I just got back from three days at the Royal College of Art in London—three amazing days. If you are looking for innovation and design talent for your companies or your consultancies, you have got to check out the incredible students coming out of the RCA. I met and talked with them—many award winners from the various contests they hold every year—and they are world class. The solutions these students came up with for difficult problems were game-changing. They see things with fresh eyes and fresh insight.
I was there to speak on Innovation Night, an annual event which celebrates students’ best work. This year was special. It was the 150th anniversary of The Great Exhibition, which made a hefty profit that was then invested in the RCA, the Imperial College, the Albert and Victoria Museum and other great institutions.
Jeremy Myerson runs InnovationRCA, a series of programs that effectively promote innovation among the students. One helps them commerialize their creations. Another plugs them into corporations willing to sponsor student projects. Yet another gives special awards to the most brilliant of creations. And I did see brilliant creations. Jeremy is leading the RCA to integrate design and business and engineering and indeed, will soon be giving a Design MBA.
No, Jonathan Ive (iPod, iPhone) did not do graduate work at the RCA. But James Dyson did as well as IDEO’s Tim Brown.
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