Education

MOOC Responsible Innovation

TU Delft offers ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs) on the edX-platform. A MOOC is an online course aiming at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants.

This course discusses the concept of responsible innovation, its meaning and its significance by addressing the societal implications of new technologies and showing how we might incorporate ethical considerations into technical innovations.
In this course, we will:

  • Discuss the concept of responsible innovation, the individual and collective responsibility and the ethical issues regarding innovation.
  • Discuss tools and approaches to responsible innovation, like Value Sensitive Design (VSD).
  • Investigate the economic aspects of responsible innovation.
  • Introduce constructive technology assessment.
  • Elucidate the relation between risk and responsible innovation.

For more information please visit the TU Delft website.

IDEA League Summer Schools

Each year, IDEA League offers a summer school at each of the participating universities. The Department of Values, Technology and Innovation at TU Delft organizes this summer school for TU Delft. Applications are open to all PhD and master students from the participating universities.

During the last years, the topics of the summer schools offered were:

Emerging Technology-Based Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The specialization Emerging Technology-Based Innovation & Entrepreneurship aims at students that want to gain in-depth knowledge of how emerging technologies contribute to societal challenges and provide opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. New emerging technologies can have economic, social and environmental impact. Examples of emerging technologies include smart grids, 4G wireless technology, and cloud computing.

Building on the concept of Responsible Innovation, students learn to better understand how new emerging technologies can have a variety of social, economic and environmental impacts and how these impacts can be balanced. Knowing these impacts and how to take the benefit from emerging technologies in a responsible way provides opportunities for innovation managers and entrepreneurs over those who lack such understanding. By making use of specific strategic niche management and instruments we focus on the process by which newly developed technologies move from initial idea to successful new technologies in the market and the strategies which firms can apply in those markets to make their technologies successful. In particular, we focus on the emergence of dominant designs, identifying commercial applications of new technologies and the role of various stakeholders in (innovation) networks.

In the second quarter students can choose whether to follow the stream of Corporate entrepreneurship or the stream Turning technology into business. Corporate entrepreneurship investigates how incumbents can develop an organization which is more conducive to entrepreneurial behavior and how it can manage corporate venture programs to tap into emerging technologies and new and small business ventures. Turning Technology into Business takes the new technology as the starting point and tries to identify commercial applications.

Emerging technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly important in a fast moving society where many new opportunities arise every day. Essential skills and insights from experience are acquired from this specialization, which focuses on technology-based entrepreneurship. It is a natural extension to the Management of Technology master program.

For more information on this program, you can contact Dr. Geerten van de Kaa.