Smartup Zero Workplace
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Come work within one of our teams!
Working for a Smartup happens in the Workplace. Depending on your own talent, skills and willfulness, you can subscribe to a specific team within the Workplace. When you are part of the team you can contribute to specific discussions and apply for roles inside your team. Have a look at our Smartup Zero Teams to find out what team is the best fit for you.
The team that performs all design-related tasks based on The Official Smartup Business Plan. Think of User Experience, Branding, Housestyle, Wireframing, User Interface, paper prototyping, mockups, Icon design, etc. The design team is working on the Design Blueprint the development team needs to actually build the product. They are consulting the development team regularly as they progress. Before handing in the Design Blueprint to the production phase the first scientific review takes place.
The team that actually builds the actual product once the Smartup is in the production phase. Front end, back end, native, architecture, security, testing, all kinds of computer engineering expertise is needed in this team. The development team is most likely the biggest team of the Smartup that works with platforms like Github or Gitlab. During the Validation and Design phase, they do not develop yet. In those phases, they organize themselves and support, review and research development issues that surface in the validation and design phase. They have to be ready to start once they receive the scientifically reviewed Design Blueprint.
This team is responsible for creating a solid business proposition, marketing and financial plan. They are developing business cases, making forecasts, crunch the numbers and, in general, make sure the product or service is ready to market under the best conditions. The business team also is responsible for The Official Smartup Business Plan and makes sure all the latest adjustments and decisions are updated and all teams always have the most up to date version available. The business team plays a crucial role in the Organisational phase of the Smartup. There they work closely with the science team and do the final market assessment and guide the community in choosing the first Executive team that is launching the product or service into the market.
The media team has does internal and external communications. It follows all the work of the progress and activity of the other teams and turns it into content for the General Forum so the community can stay informed on the progress and issues. Also, the Smartup has social media channels for the general public. The media team makes sure those channels are filled with informative and engaging content. In the media team, all kinds of different talented people in the area of communication, journalism, PR and social media are busy creating engaging pieces of content. During the creation of the product or service, a Smartup is completely depended on crowdfunding. It’s crucial that there is a constant line of communication from the internal community to the outside world. Articles, blog posts, translations, animations, the media team has a lot of work to do.
The science team should be seen as compliance officers that check, based on peer to peer-reviewed facts and models if the product or service is created under the most sustainable and scalable conditions. The science team assists all other teams in their efforts to make the best decisions. All kinds of scientists, academics and researchers are needed. The main function of the science team is to perform the two scientific reviews. One where they check if the design complies with the best sustainable practices in their fields and the second is to check if the work of the development team complies with the market's assessment. The science team is the only team that can turn back a decision that is made through voting. For example: if the community voted that the design can be taken into production, the science team can prevent that from happening by issuing a motion for further research.
This team’s only focus is to streamline the cooperation between the teams. The operational team has an oversight function and operates like a commission where they discuss adjustments and procedures to improve the collaborative processes that lead to an improved creation process. They also look at ‘incidents’ between community members that are flagged as inappropriate or unfair. In this team can be people with experience as a Project Manager, Compliance Officer, Legal consultancy, and Psychology professional. This team is constantly monitoring, documenting and adjusting the overall Smartup organization. Especially for Smartup Zero (the first Smartup), their role is crucial because their work is to watch the Smartup organize itself, make mistakes and create a guideline, almost like a Smartup constitution, for future Smartup to follow.