MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2016

Day-Long Design Workshop for Budding Entrepreneurs

Carlos Cardenas, Suzanne Schechtman, Maria Yang, Felice Ling

Jan/11 Mon 09:00AM-04:00PM 36-153, CANCELLED
Jan/15 Fri 09:00AM-04:00PM 36-153, Participants must commit to whole session

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/13
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Repeating event, particpants welcome at any session
Prereq: None

So you’ve got an idea for a startup. What’s next? This workshop will show you how to develop and refine your digital product idea for the real world.

Bring your product or digital product challenge to the workshop. Whether all you’ve got is a vague idea for a product, or you’ve already put together a working prototype – bring it, and we’ll work together on it. Maybe you’re passionate about a specific problem, and you want to see what solutions technology can offer. Or maybe you’re just interested in startups and want to help others with their challenge.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use THE MEME Design’s “Idea Engine,” a brainstorming tool designd to help you rethink the relationship between products and users. We’ll break off into teams to work on some of the challenges that workshop attendees (that’s you!) have brought. In tackling these problems, we hope to spur your creative juices and illustrate that creative thinking isn’t just the result of spontaneous inspiration; innovation is often the outcome of otherwise straightforward processes.

Once we’ve settled on some truly innovative ideas, we’ll show you how to take them forward. How do you evaluate ideas, so you know where to spend your time and resources? What should you test for? How do you test it?

Apply at Each session limited to 12 participants. Please show up if you are accepted. Be courteous to your peers on the waitlist, and inform us ASAP if you can’t make it.

Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering
Contact: Felice Ling,