Temple University’s Fox School of Business is kicking off something of a coming out party this week for the Center for Design and Innovation, which debuted last fall. To do so, the center is hosting a Design Week challenge for its students and, on Friday, hosting a free, day-long conference around innovation, called incitexchange [RSVP here].
Led by eager Director Youngjin Yoo, the center is meant to offer students “cross-disciplinary, action-orientated education” programs and feature driven research meant to foster a better Philadelphia through design, management and technology.
“[The Center] attempts to bring design, technology and management together to re-think our management education and practice,” Yoo said. “In particular, we are very interested in leveraging design and innovation in order to transform our cities.”
Kicking off this afternoon as the first major CDI initiative, the Design Week North Broadband student challenge has nearly 100 students from six schools working in teams competing to create the most actionable, innovative solutions for job creation and infrastructure concerns along North Broad Street.
On Friday, the Design Week comes to a close with incitexchange, a day-long conference on design, innovation, management and technology by way of short, individual presentations, panels and collaborative acts. The conference is free, RSVP on Facebook. Speakers include Mayor Nutter, Electronic Ink CEO Harold Hambrose and former City of Philadelphia CTO Allan Frank, who is involved in the CDI planning.
“This is about sharing ideas and making real change,” Yoo said.