Last Thursday marked the first Tinker Thursday session of the semester. Tinker Thursdays, hosted by Andrew Schrock of the Annenberg Innovation Lab, are an opportunity for students from all academic disciplines to meet and learn about the technology behind some of today's hottest startups.
As part of the Crunch Student Design Challenge, the Crunch Challenge seeks to bring students together in order to form groups that will create startups in the fields of community engagement, civic interaction and mobile technology. Students that attend at least seven Crunch Challenge events will be eligible to take a for credit class where they will form a group and work on creating a viable startup that will compete in USC's innovation challenge.
The Annenberg Crunch Challenge program is unique because it uses the latest in human design techniques to help student groups generate viable ideas that utilize technology for social good. Multi-disciplinary group work is stressed and students must collaborate with their peers from other subjects as they learn about and use new technologies every week.
Thursday's class was initially supposed to focus on wireframing but instead turned into a preview of things to come with a discussion led by Andrew on what the students expected to accomplish from Tinker Thursdays. Andrew stressed that Tinker Thursdays will always be hands-on while Crunch Lunches on Tuesdays will always feature a lecture.
Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to check out the lunches as well as Tinker Thursdays. Next week will feature Bay Area startup Coincident, a company that creates synchronized content for televisions and smart devices. Students will be able to get hands-on exposure with one of the years newest tech innovations.