want to be able to make an impact or improve your skills in doing so?
Do you want to leave your mark? Do you want to innovate new technologies that can change thousands of lives? Throughout this course you will discover and develop your creative skills to become a leader in this ever changing world, where students are gaining a stronger voice in the challenges of tomorrow. These challenges require students to lead innovation and entrepreneurship that has a positive impact on the future of our planet. By integrating both the technical and the social, this course will dive into the tools you need to affect change.
The World Economic Forum has published 10 essential skills people need to develop in 2020 in order to thrive and be able to cope with the changes happening around us every day. Problems are becoming more and more complex as technology is rapidly evolving, which requires a different approach in thinking, identifying, designing and implementing solutions to these complex problems. This course offers a series of sessions that address the development of skills all aspiring young leaders should develop, using a methodology that will allow for a step-by-step process of approaching complex projects and problems.
This course is designed by students for students under the supervision of Mascha van der Voort, professor Human Centered Design. We will share our experiences, delivered by students to students aiming towards sharing experiences, getting out of our comfort zones and starting to learning new things and developing our skills together. The course features company visits, where you meet leaders of the industry, as well as talks by young entrepreneurs, who will share best practices and tell you about the do’s and don'ts of kickstarting your (entrepreneurial) journey. You will talk to influential local stakeholders, who will share their experiences on being strategic in your communication. You will explore sustainable development in the region as well as innovation and entrepreneurship practices in some of Europe’s leading companies. You will use design thinking to understand stakeholder needs and develop sustainable solutions. Let’s join forces and develop our generation into the leaders that our future deserves.
This course is co-organized by the University Innovation Fellows (UIF) of Twente, which is a group of students who have followed the program on innovation and entrepreneurship organized by Stanford University. Curious about some impressions of last year, check https://www.utwente.nl/en/uif/meetup/.
At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and apply the Design Thinking techniques used at the Design Lab of the University of Twente. These techniques will provide you with a solid foundation to build up on your solutions for complex problems. Before you can come up with a solution, you need to understand the scope of the problem and the stakeholders’ needs. You will learn how to employ techniques using your creativity and eventually convert your creative ideas into innovative solutions. You will learn and discuss about the responsibility of innovation. The course will also look into the ethics related to innovation and more specifically the responsibility for the possible side effects caused by innovation. Convincing the stakeholders that your idea is the best is vital, therefore you will work on how to communicate effectively with your stakeholders and how to present your ideas. At the end of the course, you will have received all the skills and knowledge to look on a strategic level to the complete process of complex problem solving.
The course will focus on the following skills and methods:
- Design thinking
- Complex problem solving
- Defining problem scopes
- Critical reflection
- Effective communication
- Presenting ideas
- Responsible innovation
- Creating confidence
- Multidisciplinary collaboration
- Inspiring presentations of young entrepreneurs who will honestly reflect on the do’s and don’ts of their innovation approaches
- Series of workshops that will train your skills regarding
- Identifying stakeholder needs
- Design thinking
- Critical reflection and reframing
- Skills on how to turn your ideas into reality
- Pitching your ideas
- Target group: advanced bachelor students
- Course leader: Mascha van der Voort
- Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school