I feel so blessed because Fulbright not only gives me the opportunity to travel abroad and continue my education for free, it also comes with many other benefits. One of them is the opportunity to participate in an enrichment seminar hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. There are 11 enrichment seminars conducted between December 2015 - May 2016, which covered various topics: U.S. Politics and Elections, Global Health Innovations, Democratization of Education, and Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation. I had the honor of attending the last seminar, titled "The 2016 Lab to Market: Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation Enrichment", which was hosted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from May 24 - 28, 2016. This seminar focused on how to use technological advances to support scientific and business disciplines. It included discussions with the entrepreneurs who successfully brings technological products and service to the marketplace and getting involved in innovation and ideation project.
Day 1: Arrival, Registration, and Opening Dinner
|Distribution map of the seminar attendees.|
At 5.30 pm we departed for the opening dinner which was hosted at Senator John Heinz History Center. While having dinner, we listened to the keynote remarks from Thomas Petzinger Jr., the co-founder of LaunchCyte LLC about his experience in creating a startup and lessons that he learned (the triumphs and struggles) related to entrepreneurship.Jam packed Entrepreneur/Innovation Seminar with #ExchangeAlumni @ the #FulbrightL2M2016 pic.twitter.com/q8QRxI1asN— Cheryl Nachbauer (@nachbaca) May 26, 2016
|Keynote remarks from Thomas Petzinger, Jr.|
Day 2: Panel Discussion, Site Visits, and Small Group Dinner
|Discussion panel about social innovations|
‘Nobody cares about technology—they [customers] only care about what it does.’ –Tim Zak #FulbrightL2M2016 #Fulbright @FulbrightPrgrm— Nono Martínez Alonso (@nonoesp) May 25, 2016
After lunch, we departed for Site Visits. There are 3 sites that we could choose to visit: TechShop, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, and CREATE Lab. I joined the group that went to the TechShop. We got the opportunity to see real technological innovations and interact with people who spend their daily life dealing with innovations and creations.
Fulbrighters visit @TechShopPGH all about the democratization of access to tools of innovation #FulbrightL2M2016 pic.twitter.com/QWinpOM2Aq— Sophie Morse (@SMMorse15) May 26, 2016
Learning about the work and innovation at the CREATE lab at Carnegie Mellon yesterday #FulbrightL2M2016 pic.twitter.com/pwMvAnK9SY— Amber Schaffer (@Amber__Schaffer) May 26, 2016
In the evening, the Fulbrighters are divided into six groups that will depart for six different restaurants for the group dinner. I chose to go to Alihan's Mediterranean Cuisine, which is located close to the hotel where I stayed. I used this opportunity to mingle with other Fulbright scholars and we exchanged stories and experiences about living and studying in the U.S. We also talked about current issues that are happening in our respective countries. It is always interesting to hear about something that happens in other countries from their citizen's perspectives.Dr Cooper the director of Human Engineering program #FulbrightL2M2016 #Fulbright #entrepreneurship #socialinnovation pic.twitter.com/CenNO417Sv— Tahar Belkheir (@tbweet) May 25, 2016
|Dinner at Alihan's Mediterranean Cuisine|
|Pittsburgh views from the top of Mount Washington|
Day 3: Panel Discussion, Fulbright Talks, and Cultural Activities
|Panel discussion: from concept to commercialization|
#Entrepreneur experts from @PittMCSI @InterPhaseMat share best practices on effective “concept to commercialization.” #FulbrightL2M2016— Fulbright Programs (@FulbrightPrgrm) May 26, 2016
I summarized the discussion into these points:Be naively arrogant and believe in yourself #entrepreneurship #FulbrightL2M2016 @EnrichmentTM @NoahRSnyder— Willy Contreras (@Willy08C) May 26, 2016
- Think of another application for your technology that appeals to a wider market with easier accessibility
- Startup team is like family. You do not really need a rockstar. Chemistry and good people are what you need. If you have these, you can do everything.
- Avoid an excessive use of email in communication between startup team members. Talk in person is always the best.
- Fight against your imposter syndrome.
- Persistence is always the key.
Best way to get money is to build resources for company by thinking of building products for customers to provide funds #FulbrightL2M2016— Khalid Shalan (@K_Shalan) May 26, 2016
|Briefing from an IIE staff|
|Inside of Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History|
Day 4: Academic Entrepreneurship Overview (Science vs. Business), Ideation and Innovation Projects.
|Problem after solution|
|Business people vs Scientist|
|Project Ideation and Innovation|
We ended the day by having a closing dinner and taking some individual and group pictures at Grand Concourse Restaurant, Pittsburgh.It's already the last day of #FulbrightL2M2016 - the innovation workshop is off to a great start this morning! pic.twitter.com/g18lHrq30z— LSM (@kats_tale) May 27, 2016
As a closing remark, I just want to quote a famous saying that we always hear in every Fulbright seminar or conference: "Once a Fulbrighter, always a Fulbrighter."
Thanks @PittInnovates for welcoming #Fulbright-ers from 64 countries to #FulbrightL2M2016 seminar focused on #innovation! @PittTweet— Fulbright Programs (@FulbrightPrgrm) May 27, 2016
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