Thanks for the feedback Jawad Ali . I read up on the MedTech Innovation Course you worked on. I like the collaboration of three different sources to meet a goal. The sources can offer different resources to the others while helping achieve a common purpose, which is ideal for both of our ideas. This allows a beneficial relationship, but my only concern is with the start-up (Alafair Biosciences) needing engineering expertise. Will the biomedical engineering students being offering the expertise and, if that's so, will the students have enough experience to assist the start-up? Other then that, your idea is definitively more robust than mine. I would love to see more from it.
Hey Isaac Jumba ! The two ideas you linked are interesting concepts. The Design Thinking Workshops and Startup masterclasses is something I would love to see implicated in the school system. The skills and opportunity you could offer to students is definitely needed in today's world. My idea (PKP) greatly resembles your Solve4Work. It's important for students to have experience working with current problems today in different industries.
I focused on past projects for two reasons: legal use of student services and testing of problem solving/creativity. I am unaware if it is possible to have students work on a current project for a business without being a employee of that business. There could be legal issues involving a business profiting from the student idea's or liability if the idea leads to damage of property or an individual. Working of past projects avoids those possible issues since the project isn't current. Also, this adds an extra level of difficulty for the students because the project was completed in the past. Students will have to use various resources, mentors, and lessons learned in class to change the project without affecting the result. This will teach flexibility and critical thinking; it will also strength their understanding of class material. These skills are valuable for any business.
Thanks for the links Kate Rushton ! I never knew a site like Mindsumo existed. As for your earlier question involving state-of-the-art equipment, one benefit of PKP is the relationship between business and university. The two must have a connection of contribution so both parties can truly benefit. For example, a company can provide any available equipment while the university provides transferable training/skills to the students for said company. The final exam project will demonstrate the students' new found skills to company reps.