Are you looking for a solution to your problem, or a problem for your solution?
At CERN, we develop technologies to fit our needs all of the time. But when we spread these technologies to the rest of the world, we often find ourselves looking for companies that have challenges that fit our solutions. Sometimes that works, other times, it doesn't.
On the 26th of February, the winners of the Royal College of Art (RCA) Grand Challenge will be at CERN. 374 students divided into 74 teams have worked with tutors from CERN to develop solutions to big problems using the Design Thinking methodology and we are proud to announce that two of the winning teams will present their projects to the EM-U community. Afterwards Paul Anderson, Dean of the School of Design will present InnovationRCA, the incubator for graduate students at RCA. The incubator has an impressive track record. 87% of the startups are still active after 5 years and 650 jobs have been created through the design-tech startups.
Welcome to an inspiring hour showcasing what can be created when you think about the problem first, and then design the solution!
...and as always, we head over to R1 at 19:00 for complimentary refreshments and inspiring conversations.
Professor Paul Anderson received his MA in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art in 1986 before working for consultancy firms in London and developing his own practice. He has served as an on-call consultant to government agencies, and is an active member of SPIE and ACM SIGGRAPH. Cultural and academic affiliations include Fellowships of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and the Royal Geographical Society. (from RCAs website: https://www.rca.ac.uk/more/staff/professor-paul-anderson/)