Innovation Space

The OPIM Innovation Space is an area dedicated to hands on discovery. It is located in the UConn School of Business OPIM Department outside of Room 388. This space is the entry point for our initiative and is also where you sign in with our student Lab Specialists.

In this space students and faculty are able to use the principles of design thinking to help develop new projects. They can also choose to learn more about a particular technology by working through three different levels of tutorials Tech Kits across our five different technology paths.



The empathize phase is based on user demographics and understanding the wants and needs of your audience. The empathize phase shares the space and resources with the Define phase.

Innovation Space: Empathize Space


In the define phase, you need to be begin by defining the objectives. In our Define space we have set up high top tables to create a space where you can meet with stakeholders of project or use our games and activities to get the creativity flowing.

Innovation Space: Define Space


In the ideate phase, generate as many ideas as possible and narrow down the options from there. It is highly encouraged to thinking freely and creatively. In our Ideate space we have set up a double-sided mobile whiteboard to allow for free thinking and quick idea generation.

Innovation Space: Ideate Space


In the prototype phase, it is important to develop a sample product that you can engage with. In our Prototype space we have set up a short throw projector, workstation, and space to collaborate with a team if needed.

Innovation Space: Prototype Space