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A Look Back At Dal’s First Innovation Course

Albert Einstein once said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.”

Spending time thinking about the problems ahead of the solution it is exactly what Dalhousie’s pilot “Innovation” course teaches students.

Guided by instructor Mary Kilfoil, the students in the interdisciplinary course employ their creativity, teamwork and innovation skills in order to identify and, hopefully, help solve everyday problems.

Fifty students and faculty gathered in the Rowe Building two weeks ago for the Faculty of Management’s Open House to share the projects and ideas the course’s students have generated this semester. Ideas ranged from power solutions for bicycles to utilizing social media to get out the youth vote during elections; from helping drivers find parking spaces more quickly to preventing deaths from rip currents.