SMART START: Designing impact-driven projects

Karl A. Smith, Rocio C.Chavela Guerra, Russell Korte

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The FIE conference has throughout its history emphasized work at the frontiers of education. This preconference workshop reflects a policy shift at the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and Department of Defense, and others who have adopted the I-Corps™ model to extend the longevity and the value of initially funded projects. This cutting-edge workshop introduces the core features of the Lean Startup process; namely, (1) search for a sustainable and scalable model using the Business Model Canvas, (2) Customer discovery, and (3) Agile engineering (i.e., iterate and increment towards an appropriate product, program or service)-all of which have been identified as essential for maximizing the longevity and impact of research projects and products. SMART START resonates with the conference theme - Educating Our Future, Honoring Our History - honoring the tradition of excellence in engineering innovation while exploring a new paradigm that strives to build impact into earlier stages of research. The workshop will provide participants (a) a framework to think about how to discover customer requirements, (b) how to sustain and scale STEM education innovations, (c) exposure to the NSF I-Corps™ program, and (d) an opportunity to connect and engage with peers interested in the increasing the impact of their research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFIE 2017 - Frontiers in Education, Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059195
StatePublished - Dec 12 2017
Event47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017 - Indianapolis, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2017Oct 21 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
ACKNOWLEDGMENT SMART START is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant NSF DUE-1355431.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 IEEE.


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Impact
  • Innovation


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