It’s July in Georgia. It’s hot. You have your dog in the car, but you want to run into the gas station to grab a bag of chips.
What do you do?
Dawg Camp Innovate students were up for the challenge. The incoming University of Georgia freshmen pitched a collapsible cooling fan that folds out of the car’s floorboard, a dog vest with cool water tubes to chill your pup, and a super-cooled seat cover that uses a chemical reaction to produce cold on-demand.
“It’s fun to learn how to think on your feet and in a different way,” said incoming freshman Maren Misiaszek, as she and her team refined an idea for a wearable cooling device for dogs.
A week ago, she never heard of design thinking. But this week, she’s using the process to develop an idea for a product that could protect the pets’ lives — and she got a head start meeting the students in her dorm. This fall she’ll live at “The Launch Pad” — an entrepreneurship affinity residence hall set up in 2018.
Dawg Camp Innovate, an extended orientation program for UGA first-year students, introduces them to design thinking concepts, faculty members and the facilities supporting UGA’s Entrepreneurship Program and the UGA Innovation District.