Over the last two years the Science Gallery has been experimenting with incubation models through a variety of programmes including the Idea Translation Lab (developed by Harvard University), a broad curriculum course available to Trinity College Dublin undergraduates and Idea Lab (a collaboration with IBM and Dublin City Council). This semester we are offering a free, mini-taster of this process to adults interested in learning more about how to develop ideas for future city needs.
The Idea Lab will work on the boundaries of art and science, engineering, and developing new innovative ideas where these disciplines meet. It is a cross disciplinary course stimulating the development of entrepreneurial skills through collaborative group projects. The course consists of a combination of talks (including many by guest lecturers) and weekly workshop and practical sessions where participants will develop their collaborative projects.
This semester, as part of our wider educational programme, Science Gallery will be offering this course to adults as an evening class. Running for 8 weeks from Tuesday 16th October to Tuesday 11th December, the course will focus on guiding people through activites focusing on modifiying, critiquing and addressing our urban environments and associated social interactions.
Drawing on Science Gallery’s flagship 2012 exhibition HACK THE CITY, this Idea Lab will introduce participants to ideas around hacking, city interventions and services trends which are influencing how we live in cities today and how we will live in them in the future. Led by HACK THE CITY curator Teresa Dillon, sessions will follow a mix of formal lectures, invited guests, open discussions and practical hands-on idea generation. Practical sessions will focus on group-based idea generation and collaboration. Over the 8 weeks participants will also learn a variety of 'design thinking' skills, which will enable them to work on developing a prototype project.
Classes will be run every Tuesday evening from the 16 October from 6pm until 8pm, upstairs in Studios 1 & 2 in Science Gallery, Pearse St, Dublin 1.
This course is free to attend, but places are limited to 15 participants. Submission is open to anyone interested in taking the course. No particular skills are required. Please register here.
Deadline for registration is FRIDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2012.
Given the nature and intensity of the module it will be necessary to attend all sessions. This course is non-assessed as emphasis is placed on self-directed learning, exploration and collaborative development.
The core deadlines and outputs for the course will include:
Tuesday 20th November: Submit literature and/or project critique (1,000 words)
Tuesday 11th December: Submit group presentation and group report (2,000 words)
All materials will be provided by Science Gallery. Please bring a laptop to each session. If you do not have a laptop please ensure you have access to a computer between each session.
Course Leader: Teresa Dillon (polarproduce.org)
Teresa is an artist, curator and educator. Her work explores human-enviroment relationships and the influnece of old and new tools on our thinking and wellbeing. This perspective is informed by her background as a social and educational psychologist, improviser and theatre maker. Since 1999 she has worked across Europe within the fields of art, science, design and technology. She has taught at Cambridge and Bristol University (UK) and worked for companies such as the BBC, Futurelab and NDRC supporting the design and development of digital based products and services. Teresa was the lead curator of Science Gallery's HACK THE CITY, and currently works for the Science Gallery on the Idea Translation programme.
Guest lecturer: Seán Harrington, Architect (sha.ie)
Seán Harrington Architects is an Irish, design-based architectural practice. An award-winning company who transformed Temple Bar, Meeting House Square with their innovative convertible umberallas, Seán Harrington Architects believe that the design process should embrace the fundamentals of environmental, social and economic sustainability and synthesise into form to create places and homes that are both humane and environmentally sensitive. Seán will share his knowledge and experience of how the company have approached a variety of projects from master-planning, urban regeneration, community consultation on a micro and macro level.
Guest lecturer: Seán Couglan, CEO, Social Enterprise Ireland (socialentrepreneurs.ie)
Seán is Chief Executive Office of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a non-profit organisation that encourages and supports the development of social entrepreneurship in Ireland. Previously Sean worked in the private and public sectors and was a Principle Officer in the Department of Communications before taking up management roles in Baltimore Technologies and subsequently Guardenoic Solutions.
Guest lecturer: Deirdre Ni Raghallaigh, The Studio, Dublin City Council (dublincity.ie)
Deirdre currently heads up The Studio, Dublin City Council’s in-house innovation unit. During her career she has worked as a business librarian, managed press and communications for the Council and worked closely with businesses and communities in the North Inner City. For the last two years she and her colleagues in The Studio have been busy collaborating with others to test ideas; devising alternate forms of public engagement and finding ways to improve Council services. She is particularly proud of the collaborative Dublinked project. Dublinked provides public data and in open formats and manages diverse events so that others can work together to create applications products and services.
Guest lecturer: James Croke, Enterprise Ireland (enterprise-ireland.com)
Design Support: Conor Duff, NCAD
Double practical sessions on Tuesday 13th and 20th November will also be supported by product designer Conor Duff. Alongside his design practice Conor is a PhD researcher at TFE (Task Furniture in Education) research design group at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD).
This module is supported by KiiCS (Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science) a pan-European project gathering creative people, scientists and young adults in a process of co-creation for innovation funded by the European Commission Framework 7 Programme. Find out more at http://www.kiics.eu/en/