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Design Thinking programs 2014/2015

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Design is A Conversation | Valentina Auricchio

MAY 27, 6PM

Design is A Conversation | Denis Santachiara

MAY 23, 6 PM

Design is A Conversation | Markus Nordberg (CERN)

MAY 16, 6PM

Languages of Innovation

Educational Workshops

Challenge Based Innovation Gala

Live streaming from CERN

Steven Gedeon | Entrepreneurship is like learning to play the guitar...

Design is a Conversation

David Sirkin | The center of User-centered design: Needfinding

Design is a Conversation

Christophe Vetterli | Design Thinking at University of St.Gallen

Inauguration of classes for the academic year 2012/2013

Fabrizio Pierandrei | Today's Special: Design is Conversation

Design is a Conversation

Isabel Creuznacher | Teaching creativity in different cultures

Design is a Conversation

Mark Cutkosky | New ways of thinking about things

Design is a Conversation

Matteo Vignoli | A story of failure and hope

The third video of the "Educate to Innovate" event is available

Rethinking Education | Reggio Emilia Model

Extract from the Italian Architecture & Design Magazine Ottagono

Design is a Conversation | Mark Cutkosky

APR 22, 6 PM

Design is a Conversation

The Education to Innovation from five different perspectives

Design is a conversation | Isabel Creuznacher

MAY 6, 6:00 PM

Design is a Conversation | Fabrizio Pierandrei

MAY 13, 6:00 PM

Design is a Conversation | Steven Gedeon

MAY 20, 6:00 PM

Design is a Conversation | David Sirkin

MAY 27, 6:00 PM

Design Thinking Program Application 2015/2016

NEW DATES! --- SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED (see below)

Dear student,

Next year don’t miss the opportunity to take part to our very exciting international programs,†ME310 SUGAR†(partnering with†Stanford University) and†Challenge-Based Innovation†(partnering with†CERN).

In this courses, by experiencing real world innovation challenges and by working side by side with very innovative companies, you will learn Design Thinking methods and tools (the Stanford Design Innovation Process that was pioneered by IDEO and that has fueled much of the entrepreneurial culture in the Silicon Valley) and you will acquire the skills necessary to be global innovation leader.

ME310/SUGAR†is an academic year long project-based design engineering course that began at Stanford University and has been operating continuously for over forty years.

In ME310, you will work on innovation challenges in multicultural and interdisciplinary teams, going through an intense and iterative process of needfinding, ideation, and rapid prototyping to create and develop new product concepts. (see†video)

Duration:†9 months (from October to June)

Challenge Based Innovation†– CBI – is a course of Human-Centric Product Design developed and conducted in collaboration with CERN. The mission of the program is to “develop highly futuristic, technologically feasible ideas that have the potential to challenge the status quo in global issues”. You will face innovation challenges where the futuristic technologies developed in CERN are applied to human centric problems. (see†video)

Duration:†8 months (2 projects from September to April)

Both programs will give you the opportunity to†experience true global collaboration, by working in†multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. In fact, the selected candidates usually come from a large spectrum of disciplines (to name a few from the last year: Mechatronics Engineering, Management Engineering, Psychology, Communication, Physics, Art and Design).

This is why we encourage students from all Unimore departments to apply for the courses.

The selected teams of students will work at the Design Loft at the Department of Science and Methods for Engineering in Reggio Emilia and they will take part to international trips in California (ME310/SUGAR team) and in Switzerland (Challenge Based Innovation team).

Scholarships to cover travel and prototyping costs are available for all participants.

The project can also be considered as internship and thesis work.

Important dates (UPDATED):

July 7th:†public presentation of last year projects (find flyer†here)

July 12 th July 27th†:†applications submission deadline

July 13th†-17 th July 28th†-31th†:†interviews

September 7th:†Kick-off CBI (CERN - Geneva, Switzerland)

October 23rd:†Kick-off ME310 (Stanford University - Palo Alto, California)

To apply, please send an e-mail to†dt@unimore.it†including:

1. Your CV (max 2 pages) - Include your picture, expertise, competences, experience, interests..

2. Letter of motivation (max 1 page). Tell us about you, why you would like to join the DT program, and which course you like most (ME310 or CBI).

3. link to a youtube video (max 2 min) where you introduce yourself and your passion

You will then be informed via email about an invitation to the interview round.

Any questions email us at†dt@unimore.it†or†matteo.vignoli@unimore.it

Best Regards

Matteo Vignoli

Food Innovation Program

The† University of Reggio Emilia ,†the† Institute for the Future †and the† Future Food Institute †have come together to create the† Food Innovation Program , a 10-month master’s program (from March to December 2015) offered to Italian and international participants interested in developing dynamic careers in the food industry.


The first phase of the Master’s will be theory based and will be carried out at the†Tecnopolo of the University of Reggio Emilia, lead by a faculty of international acclaim including†Caleb Harper, founder of the†MITCityFarm Project†and a strategic foresight practitioner from Institute for the Future will teach methods for systematically thinking about the future of food as well as various international opinion leaders and successful entrepreneurs who have been inspired by the “Reggio Approach” developed in Reggio Emilia, which promotes creativity and interests in learning.

