Bridging the gap between science, engineering, and business savvy for impactful innovation.
Being entrepreneurial means knowing how to recognize opportunity when others see obstacles. In addition, it is critical to understand that the solution must take into account the ecosystem of the problem, not just the technical aspect. Understanding who should care and why, and resources/constraints are essential to making sure a solution can be built, implemented, and sustained. That means you can be entrepreneurial within a startup venture, or you can be entrepreneurial within a larger organization. The latter is the premise of L3 Innovation Challenge.
In partnership with many great organizations (such as Boston Children’s Hospital and LabCentral) we are leveraging healthcare’s convergence of engineering, computer and life sciences for a unique hands-on project experience. This program’s intent is not to make students into regulatory experts (especially since not every participant will necessarily be interest in going into healthcare). Rather, it’s a platform for experimentation and illustration of how entrepreneurial principles are applied within a larger organization, and how understanding “who should care” and “why” will impact every phase of development, implementation, and acceptance of an innovative solution, regardless of industry.
Classes will meet every Wednesday from October 5th to November 16th, from 5pm to 8pm. Dinner will be provided.
Working alongside with clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs, software developers, researchers, and investors, middle/high school students with strong interest in science and/or tinkering will identify a problem, and go through a process to prove there is evidence for a match between solution and unmet need.
Classes will be a combination of practicum, guest speakers & heavily mentored discussions, and prototyping (with physical components such as the recycle, re-use, and re-purpose of gadgets and electronics; access to 3D printers and other makerspace tools; mobile app prototyping via MIT’s AppInventor).
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 (http://labcentral.org/contact/location/).
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 a mobile app prototype, 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.
To register for this program, complete this application by September 21st, 2015. Limited slots are available, and selection is based on quality of application. Applicants will be notified via email between September 27th through October 1st.