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WinterSession/Hack@WPI January 18-24

Monday, January 18, 2021 to Sunday, January 24, 2021

 

Join our reimagined, all-virtual event! This year WinterSession and Hack@WPI are joining forces for an exciting week-long event during winter break where you’re hacking for social good—no coding or computing experience needed! .

The WinterSession skill-building workshops (January 18-20) prepare students for the student-only hackathon (January 22-24) which this year focuses on solving problems right in the Worcester community. It is recommended students signed up for the hack attend the workshops, but anyone in the WPI community is welcome to join the workshops.

 

Event Details

Join the Workshops, January 18–20

Join WinterSession workshops to sharpen your hackathon techniques and get you ready for the challenge! WPI community members are also welcome to join the workshops.

Find out more about WinterSession.

 

Try Your Skills in the Hackathon, January 22–24

This 36-hour hackathon is open to students across the country and from every major. The word “hackathon” is often associated with coding and competition however this year our event will focus on hacking for social good where students develop innovative solutions to real-world problems facing our local Worcester organizations. Build your skills in the workshops and then compete for prizes and money in Hack@WPI’s three-day event.

It is recommended hackathon participants attend the Wintersession skill-building workshops.

 

Find out more about Hack@WPI.

 

Wintersession Workshop Schedule

DAY 1 – MONDAY, JANUARY 18th

Time: 11:00am 

Workshop Name: Value Creation 

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Leonard Polizzotto, WPI Distinguished Executive-in-Residence 

  • Curt Carlson, Founder & CEO of Practice Innovation, WPI Distinguished Executive-in-Residence & WPI Trustee  

Workshop Description: 
Value creation is the process of creating solutions for unmet societal needs that provide more value to customers than any alternative and that satisfy all stakeholders. Value creation is how innovations are developed. 

Why It's Important:
The world’s challenges will only be solved by passionate professionals with essential technical, human, and value creation skills. Value creation is the process for how to make a positive impact on the world.

What You Will Learn:
You will learn how to: identify problems that matter, assemble and work in productive teams, give and receive feedback, convincingly present the value of your initiative, and develop action plans for moving forward. 

Value Creation Workshop Registration
 
 

Time: 5:00pm

Workshop Name:  Teamwork 2.0

Workshop Facilitator:

  • Brent French, Adjunct Teaching Professor of Organizational Behavior, Foisie Business School

Workshop Description: 
The first part of the 21st century is the golden age of small, autonomous teams solving Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) challenges.  Too often teams fail to achieve elite status because of dysfunctional dynamics and the misapplication of 20th century methods.  Using lessons from a three decade military career leading elite units as a Ranger-qualified member of Air Force Special Operations Command, athletic performance and coaching at an international level, and nearly a decade of teaching teamwork and leadership to WPI and Naval War College students, this hour-long workshop offers practical insights on creating an apex team experience. 

Teamwork 2.0 Workshop Registration

 

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, JANUARY 19th

Time: 11:00am 

Workshop Name: Personal Branding: “The Art of You"  

Workshop Facilitator:  

  • Rob Sarnie - Professor of Practice, Foisie Business School, WPI FinTech Collaborative & Wall Street-FinTech Project Center – MQP

Workshop Description:  
Who are you?  
What makes you unique?  
What makes you a superman/superwoman?  
In this workshop you will learn how to analyze your strengths, ask your co-workers how they view you and create a "personal brand", that is unique. If you know your skills, capabilities and competencies and most importantly, the core values that shape you, you can define yourself, you can unlock “the art of you”.

Why is it important to create a "personal brand?"
It's important to promote your brand during all interactions and encounters whether in person or via email or on social media. The 4 key aspects of your brand are your look, how you sound, how you act, and what you believe. "Your brand is your reputation over time." 

Personal Branding "The Art of You" Workshop Registration

 

Time: 5:00pm 

Workshop Name: Design Thinking 

Workshop Facilitator: 

  • Joe Doiron - Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies, Director, United Arab Emirates Project Center, Co-Director, Namibia Project Center, Co-Director, Foisie Sandbox, Co-Director, Center for Global Public Safety (CGPS) 

Workshop Description:  
Design Thinking stresses the importance of cultivating empathy for end users, interpreting and framing problems they experience, creative solution generation, and continuous prototyping and testing. Embedded within Design Thinking is the assumption that we must think “outside ourselves.” Great design doesn’t happen within the four walls of a studio or office. It happens in the real world. 

Why is it important? 
In increasingly complex times, innovation and collaboration skills are becoming vital to businesses, and both principles are essential in Design Thinking. This hands-on workshop will lead you through the design thinking process and will explore how human-centered design can help develop innovative solutions for the complex challenges we face as businesspeople, non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs, and global citizens. 

Design Thinking Workshop Registration

 

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20th  

Workshop Time: 11:00am

Workshop Name: Bringing Your Pitch to Life through Transmedia Storytelling 

Workshop Facilitator: 

  • Leslie Dodson - Associate Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies, CO-DIRECTOR, GLOBAL LAB 

Workshop Description: 
Make other people excited about your project! This session will teach you how to create a pitch that will engage your audience and make them excited about your idea through transmedia storytelling. 

Why is Transmedia Storytelling Important? 
In order to generate the maximum amount of engagement, a story must resonate with the user at the point of consumption – i.e., the marketer must reach consumers across all the devices and platforms they use.  Arguably, the most important skill for successful entrepreneurs is being able to frame your thoughts and ideas in ways that inspire and engage other people. 

Bringing Your Pitch to Life Through Transmedia Storytelling Workshop Registration

 

Time: 1:00pm

Workshop Name: Finding Business Resources

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Phil Waterman and Paige Neumann

Workshop Description:  This session will provide an overview of our business resources and then take a closer look at a few of the frequently used databases. Participants will engage in group activities and will search for sources related to scenarios around starting a new business venture.

