Priorities:University of Alabama at Birmingham Student Priorities

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UIF Third Cohort Presentation

Strategy #1: Implementing Design Thinking into Courses 

Tactic 1: Gather tools to teach a design mini-series and get the word out (March 2018)

Tactic 2: Hold 4-week mini-series on design thinking in different spaces across campus; Utilize UAB Commercialization Accelerator resources and work with them (April 2018)

Tactic 3: Assemble professors, advisors, and passionate students that will help pursue making this a reality by rallying behind us (June and July 2018)

Tactic 4: Pitch idea of adding design-focused course to department heads (August 2018)

Tactic 5: Prepare a design-focused course to be taught within the next academic term; continue with design mini-series to draw more students in (Septemeber-Novemeber 2018)

Tactic 6: Pitch the idea of adding more core classes with design focus; continue with design mini-series (January and February 2019)

Tactic 7: When 3+ courses are implemented, pitch the idea of adding a minor in design (March 2019)

Tactic 8: Create an interdisciplinary minor in design (August 2019)

Strategy #2: Reinventing the Registration Process

Tactic 1: Research the current registration process from start to end, including identification of current systems. (March 2018)

Tactic 2: Prototype and test 3 different ideas (April 2018)

Tactic 3: Pitch idea of changing registration process to staff (May 2018)

Tactic 4: Develop and refine product for registration (June and July 2018)

Tactic 5: Product in use (August 2018)

Strategy #3: Creating A Venture Capital Fund

Tactic 1: Gain support from administration and on-campus media assets (late April 2018)

Tactic 2: Approach Green and gold Fund for management talent (May-Mid-September 2018)

Tactic 3: Assemble board of inter-disciplinary student leaders (September and October 2018)

Tactic 4: Create legal structure, fund structure, and other enterprise operations (November 2018)

Tactic 5: Gauge student commitment by sending out info through email newsletters (November 2018)

Tactic 6: Raise capital through students (crowd investing platform) (Januaryy and February 2018)

Tactic 7: Invest in student startups (April 2019)

Strategy #4: Bringing Together a Community Network

Tactic 1: Listen in on meetings with Innovation Council (March 2018)

Tactic 2: Advertise Makerspace (March 2018)

Tactic 3: Investigate why people do not use resources and how we can change this (April 2018)

Tactic 4: Prototype and test different ways to reach out to students from each of the colleges and schools (August 2018)

Tactic 5: Join in on meetings with Innovation Council (August 2018)

Tactic 6: Pitch idea of our dream for all students to use all resources (September 2018)

Tactic 7: Hold events that involve all schools and colleges (October 2018)

Tactic 8: Have the department heads meet in the resource spots, then professors, and then eventually students (December 2018)

UIF Fourth Cohort Presentation

Strategy #1: Studio Blazer

  1. Reach out to different students across departments/organizations (i.e., graphic design, marketing, etc.)
  2. Make a survey to determine student lifestyle categories in order to partition the student body for targeted marketing
  3. Implement different methods of advertising (Facebook, Twitter, UAB specific channels, etc.)
  4. Roll out guerilla marketing tactics (billboards, screens, promo walls, etc.)

Strategy #2: Tools of Mass Creation

  1. Make a catalog of all currently available resources
  2. Convert catalog into a visual map
  3. Present materials to involved stakeholders
  4. Get permission from stakeholders to open these spaces to the public at specific times if they aren't already publicly available

Strategy #3: Waste Free UAB

  1. Identify biggest producers of waste on campus
  2. Brainstorm creative ways to reduce/divert that waste
  3. Set up meetings with those organizations/stakeholders to present ideas, discuss feasibility
  4. Create action plan

Strategy #4: Innovators of UAB

  1. Find student talent (student media videographers)
  2. Identify student entrepreneurs to feature
  3. Create series proposal
  4. Propose series

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University of Alabama, Birmingham

University of Alabama, Birmingham Student Priorities

Spring 2018

Haifa AlHarrasi

Alex Plazas

Callista Cox

Joshua Lim

Fall 2016

Hayley Adkins

Kane Agan

Dave Long

Abdallah J. Matta

Joe Freddie Moore

Asutosh Nanda

Jeni Weber

Fall 2015

Rohit Borah

Forrest Satterfield

John Shelley

Murray Ladner

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