Local business executives invited to UAB’s Innovation Boot Camp

Sessions for business executives will give participants hands-on innovation experience.

Written by: Katherine Shonesy
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innovation bootcamp The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business and School of Engineering are hosting an Innovation Boot Camp for local executives who are interested in learning a process for building and fostering innovation that can be applied to products, services and business design.

The Innovation Boot Camp consists of two-day intensive, experiential sessions aimed at giving participants hands-on practice with innovation techniques. The sessions take place at either the Collat School of Business or the McWane Science Center.

During each session, participants will be part of a small interdisciplinary team engaged in an innovation challenge from start to finish. As a result, they will leave the boot camp with a new mindset about how to break through barriers to innovation.

The Innovation Boot Camp experience will enhance each participant’s ability to drive innovation in his or her organization. The instructors will take a learn-by-doing approach to build creative confidence.

Course instructors are Molly Wasko, Ph.D., and Joel Berry, Ph.D., both UAB faculty. Wasko leads UAB’s Invention to Innovation program and is actively involved in the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Berry is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and teaches techniques of technical innovation in the UAB Honors College Science and Technology Honors Program.

This program is the first of its kind in Birmingham, modeled after the enormously popular Stanford Design School’s Principles of Design Thinking. Total cost for the camp is $1450, and participants can select the session that is most convenient for them from the following dates and locations:

  • May 28-29; Collat School of Business
  • June 6-7; McWane Science Center
  • June 25-26; Collat School of Business
  • July 23-24; Collat School of Business
  • Sept. 17-18; Collat School of Business
  • Oct. 17-18; McWane Science Center

Learn more about Innovation Boot Camp, and register online.