If accepted, your club will receive an official REDX Club license. A successful application demonstrates that you and your founding members are organized, dedicated, creative, responsible, and passionate about finding solutions to problems that can impact billions of lives.
(1) Assemble a REDX Club Senior Board of Innovators
This group of approximately five to ten leaders are responsible for planning and coordinating most of the REDX Club’s meetings, activities, projects, speakers, and other Club functions. These leaders will select projects to focus on for submission to REDX and will appoint Club members to be the point people on these projects. The REDX Senior Board of Innovators will also be responsible for reviewing applications to the Club and selectively inviting new members to join.
Your team should people with diverse skills and interests -- including skills in engineering, IT, business and design. In the beginning, your Club may not have many material resources available. As a result, your Board’s most important resource will be the contacts you can convene: people you know with skills, expertise, materials, facilities, and other resources that will help you put your ideas into action.
(2) Confirm a REDX Club Advisor
The advisor is typically a faculty member. This person is responsible for leading negotiations within the institution and faculty and acting as an academic advisor, according to university rules, as well as with outside institutions.
(3) Plan REDX Club Build-a-thon - like a barn raising
Big event that gets the community involved - talent magnet for people and ideas.
Launch Party. The goals of this event are to build connections with other students and organizations, to establish your REDX Club as a major presence in your school or community, and to draw large numbers of applicants to your Club. Using your club’s connections and network, you can hold a big event for hundreds of people from such different sectors of society as business, research institutions, government, civic organizations, and industry. These people will benefit your project and provide necessary resources for your club in the future. Typically, a launch party will have a host, several speakers from different professions, REDX club members, and audience from society. The whole party should not take longer than four hours. It is recommended to start the event in the afternoon and end before 9 PM.
REDX clubs should be familiar with the SPOT PROBE GROW LAUNCH platform. This is the path that we take to identify problems to pursue, and to progress from idea to proof of concept to prototype to solution to impact. Typically, a first event will uncover and articulate challenges that innovators can pursue.
Look Local, Think Global: REDX Clubs are encouraged to draw inspiration from current issues in their communities to provide perspectives that outsiders might not be able to bring. An ideal proposal of a project should not only focus on its original problem, but also have practical implications on a broader perspective.
Look Before You Leap: Make sure your REDX Club team is capable of carrying out the project you plan before you bite off more than you can chew. Just because an idea is good doesn’t mean that it is feasible. Be ambitious, but make sure your projects won’t be unrealistically challenging, time-consuming, or expensive for your Club and team members.
Work Smarter, Not Harder: In a university environment, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of brilliant people involved in groundbreaking work potentially related to your project. Take advantage of them! These projects can tie in closely with work that people are already doing on class assignments, senior theses, dissertations, Ph.D. research, anything you can think of!
(5) Spend 10 weeks training and developing the ideas
Videos/Multimedia During the 10-week session, it is important to keep absorbing new ideas and inspirations from renowned individuals. Their perspectives and experience might be a big help for you and your project. Therefore you should prepare quality videos in advance. We recommend the speakers from TEDxBeaconstreet. For example, Ramesh Raskar’s “Idea Hexagon” is a solid starting point to gather innovation spirit. Watching videos is an effective way to educate your club members during the course of your project development, and the speakers can help you “think outside the box”. The MIT Emerging Worlds team will provide course materials that you can take online.
You should make connections with other technology or engineering clubs on your campus or in your community, as well as REDX Labs and other REDX Clubs on other campuses. Sharing contacts, ideas, materials, and resources benefits everyone!