Summer Institute

Gain an insight into how technology is used across multiple industries and put into practice tools and techniques used to drive innovation and create new products.

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Summer Institute 2020

We believe students should have the opportunity to gain an insight into how technology is used in a variety of industries and put into practice the tools and techniques used in industry. This programme is aimed at first year university students from any degree, who have an interest in technology/digital.

The next cohort will be in summer 2020 with further details and applications opening in late spring 2020.

2019 Cohort

During an intense 2 week period in July 2019, 16 students from 9 universities created a solution to a problem using the Design Sprint methodology and participated in a range of masterclasses. The programme was supported and led by a range of industry professionals and hosted by Finastra, IBM, UCL, Rise created by Barclays, UCL, GSK, ViiV Healthcare and Salesforce.


Core Components and Outcomes:

1) Design Sprint Process - experience the tools, techniques and processes used to innovate and create new products in industry.

2) Hard skill masterclasses - understand product development, chatbots, data science and other technical topics.

3) Soft skill masterclasses - improve key skills needed to increase your employability.



Design Sprint Process


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Understand the problem

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Sketch the solution

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Decide on solution

4

Prototype the solution

5

Test the solution

Additional Masterclasses


Team building
Agile Methodology
Chatbots
Experimentation
Data Science
Personal brand
Lean mindset
Pitching
Innovation
Employability
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End of the programme

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Learning about Agile

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Customer validation

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Design Thinking

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Building chatbots

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Final presentations

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Cohort celebration meal

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Ohana at Salesforce

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Values activity

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2018 Cohort

During June-July 2018 the first cohort of Summer Institute students experienced insights into: technology services, financial services and pharmaceuticals. The programme had a range of practical workshops, both technical and soft skill based, alongside a series of insight and career talks. Students also worked on an industry problem statement in which they had to develop and present a solution to industry judges.

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First day at IBM

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Team Building

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Design Thinking and Chatbots

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CV and Interview Workshop

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Learning about Agile

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A day within a FinTech ecosystem

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Last day at GSK

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Cyber Security

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Completed the programme!

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