For Harvard students and teams wanting to test and refine their ideas and ventures, i-lab programming includes a number of resources that place students in less structured environments in order to ‘learn by doing’.
Today's visit was a glimpse into a no longer distant future of NYC. This future includes products and experiences that are deeply attuned to human-centered design, made in co-working and co-creation spaces within companies that are started or fueled by leaders under the age of 35.
Even having grown up in New York City, I never realized the city's economy relies on manufacturing jobs. In fact, there are over 6,000 manufacturing companies in New York City that employ more than 80,000 New Yorkers. Those companies are diverse (78% are people of color and 64% are immigrants), they're small (84% employ less than 25 people) and they're near each other (the Garment Center is still the most dense cluster of industrial jobs in the U.S.)
#ilabnyc began with a quick subway check. "Can we get a Show of hands for who knows the subway system well enough to show others around?" More than half the hands go up. The inaugural i-lab New York City cultural entrepreneurship group was ready.
Today was our first full day on the Silicon Valley i-Lab trip! To hit things off on Monday, we first had an introduction to the world of venture capital funding by Peter Wendell. Mr. Wendell really broke down the field into a few pithy points and really explained the reasons for why Silicon Valley is the technological innovation hub it is today, among other things. I, like those with minimal finance background, greatly appreciated his defining of all those finance/venture funding acronyms and jargon.
Today was the first day of the Harvard i-lab trip to Silicon Valley. Our group of 38 students arrived at in Palo Alto, some more jet-lagged than others, between 1 and 5 PM. After checking in to our rooms and settling in, the group met at 5 PM for our first event – mingling! This was the second time the group was meeting. In December, our group had met for a preliminary “meet and greet” at the i-lab, getting to know other participants and discussing trip logistics. Students spoke to one another and the trip leaders about their varied backgrounds and interests.