Scott, J., Chang, B., Jameson, C., Payne, L., McLaren, D., Barr-Smith, A., Came, C. & Hechei, C. (2012). Prototype of a new Engineering Masters project model: Working with marketing and software faculties to commercially kickstart university research. Paper 13, Proceedings of The 19th Electronics New Zealand Conference (ENZCon), Dunedin, New Zealand, 10-12 December, 2012.
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We describe a Master of Engineering (500-level) project modelled on the real-world arrangement where engineers work with marketing and software groups to prepare a product for commercialisation. A 4-member software team to develop and test embedded firmware and support applications on a mobile platform was provided through a final-year undergraduate software-engineering project course based outside the engineering school, in a separate faculty. A marketing team consisting of interns prepared logos, product names, and advertising materials, with input from a creative 200-level class. This team also considered possible exit strategies based on analysis of the market size and activity. This marketing effort was organised through the management communications group in the management school. The masters student acts as project manager and it is their remit to guide the product towards release on the crowd-sourced venture-capital site kickstarter.com. A small but original product idea is required to provide a viable vehicle for the project. Financial commitment to manufacture, even on a small scale, represents a novel outcome for a university project.
Electronics Group, Department of Physics
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