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2017 Fall

2016 Spring

2015 Fall

2014 Spring

Overview

The primary priorities for the Fall 2017 cohort are to:

  1. Build awareness and visibility of interdisciplinary courses on campus, especially for first-year students. 
  2. Combat the following issues with I&E resources on campus: they are too competitive with each other, they are too exclusive, they serve too small a niche, and they are inaccessible.

Strategy #1: Build awareness and visibility of interdisciplinary courses on campus, especially for first-year students. 

  • Curate in-person experiences where we can engage with first-year students.
  • Encourage hands-on activity and experimental learning, as a gateway to enrolling in the course. 
  • Use social atmospheres to advertise and help students catch the "design bug".
  • Assist students in registering for the courses that they like.
  • Use the data and feedback from students to improve the I&E curriculum on campus.

Strategy #2: Combat the following issues with I&E resources on campus: they are too competitive with each other, they are too exclusive, they serve too small a niche, and they are inaccessible. 

  • Tactic #1: Resources are in constant competition with each other. 
    • Currently, different I&E initiatives on campus are competing for funding, visibility, and students. How might we encourage them to work together, and also prevent further competitive initiatives from beginning?
    • Create a map of I&E resources available to students at Georgia Tech. Use the following categories to sort the resources: maker space, mentorship, funding, classes, events, industry connections
    • Use the map to display 1) what of the 6 categories is offered at what initiative, 2) where partnerships exist, 3) how students can get involved, and 4) how partners can get involved. 
    • Incentivize partnerships (as in, instead of creating your own makerspace with a special mentorship program only for one major, partner with a currently existing makerspace to create a mentorship program) by using it as a status symbol on the map. 
  • Tactic #2: Resources are too exclusive, and silo-ed off in different departments. 
    • Partner with the Vertically Integrated Projects program
    • Teach classes to students in VIPs, who are often diverse in major and age
    • Engage a broad range of students in design thinking exercises, while teaching them how to apply it to the work they are already doing
    • Advertise VIPs that now have design thinking experience
  • Tactic #3: Resources are too inaccessible, and too under-the-radar
    • Initiate a low-barrier to entry course for freshmen that introduces them to design thinking through makerspaces
    • Each person in the class gets to work on a tangible project where they apply design thinking, and can visualize what success looks like

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The primary priorities for Spring 2017 are to:

  1. Teach students to be more innovative, by involving the industry in all capstone projects and internships.
  2. Build a sustainable and accesible resource center for first time innovators and entrepreneurs.
  3. Create student-company partnerships that allow both parties to learn and engage with one another. 

Strategy #1: Motivate students to be more innovative, by involving the industry in all capstone projects

  • Validate the idea through more thorough faculty and student interviews.
  • Incentivize better capstone projects and more student effort into them by introducing the industry involvement of potential employers.
  • Get a system where both professors and the respective industry professionals have access to the work done by student teams.
  • Get those industry professionals on campus for capstone judging.

Strategy #2: Build a sustainable and accesible resource center for first time innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • Tactic #1:
    • Elaborate on our online guide for first time entrepreneurs, with the content provided using existing entrepreneurship education material online and through the experiences of entrepreneurs from georgia Tech.
    • Popularize this resource through organizations like the startup exchange.
    • Create a resource to share and access prototyping tools, such as a check-out service. 
  • Tactic #2:
    • Introduce some sort of mentoring program/office hours with students experienced in entrepreneurship so that first timers can be given the right knoweldge and direction
    • Update: An office hours desk in the Innovation and Design Collaborateive space has been installed, with people manning it constantly. We're working on increasing the amount of people coming to the desk for help, but so far, it's going well!

Strategy #3: Create student-company partnerships that allow both parties to learn and engage with one another.

''''Tactic #1: Reach out to companies in the local area and analyze company issues and roadblocks that can be solved with the help of students.

Tactic #2: Create more job opportunities and internships for students to access through Career Buzz which gives them a chance to practice their entrepreneurship and innovation skills.

Tactic #3: Create opportunities for students to tackle issues and hold workshops on creative thinking for local companies and start-ups. A hackathon layout would be ideal for this situation.

Georgia Tech Student Vision

 We believe GT students can change the world. Our campus offers many resources, and even better faculty, to help innovation and creativity on campus. We need to connect the GT community by creating an umbrella organization to help students flow toward these resources on campus, and create channels for student-faculty relationships. 

2017 Spring Cohort Project Pitch

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2016 Spring Cohort Project Pitch

2015 Fall Cohort Project Pitch

2014 Spring Cohort Project Pitch

University Innovation Council

Despite the many great resources Georgia Tech currently has, the innovation and entrepreneurial movement, which is currently overtaking the nation, has been stalled on our campus due to lack of organization.

