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    OBI - Developing an idea sharing platform for online collaboration and distributed student projects

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    Online Base Innovation (OBI) is a development project to create and test a scalable online platform to support globally distributed learning, collaboration and concept development. OBI development is coordinated by IdeaSquare, an innovation experiment at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. This paper will focus on defining the initial steps and structure for setting up a comprehensive online collaboration platform to support multidisciplinary development projects, and also to optimise the learning experience and collaboration efforts for the participating students. The empirical work is based on research during an earlier, more co-located project called Challenge Based Innovation @ CERN. To make sure that such an approach can work in a wide range of extreme engineering challenges, IdeaSquare is starting to collaborate in a couple of engineering-driven pilot projects to continue improving and developing OBI

    IT Lightning Talks: session #2

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    IdeaSquare is a new pilot project meant to connect people inside and outside CERN to work together and helping the CERN-inspired innovations to create positive impact on society. We started our work last October with a five-month student project, Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) that has gathered some quite nice feedback along the way (http://cern.ch/go/wmM7), but is only one of our activities. Our big goal is scaling this collaboration up for different kinds of people all around the world to participate easily. We want to start by providing the student engineers, industrial designers and economists in the next round of CBI-course with better tools and services for working together and sharing their ideas. And in the long run, we want to create a scalable system that would allow a lot more people to work together and learn in similar constructive projects in the future. What are the tools at CERN we should use during the next round of CBI - Sharepoint, Vidyo, Owncloud, social.cern.ch... and something else? Interested to get involved in planning the next steps

    Challenge Based Innovation gala

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    Challenge Based Innovation gala &nbsp; There&rsquo;s a new experiment starting in CERN called IdeaLab where we work together with detector R&amp;D researchers to help them to bridge their knowledge into a more human, societally oriented context. Currently we are located in B153, but will move our activities to a new facility next to the Globe in May 2014. One of our first pilot projects is a 5 month course CBI (Challenge Based Innovation) where two multidisciplinary student teams join forces with Edusafe &amp; TALENT projects at CERN. Their goal is to discover what kind of tools for learning could be created in collaboration with the two groups. After months of user interviews and low resolution prototyping they are ready to share the results with us in the form of an afternoon gala. We warmly welcome you to join us to see the students&#39; results and experience the prototypes they have conceived. The event is in three parts, you are welcome to visit all of them, or just the one(s) that your personal schedule allows. For the remote participants, the presentations (part 1) wil be available through a CERN webcast (webcast.cern.ch) 14.30 - 16.45 (GMT+1). &nbsp; Part I 14.30 Project presentations at&nbsp;222 Filtration plant Part II 17:00 Prototype demonstrations at B153 Part III 19:00 The afterparty at B153 &nbsp; For more information Challenge Based Innovation course blog CBI introduction video CBI contact Tuuli Utriainen ([email protected]) or Lauri Repokari ([email protected]) IdeaLab contact Harri Toivonen ([email protected]) &nbsp; &nbsp; <br /

    Mixing design, management and engineering students in challenge-based projects

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    The aim of this work is to describe and discuss the benefits and limitations that have been detected along two iterations of a learning experience that has been carried out by three institutions located in Barcelona: Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), ESADE Business School and UPC-Telecom BCN. Design, management and ICT engineering students are mixed together in multidisciplinary teams to face a design challenge along a semester. The framework of these projects is the Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) program, a structure promoted by CERN in which students from different disciplines and countries are challenged to design solutions to social needs following the Design Thinking approach. The international and multidisciplinary teams perform several stays (four weeks in total) at IdeaSquare (http://ideasquare.web.cern.ch/), a creative environment built at the CERN Meyrin site, in Switzerland. They also devote a weekly working day in their home institutions along a semester. In that day they work in multidisciplinary teams with coaching from faculty of the three institutions. While at IdeaSquare, the students consult with scientists and knowledge transfer experts about their challenges and about the possible use of CERN technologies in the proposed solutions. The challenges are quite open and, according to the Design Thinking methodology, the students follow several divergence-convergence phases: they devote approximately one third of the time identifying relevant needs into the challenge scope and choosing one of them. Another third identifying possible solutions for the chosen need and converging to a single one through low-resolution prototyping and testing. Finally, the last third is spent exploring the business aspects and possible technological implementations of the solution and developing a functional prototype, able to provide a proof of concept of the idea. All students (6 per team) participate in all phases of the design process. The evident benefits of this multidisciplinary approach are the enrichment of the ideation process thanks to the coexistence of different points of view and the ability of going deeper in the different aspects of the implementation respect of the separate capabilities of each partner. Although the whole experience has several interesting aspects, the aim of this paper is to emphasize the aspects related with engineering education. A constructive confrontation between Design Thinking and Analytical Design approaches arises and several tradeoffs have to be set. Usually, the UPC engineering students start their regular projects from requirements defined by the faculty or by external stakeholders, and often with a-priori restrictions about the technology. In this experience, however, they participate in the conceiving phase but have less time to develop completely a complex final product and to learn about technology along this process. On the other hand, the ability of developing disruptive and high-impact solutions is higher with this approach, although engineering students tend to take into account technology restrictions even in the early phases of the process. The review of relevant literature on design approaches and on challenge-based learning, the considerations about the benefits, limitations and tradeoffs and the lessons learnt will be developed in the extended version of this paper.Peer Reviewe
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