Summer Institute

Gain an insight into how technology is used across multiple industries and put into practice tools and techniques used to drive innovation and create new products.

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Summer Institute 2021

Do you want to gain hands on experience running a design sprint while gaining insight into how technology is used in a variety of industries? Interested in putting into practice the tools and techniques used in industry? Summer Institute this year will be a virtual 1 week programme open to all university students from any degree, who have an interest in technology/digital. 

During the programme students will work on creating a solution to a problem using the design sprint methodology and a range of supporting masterclasses. The whole programme will be run by a range of industry professionals at leading companies.

Outcomes:

1) Students will gain hands on experience running a design sprint - the tools, techniques and processes used to innovate in industry
2) Students will gain insights into how technology is used across multiple companies
3) Students will work remotely in groups using a mixture of collaboration tools

Applications OPEN!

Application deadline: Wednesday 30th June 2021 (11:45pm BST) 
Programme dates: Friday 23rd July 2021 - Friday 30th July 2021, typically 9am to 4pm (BST) 
Location: held virtually (you must have access to a computer) 

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Design Sprint Process


1

Understand the problem

2

Solution ideation

3

Decide on solution

4

Prototype the solution

5

Test the solution

Masterclasses


Empathy mapping
Storyboarding
Prototyping
Data visualization
Pitching
Value propositions
Personal branding
Disruptive ideas
Design thinking
Employability

Hosting Companies


Fiserv
Gousto
Shell
IBM
Salesforce

2020 Cohort

During an intense 1 week period in July 2020, 38 students from 13 universities, spanning 6 timezones, took part in a Design Sprint focused on the 10 megatrends. The programme was supported and led by a range of industry professionals and hosted by Finastra, IBM, GSK, Gousto and Salesforce. Due to the pandemic the whole programme shifted to virtual.


2019 Cohort

During an intense 2 week period in July 2019, 16 students from 9 universities created a solution to a problem using the Design Sprint methodology and participated in a range of masterclasses. The programme was supported and led by a range of industry professionals and hosted by Finastra, IBM, UCL, Rise created by Barclays, QMUL, GSK, ViiV Healthcare and Salesforce.


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End of the programme

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Learning about Agile

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Customer validation

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Design Thinking

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Building chatbots

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Final presentations

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Cohort celebration meal

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Ohana at Salesforce

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Values activity

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2018 Cohort

During June-July 2018 the first cohort of Summer Institute students experienced insights into: technology services, financial services and pharmaceuticals. The programme had a range of practical workshops, both technical and soft skill based, alongside a series of insight and career talks. Students also worked on an industry problem statement in which they had to develop and present a solution to industry judges.

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First day at IBM

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Team Building

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Design Thinking and Chatbots

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CV and Interview Workshop

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Learning about Agile

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A day within a FinTech ecosystem

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Last day at GSK

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Cyber Security

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Completed the programme!

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