Too many ideas go unfunded and untested at our university while countless resources within our network remain untapped. Physical distance and siloed departments prevent individuals with similar interests and shared goals from working together. As it stands, there is currently no one place to go when seeking collaborators for projects and proposals.
Using familiar aspects of existing sites, including Reddit, Kickstarter, and Amazon, our team is working to build the Innovation Engine, a platform optimized to foster opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration amongst faculty, staff, and students. In this presentation, you’ll hear from the Innovation Engine’s lead designer regarding the design and development process thus far and the future implications for this tool at Penn State. Broad discussion will be facilitated regarding future development and use cases for the tool.
What you’ll learn:
- Building a new tool from scratch
- How a three-person team took on a grand endeavor
- Where we failed and what we learned from that failure
- The current state of the tool and its potential
- The great need for connections at a large R1 university