HP4152: Ideation, Innovation, and Invention
From Fortune 50 corporations to garage start-ups, open innovation has become a standard practice for overcoming challenges, developing solutions, and bringing new products to market. In this course we will learn and apply various innovation techniques to develop and refine REAL potential solutions to REAL targeted challenges facing companies and communities in Wyoming. With sufficient skill, determination and some luck, these solutions may result in products, start-ups, or intellectual property. Where relevant, we will learn to use our University maker space resources to prototype and to put our ideas into practice.
This course is primarily experiential—the learning and ideas you come away with will be driven by your interests and imagination as we work to learn and implement the concepts and best practices for innovation. We will use open innovation process to ideate, vet, and present Wyoming solutions to Wyoming problems.
My name is Chris Rothfuss. I’m a Professor in the Honors College and your primary instructor for this course. I’ve been a consulting inventor for over 15 years and have translated that experience into an upper division, interdisciplinary Honors Course called Ideation, Innovation and Invention. I’m excited to deliver this course again, for the first time with support from the Wyoming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and with community partners Plenty, Net Zero Homes, and the City of Laramie.
The below challenges are drawn from all disciplines. We build multidisciplinary teams to provide diverse perspectives while innovating. We will benefit from a broad range of backgrounds and interests – all majors are welcome!
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