[The editor sez: this week, we're writing about classes at Stanford that deal with entrepreneurship in one way or another. If you're new to TVB, check out our previous series about where the tech elite eat, and some of the most important accelerators and incubators to watch.]
The Stanford engineers in EE46 are hard at work creating the next big thing. However, unlike those in many other Stanford entrepreneurship simulating classes, the students of EE46 aren’t creating iPhone apps or other cash cows; they are trying to save the world.
Throughout the course, EE46 invites guest lecturers–CEOs of large corporations, founders of NGOs, medical researchers–to inspire the class members as they pursue their respective social missions.
The students are divided into small groups at the beginning of the course. Each group includes students from a range of engineering schools (Computer Science to Product Design and everything in between). The groups are then assigned mentors. One team was recently mentored by a leader of the Innovation Center for the Poor in Ahmedabad India. This group was tasked with creating a practical solution for headloaders in Ahmedabad’s many garment factories. Another team was tasked with creating a system to better preserve fish within Ahmedabad’s many fish markets.
Alex Lee, a Product Design major who took this class this past winter, remarked, “It was an awesome class because it gave us an experience we wouldn’t have gained in a normal class. We were able to solve real problems for real people. Rather than simply doing an assignment, we were addressing a human need.”
To learn more about EE46, check it out here
By TheValleyByte | Posted in EduBytes |
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