Sustainable Vision Connect 2013 Agenda

Building strong(er) educational programs around technology invention &
innovation for poverty alleviation

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AGENDA for SUSTAINABLE VISION CONNECT 2013

March 21, 2013 | Washington, DC 

 

1:15-1:45 pm  Participant Check-in & Poster Session

1:45-2:00 pm  Welcome & Introduction

2-3:30 pm  Unpanel Session: Education program models conversation

Launching a Program: Vision and strategy
Facilitators:
Ben Linder, Associate Professor of Design and Mechanical Engineering, Olin College
Amy Smith, Founder, D-Lab, MIT
The discussion will focus on the vision and strategy required in building an affordable design and entrepreneurship program at universities. Amy Smith and Ben Linder will discuss how they started their programs at MIT and Olin respectively, as well as their work together in starting programs internationally through IDDS (International Design and Development Summit). They will also address the complex relationship building within the university and how to get administrative and funder support.
 
Choosing Program Structure
Facilitators:
Khanjan Mehta, Director, HESE, Penn State
Carl Hammerdorfer, Executive Director, CASE, Colorado State
 
Khanjan Mehta and Carl Hammerdorfer have a wealth of experience in creating new programs both in the US and East Africa. They will give examples of successful curricular and extracurricular program elements and discuss how experiential learning, usercentered design, and entrepreneurship are built into their programs. They will also addres how you engage students and other resources on campus, how do you build a supportive educational and entrepreneurial ecosystem
 
Getting to Market: Translating the inventions to products and services
Facilitators:
Saida Benhayoune, Director, D-Lab Scale-Ups MIT
John Gershenson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
 
This is the hard part! Saida Benyahoune and John Gershenson will discuss bridging the gap between projects that start within the university walls and the customers and end-users the innovations are designed for. The will provide several examples of successes, failures and lessons learned.
 
The Secret to Successful Partnerships
Facilitators:
Maria Oden, Professor in the Practice of Engineering Education, Rice University
Anand Narayan, Co-founder, SELCO Labs

Maria Oden and Anand Narayan will share their experience in setting up and maintaining successful partnerships between universities, for profit businesses, NGOs, clinical and government partners. University-based programs working beyond their campuses need strong local partners in order to be effective. These partnerships ensure access to markets, understanding the cultural context and connections to field testing, manufacturing and local entrepreneurs.

3:30-4:00 pm  Break
 
4:00 pm  Investor Panel
One of the biggest hurdles to getting innovations out of the university and into the market is bridging the gap between the classroom and field-based projects to implementation and scale. These panelists represent a range of funders who support early to mid-stage individuals and ventures. The discussion will include how their organizations assess a project/venture to invest in, what their funding mechanisms look like, and what they expect from their investments.

Moderator: Sara Farley, COO, Global Knowledge Initiative

Panelists:
Jill Boezwinkle, Grants Management Specialist, USAID Development Innovation Ventures
Victoria Fram, Director of Operations, Village Capital
Paul Breloff, Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab
 
5:15 pm  Wrap up

5:30 pm  Welcome Reception

7:00-9:00 pm  Dinner at Brasserie Beck with keynote speaker Ashifi Gogo, founder of Sproxil