Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What a Great First Day!


Students worked hard yesterday learning the design thinking process.  They began by conducting the Bridge Design Challenge - a great exercise to learn about the value of prototyping.  They also learned about how to conduct field observations and to identify extreme users.   In the evening, they learned how to conduct an effective brainstorming session.   Here's a great photo of one of our teams practicing brainstorming.  


Friday, January 22, 2016

IDEA 2016 Launches in Three Days!

IDEA 2016 launches on Monday morning, January 25th.   The numbers for this year's program are truly staggering.   Here's a snapshot:

  • 900 students
  • 111 faculty, staff, and student mentors
  • 11 person leadership team
  • 53 alumni mentors
  • 159 judges 
Thank you to all the mentors and alumni participating in IDEA this year!

Stefanos Zenios: Design Thinking is About Doing

Friday, December 11, 2015

Three Things Creative Leaders Do

Check out IDEO partner Tom Kelley's thoughts on what most creative leaders do.  Click here to read his blog post on Harvard Business Review.

Friday, October 9, 2015

IDEA Orientation Sessions

Each first-year student must attend a Bryant IDEA orientation session in early November.  All sessions will take place in Janikies.  The dates and times are as follows:
  • Monday, Nov. 2nd      2:00pm-3:00pm
  • Monday, Nov. 2nd      5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3rd      11:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 5th     4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10th     8:00pm-9:00pm

IDEA program gives first-year student a Hall of Fame moment

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Great First Day!

What a terrific first day at the IDEA Program.   In the morning, all students (850!) participated in the Marshmallow Challenge and watched Tom Wujec's terrific TED talk about that design challenge.  Then the students participated in Myers-Briggs workshops and learned how to work on a team with people of different cognitive styles.  Next, the students participated in a workshop to learn how to conduct user research, specifically field observations.   After a dinner break, students stacked, arranged, and decorated canned goods (to be donated to the RI Food Bank) to build cohort mascots.  The evening ended with a great brainstorming workshop throughout all the halls of the Unistructure, followed by our "Giant Reveal" when all groups learned the design challenges on which they will work for the next two days.  Thanks to all the first years for your hard work throughout the day, and thanks to all the mentors!