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L3 Innovation Challenge

The Entrepreneurial Mindset in Larger Organizations

In partnership with many great organizations (such as Boston Children’s Hospital and LabCentral), Youth CITIES’ L3 Innovation Challenge is leveraging the healthcare industry’s convergence of engineering, computer, and life sciences for a unique hands-on innovation hack. Roleplaying as part of the Boston Children’s Hospital Innovation Team to address real-life complex problems, students will work in teams to address the challenge issued at the Bootcamp. Classes will be combinations of hands-on activities, industry guest speakers, heavily mentored discussions, and prototyping (with gadgets and physical components to take apart, re-use, and repurpose).

Our fall L3 Innovation Challenge is specifically designed for aspiring scientists, engineers, designers, tinkerers, and technologists to collaborate on value-driven innovation within an established company simulation. Working with an integrated team of technical, scientific, and business experts, students align new product plans with company goals and market opportunities, and develop actual prototypes within the support structures of an existing business.

Program Details

Classes will meet every Wednesday from October 5th to November 16th, from 5pm to 8pm. Dinner will be provided.

Classes will primarily be held at LabCentral, a premier biotech-capable shared lab facility. It is located in Cambridge, between Kendall and Central Square T stops. In later weeks during the prototyping phase, one class will be held at MIT’s CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) to learn how to create mobile app prototypes, and potentially at danger!awesome (http://dangerawesome.co) in Cambridge’s Central Square if students wish to create 3D printouts.

At the finale, technical prototypes and findings will be presented to a panel of VIP industry experts.


2017 Registration for the L3 Innovation Challenge is currently closed. To stay involved in Youth CITIES and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, register for this month’s mini-hack.

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