Design Thinking Innovators Camp 2

The “Design Thinking Innovators Camp II” repeated the program of DTIC I and, just like the first camp, included lectures and hands-on workshops on theory and practice of design thinking, empathy development, ideation, idea prototyping, testing and iteration. The comprehensive curriculum was delivered by leading experts in design thinking and problem-solving. For example, the prototyping session was led by Will Krause, an Emmy Award nominee for his design work at Sesame Street. Additional sessions focused on enhancing such key skills as value proposition development and customer identification (using the famous Lego Serious Play method), 3D modeling, efficient public speaking, team building and pitching. 

 

"These two weeks have given me what I usually sought for months. I realized that there are a lot of people like me. And it means that I have to work really hard going forward. But there also are people who believe in me. If in the future I won't open a multimillion dollar company, all the hundreds of books that I have ever read, will be in vain. But having come so far, can I just give up now?"

Aynura Kubasheva
Program Participant

Design Thinking Innovators Camp 1

Silicon Valley Innovation Center organized a 2-week educational summer camp for top high school students from a network of innovative public schools in Kazakhstan - Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools. The “Design Thinking Innovators Camp” included lectures and hands-on workshops on theory and practice of design thinking, empathy development, ideation, idea prototyping, testing and iteration. The comprehensive curriculum was delivered by leading experts in design thinking and problem-solving. The program also included sessions on such vital skills as value proposition development and customer identification (using the famous Lego Serious Play method), efficient public speaking, team building, pitching and 3D modeling. During the solution testing phase each student practiced giving constructive criticism and reviews on each other’s project. 

 

Thank you SVIC, the program provided valuable hands-on experience on design and critical thinking. I’ve gained a new perspective on the world, both from the discussions in class as well as from all the people I’ve met from leading companies and innovation centers.

NIS students

Startup Camp: Incubation and Acceleration of Innovative Projects

Silicon Valley Innovation Center recently organized a three-week startup camp for the Kazakh winners of the KazINNO competition held by the National Agency for Technological Development for innovative projects in the spheres of IT, biotech, energy and agriculture. They took part in the program of accelerated development and incubation of innovative projects over the period from October 26 through November 15, 2014.

 
 

"Thank you to the Silicon Valley Innovation Center for hosting Kazakhstan’s top startups and organizing a high quality accelerator program for them. It was very informative and useful. The program provides new entrepreneurs with a large variety of hands on workshops, presentations and open discussions, mentorship, and practical training on technical, business and fundraising topics. SVIC is an excellent place to exchange ideas and expand your network."

Bahit Tuleev
Managing Director, NATD