Get it Done Series: Building a Proof-of-Concept

Date(s) - 01/17/18
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Polsky Center

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Get it Done Series: Building a Proof-of-Concept

Wed, January 17, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

This workshop will walk through the first step in translating an idea from an abstract concept into something concrete. A proof-of-concept is a disposable version of your idea that simply needs to do what the name implies: prove that it’s possible to realize the concept. In the field of web development, this might be a simple web page with nothing but one button that generates Twitter feed output when it’s clicked. It let’s us know if we’re on the right track and can be an important step before creating a prototype of our idea.

We’ll discuss how to start developing an idea, how to focus only on the critical problems that need to be solved, and what it means that a proof of concept isn’t meant to be a a fully useful product. We’ll look at several examples, including ones supplied by you!, and finish by discussing how to transition from making a proof-of-concept to making a prototype.


About the presenter:

Tommy Thomas, Web Application Developer
Tommy’s areas of expertise include OOP development in PHP, JavaScript and SQL development, and database design. He’s also experienced in Java development. His undergraduate studies took him from the University of Pennsylvania to Chicago State University and the University of Chicago. Tommy started working in IT in 1999 at Purple Monkey Studios, a start-up software company in Oak Park, as a production assistant and quickly moved to web development where he worked for four years. Tommy has also worked as a programmer for the Cook County Treasurer’s Office and the Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as a freelance developer.


About the Series:

Get 2018 started on the right entrepreneurial foot with the Polsky Get It Done Series. These hands-on workshops are designed to maximize and capitalize on your “new year, new entrepreneur” spirit and jumpstart a year of progress on your startup. Workshops will cover a range of topics—everything from idea and product development to how to craft the perfect pitch deck. This is just what you need to finally…. Get. It. Done.”