Tuesdays 2:30 – 5:30 pm, Fall 2019
Addressing many of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges requires not only an idea, but a plan to establish a scalable solution. In this project-based course, multidisciplinary teams design innovative, sustainable solutions to global grand challenges related to water supply, energy availability, food/agriculture production, waste management, or public health.
Student teams will identify a specific challenge in Puerto Rico, India or Greater MN, design a product or service, and create a financially viable and impactful business solution. In-field professionals and experts will mentor each team. By the end of the class students will have a well-designed venture plan and will be well-prepared to compete in the Acara Challenge.
Students are expected to use a discovery process, design thinking, ideation and input from field research in solving the challenge. A primary focus of the course is up-front work to identify the “right” problem to solve. The model should be built around the customers’ needs and wants, as they will need to pay for the product or service to achieve a scalable model.
This course is part of the University’s new, innovative Grand Challenge Curriculum.