The intersection of technology and social processes has changed what it means to “be together.” No longer confined to an engineering team, a company, a market segment or country, we have the opportunity to tap into different groups of people using online tools and processes. While we initially recognized this as “online communities,” the ubiquity and diversity of technology and access has widened our possibilities. When we want to “organize our passion” into something, we have interesting choices. It is time to think about a more diverse ecosystem of interaction possibilities which embrace things such as different group configurations, online + offline, short and long term interactions, etc. In this course we will consider the range of options that can be utilized in the design, testing, marketing and use of engineering products.
In this course, we’ll also begin to pay attention to “The Four i’s of Innovation.” You’ll be learning a lot about these in the coming courses, but consider this a preview.
- The first i is the itch; “a hunch” that there is something going on. This inclination can indicate the sublime starting point for change or an innovation
- The second i is insight; the research framework to base the fundamentals of the innovation on
- The i for idea; the experimenting towards potential solutions (“what if”- approach)
- The final i is for impact; the realization of the changes and innovations.