NUS Third Year | Second Semester in Review

This is going to be a really short review since I was on ATAP this semester. ATAP is a 6 months long internship programme offered by the Computer Science department. Internships have been made compulsory since my batch (AY14/15 onwards) - which is a good move in my opinion.

I got the opportunity to do my internship at the FinTech company, PayPal from January till June and its been a great journey indeed. Since I was on ATAP, the only module I took this semester is EE3031 - Innovation and Enterprise I. This was offered as an evening module to cater to the large majority who were on internship full-time.

EE3031 - Innovation & Enterprise I

EE3031 is entirely focused on entrepreneurship. Even if you are not exactly keen towards being an entrepreneur, at least you will learn the entire process of ideation to prototyping and starting up a business which is, in my opinion, good knowledge to have. I took this module under Prof. Hari Krishna Garg, who also happens to be the module coordinator.

The module is divided into 3 main projects. Project 1 is done individually. In essence, it would require you to pitch your idea for a startup business succinctly to your classmates. After everyone in the class has done this, an internal voting will be done to choose the most popular ones. I was really overjoyed because my idea came in with the top votes! I titled the idea as InstaDub, an instant dubbing solution which will allow anyone to watch digital content in any language. My problem statement was to break the language barriers in digital content. Once the votes are made, around 10 popular projects are chosen and then classmates choose to join their favourite ideas with a maximum of 4-5 people in a group.

Project 2 is a pitch by your team to an audience of your choice, which can be potential users or VCs etc. You will have to create a video storyboard along with a brochure and slides. It was pretty interesting doing this project. My team had a lot of fun especially because the openness of the project means you are left up to your creativity.

Project 3 is more of refined pitch, similar to project 2. But by now, you would have gone through the economics of running a business etc. So depending on your imagined audience again, you will have to cater your pitch towards that. For my team, it was potential users whom we are convincing to join our Kickstarter campaign. This project as well, is left up to you on what and how your team wants to present.

Thankfully, there are no exams for this module. It is more of a hands-on module involving projects. Apart from the 3 projects, we were required to write an Insights paper which is more of a reflection of what you have gained through the module and also a little about feedback sharing.

Overall, EE3031 was an easy and fun module. It’s fun because it is very much an open module which encourages and allows you to experiment things as your creativity suggests. Prof Hari is very enthusiastic about his lectures and I almost always enjoyed all the lectures by him. Every now and then, there will be invited guests from the industry who come in to share their entrepreneurial experiences which was also interesting.

Grade Obtained: A

Difficulty (out of 5): ☆☆