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Making it Matter

Everything is invented, and every invention is brought to life by a group of innovators who analyze, imagine, try, fail, persist, and eventually succeed. We believe that anyone can learn to do the same – you just need the right tools, mindsets, and methodologies.

Inworks is an innovation initiative of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. A home for creators, thinkers, designers, and makers, we’re a collaborative community of learners and leaders committed to solving humanity’s most pressing problems. In our two state-of-the-art prototyping labs, we draw on expertise from many disciplines to synthesize unique solutions to real-world challenges. At Inworks, we learn and teach through making, but we don’t just make things – we make them matter.

Inworks Innovation Formula


Radical Interdisciplinarity

In an age where everything is connected to everything else, the knowledge needed to solve a problem is often to be found in a completely different domain than the problem itself. But there’s more to it. Collaborating with others might give you the key information you’re missing, but the real impact happens when diverse ways of thinking collide, giving rise to genuinely new ideas.


Design Thinking 

Design thinking is less about thinking and more about doing. Practicing this approach means developing solutions to complex problems using equal parts empathy and evidence, creativity and practicality to match human need with feasibility.


Computational Thinking 

There’s way more to it than writing code. Many problems can be solved (or the solutions enhanced) using digital technology. Computational thinking allows us to create human artifacts of every kind – structures, art, music, medicine, aircraft, entertainment, entire worlds of imagination – using computing as the instrument of creation.


Disruptive Innovation

Most innovations are incremental improvements to existing systems. A few innovations change the value proposition to such an extent that they disrupt an entire market. Both types are necessary, and the fusion of interdisciplinary collaboration, design, and computational thinking brings them within reach.

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Featured Spring 2019 Course: Product Design

Explore the design requirements associated with creating a product that will be manufactured in large quantities and used by potentially thousands of users. These requirements are often very different from those associated with creating a working prototype. This gap between prototype creation and starting a business offers an interesting and unique set of design challenges. As part of the course, teams of students will engage in a realistic product design cycle.

Spring 2019 Courses

Inworks EXPO | December 8, 2-5 PM

You’re invited to Inworks’ Fall 2018 Expo! On December 8th, from 2-5 pm, students and community members will display their innovative projects and showcase the results of their collaborative work. Join us at Expo to meet the teams of innovators, explore their big ideas, and vote for your favorite. At the end of the event, award winners will be announced, including the winners of the Lewis Family’s $3000 Make It Matter Award.

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