To take part in the Challenges module, all students need to sign a very strict confidentiality agreement prior to the start of the module. This is due to the type of information that companies will share with students.
The module starts with a month of training in solving challenges through innovation. Once this month of training is completed, the student must pass a final test to ensure that they are ready to solve real challenges.
It is important to note that if the student does not pass this test, they will have to abandon the module. In this case, IMB School will refund the student the amount of the registration fee proportional to the part of the module that cannot be completed.
SOLVING CHALLENGES IN TEAMS
All eligible students will go on to solve the challenges in teams. Students have almost 5 weeks to solve each challenge, and there will be a total of 6 challenges to solve from different leading companies in the sector.
The way in which the resolution of each challenge will work is as follows:
A few days before the opening session of each challenge, you and your team will receive a detailed description of the challenge so you can prepare the questions you would like to ask the company and make sure you fully understand.
In the same week following the opening session, you will receive additional keynotes by experts from the company related to the topic of the challenge. At this point, the goal is to get more insights for a deeper understanding of its scope and implications before diving into its resolution.
Each team will have approximately 1 month to solve that challenge. At least 2 days a week, there are going to be scheduled mandatory meetings with your peers in the official IMB School virtual rooms. In some of these meetings an expert consultant mentor might join to supervise, check and help if required. However, your team will be in touch with the Academic Board throughout the whole process.
Additionally, half way through the resolution you and your peers will have another livestream Q&A session with the company representatives to ask any further questions that might have come up while working on the challenge during these two weeks.
The final proposal to each challenge will be presented in a livestream session to the company representatives, who will provide some general feedback and choose a winning proposal. All members of the winning team will get a prize from the company as an acknowledgment of the professional quality of their work.
DEEP DIVE RESEARCH
Simultaneously to all the team work, all Challenges students will have to undertake an individual endeavour. This will be an individual research project focused on one of the innovation methodologies in the context of the music sector.