Teaching Interdisciplinary Innovation in Chile
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Universidad del Desarrollo is one of Chile leading private universities with a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. iCubo is UDD's interdisciplinary innovation institute, created in 2010 by 3 faculties - Design, Engineering and Business, who came together to develop combined, interdisciplinary programs and initiatives. These have included the dLab program, developed originally together with Stanford university's d.school, which teaches final year students how to develop an innovation methodology by working in interdisciplinary teams. Since it's inception, these 3 faculties have now increased to 6 to include architecture, advertising and psychology students in the dlab program. The students spend a full academic year working on challenge based projection, firstly around a central theme (this year the theme is frugal healthcare innovation) and in the second semester with organizations. These organizations have included a diverse mix of multinational companies, start ups and non profit organizations including Sky, a low cost Chilean airline, UC Football Club, CAP (Chilean steel producer), Bitcoin and Cervecerias Chile. In 2016 dLab will teach over 100 students. The program teaches a wide range of concepts including rapid prototyping, intelectual property, need finding, design thinking and ethnographic research techniques. The overriding objective of dLab is to create a mindset of innovation in the students. We want our engineers to remain engineers but appreciate the contribution that a designer can make. Our designers will learn about the importance of including engineering concepts into designs and models and our business majors will understand that bottom line is directly related to competitive advantage developed through innovation.
UDD, interdisciplinary innovation