The course consists of four main modules:
- Intensive weeks which combine lectures, workshops and activities (kick-off week and mid-term intensive)
- Independent teamwork
- Coaching sessions
- Presentations (2 check points and the final presentation)
- Kick-off week:
This week focuses on getting each team started with their challenge and project work. During the week, teams will go once through the full process of understanding the challenge to proposing and testing a solution. The objective is to give the team a kick- start to the project, create a shared understanding of what the project is about and establish a good starting point for the teamwork itself.
The sessions of the Kick-off week include:
- Workshop: Foundations for successful teamwork
- Master Classes of methodologies and tools that you will use as part of your “innovation toolkit” as the followings: Google Sprint, Etnography tools, Lean Startup, Agiles, Design thinking.
- Technical and technological disciplines capsules
- Workshops and teamwork: preparing a project plan
- Each team will also meet with the company representatives of their challenge during the week.
Check Point presentation 1. On the last day of the kick-off week, you will have the first Checkpoint Presentations.
- Mid-term intensive week:
These sessions are focused on creating and testing prototype(s). The objective of this week is to create an idea, design a concept, build and create a prototype and present your insights.
The classes will be a combination of workshops and special capsules, including:
- Ideation techniques
- Prototyping techniques
- Test with users, feedback and insights
- Iteration to move forward the project and its implementation. Business canvas model
Check Point presentation 2. On the last day of the mid-term intensive week , all teams will present their prototypes and results from testing with all the stakeholders.
Independent weekly teamwork
Outside of the two intensive weeks, teams carry out independent teamwork, based on the project plan prepared in the kick-off week and advice provided by the coach.
Each team has their own project coach, whose objective is to support and guide the team throughout the course. The coach will also attend the final presentation and provide feedback on the final deliverables.
Each coaching session is a one-on-one session with the coach and lasts one hour around. This means that both teams working on the same challenge will have their own, separate coaching session. There are four rounds of coaching during the course. The coaches are experienced practitioners working in the field of innovation.
Each team is also supported by a technical coach, his/her goal is to provide advice and guidance regarding the feasibility and prototyping of the technical approach. Technical coaches are experts from UPC in the relevant field of the challenge.
The final presentation will take place on the end of May at the company of the challenge.
Also, for the final presentation, we will organize a rehearsal session where you will receive feedback from the coaches and the faculty.
Final Project Deliverable
- Final presentation slide deck
- Prototype or demo of the solution
- Written final report