At the end of the course, teams present
their work to a live audience of ~1100 practicing product designers, entrepreneurs, academics, and classmates, as well as a significant live webcast audience—in the tens-of-thousands.
2.009 is about experiencing the process, energy, and excitement of identifying new opportunities, developing products, engineering details, improving design skills, and learning strategies/processes for successful innovation that makes a difference. Some of the key goals follow.
|•||Improve creative-thinking capability.|
|•||Improve ability to identify the significant product opportunities, and to develop appropriate solutions through a structured product development process.|
|•||Improve expertise in constructing models for reasoning about design alternatives. These include estimations, sketches, sketch models, spreadsheets, geometric models, mockups and prototypes.|
|•||Improve engineering expertise and proficiency in techniques for building high quality product models and prototypes.|
|•||Learn about and experience structured methods for working in large teams on a project that requires teamwork to be successful.|
|•||Improve presentation skills using a wide variety of media.|
|•||Develop an understanding of, and enthusiasm for, the engineering activities involved with designing a new product.|
|•||Develop an appreciation for the significance of societal contributions that can be made as a technological innovator.|
The course is organized around the team labs, which are used to define the product development process. See
the lab schedule
for information about how the labs, lecture and project milestones are coordinated. Lab notes with recommended
activities for each week are posted on the course website.
Some components of the grade are individual, some are common to a lab section, and others are shared by an entire team. The project workflow illustrates how two lab sections are combined to make a single team.