Innovation and Technology Class for 2008-2009

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Professor Greg Tangonan and Engineer No Guico pose with the students in the Innovation and Technology Class

Course Description

Though technology plays a very important role in our lives, we seldom reflect on how technology happens or even on how it develops. This course is aimed at students as future technologists, the focus is on strategic thinking and the role of innovation in changing the technical landscape. We address questions like: what makes something hot, how new technologies have developed, what makes for technology into a business success, and how do successful technologies lead to whole new industries? This course surveys themes like technology and society, creation of new technology companies based on new ideas, and global competitiveness. We will need to understand the technical basis of new developments but our objective is to understand the global context of technology development as well.

The course is intended as a capstone course that develops a strategic overview of technology and applying this knowledge to the Philippine scene. This course complements their students' skills in science and engineering disciplines. Being aimed for young technologists at the start of their careers it is supposed to be a fun course rich with student presentations, discussion and interesting reading. The instructor or guest speaker will often times just catalyze student discussion. This class could make learning and investigating new ideas, summarizing new ideas, and judging the potential impact, an integral part of their lifelong learning.


innovclass_picture3.jpg The competitive landscape is changing rapidly, today focused R&D and product development teams in developing companies can compete globally. The origins of the "flattening" of the competitive environment will be a major focus of the class lectures and student presentations. Our efforts will be to understand how these forces affect the Philippines. We will study the strategic role that intellectual property - patenting, licensing, and trade secrets - plays in securing for entrepreneurs their intellectual equity.
Topic revision: r20 - 07 Aug 2008 - 18:00:39 - GregTangonan
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