Jen van der Meer

Lean at NYU ITP

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Starting next Monday – (one week defer thanks to the blizzard) – an open invitation to any entrepreneur, funder, or advisor to startups to visit our Lean class at ITP. This year we focus not just on lean but on the actual efforts required to develop a product to MVP – and the students will […]

Lean at ITP Spring 2015

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Apply as a team, launch an MVP in one semester. NYU ITP is offering for the second time a for-credit Lean class designed to get your team to a minimum viable product launch within one semester. This course is open to all enrolled NYU students, and you are invited to join a team or submit […]

Bodies and Buildings: Paradigms, Anti-Oedipus, and Passive House November 3 2014

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Last class we did a quick tour of Paradigm Shifts, Deleuze and Guattari, and Passive House vs. LEED. Anti-Oedipus: A Thousand Plateaus. Capitalism and Schizophrenia. We looked at Deleuze and Guattari as an exercise in mindset shift – there is nothing like Anti-Oedipus in the hands of a global group of makers who can manufacture […]

Bodies and Buildings Class 5: Ebola outbreak, the power to change the rules

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The past two weeks in class we spent time first paying attention to the Ebola crisis, then trying to map out the system as we understand it. While much of health technology has come to focus on in hospital systems, electronic health records, and chronic disease management, we wanted to see what we could envision […]

Bodies and Buildings Class 3: Health Systems and Open Data

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We mapped the obesity systems of Japan, Mongolia, Korea, Columbia, and the NJ Path Conductors. Last week students not born in the US were surprised that the obesity epidemic “snuck up” on Americans. So students looked at other countries, and those that focused on their home countries were surprised to find the epidemic at its roots. […]

Bodies and Buildings Class 2: Bodies and the Obesity Epidemic

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Tracking the global 20-30 something at ITP. No students have a TV. No students use Foursquare (abandoned), or Swarm (never downloaded) but most still tethered to Facebook. Half of students have paid money for in game purchases, up to $800 to keep up with virtual friends. No one is actively wearing a fitness wearable. Wow. […]

Bodies and Buildings Class 1: Intro to Systems Thinking

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Have we reached the limits of growth:   Bodies are in trouble right now – despite reaching the peak of productivity the US now leads the world in the rampant growth of chronic diseases that lower life expectancy, and reduce life quality. “People are living longer than projected in 1990 — on average, 10.7 more […]

Bodies and Buildings NYU ITP Syllabus for 2014

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Bodies and Buildings Fall 2014 Syllabus NYU ITP Instructor: Jen van der Meer jd1159 at nyu dot edu Mondays 6:30 – 9:25 PM 721 Broadway at Waverly Why is it so hard to care for our planet and ourselves? We seem hungover from a century of prosperity and ingenuity, unable to invent economic models that […]

Craving Tactile, Human Connections through Technology

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The 4th Annual NYU ITP Pitchfest For the past four years I’ve had the honor of organizing the NYU ITP Pitchfest, a workshop series and pitch day for entrepreneurial ITP students and their creative technology companies. Student teams iterate on their thesis and course projects to build them into companies, pitching to New York’s most […]

Lean Customer Discovery Needs Design Research

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When you are in a startup, under the gun, trying to execute – how do you find time for empathy? Lean launchpad simulates entrepreneurship by requiring founders to get out of the building…and into their customer’s world. Teams succeed when they start talking to people, and find the magic in actually validating their hypotheses with […]