Learn Human Centered Design to launch your new enterprise.
This two-day bootcamp is designed to take participants through the process of breaking down a complex problem and turning an idea into an actionable solution and finally making a business model for it.
Ycenter two day programs are truly immersive for participants to learn about Entrepreneurship, Complex Problem Solving and Human-centered design methodology. You will learn, ideate, build and explore new ways to solve real problems using the power of business. You do not need to have a team to participate in this event. Individual registrations are welcome.
The entire workshop is delivered using Experiential Learning Pedagogy, which means as participants you will be engaging in hands-on activities rather than learning only theories. Get a chance to specifically work on your respective project ideas (if any) or pick a problem statement under the context of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
|1||Introduction to Human Centered Design (background)|
|2||Complex Problem Breakdown (activity)|
|3||Introduction to the United Nations SDG Framework (background)|
|4||Introduction to Primary Research using Empathy (activity)|
|5||Market research (background + activity)|
|6||Analogous Metaphor Thinking (activity)|
|1||Creative Problem Solving (background + activity)|
|2||Customer Journey Mapping (background + activity)|
|3||Prototyping Human Centered Solutions and Feedback (activity)|
|4||Business Model Canvas (Ycenter prop Startup Innovation Model SIM)|
|5||Business Pitch using Story-telling (activity)|
As part of our commitment towards creating a global ecosystem of entrepreneurs, innovators and change-makers, all participants will receive continued mentorship for their projects by our global leadership team beyond the workshop.
Insights and mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs in the field.
Dhairya Pujara is the Founder, CEO at Ycenter, he is responsible for building a global ecosystem bringing in corporates, universities, NGOs for creating experiential educational programs. Dhairya is the curator for "Global Shaper Hub Philadelphia" by World Economic Forum. He has been a global TEDx organizer and a sought-after public speaker on entrepreneurship and international development. He delivers keynote and guest lectures in some of the top business schools and conferences around the globe. Dhairya sits on the advisory board for European Commission program LASIN - Latin American Social Innovation network. In 2015, American Immigration granted him an approval for special category work visa reserved for "an individual of extra-ordinary abilities”. He received his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University.
VP Keller is VP of Finance at Queens College. He oversee Budget & Finance, IT, the Tech Incubator, HR, Continuing Education, & etc.. Prior to CUNY, Bill held a number of senior management positions in the public and private sectors. He was a Research Analyst for Gartner, CAO of the Municipal Finance Division of Lehman Brothers and a Management Consultant with Deloitte. He served as the Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Dept. of Information Technology & Telecomm. and as the COO of the Health & Hospital Corporation’s Metropolitan Hospital Center. Bill also served as a NYC Urban Fellow in the Mayor’s Office of Operations and at National Teacher Corps.
Ying is Executive Director, Tech Incubator at Queens College. She is an information technology professional with broad experience in project and program management, risk and quality management, enterprise application security and controls design and implementation, data management, methodologies, and tools. Extensive experience in training program design and delivery to a variety of audiences. Passionate about cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, design and design thinking, emerging technology, entrepreneurship and digital transformation.
Weeks is the Managing Director of the Tech Incubator at Queens College (TIQC), the borough's first Tech Incubator. in this capacity, he is responsible for recruiting diverse external startup companies and managing activities of TIQC by working collaboratively with incubator companies, business clients, QC student interns, economic development entities, and the business community. Weeks Mensah also is the co-founder of Enza Academy-- a platform with a focus to equip low-opportunity, high-potential students of color across America with the tools to empower themselves and change their worlds with technology. Additionally, he was part of President Obama’s White House coalition of community and business leaders who committed to help disconnected youth join the entrepreneurship and technology ecosystem.
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