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The Frugal Innovation Lab is a collaborative space for students and faculty to work with industry partners and NGOs to research and implement new technologies for consumers in emerging markets. The lab environment, along with expert faculty guidance, facilitates the critical transition from theoretical learning to practical skill application.
FIL distinguishes itself from other international innovation programs by closely integrating the classroom curriculum and hands-on work with our network of alumni from SCU’s Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) program. Through these ready-made partnerships, unique to Santa Clara, students come to understand the necessity of frugal innovation as they address the specific design constraints and engineering challenges faced by GSBI social entrepreneurs.
This 'Lab Within a Lab' serves as one of the main programmatic elements of the Frugal Innovation Lab. Students are able to collaborate with faculty members from all disciplines as well as social enterprises to develop mobile applications and platforms that allow for the pursuance of improvements in health care, clean water, and livelihood development.