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Fall 2020 Priorities

Strategy #1 “Innovation Week”

Challenge: “How can we tear down the paradigm that innovation is only for engineers and business students?”

This project seeks to involve every UAndes Student in the innovation world. It shall start by motivating students from the same career to form various groups to determine a neglected problem that is noticeable within their specific area, with the purpose to come up with an innovative way to make a change or improvement to it. Knowing that the week starts on Monday, this same day the groups have to create a project from scratch that solves their specific career problem. During the week experts and professors from the Department of I&E will carry out several activities such as workshop simulations, brainstorming exercises, prototyping sessions, constructive seminars, and many more things. What this does is that every student receives the necessary tools to improve and make adjustments to their initial project. This helps them at the same time to notice the importance of innovation and its understanding. At the end of the week, the project that impresses the board with originality and most importantly the one who satisfies in the best way possible the specific need of the school will be considered in the next year's budget so they can implement their solution or improvement in approximately a year. Along their journey, they will constantly have feedback and support from experts, their professors, their faculty, and Universidad de los Andes.

Strategy #2 “Students´ Innovation Council UANDES”

Challenge: "How might we create a support network among UANDES students, to promote the creation of I&E projects?"

The main objective of this project prototype is to provide the students of “Universidad de los Andes” a support network created by themselves as students, which encourages them to motivate and start an innovation/entrepreneurship project. The main idea is that the group of fellows who will lead this program must have all the necessary resources. So, both leaders and the students who want to participate can carry out their strategies, designs, and final projects. For this, they will have a “Marker-space” which will possess work tables and chairs, blackboards, a comfortable couch, post-its, materials, and restricted access to only those students who have previously registered to participate in it. To carry out this prototype, it will be needing significant funding from the University. For that, we would have to communicate with the person in charge of Innovation at UANDES Aníbal Pinto, and the Students Vice-Rector Francisco Lavín. Who should give us the necessary support to get that financing. Making this prototype happen, would take a period of time of approximately one and a half years. Since it will be necessary to generate material such as cases of real problems, research of international or national programs on I&E, the design and construction of the “Marker-space”, gather the leaders and open an enrollment system to all the students of the University. On the other hand, we would need the approval of the University to reward fellows with the academic benefits mentioned above. Fellows who participate in this program will not only develop projects and I&E tools. But they will also create close bonds, have the opportunity to meet other university students, and work for hand in hand with them and maybe... Change the world.

Strategy #3 “Challenge Course”

Challenge: How might we promote entrepreneurship between students, looking forward to solving real problems on the campus and bringing innovation closer to undergraduates?

This idea will be an extracurricular course target for all undergraduate students in Universidad de los Andes. Provided by a professor of I&E and with knowledge in design thinking, in order to impact with useful tools for the students' life and motivate them to create processes of problem-solving beginning with understanding unmet campus needs. The challenge course is open to every student who wants to know more about I&E having the interest and willpower to improve campus life. The only condition, therefore, is motivation, compromise, and engagement with the course and their team fellows. During the course, fellows will solve real problems on the campus. It could be tangible things, but also immaterial and relevant needs. The strategy to develop the solutions is through challenges (like the marshmallow challenge). With limited time and materials in order to generate brainstorming instances, prototype ideas, and therefore pushing students to create innovative solutions. After that, each group develops and refines its project. The course will reopen each term, in order to ideate in a year, one possible solution for two different issues. The members will develop ideas in groups. So teamwork experience will be the focus for collecting ideas and working in collaboration. The best idea developed until the end of each term will be considered for the budget next year. This course will be an instance for recreation, ideation, and learning, to become engaged students with their campus and empathizing with their university fellows.

Strategy #4 “Student´s Council´s I&E in charge and Faculty Mentor”

Challenge: “How might we promote I&E around students with the university's collaboration?”

This project consists of adding a person to each Faculty´s Student´s Councils who will be in charge of the I&E area. This person will locate all those students who want to innovate or have an idea in order to assess them and contact them with someone who would help them. At the same time, there should be a person per Faculty who would based on his or her experiences in I&E, could act as a Mentor for those students who want to pursue an idea. The Faculty Mentor and the I&E in charge will be in constant communication in order to achieve the goal of promoting I&E inside the Faculty. This Faculty Mentor would also have periodic meetings with the university's Innovation Department, in order to facilitate communication between schools and the I&E area. These three components will be the base for promoting I&E around students. By having not only a Student's Council member but also a Faculty member working constantly in each school, we could change the perspective that innovation is only for graduates or faculty members, but everyone that has an idea and that the university will provide help and assessment by the three components mentioned before.

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