What is a Better Future Lab Project?

  • Better Future Lab Projects are a one-off opportunity for external partners who are not eligible to become CODE partners, to play an important role in the learning journeys of CODE students.
  • Like all CODE projects, Better Future Lab Projects are a semester long (typically 10-12 weeks) and frame individual learning journeys for students and participating organisations.
  • Within the framework of the 17 SDGs, subjects and challenges can vary greatly. Characteristically they center around a question or a challenge relevant to the day-to-day activities of the participating organisation.
  • Project teams typically range from 2 – 7 students from different study programs and are selected by students according to their learning goals and interests.
  • Student teams are supported by team coaches and receive consulting from faculty members and AWS cloud experts.

What is the Better Future Lab about?

  • Exploring new ways of using digital tools and technology to help address challenges and opportunities related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals within our projects framework.
  • Bringing community actors, corporate companies, government, education, non-profit and impact organizations, and CODE students together to co-create prototypes.
  • Developing starting-points for solutions based on deep exploration of environments and user-behaviour in ways that generate new perspectives on real-life challenges.
  • Building on the cloud expertise, credits and proven innovation methodologies by AWS, the lab is enabling students and partnering organisations to build solutions on the cloud.

How does the Better Future Lab relate to CODE University of Applied Sciences?

  • CODE is a Berlin-based private state-accredited university of applied sciences offering Bachelor’s degrees in the field of digital product development.
  • Semester-long projects completed through the Better Future Lab offer students from all 3 B.A. programs the chance to learn new competencies in a variety of modules relevant to their studies.
  • Through Better Future Lab Projects students learn about real challenges and requirements that digital product development teams are facing in the non-profit and public sector.
  • In accordance with CODE’s Science, Technology and Society Program, students acquire insights into public and social challenges and can reflect critically on the complex relationship between technology and society.

What doesn’t the Better Future Lab do?

  • Provide partnering organisations with a ready-made plug-in solution.
  • Replace an internal product development team.
  • Approach topics from a purely theoretical and discursive stand-point nor from a purely technical or technology-first perspective.

What is expected from a participating organisation?

  • 1-2 direct contacts from your organization who can commit at least 2 hours per week for the duration of the project to support, give feedback and collaborate with the student team.
  • 1 ideation workshop of 3-5 hours at the beginning of the project.
    Arranging for students to do research at your organization, to conduct interviews, user testing or other relevant research methodologies as required.
  • Project outcomes are scalable and published under an open source license and contribute to the common good.
  • Curiosity, inclusive leadership and openness are key characteristics that we are looking for in participating partner organisations.

What can a participating organisation expect from a Project?

  • Better Future Lab Projects are a one-off opportunity for external partners who are not eligible to become CODE partners to play an important role in the learning journeys of our students.
  • The initial project outcomes are determined by you and the student team. However, as is the norm with all innovation processes, outcomes and project focus will typically shift a couple of times. Outcomes can range from prototypes, data analysis web-applications, designs to mock-ups and demos.
  • Project outcomes in full or in parts are published under one of the common open source licenses and made available to other Cloud Innovations Centers and communities all over the world.
    As a participating organisations you can always build on what is developed by you and the students.

What is the role of Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

  • Providing cloud access and expertise thus enabling participants to build and explore cloud based digital solutions free of charge.
  • Offering ongoing cloud training and innovation workshops for CODE and Better Future Lab participants.
  • Supporting Projects with cloud and leadership expertise as well as facilitating the “Amazon Backwards Process”.

What is the AWS Cloud Innovation Center Initiative?

  • The partnership between AWS and CODE centers around CODE’s Better Future Lab which will be realized as part of the AWS Cloud Innovation Centre Program (CIC).
  • The AWS Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) initiative is a global program enabling higher education facilities to build cloud computing technology expertise and innovate with partners from the profit and non-profit sector to solve public and regional challenges.

What is the “Working Backwards” Process?

  • The Working Backwards Process is an innovation methodology developed by Amazon. Answering 5 key questions, it starts by clarifying the customers needs and their desired outcomes. When done correctly, this approach has been proven to create a shared vision for user-centered solutions.

What are the 17 SDG’s?

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all developed by the United Nations. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. If you want to know more click here.

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