A few months after the birth of our first i.Lab, we began working with outside organizations and sharing our lessons learned. One of the first questions we were asked was “can you send us your innovation checklist?” We really didn’t have a checklist at the time and actually thought that writing a checklist went against the whole idea of innovation.
Before the course started we were given the opportunity to pitch an idea for a business to our classmates through an online forum. The pitches ranged from launching an affordable middle school gardening program to supply students with fresh vegetables to a program to accelerate language learning by incorporating virtual reality. Once the class started we voted on our favorite ideas and then small project teams were formed to transition the idea from ideation to implementation using the lessons learned each day.
Stanford IGNITE is a certificate program in entrepreneurship and innovation developed by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. The primary target for the course is post graduate students working on master’s degrees or PHDs from the graduate schools at Stanford who want to learn how to commercialize the ideas from their research.
The 9th Intelligence Squadron hosted a four-person team from Stanford University’s Hacking 4 Defense class, Apr. 20, 2018. The non-profit organization, H4D’s purpose is to generate problem-solving cooperation between academia and the Department of Defense. This specific team’s goal is to help the Air Force through the continuous improvement processes associated with the conversion of traditional film for use on a digital platform associated with the aerial imagery process, exploitation and dissemination from the Optical Bar Camera that flies on the U-2 aircraft.