END OF OCTOBER
This is where the magic happens. Friday evening, participants get to know each other. Saturday is focused on learning the language of ideation. Sunday is focused on practicing it. Be ready to draw, pitch, meet, ideate and have fun. Teams are formed at the end of the week-end.
Teams present their problem statement to a panel of experts. They envisage possible solutions after exploring the problem's environment. A seasoned coach will help participants polish their pitching skills.
Teams gather to kick-start the prototyping process. They get an overview of the tools and tricks to manage the development of their connected device.
PROTOTYPING STAGE #1
END OF MARCH
Teams refine the solution interview results. They deliver the final functional requirements as well as the ideal and working specifications for each part of the project.
PROTOTYPING STAGE #2
END OF APRIL
Teams work on the positioning, visual identity and brand. They deliver a looks-like prototype as well the PCB and mechanical designs. In parallel, they keep working on the software and firmware.
PROTOTYPING STAGE #3
END OF MAY
Teams present their latest business model, app and landing page. They make a demo of their first PCB assembly and discuss the expected revisions. They complete the BOM and mechanical design.
SUMMER OR FALL
Depending on each institutional requirement, students defend their semester project.
Teams fly to Shenzhen and settle at x.Factory to accelerate their prototyping. They are immersed in the world’s hardware capital and discover what makes China such a dynamic place.