I-Corps Regional Course at
SPIE Photonics West
San Francisco, CA
January - February 2024
In this hybrid course (January 8 - February 9), a select group of researchers working on Optics & Photonics technology will "get out of their comfort zone" and talk to customers at the SPIE Photonics West Conference to identify the best product-market fit. The course begins online and culminates with a trip to San Francisco, CA for SPIE Photonics West. Up to $5,000 (depending on team size) in travel reimbursement funding will be available for accepted teams*.
You may apply with a team of 1-3 people. Teams may not split attendance between members. Please only include the members of your team that will be fully participating in the course. All team members are required to attend and participate fully in every course session and complete all coursework.
This is important for two reasons:
1) Course learning is cumulative
2) Only team members who personally complete the full course can be considered for NSF lineage and a nomination for national I-Corps Teams
Application Closes: Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Course opens for pre-course work: Monday, January 8, 2024
Session 1: Tuesday, January 16 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 2a: Thursday, January 18 TBD**
Session 2b: Monday, January 22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 2c: Wednesday, January 24 TBD**
In-person in San Francisco, CA*
Session 3a: Tuesday, January 30 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Office hours: Tuesday, January 30 4:00 - 7:00 PM **
Session 3b: Wednesday, January 31 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Office hours: Wednesday, January 31 4:00 - 7:00 PM **
Session 5a: Thursday, February 1 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Session 5b: Wednesday, February 7 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 6: Friday, February 9 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
*International travel is prohibited. Reimbursement funding is only available for domestic travel. Any expenses related to international travel is ineligible for reimbursement. The NSF I-Corps program is intended for individuals within the US.
**There will be scheduled office hours meetings with teams and instructors between sessions 1 & 2b, between 2b and 3a, sessions 3a & 3b, and 3b and 5a. Meeting times will depend on the availability of the teams and the instructors.