Community IDEAthon

Creative Adventure Lab has teamed up with Dubuque Days of Caring to create an engaging way for volunteers to support a nonprofit in the community. The Community IDEAthon is a 1-day innovation experience that provides a fun, easy, and engaging way for businesses to help a local nonprofit overcome a pressing challenge or leverage a new opportunity.

Creative Adventure Lab’s signature IDEAthon process has facilitated innovation for John Deere, Alliant Energy, MercyOne, United Way, and others. Now your employees can participate in this exciting process to help a lucky nonprofit.


This year the Dubuque Days of Caring Community IDEAthon will innovate for:

Crescent Community Health Center

The IDEAthon definitely took me out of my comfort zone but it was SUPER FUN! Not only did it help three great Dubuque nonprofits, I met some amazing people in our community and learned some things about digging deep and finding creative solutions.
— Rebecca Mueller, Holy Family Schools
The IDEAthon was so much fun! We got to help nonprofits in the area with specific problems. These nonprofits focus on helping people in the community, which is what they do best, but needed help to know what to implement to manage their growth. It’s definitely something I would do again.
— Erik Chaston, Dupaco Community Credit Union

Flex your company’s innovation muscles

Give your employees a collaborative innovation experience they’ll love and help a local nonprofit. We're inviting local businesses to register and send up to 5 employees to participate in this special Community IDEAthon with Dubuque Days of Caring.

Event Details

When: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 9am-4pm + social hour from 4-5pm
Where: Creative Adventure Lab, 210 Jones St, Dubuque, IA 52001
Cost: $200 per business - send up to 5 employees

Registration fee includes coffee, lunch, afternoon snacks, the chance to win fun prizes, and beer/wine at the social hour.

Given the nature of the business challenge we presented at our IDEAthon, I must admit my skepticism heading into it. But...not only were we given a concrete, clear, and high-potential solution in a short amount of time, we will definitely be incorporating many elements of the IDEAthon process in our organizational decision-making. If you’re lucky enough to participate in an IDEAthon - DO IT.
— Matt Reetz, Executive Director, Madison Audubon Society
For a nonprofit, the IDEAthon is like winning the lottery! We feel very fortunate to have been a beneficiary of all the great ideas and expertise!
— Carol Gebhart, Executive Director, Opening Doors