This is a FREE 3 days/3 hour workshop – However, we ask for a donation of $50 to cover workshop material expenses. This donation for materials fee can be paid in person at beginning of workshop.
Who will benefit from this bootcamp:
Young adult entrepreneurs, between the ages of 25-40, who have a business idea or product idea. They don’t need to have design experience or a fully developed idea, as this bootcamp will give them the hands on tools to take an idea beyond concept to a product prototype or business prototype.
Dates & Time:
- Friday, May 6th – Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
- Saturday, May 7th – Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
- Sunday, May 8th – Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Workshop is led by Alejandro Excia of NEEUKO Inc.
Participants will create a product or business prototype from an initial idea using only analog tools (leave your computer at home), to measure whether an idea can become a solid product or business and push your idea beyond the conceptual stage.
Friday, May 6th – Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
DESIGN THINKING & PROBLEM RECOGNITION
Apply design thinking techniques to a product or business idea. Using a combination of case studies and exercises, students will discover and narrow down the problems their product or business idea solves.
Saturday, May 7th – Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
HOW TO TELL YOUR STORY
Formulate a unique product or business narrative using graphic information and storytelling. Students will construct a storyboard that will support them in turning their idea into a selling pitch or a product development opportunity.
Sunday, May 8th – Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Assess whether a product or business idea have business potential. Students will acquire manual tools for time and project management, as well as techniques for developing a product or business that truly serve their consumers.
About Neeuko Inc.
NEEUKO@Sagrado is part of an innovative college ecosystem of the Sacred Heart University located in the heart of Santurce, Puerto Rico. In this space we promote an environment and the culture of open innovation and entrepreneurship, within a series of educational activities that may include lectures, interviews and book presentations. Neeuko encourages the community to bring their concept ideas and they will be guided through a process that it will enhance that idea into reality.
*Arrangements can be made if you cannot afford the materials fee, please contact The Loisaida Center or call (646) 755-0522 for more information. Space is limited.
Javier De Jesus Martinez
Innovator, serial entrepreneur, design strategist, architect and urbanist with over 18 years of academic and professional experience. Outstanding career in Public Policy issues, Strategic Planning, University and Governmental Management, R&D and Commercialization. His combined understanding of the private sector with an extensive understanding of government processes informs his design thinking processes in the development strategies and methodologies among the diverse professionals and groups involved in urban socio economic projects. Javier has successful track record conceptualizing and implementing strategies to attract external competitive funding from federal and state government and private investors for educational institutions and non-profit community based organizations. Javier studied architecture at the University of Puerto Rico and at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sciences and Art in New York City. His thesis, Flatness as a memory of movement: A cartography of a nomad landscape was directed by John Q. Hedjuk. He had lectured in universities and professional forums within the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Perú, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and China.
• Founder La’gencia Innovación Abierta 2014-present
• Founder and Dean School of Architecture Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico 2008-2014
• President-Creative Industries Advisory Council Puerto Rico Commerce and Export Company 2014-present
• Founder-CEO Adaptable Paths Strategies Investment and Resources-2007-2012
• Advisor to the Governor on Urbanism, Infrastructure and Environmental Affairs 2005-2007
• Director Design, Construction, Planning and Development Offiece University of Puerto Rico President’s
• Associate Dean-School of Architecture University of Puerto Rico
• Undergraduate Program Coordinator School of Architecture University of Puerto Rico
• Second Year Design Studio Coordinator School of Architecture University of Puerto Rico
Alejandro Excia Studied his bachelors degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. After Working for a year in a local art and architecture studio he pursued a double master in Domus Academy and Wales University achieving a degree in Product Design and a Master of Arts in Design respectively. His undergrad thesis dealt with consumerism strategies in order to revitalize dead public spaces within the city of Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. His curiosity for the phenomenon of consumerism carried through images and products helped him undertake his masters research in a creative way.
For his dissertation thesis “Creoelectric” he developed a design methodology derived from the cultural context of his hometown “Criollos” or “Jibaros Puertorriqueños”, to design an electric car charger for the rural context worldwide for the company French/German company Hager. Alejandro Excia co-founded his design consultancy studio postData.Design, with his partner Alejandro Mieses, which works on various projects that range from product design, interaction design, custom software and hardware interfaces. His studio has worked projects in cities like Atlanta, New York, Milan and his hometown of Puerto Rico. postData.Design studio featured and showcase one of their products at Wanted Design New York as part of the Puerto Rican collective “Design in Puerto Rico” where they where part of the group that consisted of 16 young emerging puerto rican design studios.
• Co-founder of Design Consultancy Studio postData.Design
Adjunct professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
• Director of the Laboratory of Fabrication “FabLab”, where he manages different types of technologies like 3D printers (Desktop and Full rapid prototyping 3D), CNC Routers, Milling machines, Vacuum Forming, Laser cutters among others to help produce prototypes for students and private clients of the School of Architecture.
• Co-coordinator of the entrepreneurial initiative in digital fabrication.
• Faculty Best Practices: Cross-Campus Arts Integration Mixing Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Unique Venture Development. CEO Conference 2012 Chicago.
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