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i4X 

innovation-weekend.pngi4X, or Innovating for X, is an OIC-led program series designed to bring multidisciplinary student teams to collaborate on disruptive solutions to real-world challenges across different sectors. Currently, The Basement offers the following tracks: 

  • Innovating for Industry (i4I)
  • Innovating for Society (i4S)
  • Innovating for Government (i4G)

Past partnerships include JLabs, Radicle Science, City of San Diego, and San Diego Zoo. The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate UC San Diego students seeking a dedicated focus on creative problem solving through the lens of entrepreneurship.  

Hear from our participants and partners about their past projects! Watch Now.

 

i4x Program Details

Winter/Spring Quarter 2024: January 8 - May 24 2024

Winter & Spring 2024 Projects

A full description of all projects for Winter & Spring 2024 can be found here.

How to Apply:

  • All current UC San Diego students (both undergraduate and graduate) in good academic standing are encouraged to apply

Applications for the 2024 i4x program are now closed.

Course Description

i4X is a two quarter-long program that is designed to bring multidisciplinary teams of students together to create disruptive solutions to real-world challenges provided by regional and national partners (e.g. large corporations, small and medium enterprises, governmental agencies/ municipalities and non-profit organizations.)

Students will take part in Essentials of Entrepreneurship & Innovation learning new ways of thinking, learn to drive innovative initiatives, and approach business challenges with a fresh perspective.

Participants in the i4X are encouraged to think broadly about the disruptions and challenges they see around them, those that affect a large number of people, and those that provide the greatest opportunity for impact.

The course learning objectives are:

  • Understand Lean Startup Principles
  • Understand how to solve complex problems
  • Understand entrepreneurial mindset and models
  • Understand design thinking and ideation
  • Understand how to develop a prototype of the solution
  • Understand how to communicate and lead the project

Why You Should Join

  • Unique opportunity to have hands-on experience solving complex real-world problems curated by regional community partners 
  • Fine tune career readiness skills in an experiential learning environment
  • Strengthen problem-solving and communication skills 
  • Opportunity to network with Basement mentors and community partners
  • CCR and AIP 197 credit available

 

Next Opportunity - Fall 2024

Applications for the Fall 2024 cohort will be available at the beginning of Fall 2024. 

Dates & Duration

Winter 2024  cohort runs from January 2024 - May 2024

Winter 2024 Cohort Important Dates

  • Early November: Application opens
  • Mid November 2023: Application deadline
  • Late Fall 2023: Final decisions

Curriculum

Winter 2024 - Class Schedule

Module Date Start End Location Lecture Topic
1 1/9/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. DIB - 208 Introduction to Essentials of Entrepreneurship
2 1/16/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. DIB - 151 Partner check-in meeting & Team working session
3 1/23/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 208   Business Modeling
4 1/30/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 151 Partner check-in meeting & Team working session
5 2/6/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 208 Intellectual Property 
6 2/13/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 151 Partner check-in meeting & Team working session
7 2/20/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 208 Financing Your Startup - Part 1
8 2/27/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 151 Partner check-in meeting & Team working session
9 3/5/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 151 Presentation Skills & Power of Startup Narrative

 

Spring 2024 - Class Schedule

Module Date Start End Location Lecture Topic
1 4/2/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 151 Partner check-in meeting & Team working session
2 4/9/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 208 Design Thinking & Opportunity Framing
3 4/16/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 151 Partner check-in meeting & Team working session
4 4/23/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 208 Customer Discovery
5 4/30/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 151 Partner check-in meeting & Team working session
6 5/7/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 208 Prototyping
7 5/14/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 208 Final Presentations & Deliverables
8 5/23/24 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  DIB - 208 Demo Day

Eligibility, Requirements, and Time Commitment

Eligibility

Open to current UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students.

Requirements

  • Must be a current UC San Diego student
  • Regular check-in meetings with team, challenge partner, and Basement staff
  • Attend in-person workshops and events
  • Participate in monthly team presentations and The Basement’s end of the year showcase in Spring Quarter
  • Full listing of program requirements will be available in Canvas for admitted participants

Time Commitment

This is a faced paced course! The program includes assigned reading/videos, and in-class lectures/discussions, and group meetings. Participants have to attend a kickoff meeting with the challenge partner in late november.

Earn Academic Internship Credit

Enroll with the Academic Internship Program.

Winter Quarter 2024 

Internship Dates: January 8, 2024 - March 18, 2024

Application Deadlines

  Dates

Submit Learning Agreement to AIP via InternLink 

  December 1, 2023

EASy Request 

  December 8, 2023

Enroll via WebReg 

  January 8, 2024

 

Spring Quarter 2024 

Internship Dates: April 1, 2024 - June 7, 2024

Application Deadlines

  Dates

Submit Learning Agreement to AIP via InternLink 

  March 1, 2024

EASy Request

  March 8, 2024

Enroll via WebReg

  April  1, 2024

Dates are subject to change.  Stay updated by visiting:

 

Send questions about AIP enrollment to the Academic Internship Program via the Virtual Advising Center.

Alternative Coursework Credit

Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

UC San Diego has an official record called the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) which highlights student involvement and achievements in opportunities beyond the classroom. I4X program is a co-curricular record (CCR) approved.

How to apply: Students can request the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) with the academic transcript through the Registrar or print an unofficial PDF copy through the CCR Portal.

Micro Badging

Participants will have the opportunity to earn micro badging on specific skill sets listed in the challenge description. Digital badges allow students to showcase certain achievements they have gained through academic coursework and experiential learning. Earners of digital badges can share or display their badges on various online platforms such as LinkedIn and e-portfolios.

Past Projects

Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

Want to see what some past challenges were for 2022 - 2023? Learn more. 

 

Winter - Spring 2022

  • JLab: Brand Audit & Analysis
  • San Diego International Airport: Business plan for vacant space above the Rental Car Center
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance: Machine Learning & Data Analytics, Arboreal Feeding Strategies and Automatic Feeding Strategies
  • SANDAG: Community-Based Secured Micromobility Storage
  • RunBuggy: Reducing Carbon Emissions Using an Automotive Transportation Digital Marketplace
  • Radical Science: Creating an Innovative Approach for Collecting and Analyzing Biometric Sleep Data

 

Winter - Spring 2021

  • City of Chula Vista: Support Implementation of Open Data Program & Governance Standards
  • Port of San Diego: Designing for Parking Lots of the Future
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance: Machine Learning & Data Analytics
  • San Diego International Airport: In-terminal hydroponic garden for concessions use
  • City of Carlsbad: Micro-Targeting for Civic Good

 

Summer 2020*

  • SANDAG: COVID-19 Impacts on Transportation and the Environment
  • City of San Diego: Municipal: Microgrid Planning
  • Katerva, Greenbuild & Miller Hull: Novel Building Materials
  • San Diego International Airport: Methods to help passengers with varying levels of ability get from the curb to gate

 

*Note: These projects were part of a pilot program of the Converge Summer Incubator program.

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