It is hard to comprehend that one quarter of my sophomore year is already complete. It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting in the hive in the first i-Diploma class ever. Up to this date, I have not only learned many new skills, but I have also made new connections, created a Linkedin profile, gained knowledge on the DEEP process of innovative problem solving and started on my first official design brief. I was unsure what to expect when I started working with my team on the design brief for the Center for Civil and Human Rights; however, after a couple of days, my uncertainty was subdued. Our group began with the inspiration of making an exhibit about MLK, which will be shown to thousands in the Center for Civil and Human Rights. We quickly got in contact with the head curator and head of education at the CCHR. Centered around the narrative of MLK’s lasting impact on his “six pillars,” we were told to plan, design and install an interactive exhibit for May of 2018. The best way to describe the sensation is mind-boggling. I was blown away to think that we are going to make something which will be showcased on a world-class level. So far we have: assembled our team, hosted a client meeting, set expectations with our client, made a brief timeline, and done some initial surface level research into the topic. I am still wondering how we will get it all done.
All in all, I don’t think I could have asked for a better experience thus far. I love the Innovation Diploma and the people who are apart of it. I have grown a lot in the short time that I have been apart of this team, and I hope to continue to develop. I am very fortunate to be apart of this tight-knit community, and I look forward to the future and what it holds for me.
About the author: Oliver Schouest is a member of Innovation Diploma, currently in the Gates cohort.