Learn by doing


Let's build something together.

Do you have an idea for something that would make your community a better place? Have you ever wondered what it takes to turn an idea into something real? The Quad's signature Summer Intensive is a one-month, challenge-based opportunity for you to learn by doing and practice turning your ideas into valuable action. Spend four weeks tackling one of our community's most prodigious problems, learning from the most compelling, creative leaders in Colorado Springs and building your capacity to enjoy a lifelong career in leadership and innovation.



Applications now open for the 2017 Summer intensive

All current students and recent alumni (within 2 years of graduation) from CC, UCCS, PPCC or USAFA are eligible to apply. Applications close April 24th, 11:59pm.


10 problems. 4 schools. 4 weeks.

The resources, knowledge and connections I have gained through the program have opened up some opportunities I would not have gotten otherwise. Also, the relationships I formed will last!
— 2015 alumni
My self confidence has never been this high, nor have I had this many people I could potentially count on to help me with my future.
— 2015 alumni
Working with people from so many different backgrounds so quickly taught me a lot. The rapid-fire new concepts, connections and challenges... I learned so much.
— 2016 Alumni


Program Details

Dates: June 2 - 30th, full-time

Instructors: USAFA faculty and Quad staff

Cost: free; living stipends available

Program overview

Week 1:

  • Introductory challenge
  • Problem presentations (community leaders each present the "wicked problem" they have identified)
  • Team formation
  • Ideation/design thinking workshop

Week 2:

  • Idea validation and research
  • Buy-in challenge
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Field trips and community speakers

Week 3:

  • Google Ventures 5-day Sprint

Week 4:

  • Engagement challenge
  • Implementation channels
  • Fundraising and finance
  • Final pitches (judged by community leaders)


Questions? email jake