FAQ

I am interested in a particular topic and would like more information.

You can email us at battellecenter@osu.edu for more information.

How do I pick my topic?

Before the first class, you will have the opportunity to give us your Top 3 choices for the problem statements offered. We will put people on teams based on these choices and should give everyone something in their Top 3.

How often is this course offered?

We offer this course Fall and Spring Semester! Plenty of opportunities to get into this class.

Are their any prerequisites for this class?

All students from any college who have junior or senior standing or are graduate students are able to take this course.

 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Who owns the intellectual property tested?

If you’re working with an OSU related-technology (i.e. either research from one of the team members or University IP), you must check with the Office of Technology, Licensing to understand Ohio State’s ownership rights in any resulting IP. You own what Intellectual Property (patents, hardware, algorithms, etc.) you brought to class with you. No one (other than OSU) has claim to anything you brought to class. You all own any intellectual property developed for the class (such as code for a web-based project) developed during class. You are agreeing to open-source your class developed assets. Your DOD/IC sponsor will have access to those materials. You and your team members need to disclose to each other and your DOD/IC sponsor what IP/Licensing rights any company you’ve worked at has to inventions you make at school. If any or you decide to start a company based on the class, you own only what was written and completed in the class. You have no claim for work done before or after the class quarter.

 

If a subset of the team decides to start a company they do NOT “owe” anything to any other team members for work done in and during the class. All team members are free to start the same company, without permission of the others. (We would hope that a modicum of common sense and fairness would apply.)
By taking this class you have agreed to these terms with your team. You may decide to modify these terms before the class by having all team members agree in writing before the team is accepted in the class.

 

I feel my idea / Mission Model may become a real company and the “next killer app” and I want to own it myself what should I do?

This is more than likely the wrong class to take. Your slides, notes and findings will be publicly shared. Your team owns everything done in class. Discuss Intellectual Property rights with your team from the beginning. If you can’t come to agreement with the team, join another team, pick another project, or drop the class. Remember anything you do and learn in the class is public.

 

Will my Intellectual Property rights be protected when I discuss my ideas with the class?

This is an open class. There are no non-disclosures. All your presentations and Customer Discovery and Validation notes, business model canvas, blogs and slides can, and most likely will, be made public. This class is not an incubator. At times you will learn by seeing how previous classes solved the same class of problem by looking at their slides, notes and blogs.

Keep in mind that successful companies are less about the original idea and more about the learning, discovery and execution. (That’s the purpose of this class.) Therefore you must be prepared to share your ideas openly with the class. It is a forum for you to “bounce” your ideas off your peers.

 

I’m not comfortable sharing what I learn with others what should I do?

Don’t take this class. This class is not an incubator. At times you will learn by seeing how previous classes solved the same class of problem by looking at their slides, notes and blogs.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE

What kind of support will our team have?

You will have access to the teaching team who will help guide you through this process of creating your solution and the presentation for the end of the class. You will also have contact with the sponsor for your challenge as a contact point and make sure that you are giving them what they need.

How often can we/should we meet with our mentor?

Your mentor is expecting to meet with you at least every week face-to-face or by Skype. You can email them or meet with them more often if they have time.

Can I talk to a mentor not assigned to my team?

By all means, do so. All the mentors are happy to help. However they cannot support your team full time unless your mentor decides to swap places with them.

 

TEAM DYNAMICS

What roles are in each team?

Traditionally, each team member is part of the “customer development team”. You have to figure out how to allocate the work and the general dynamics between the team. Part of the challenge of this course is to work within an interdisciplinary team and work with each other’s strengths.

What if my team becomes dysfunctional?

Prepare to work through difficult issues. Putting you in the real world means conflicts may come up and you will need to be flexible, diplomatic, and understanding. If the situation continues, approach the teaching team. Do not wait until the end of the quarter to raise the issue.

What if one of my teammates is not “pulling his/her weight”?
Try to resolve it within your team. If the situation continues longer than a week, please approach the teaching team. Final grades will also reflect individual participation and contribution.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

Continual feedback weekly. Our instructors do not hold back in giving you the information you need to be able to succeed. Be ready for feedback that will be critical of the work you are doing and the direction of your team in order to help get you on the right track!