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Schedule

iSolve Schedule for Winter 2012 Programme

Please check back in Autumn 2013 for the updated Winter programme

  • Teams usually meet every Thursday for from 5.30-7pm. The evening will usually commence with a speaker for about 20 to 30 minutes then teams break out into their individual groups for their own team work. Times on the schedule are indicative of speaker times.
  • All team members are expected to attend the Thursday sessions. We invite external speakers from outside the university who give up their time for no fee; we would be unable to continue the programme without their support so please make sure you attend.
  • IF YOU ATTEND LESS THAN 75% OF THE THURSDAY SESSIONS YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION
  • Each team will be allocated a mentor for support and guidance. Again they give up their time for no cost so it is important to make use of their skills and experience by attending the sessions
  • Teams will be expected to carry out work outside the Thursday sessions – this is left up to the groups to organise in a way that ensures they complete the project. Previous participants estimate about an additional 3-4 hours per week is required
  • An indicative schedule is provided below – please note that the specific order or content may change depending on when speakers are available.

Date &Time

Event & Speaker

Room

04/10/2012
5.30-7.30pm

Open Evening
Facilitators & Past Participants

Explaining the concept of iSolve in some detail. Examples from previous projects a rundown of the expectations from/of the programme. Previous participants are invited to give their views on their experiences of the iSolve programme. Break to the Café Bar to mingle and talk more informally.

3.10 Grad Centre &

Café Bar to follow

11/10/2012
12pm, Noon

Application Deadline

Completed application forms are to be emailed to Mrs. Annika Frayling (enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk)

18/10/2012
5.30-7pm

Introduction to iSolve; team introductions and meeting the mentors
Facilitators

Signing of Non-Disclosure Agreements, team light hearted icebreakers – exchange contact information between team members and mentors and agree times for weekly meetings with teams/PIs/Mentors as appropriate.

3.10 Grad Centre

25/10/2012
5.30-7pm

Meet the researchers and Project Briefings
Facilitators and Principal Investigators

Facilitator introduces the Principal Investigators from each project who will deliver a short presentation on the technology being researched. Following presentations teams split into their allocated groups and brainstorm in individual teams to generate ideas for applications and uses of the technology. Start delegation of research and investigation.

3.10 Grad Centre

01/11/2012
5.30-7pm

Analysing the Market Opportunity
TBC

3.10 Grad Centre

08/11/2012
5.30-7pm

Protecting Intellectual Property: patents, trademarks, copyrights and registered designs
Huw Evans, Chapman Molony Patent Attorneys

3.10 Grad Centre

15/11/2012
5.30-7pm

Team time and formal meetings with Mentors.

3.10 Grad Centre

22/11/2012
5.30-7pm

Interim team presentations
All teams

Up to 10 minutes to present with 8 minutes for questions. Your presentation should include:

  • A summary of your product/technology and its benefits
  • The target markets or routes to market you are investigating for your product (expect questions from the group as to why you are looking at those particular ones, and further application ideas from other students…)
  • A list of companies you would like to contact, and who you'd like to contact in them (names if possible, otherwise descriptions of roles) - this is where the teams may be able to help each other find good contacts.

Quick discussion of presentations skills and group feedback.

3.10 Grad Centre

29/11/2012
5.30-7pm

Presentation and Report Writing Skills for Investment
Ann Casey, Finance Wales

3.10 Grad Centre

06/12/2012
5.30-7pm

Formal Team Time with Mentors. 

3.10 Grad Centre

Friday

7/12/12
3pm

Report Submission Deadline

Completed reports are to be emailed to Mrs. Annika Frayling (enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk) in a PDF format.

13/12/2012
5-8pm

Final team presentations to judging panel and iSolve Awards Evening
VIP Guests, teams, mentors

Teams present their results and recommend next steps for their projects Team members, mentors, PIs and a number of invited guests from the University and local business community will attend this presentation.

Main Building Council Chambers