In partnership with Wintersession @ Gordon Library.

Finding Business Resources Workshop Registration

 

 

HACK@WPI 

This 36-hour hackathon is open to students across the country and from every major. Build your skills in the workshops and then compete for prizes and money in Hack@WPI’s three-day event from January 22 to 24.

Hack@WPI Registration

 

 

Events

Monday, January 18
  • Monday, January 18, 2021 11:00am
    WinterSession/Hack@WPI - Day 1

    DAY 1 – MONDAY, JANUARY 18th

    Time: 11:00am 

    Workshop Name: Value Creation 

    Workshop Facilitators:

    • Leonard Polizzotto, WPI Distinguished Executive-in-Residence 

    • Curt Carlson, Founder & CEO of Practice Innovation, WPI Distinguished Executive-in-Residence & WPI Trustee  

    Workshop Description: 
    Value creation is the process of creating solutions for unmet societal needs that provide more value to customers than any alternative and that satisfy all stakeholders. Value creation is how innovations are developed. 

    Why It's Important:
    The world’s challenges will only be solved by passionate professionals with essential technical, human, and value creation skills. Value creation is the process for how to make a positive impact on the world.

    What You Will Learn:
    You will learn how to: identify problems that matter, assemble and work in productive teams, give and receive feedback, convincingly present the value of your initiative, and develop action plans for moving forward. 

    Value Creation Workshop Registration
     
     

    Time: 5:00pm

    Workshop Name:  Teamwork 2.0

    Workshop Facilitator:

    • Brent French, Adjunct Teaching Professor of Organizational Behavior, Foisie Business School

    Workshop Description: 
    The first part of the 21st century is the golden age of small, autonomous teams solving Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) challenges.  Too often teams fail to achieve elite status because of dysfunctional dynamics and the misapplication of 20th century methods.  Using lessons from a three decade military career leading elite units as a Ranger-qualified member of Air Force Special Operations Command, athletic performance and coaching at an international level, and nearly a decade of teaching teamwork and leadership to WPI and Naval War College students, this hour-long workshop offers practical insights on creating an apex team experience. 

    Teamwork 2.0 Workshop Registration

     

    View Event
Tuesday, January 19
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:00am
    WinterSession/Hack@WPI - Day 2

    DAY 2 –  TUESDAY, JANUARY 19th

    Time: 11:00am 

    Workshop Name: Personal Branding: “The Art of You"  

    Workshop Facilitator: 

    • Rob Sarnie - Professor of Practice, Foisie Business School, WPI FinTech Collaborative & Wall Street-FinTech Project Center – MQP

    Workshop Description:  
    Who are you?  
    What makes you unique?  
    What makes you a superman/superwoman?  
    In this workshop you will learn how to analyze your strengths, ask your co-workers how they view you and create a "personal brand", that is unique. If you know your skills, capabilities and competencies and most importantly, the core values that shape you, you can define yourself, you can unlock “the art of you”.

    Why is it important to create a "personal brand?"

    It's important to promote your brand during all interactions and encounters whether in person or via email or on social media. The 4 key aspects of your brand are your look, how you sound, how you act, and what you believe. "Your brand is your reputation over time." 

    Personal Branding "The Art of You" Workshop Registration

     

    Time: 5:00pm 

    Workshop Name: Design Thinking 

    Workshop Facilitator:

    • Joe Doiron - Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies, Director, United Arab Emirates Project Center, Co-Director, Namibia Project Center, Co-Director, Foisie Sandbox, Co-Director, Center for Global Public Safety (CGPS) 

    Workshop Description:  

    Design Thinking stresses the importance of cultivating empathy for end users, interpreting and framing problems they experience, creative solution generation, and continuous prototyping and testing. Embedded within Design Thinking is the assumption that we must think “outside ourselves.” Great design doesn’t happen within the four walls of a studio or office. It happens in the real world. 

    Why is it important? 

    In increasingly complex times, innovation and collaboration skills are becoming vital to businesses, and both principles are essential in Design Thinking. This hands-on workshop will lead you through the design thinking process and will explore how human-centered design can help develop innovative solutions for the complex challenges we face as businesspeople, non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs, and global citizens. 

    Design Thinking Workshop Registration
    View Event
Wednesday, January 20
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:00am
    WinterSession/Hack@WPI - Day 3

    DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20th  

    Workshop Time: 11:00am

    Workshop Name: Bringing Your Pitch to Life through Transmedia Storytelling 

    Workshop Facilitator:

    • Leslie Dodson - Associate Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies, CO-DIRECTOR, GLOBAL LAB 

    Workshop Description: 

    Make other people excited about your project! This session will teach you how to create a pitch that will engage your audience and make them excited about your idea through transmedia storytelling. 

    Why is Transmedia Storytelling Important? 

    In order to generate the maximum amount of engagement, a story must resonate with the user at the point of consumption – i.e., the marketer must reach consumers across all the devices and platforms they use.  Arguably, the most important skill for successful entrepreneurs is being able to frame your thoughts and ideas in ways that inspire and engage other people. 

    Bringing Your Pitch to Life through Transmedia Storytelling Workshop Registration

     

    Time: 1:00pm

    Workshop Name: Finding Business Resources

    Workshop Facilitators:

    • Phil Waterman and Paige Neumann

    Workshop Description:  This session will provide an overview of our business resources and then take a closer look at a few of the frequently used databases. Participants will engage in group activities and will search for sources related to scenarios around starting a new business venture.

    In partnership with Wintersession@Gordon Library.

    Finding Business Resources Workshop Registration

    View Event