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Integration and growth of I&E related student organizations

[ Fall 2016 ] 

  • We are going to work at merging together three current student organizations together into a single larger organization. 
  • The organizations involved within this merge are TechX, Entrepreneurship Club, and MarkerSpace.
  • This new organization will hold numerous events per week including different specialty events to cater to all interests.


[ Spring 2017 ]

  • This is still in progress, the team hopes to finish up the merger before the end of Spring 2017 and start operating as UNH ICE ( Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship ) for Fall 2017.


[ Fall 2017 ]

  • UNH ICE has officially been established.

Create digital platform for idea connection board

[ Fall 2016 ]

  • Through our partners at the UNH ECenter, as a cohort, we will build and manage a new online idea connection network page.
  • Over time we will recruit new students to manage the page.
  • This new format will include a physical kiosk within the ECenter as well as an online mobile platform.
  • This will enable easier access to much larger community of users.


[ Spring 2017 ]

  • This “connection network page” idea remains as a written out form on a bulletin board at the ECenter and has a dedicated webpage called the UNH Idea Connection Board managed by the ECenter at UNH.


[ Fall 2017 ]

  • As a relatively new initiative, students are slowly learning about this resource. Ideally, this will be marketed more towards the general student body to encourage continued use.

Expand FIRE program across all colleges and then across all four years

[ Fall 2016 ]

  • Advocate for incorporating design thinking and lean startup principles
  • Present faculty organizers student interest in this becoming a reality to hopefully speed the process


[ Spring 2017 ]

  • This was proposed in the stakeholder meeting and a very lengthy project because it is involves formulating a curriculum and people from various departments.


[ Fall 2017 ]

  • This proposal is still in development. No major developments have been made.


Establish research/industrial park for spinout phase support

[ Fall 2016 ]

  • Wet lab creation through the UNH ECenter.


[ Spring 2017 ]

  • This remains as a long term idea, and is in the hands of the directors of the ECenter and UNHInnovation.


[ Fall 2017 ]

  • No recent developments has been made; this concept remains a long-term project in the hands of the directors of the ECenter and UNHInnovation.


Spreading the word about I&E at the University of New Hampshire (UNH)

[Spring 2017]

Objective:

Educate the student body about I&E and to foster an innovative culture at the same time.

Tactic ( Listed as steps):

  1. Recruit volunteers at Paul College who are passionate about I&E
  2. Work along with the current pool of volunteers and try get more volunteers from different departments
  3. Spread the word via social media, posters, flyers, word of mouth, dinning hall advertisements, etc about programs like the i2Passport at the E-Center
  4. Create appreciation awards for volunteers in conjunction with Paul College, UNH Innovation and the E-Center
  5. Host team building activities
  6. Use this same group of volunteers to help out at related events


[ Fall 2017 ]

  • Social media, posters, and flyers have been used to spread the word about I&E on campus.
  • A new goal for the Fall 2017 cohort is to create a radio program through our campus station, WUNH, around the theme of I&E.


Hosting the First Student-Run Hackathon at University of New Hampshire (UNH)

[ Spring 2017 ]

Objective:

UNH’s First hackathon is an event to gather a large group of people from within the campus, neighbouring institutions and also the public. This event is an introduction to newcomers and also a creative/challenging outlet for techies.

Tactic ( Listed as steps):

  • Always keep the Mentors in the loop about the level of progress.
  1. Rent a domain and formulate a Hackathon name
  2. Come up with a logo
  3. Set a date for event
  4. Reserve a venue
  5. Set up a group of people responsible for marketing
  6. Contact Major League Hacking
  7. Set up group managing participants and the website
  8. Aim for more than ~100 people
  9. Pick out workshops to conduct during event
  10. Contact Housing to provide boarding for participants if necessary
  11. Create a sponsorship package
  12. Email potential sponsors
  13. Email various departments about sponsoring event
  14. Work on catering for the event
  15. Work on providing transport to event
  16. Raise at least $5000 in funds
  17. Launch !!!


[ Fall 2017 ]

  • As of September 2017, a domain and name for the Hackathon has been established.
  • The website has been launched, and a tentative date of late October 2017 has been determined.
  • The event and website are affiliated with Major League Hacking, and an option for corporate sponsorship is available.

The Biospace at in University of New Hampshire

[ Spring 2017 ]

Objective:

To create a biological science centered Makerspace facility open to students of all majors.


Things that we likely need to do in order to get this to work:

1.Gather up an awesome team

2 Deal with campus bureaucracy

3. Allocate a suitable location,

4. Contact donors and key people.


[ Fall 2017 ]

  • This is a long-term project currently being prototyped, before being pitched to the administration for approval and support.

Spring 2017 Cohort's Pitch Video


Organize a Fall Innovation Kick-Off Tedx Event

[ Fall 2017 ]

Objective:

To encourage conversation about creating an innovative campus community through shared human experiences.

Action Items:

  • apply for a tedx license
  • pitch to and get approval from administration
  • source speakers and determine topics
  • establish a committees for marketing, videography, stage preparation, and general organization
  • develop a pricing strategy
  • compile a list of potential corporate sponsors and reach out to them


Rapid Prototyping Cart

[ Fall 2017 ]

Objective:

To engage students in ideation and prototyping by providing easy access to materials.

Action Items:

  • secure a cart
  • obtain prototyping materials
  • determine cart locations
  • establish a budget for materials
  • market to students
  • validate product through proof of concept, then expand cart numbers


UNH Student Interest Web

Objective:

To provide an information hub for students to easily assess pertinent organizations, events, and activities happening on campus.

Action Items:

  • develop an efficient means of categorizing interests
  • collect information on the status of various innovation-based ventures
  • find a student volunteer to assist with the development of the interactive program display
  • purchase the technology to display the web
  • determine physical locations for the displays around campus, as well as on the UNH website


Fall 2017 Fellows

Devin McMahon

Michelle Paradise

Nadia Fereydooni

Nicholas Stuart

Spring 2017 Fellows

Cheryl Fong

Kevin-Marc Dioneda 

Fall 2016 Fellows

Sam Warach

Shawn Venti

Christin Badylak-Reals

Matt Griswold

Related Links

Pitch Video - Fall 2016

University of New Hampshire