Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by the group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering Master's programs in 11 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships and gain entrepreneurial skills in English. The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements.

Skoltech Ideas Lab Project Presentations: Introduction to the Rapid Design Pivot

The rapid design pivot is part of the Ideas Lab project at Skoltech. Image courtesy of Sascha Pohflepp

The rapid design pivot is part of the Ideas Lab project at Skoltech. Image courtesy of Sascha Pohflepp

Skoltech is pleased to invite you to join us for the Seminar “Introduction to the Rapid Design Pivot”, which will be hosted by Professors Adam Bock (Skoltech), Brian Korgel and James Sham (UT-Austin) on October 06, 2014 at 12:30. This project was competitively selected for Skoltech Ideas Lab Program launched in July 2014 and developed in collaboration with MIT. The research team hopes to share the projects plans with Skoltech community and describe how it can be beneficial to research and education at Skoltech.

By introducing and establishing a Rapid Design Pivot model early in the process of development of technology products, developers will be able to discover diverse and multiple uses and markets for their products more efficiently.

When: Monday, October 06, 2014; 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Where: Auditorium Beijing-2, Skolkovo School of Management, China Cluster


The process of translating innovative breakthroughs into social or economic impact is inefficient, costly, and prone to dead-ends. Traditional R&D processes may take years to identify new materials, chemicals and device concepts. Reliance on industry partners or experts focuses on pre-existing markets and applications, generating “me-too” or incremental applications, even when the underlying technological innovation is radical or revolutionary.

Project Description:

The research explores the concept of the Rapid Design Pivot: early, creative intervention during innovation development. Creative designers, scientists and technology developers explore new technology concepts at a very early development stage. The study plans to partner scientists at Skoltech and other institutions with creative individuals across disciplines to propose, investigate, and interact with a significantly broader range of potential applications, markets and designs.

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.


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