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2020 Cohort | Student Priorities

2020 Cohort | Change Story

Project #0: Learning Community Program:

Main Project of the 2020 Fall cohort of Istanbul Technical University

People in Charge: Cansu Çevik, Selenay Sonay Tufan, Selin Yılmaz, and Serhat Bilge

Project Details

The roadmap of the certificate program to be organized within the created ITU Innovation Mission is as follows:

  1. Firstly, the student shares his / her problem and solution proposal on the topic of the month from the platform.
  2. Selected ones meeting on the same denominator are grouped in Discord servers, thus creating learning circles.
  3. In the learning circles, readings and brainstorms on the main topics are carried out every week. Basic knowledge is fed by various Coursera training according to its denominators.
  4. Thanks to the mentors from the upper classes assigned to the groups, newcomers in the circle get to know the university culture and start drawing their roadmaps. In addition, tasks to be completed are assigned based on peer review learning nutrition.
  5. With sector talks (Tuesday Talks), which will be held regularly and Failure Week, sector recognition and networking are provided and university-industry cooperation is strengthened.
  6. Groups that want to move their projects to the start-up phase can be included in Tough Nut Innovation Camp (Optional).
  7. Students who actively complete the tasks assigned in the certificate program are invited to the Fire Up Change Pioneers Program.
  8. Students who have successfully completed the Fire Up process and selected through interviews will be introduced as a candidate cohort for the Stanford University Innovation Fellows Program.

Project #1: Forming a Project Teams Unit @ Istanbul Technical University:

Person in Charge: Selin Yılmaz

Project Details

There are 22 student project teams at Istanbul Technical University. They develop several projects that are enhanced with original design understanding, innovative and intelligent solutions, and aim to represent our country and our school in the best way by taking its place in the competition every year. Even though the teams have academic counselors, there is not a specific unit to be interface in their technology transfer process. To strengthen their connection with the industry, the project aims to establish an interface structure in the university which informs teams about the intellectual property law, patent procedures, and strategy development.

Project #2: Creating a Solution for the Socialization Problem of University Students:

Person in Charge: Selenay Sonay Tufan

Project Details

Our university is Turkey's first technical university and ITU has achieved success with its students and academic staff since 1773. However, when I examined the expectations of students from a school in my interviews, I realized that besides academic success, social life is also indispensable for students. Most of the students were not satisfied with the social life of our university, and they said that this issue got worse during the pandemic period. And I chose this project to develop and improve this issue. The basis of this project is to solve the socialization problem of ITU students.

The project I want to do to solve this issue is to organize activities that will enable students to meet each other and make good friendships. I think such activities will greatly increase the motivation of the student, especially in this period when we continue online education. In these socialization activities that I will carry out, I aim for every student to learn useful information as well as socializing. This learned knowledge can be an inspirational conversation, interesting research, or entrepreneurship training. Moreover, I think there is no limit to the information that can be shared. These socializing and meeting activities that I want to do online in the online term, can also be done face to face after the pandemic process. I hope these events to be organized will be included in ITU culture over the years and become one of the most anticipated events.


Project #3: Improving the Feedback System of the University:

Person in Charge: Cansu Çevik

Project Details

On-campus, lots of problems or complaints about school, life, education style or the world problems are as normal as all around the world. But specifically in ITU, we have a “Support Ticket System” about the lectures and general ideas about the school itself. Along with the research that we made and also personal experiences this kind of application students do not feel so comfortable because of this button connected to the school management and there is always a question about “Is my comment will be effective on my education treatment?” and we started from here to pop these bubbles and negativity in students' minds and turn these negative impacts to new brief innovation and entrepreneurship forest. Alright hun, “How Are We Going To Do This Real?”

Here are the steps:

Firstly, every month through some free apps and site questions will be uploaded to these connections which every type of student who is part of the campus and the ITU will have a brief word to mention. Secondly, these people will be involved in a process in which a group of tasks will be given and expect these students to finish their responsible parts. In this way, they asked to be completed a course on “Coursera” which will increase their type of creativity and engagement. Thirdly, according to the process, students who finished their tasks actively on the due date will be connected to another innovation project called Fire-Up Changemakers Program. Fourth, after all these assumptions students will get into the UIF Programme.

In general, the idea is to involve students in innovation and entrepreneurship through specific problem sessions.


Project #4: Innovation Discourse of the Istanbul Technical University:

Person in Charge: Serhat Bilge

Project Details

According to observations and 1-1 interview insights, my team and I released that people need to work together and a common perspective and approach to creating value in a manner. That's why we designed the first project as a workshop chain. With the workshops, we supply people an opportunity to join a participatory platform and create value with different, unfamiliar people.

So, what will they do? They will state the ITU Innovation Discourse. They will help people to adapt and to take action according to discourse thanks to workshops facilitated. After the conceptual acceptance, we will organize adaptation meetings to carry the innovation discourse into the daily workflow and turn it into concrete outputs. We will ensure that the relationship between the vision and strategy of the organization with the statement is clarified.