The second phase of the Masters will be hands-on and will be carried out over a 5 month span in various laboratories in the†Officucina, a maker space created specifically for the Food Innovation Program. This will be the phase where participants will be able to create and put to the test their innovative product or service prototypes through a series of challenges launched by partnering companies. Participants will be given the opportunity to take part in Foresight engine and hackathons that will involve the public and the business community in disruptive experiences throughout the entire period of†EXPO 2015. This will be the defining period: 5 months of intense laboratory training at one of the most anticipated EXPO events where participants have the chance to become game changers and contribute to the innovation of global issues and bring about positive feedback loop to society.

5 Courses will compose the full-time program structured in 1500 hours that combine Design Thinking and Foresight Thinking, fueled by a well integrated multidisciplinary and technically advanced faculty.

The lectures of the program will be given by renowned international Professors, Entrepreneurs, Opinion Leaders, Policy Makers and Social Entrepreneurs and the students will also experience learning by doing sessions in the Officucina. It is an exclusive maker space for food innovators. The Officucina will offer a creative learning experience for students to develop their prototypes. The first three months will be in Reggio Emilia and then in Milan during† EXPO Milan 2015: feeding the planet, energy for life . A series of stimulating and dynamic workshops will be carried out in the ”Officucina”, a state of the art kitchen inspired makerspace for prototyping innovative products and services. Specifically created for the program, the Officucina is a unique space that blends culinary tools with†3D printers, laser cutters, sensors, Arduino,†and more.

Admission is open till February 6, 2015.† Applicant must provide the following items:

•†Curriculum Vitae
•†Video
•†Motivational letter

Academic requirements for course admission and relative titles (degree(s)/pre-reform; title(s)/year of graduation; title(s) of degree/masters).† Graduates in technical subjects, natural sciences, health sciences, economics and jurisprudence are eligible to apply as well as graduates in humanities.Degree obtained according to the previous system DM 509/99Degree attained in compliance with DM 509/99Degree attained in compliance with DM 270/04.† Title of equal value and recognized as equivalent by the Scientific Council, for the sole and limited purpose of the course.† Staff currently working in companies in the sector and industry professionals may be admitted to the course as auditors, and will receive a certificate of participation but not the accreditation of the master program.

€ 7500……. Tuition fee

€ 7500……. Tuition fee (for auditors)

10 Scholarships will be awarded based on candidate assessment. Candidates must specify in their motivation description what type of scholarship they would require, specific needs and include a description themselves, their personal ambitions and entrepreneurial aspirations. Here are the following are the scholarships available:

•†5 full scholarships†(7.500€)

•†5 partial scholarships covering 50% tuition†(3.750 € tuition rate)

SCIENTIFIC† COMMITEE

Prof. Matteo Vignoli (Director of the Food Innovation Program)
Prof. Diego Maria Macrž
Ms. Sara Roversi (Future Food Institute)
Mr. Francesco Bombardi (REI – FabLab)
Mrs. Marina Gorbis (Institute for the Future)
Mr. Nicoletta Cavazza (UNIMORE)

further details on† FOODINNOVATIONPROGRAM.ORG

Design Thinking programs 2014/2015

Dear student,

Design Thinking is the Stanford Design Innovation Process that was pioneered by IDEO and that has fueled much of the entrepreneurial culture in the Silicon Valley. At the heart of the process is the notion that in order to innovate, one must understand the needs of the user and the context surrounding the design.

In this course, by experiencing real world innovation challenges and by working side by side with very innovative companies, you will learn Design Thinking methods and tools and you will acquire the skills necessary to be global innovation leaders.

This year we will be running 2 exciting programs,†ME310 SUGAR†(partnering with†Stanford University) and†Challenge-Based Innovation†(partnering withCERN).

ME310/SUGAR†is an academic year long project-based design engineering course that began at Stanford University and has been operating continuously for over forty years.

In ME310, you will work on innovation challenges in multicultural and interdisciplinary teams, going through an intense and iterative process of needfinding, ideation, and rapid prototyping to create and develop new product concepts. (see†video)

Challenge Based Innovation†– CBI – is a course of Human-Centric Product Design developed and conducted in collaboration with CERN. The mission of the program is to “develop highly futuristic, technologically feasible ideas that have the potential to challenge the status quo in global issues”. You will face innovation challenges where the futuristic technologies developed in CERN are applied to human centric problems. (see†video)

Both programs will give you the opportunity to†experience true global collaboration, by working in†multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. In fact, the selected candidates usually come from a large spectrum of disciplines (to name a few from the last year: Mechatronics Engineering, Management Engineering, Psychology, Communication, Art and Design).

This is why we encourage students from all Unimore departments to apply for the courses.

Each participant will be granted with a scholarship to fully cover travel expenses.

