Are You Ready to Level Up?

The Sandbox Academy helps students level up through hands-on life skills workshops, mentoring sessions with top notch leaders from various industries, and the chance to meet Tech Square folks through small-scale community events. 

Every summer, fall, and spring, the Sandbox Academy guides a new cohort of students through an accelerated personal growth experience. All of this is possible thanks to our partnership with Square on Fifth (SQ5) and ATDC

Over the course of seven weeks, cohort members complete three levels:


Level #1: Miniseries

Your journey starts with a miniseries of four weekly workshops taught by leaders from large corporations, startups, and consulting/creative agencies. You'll learn how to crush it from day one, know your strengths and chart your destiny, flip the job search in your favor, and how to find a great mentor. These high-energy, hands-on gatherings will give you quality time with a wide range of mentors and industry leaders. You'll learn key takeaways and walk out of each them with a tangible game plan. 


Level #2: Mentor Mashups

Next, you'll have the opportunity to attend three mentor mashups of your choosing over three weeks. You'll have real conversations with leaders from a variety of industries and sectors. Each will share their personal journey and lessons learned throughout their careers. You'll be able to ask whatever questions you have for them and even pitch your ideas to them.

Level #3: Community Event

As you navigate the miniseries and mentor mashups, you'll also need to attend at least one Sandbox ATL community program, which will give you the opportunity to meet more Tech Square folks. Choose from the weekly Power Meal, Hump Day Exchange, Honeywell Huddle, or other Sandbox ATL event. Careful now, they are habit-forming - in a good way. 


Benefits of Enrolling

  • Two months of regular interaction with industry professionals
  • Direct access to the 1,100 Sandbox ATL member network
  • Professional headshot photo
  • Feedback on your LinkedIn profile, resume, and/or portfolio
  • Invitations to all Sandbox ATL community events
  • Come-and-go access to our collaborative workspace, The Garage
  • Five tasty dinners and other treats
  • Frame-worthy graduation certificate
  • Chance to become a Sandbox Academy Fellow (launching Spring 2018)
This taught me how to meet new people and make better connections.
I found great mentors in different fields without having to cold call them.
The chance to interact with people who are achieving great things.

Best. Value. Ever.

Thanks to the support of SQ5 and ATDC, you can enjoy all this connected awesomeness for $95 per person. Sandbox ATL student members enjoy it for just $25. 

Yes, I want to join the Summer 2017 Cohort starting Monday, June 5! (Deadline to apply is Wed, May 31)

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Summer 2017 Cohort

Staff and Mentors

Dean: Susan Fonseca Lanham, co-founder of Singularity University, Women@TheFrontier, and SheWorks

Lead Mentor: Carrie Moore, innovation designer for Delta Airlines

Mentors: Representatives from ATDC, ATDC startups, Honeywell,  Keysight, AT&T Foundry, The Combine, Emerson, and other great organizations. 


Schedule of Events

Level 1 - Miniseries

(The Garage at Tech Square. Check-in/Dinner 5:30pm, Program 6-8pm, unless noted otherwise)

Monday, June 5 

Miniseries: Crushing it from Day One - We start with your first collaborative challenge, the Tech Square scavenger hunt (hint: wear comfortable shoes). Once the teams have finished the course, we'll gather with five leaders from big companies and startups for a high-energy exploration of three big questions:

  1. What's it take to be a great team member?
  2. How do you deal with difficult people, politics, & problems?
  3. How do you attract and seize opportunities? 

Week 1: Mentors


Monday, June 12

Miniseries: Find and Use Your Strengths - "To thine own self be true", as the bard once said. You'll enjoy this doubleheader experience which starts with a deep dive into your Gallup StrengthsFinder results to help you better understand what makes you stand out. Then, serial entrepreneur and early stage investor, Ed Rieker leads a hands-on goal setting workshop that helps you chart a course for your future. 

Week 2: Mentors



Monday, June 19

Miniseries: Flipping the Search - Roger Lopez, CMO of BillMo and Guinness Book of World Record holder, teaches you the secret to making your LinkedIn profile pop. Then, join five leaders from big companies and startups for another high-energy exploration of three big questions this time related to job searches:

  1. How can you prepare to stand out? 
  2. How do you nail the interview?
  3. What can you do to finish strong in the follow-up?

Week 3: Mentors


Monday, June 26

Miniseries: Mentor Mixer - All of our mentors participating in Level 2 will gather together to share their most embarrassing moments at work. Once we get through that hilarity, you'll get a chance to spend a couple minutes with each of them, so you can decide who you'd like to connect with in July.

Week 4: Mentors


Level 2: Mentor Mashups

In the month of July, you choose which mentors you'd like to meet during their scheduled mentor sessions. While each mentor can choose a different date/time/location, the default time is 6-7pm on these dates in The Garage at Tech Square.

  • Thursday, July 6
  • Monday, July 10
  • Monday, July 17

Level 3: Community Events

You choose one Sandbox ATL member event to attend that's held between June 5 and July 23. Options include Power Meals, Hump Day Exchange, and Honeywell Huddles.

Summer 2017 Cohort Students