Innovation-X: Future of Industry

Imagining the Future

Start-up Lab

  • Fall 2021 INDENG 190E-002

  • Fall 2021 INDENG 290-002

  • Thursdays 2pm-5pm

Instructors and teaching staff:

  • Aleks Gollu, aleksgollu@berkeley.edu - for appointments e-mail or call vcall.link/aleksgollu

  • Ikhlaq Sidhu, sidhu@ berkeley.edu - for appointments, contact Melissa Glass at m.glass@berkeley.edu

  • Course coordinator: Kashish Kharbanda - kashishk@berkeley.edu

Collaborations and Mentors:

  • TBD

Innovation-X: Imagining the Future

Start-up Lab

Innovation-X is an advanced venture project course based on the Innovation Engineering framework, a first-of-its-kind method for guiding innovation projects. Students will learn about the future of key industries and emerging technologies with project tracks in mobile network applications, Future of Work, Reimagining Education, Future of Entertainment, Re-Evaluating the Supply Chain, Advanced Manufacturing 4.0 and other topics from the Berkeley Innovation-X initiative (Innox).

Leveraging advancements in 5G, AI, AR/VR, IoT, faster/better communication, students in the course will imagine the future, develop new concepts, and deliver MVP implementations of startup venture projects based on the insights from Innovation-X Roundtables. Students will work with highly experienced mentors, experts and executives from these industry areas. Projects will focus on “Innovation That Matters” to work on future-focused venture projects that have the potential to make a large impact on industry and society. Imagine the next pandemic, how can we minimize its impact?

Students from all majors, both undergraduate and graduate are welcome. The course benefits students by enabling them to apply their technical and broad skills in emerging areas for new ventures and global innovation. Students will have the opportunity to publish their completed project on the Innovation-X website.

This course is ideal for technical students in data science, CS, engineering, web/mobile applications, and those with varying levels of coding and systems experience. Students from non-technical majors who would like to focus on user experience, customer experience, and social impact may also join as teams will be encouraged to assemble interdisciplinary skills. The course will benefit students interested in product development, applied research, and even product management.

Project Aspects:

The open ended project is the key part of the course. The first half of the course is used to generate a story and low-tech demo for a real-world project. The remaining half if focused on a agile sprints which result in a demonstration of working project code by the end of the course.

Projects may focus on consumer and enterprise applications/services as well as projects that help carriers to deliver better more robust services. Projects are also expected to leverage 5G capabilities and combine them with other technological advances such as AI, IoT, AR/VR, autonomous vehicles, and others.

The course also embeds the behaviors, mindset, and processes for creating just about anything new. Students will be expected to be able to articulate the impact of their project to broader audiences.

This is your chance to pick a project, as opposed to being assigned one! Pick wisely, if it is too hard, you'll have to work hard, if it is too easy, it will show, teams will be called on it.

The midterm and final presentations are judged by industry fellows and mentors.

Audience

The course is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students. It is ideal for technical students in data science, CS, engineering, web/mobile applications, and those with varying levels of coding and systems experience. Places will also be held for non-technical majors who would like to focus on user experience, customer experience, and social impact. Teams will be encouraged to assemble interdisciplinary skills. The course will benefit students interested in product development, applied research, and even product management.

Grading:

The grading of the course is based on the the following factors which have points assigned within the outline of the course:

  • Assigned homework in including project updates

  • Participation for every attended class session

  • Final Project Demonstration

  • Grading is on a curve.

    • 50% A or A-

    • 50% B+ to B

    • Lower grades to be assigned only for outliers from the course grades

Reading:

The project development is based on the development framework of Innovation Engineering, which includes the story development, execution while learning, innovation behaviors, and leadership.

Watching:

  • Videos to be assigned on topics including past Innox roundtables, various tools for the innovation framework, as well as networking architectures, RANs, MIMO, WIFI Alternatives, IoT application, core network architecture, network management.

  • Past Innox Roundtables: https://innox.berkeley.edu/

  • Other material sources: https://innovation-engineering.net

  • https://scet.berkeley.edu/global/open-scet/berkeley-method-of-entrepreneurship-fundamentals/

Check out the projects from the last semester

Where to Watch Innox Videos: https://innox.berkeley.edu/

If you are taking this course you are strongly encouraged to watch as many of the past roundtable videos as possible ASAP. They are a great source of inspiration for project ideas. They will be part of your homework anyway.

Students should research topics of interest on their own in addition to materials in the course.

Course Outline:

The syllabus below is an outline, as the flow of the class is very much dependent on the number of teams and the projects you pick.

Week 1 is all about introductions. For week 2 we'll have you populace a spreadsheet telling us about yourself, your department, your project interests, the skills you bring to the table. This will help you form teams. Along the way we'll help you finalize the teams.

The first few weeks we'll watch the recordings of past roundtables from innox.berkeley.edu to get ideas about real-world problems. There will be mentors and industry sponsors who'll come by to propose broader problem areas you can work on. In class we'll discuss your observations from the roundtables.

By Week 4 we want to have come to a closure on team formation, by week 5 you'll have picked the problem you want to work on - at least the problem/project area which you'll refine through the semester.

Week 6 teams will be expected to do a low tech demo - this means most of what you show as your problem and solution will be in a powerpoint presentation. We'll provide a powerpoint template to get you started.

One tool you'll learn is the innovation navigator (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15ab0ysUnDgzFDQYyG9J9Dn_nXeW--2x2Y1QD_8pWEoM/edit#slide=id.p) which will allow you to create a snapshot of where your project is. You'll update the innovation navigator 4 times through the semester.

Week 7 & 8 we'll do deep dives into your projects and discuss your questions/progress.

Week 9 you'll do a mid-term presentation. By then you should have a full grasp of the problem you are working on, and how you want to solve it. You should have talked to some potential customers to validate the problem, you should also have the beginnings of a Minimum Viable Product.

Weeks 10-13 are your opportunity to talk to more potential customers and to develop your MVP. Ideally you have an early MVP to get feedback from customers. By week 13 we'll be doing dry-runs of your final presentations.

Week 14 we'll take a break and eat some turkey.

Week 15 is the final presentations.

Along the 15 week semester, in 9 of the classes, we'll discuss a chapter from the Innovation Engineering book. In class, we'll go around and everyone will get to discuss one thing they have taken from the chapter, until we have covered all messages in the chapter.

We will also have guest speakers who will talk about various aspects of product development such as UI/UX and User Personas.

Somewhere along the way, you'll also watch the movie startup.com which we'll discuss in class.

You are recommended to watch before class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwCqRgZzr_o


Module 1: Team Formation & Project Formulation

Week 1-Week5

Module 2: Low Tech Demo

Week 6

Module 3: First Sprint

Week 7-8

Module 4: Mid-point - Midterm Presentations

Week 9

Module 5: Second Sprint 7 Dry Runs

Week 10-13

Module 6: Finals

Week 15

The Winner Goes To Collider Cup!

Module 7: Bonus

May 16 - Wrap Up


See final project preparation slides here