Important dates:

September 2th:†applications submission deadline

September 3rd-5th:†interviews

September 14th:†Kick-off CBI (CERN - Geneva, Switzerland)

October 23rd:†Kick-off ME310 (Stanford University - Palo Alto, California)

To apply, please send an e-mail to†dt@unimore.it†including:

1. Your CV (max 2 pages) - Include your picture, expertise, competences, experience, interests..

2. Letter of motivation (max 1 page). Tell us about you, why you would like to join the DT program, and which course you like most (ME310 or CBI).

3. link to a youtube video (max 2 min) where you introduce yourself and your passion

You will then be informed via email about an invitation to the interview round.

Any questions email us at†dt@unimore.it†or†matteo.vignoli@unimore.it

Design is A Conversation | Valentina Auricchio

Closing event of the series "DESIGN IS A CONVERSATION" 2014 and a new point of view to discuss about how to educate to innovate: Collaboration.

We will meet Valentina Auricchio, co-director at Ottagono magazine, former director of the Design Research Center of the European Institute of Design (IED), PHD of the Politecnico di Milano.

If we could look at these years from the future and identify on e of the main concepts that have lead innovation, that could probably be collaboration. Open source, fablabs, international networks, facebook, these are only a few ideas and platforms that have generated a huge change in the worldwide development in the past years. Through a series of real examples, the speech will demonstrate how one of the main goals of design thinking is to facilitate collaboration to enable innovation.

Live Streaming here

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Design is A Conversation | Denis Santachiara

Third event of the series "DESIGN IS A CONVERSATION", with a new point of view to discuss about how to educate to innovate.

We will meet Denis Santachiara, self-taught creator and designer . Born in Campagnola (Reggio Emilia), he now works with the most important brands in international design. He launched his career in 1980 and was instantly attracted by the poetic-linguistic potential of the† artificial world and new technology. His works are included in the permanent collections of MOMA in New York, the Louvre in Paris, the National Museum of Modern Arts in Tokyo, the Vitra Museum of Weil-am-Rhein in Germany, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou of Paris, and the Museum of Design in Milan. He also teaches design at NABA Milano.

We will have the opportunity to explore the roots of design, and understand how the combination of design and technology could generate aesthetic processes in an industrial context. As an artist, explorer, researcher and craftsman, Denis will focus on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to interpret and renew the world.

Live Streaming here

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Design is A Conversation | Markus Nordberg (CERN)

Second event of the series "DESIGN IS A CONVERSATION", with a new international speaker and a new point of view to discuss about how to educate to innovate.

We will meet Markus Nordberg, Development & Innovation, CERN (DG-DI-DI). He has been the Resources Coordinator of the ATLAS Experiment, one of the large physics experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). ATLAS is a global project with more than 3000 active members. Now he is responsible of the development of IdeaSquare, a new collaborative framework.

Live Streaming here

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Languages of Innovation

In Reggio Emilia, the birthplace of one of the most influential educational approaches of the world, is well known: the expression more spontaneous and full of thought passes through a multitude of languages ??and tools. From the synergy of motorial, cognitive, and affective†expressions,†the pleasure of creative attitude derives. That is a necessity†in any activity that aims at†generating innovation.

For this reason, we have organized a series of workshops and seminars with the aim of exploring crossing and multivalent skills,†and giving†everyone the opportunity to discover and nurture their creative strengths. The contents examined are therefore oriented to the interdisciplinarity between science, humanities and arts. It starts next week, with the workshop "Storytelling for Images" and "Creative Computing"!

Registration is required:†

David Sirkin | The center of User-centered design: Needfinding

The last video of the series†Design is a Conversation†is out with the†talk of† Prof.† David Sirkin† about how to start an innovation process with the human at the center.

David Sirkin studied Computer Science and Mnagement at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently he is PhD at Center for Design Research in Stanford and visiting Professor at ETH in Zurich. His research is focused on how people can communicate through gestures and how those gestures can be translated into human-machine interactions.


Challenge Based Innovation Gala

Friday 7th of March the first CBI - Challenge Based Innovation pilot program will come to an end with the presentation of the final prototypes during a Gala event at CERN.

Our students from University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with students from† Aalto University (Finland) and NTUA - National Technical University of Athens (Greece), are going to present their final projects after five months of ideation, need finding, prototyping and testing…and several trips to CERN.

Students were divided in two teams with two specific challenges, one related to the topic of collaboration among complex and distributed teams and the other addressing the learning in autistic subjects.

The two†multi-disciplinary student teams were inspired and supported by† CERN researchers connected to the†EDUSAFE†&†TALENT†projects: students could thus discover CERN cutting-edge technologies and be inspired by them to find a creative solution for their challenges, by applying design thinking and creativity.

We are going to be live-streamed†here:†http://webcast.web.cern.ch/

Steven Gedeon | Entrepreneurship is like learning to play the guitar...

The fourth video of the series†Design is a Conversation†is available.

The†inspiring and motivational talk made by† Prof.† Steven Gedeon† about entrepreneurship shows us how we can change the world by changing ourselves first.