Innovation is no longer just for start-ups, and large, established companies can also make innovation a priority. In order to foster hands-on learning, students will be working on projects with technology firms to give them experience designing, building and launching technological solutions.
The underlying theme of this course is Innovating in Existing Organizations. The main component is a small group (~3 students), semester-long, company sponsored project to design and build a working technical product (minimum viable product level). Sponsors will range from small startups to large multinational companies. In addition, the class includes discussions around the key challenges to innovating in existing (often large) organizations, includes guest speakers to discuss their experiences in leading innovation in firms, and substantial time allocated to project work.
Tech Solutions is a required component of the Tech MBA program, and only students in the Tech MBA program are eligible to participate. Current students will receive more information throughout the program.
Past Project Example
"Our team was asked to determine how our client, a boutique cybersecurity firm, could create a product that integrates their firmware security solution directly into their clients' development workflows."
"The first phase of our project involved familiarizing ourselves with our client's product offering and their clientele by conducting interviews with their existing customers and industry experts to get an understanding of the firmware security landscape. The second phase saw us leveraging our findings to devise a solution, which included creating a product storyboard, defining user personas, and crafting a go-to-market strategy."
"At the end of our project, we delivered to our client a minimum viable product consisting of implementable computer code, product wireframes and a positioning pitch that collectively would facilitate the development of the product in full and help them sell it immediately to customers once completed."