Honestly, I chose this course because it was required that we have to choose one optional course. Except this reason, It is in the second semester if I want to have a relax and easy in the later half semester. So I am not clearly about what I was expected from this course, maybe just finish and pass it at the end.

But when I realized the teacher is same with that of the entrepreneur course, I abruptly have a big interest since the teacher is so funny and the class is so active. Through writing down our own calling card, the teacher can easily interact with any student and do not leave or ignore some silent and shy students. So I have a huge passion for it.

Two days ago, I went to join the Armada community event, I met lots of companies and professional experts, and most of them I never heard before. After collecting the information about the different companies, I checked their official websites after backing my apartment and acquired lots of news about open and user innovations.

I asked lots of companies and they just look for full-time workers rather than internships. Only except the company SCA which sells some forest products such as baby diapers and feminine care. We talked a lot and she told me that the most important method for them to modify the products and improve the quality is through users. The user’s feedback is the most direct and important to reflect the problems of their products. During their research, they always interview different target groups and ask their suggestions, through analyzing these data, they can get a very good way to improve the reflection of the products. Meanwhile, they always share their good ideas with their partners, Also, when companies are looking to develop technologies and products, they always try to use external research capabilities as well as internal research capabilities. There are many ways of achieving open innovations such as Industry-university research cooperation, enterprise technology alliance, technology M & A, technology purchase, and technology outsourcing, external development model of internal technological achievements etc. The user innovation matches the different patterns of open innovations which are a better way to come to some fantastic ideas and high-quality products.

In this course, I kindly realized the importance role of users in the process of products design. It is not just about the manufacturers business, users modification are not minor but qualitative and important in the near future. So it should be better if we ask the users to be the participant of the design process or after the design, we can solicit their opinions.

Additionally, from this event, I realized that I have to learn more skills or professional knowledge to improve myself such as the graphic design software and should be proficient in one particular programming language. This is the best way for me to join the future open innovation world.

However, it would be better if the teacher can give us some conclusions about at the end of this course so we can clearly notice what we learn from this course. And this is the direct way for us to remember in the long term.

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