Greetings from the Australian National University in Canberra, where I am taking part in a "SPARK innovation workshop" on how researchers can do innovation, commercialisation, and entrepreneurial initiatives. The most interesting part of this is that it is for research students as well as staff. Rather the student complete their PHD and then wonder what to do next, the idea is that they consider commercialise it while doing the research. Also co-creation is being emphasized, where the researcher engages with people outside academia. My aim in attending the workshop is to help with my
Designing an Innovation Course.
One aspect covered was the Standford approach to design thinking. I was able to find "An Introduction to Design Thinking: PROCESS GUIDE" (Hasso Plattner, 2010).
The tension between pure research and commercialization was touched on. In my area of computer science this is not much of an issue, as it is an applied science.
Th most interesting aspect of the workshop was that the motivation for it in part came from the need to overcome the lack of career path for academics, who are now mostly on short term contracts.
One of the participants mentioned use of SPSS Amos for multivariate statistics. The issues of how to facilitate interdisciplinary communication, so I suggested using yammer.com (CSIRO also use Yammer). Also mentioned were the ANU Technology Transfer Office and ANU Enterprise.