Knowledge Integration

On Wednesday, February 10, Northwestern’s IDC students were challenged by the University of Waterloo’s Knowledge Integration department to come up with the perfect backpack. This is not a challenge to be taken lightly as it involves considering a multitude of possibilities which could promote or sink their product. Students were asked to think outside of the box in the development of their product and this group of students certainly did! We had backpacks with solar panels….to recharge their laptops and phones, security measures to prevent theft, and an oddly built high altitude backpack that ran on some kind of historic German technology? Who knew? Students came away from this experience clearly inspired by the great vibe coming from this group of University of Waterloo students.


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