Last week, Wharton Innovation & Design Club partnered with the Wharton Technology Club to present tools you can use for innovation. We had a packed house as we talked through websites, tools and technologies you can leverage to bring ideas to life. Here are three key takeaways from the event:
First, tools are vast. Click here for our presentation and a full(er) list of free or affordable tools across research, analytics and prototyping. We only scratched the surface during the lunch hour, but if there are specific tools or areas we didn't cover, let us know in the comments section below.
Second, tools are easy. You don't need to have a computer science background or design expertise to create websites or prototype. Most platforms and apps are intuitive and come with substantive customer support. You can also leverage your Penn network. Our presenters were all Penn students who are more than happy to help you throughout your innovation process.
Third, tools help you execute on your ideas, but remember to keep in mind other resources you have to first explore and define user needs through the design thinking process. Come check out our needfinding workshop with Penn's Integrated Product Design Program Associate Director Sarah Rottenberg next Wednesday, 18 Nov. Sarah will be walking through how you can better understand your users and build products and services that actually meet their needs.