms. Room pairings will go based on gender and preference.

The CCI Innovation Bootcamp will be hosted at the Virginia Tech Research Center at 900 N Glebe Rd Arlington, VA 22203.

BMNT is a pioneer in figuring out how organizations can innovate to ensure they will exist in the future. BMNT will facilitate a H4X Basic Course that dissects the innovation pipeline by moving through three different modules. To learn more, visit the BMNT website.

Please contact Kendall Beebe at with Boot Camp questions.