Students are unsure of, and mostly unaware of, the opportunities available to them beyond big-name resources such as the Invention Studio or the inVenture Prize competition.

Organizations are struggling to grow, hold large events, or simply stay operational, because of a lack of assisted communication and constant overlap.

Professors are additionally wasting large amounts of time trying to connect with students, due to a lack of protocol and standardized connection.

Our program will exist to foster a passion and create sustainability for innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) among all members of the Georgia Tech community.

The University Innovation Council will support three main areas: the student body, current campus organizations, and faculty/administration. This will improve the community by: eliminating overlap, bringing students of all backgrounds and ages together, and encouraging administrative involvement. This will be done in the following ways:

  1. For Student Members of the Georgia Tech Community
    • Provide access to an umbrella calendar of I&E events
    • Connect individual student interests to the I&E movement with others in the Georgia Tech community
    • Formulate methods to encourage innovation at Tech
    • Provide updates and other opportunities on a regular basis
  2. For I&E Campus Organizations
    • Host Forums
    • Connect I&E organizations
    • Provide consulting advice, support, and membership numbers
    • Provide a yearly I&E wheel featuring individual organizations
  3. For the Administration
    • Dissolve the communication barrier between students, organisations, and the administration
    • Form strategic partnerships with supporters of entrepreneurship
    • Provide ‘voice’ of I&E for consulting
    • Create a mentoring program for faculty to get involved in; help students develop ideas and turn them into a reality


Additionally, please refer to our Campus Landscape Canvas for both on-campus and off-campus resources, as well as local Atlanta-based resources.

This Campus Landscape Canvas illustrates all the resources on Georgia Tech’s campus for undergraduates, graduates, organizations, and faculty through perceived, potential, applied, realized, reframing, and institutional resources.Through this map, we are able to fully maximize student, faculty, undergraduate, and graduate student interactions and improve the map for the future, based on our knowledge of the current environment.

Student-Faculty Relations

Through the University Innovation Council, student-faculty interaction will be facilitated in three main ways:

  1. Students interested in getting involved with the I&E movement will be directly connected with a professor based on their ideas, needs, and goals. This introduction will save valuable time for the student by removing the searching process. This will also save time for the professor by introducing them to a student who is serious about their work and eager to network.
  2. Faculty will be able to directly interact and engage with movements on campus that organizations and students are working on. Instead of being directed by several groups of people, faculty members will know all I&E-related movements are being directed by the University Innovation Council.
  3. Resources for both students and faculty will be maximized due to a new lack of overlap. The process of starting an I&E movement will have the ability to become streamlined, through its implementation in our organization.

Wide Net Impact

By creating a centralized hub, the University Innovation Council will be able to run all I&E movements that Georgia Tech is starting. Our organization, the University Innovation Council, is one that will exist for the betterment of the entire university; not just one major, one club, or even one type of student.

Many undergraduate students have been inspired to create projects and invent in their classes and many graduate students have also been encouraged to turn their research and theses into entrepreneurial companies. This organization would really help graduate students network with undergraduates to easily allocate research positions, internships, and special projects, as well as vice-versa. It is a much more desirable way for them to see what undergraduate students are passionate about, instead of just going off of resumes and shallow connections.

Again, by providing an overarching umbrella, students will be able to focus on their ideas and goals, rather than spending so much time finding the necessary resources. The unique characteristic about I&E is that it's not limited to undergraduate and graduate students, it's for everyone.   

Sustainable Impact

By providing a council and infrastructure for I&E to operate under, new students will not have to worry about finding resources or connections (because they will already be provided). They will be able to just focus on the movement and their ideas, goals, and design processes. It will make the entrepreneurial experience less of a trial-and-error process, and more success stories will come out of the Georgia Tech entrepreneurial landscape. In addition, it will create a foundation on campus for other I&E movements to be built upon.

Through the University Innovation Council, students and faculty will be able to grow the I&E movement on campus together, as well as facilitate other movements going forward. This means that they will become more reliant on, and trusting of, each other. If both students and faculty are invested in the same issue and working together to make change happen, Georgia Tech's campus landscape in I&E will continue to grow in the future, which will only perpetuate the success of the I&E campus.

Related Links

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Georgia Institute of Technology Student Priorities

University Innovation Fellows

Fall 2017:

Risha Parikh

Matthew Lim

Taft Weber-Kilpack

HanSung Kim

Spring 2017:

Julie Leonard-Duke

Fang Shi

Monali Shah

Jason Weis

Spring 2016:

Thomas Clifton

Kshitij Kulkarni

Arshiya Lal

Fall 2015:

Utkarsh Garg

Spring 2014:

Alex Flohr

Megna Saha

Rachel Ford