The Capstone project course engages a wide range of partners across academia and industries. Projects selected typically:
Involve a business or organizational challenge;
Have a point of contact within the relevant organization;
Include complex or large-scale data;
Involve computational or engineering challenges.
Project outcomes may include any combination of data visualization, modeling, algorithm development and/or software development. Project development usually involves one or two meetings between the course instructor and the lead partner contacts during which the scope and content of the projects are built out to fit the curriculum.
As a partner for the Capstone, your organization will have the opportunity to work with talented Harvard students and faculty applying modern computational methods and analytics to real problems.
Partners will be expected to meet with the student teams once at the start of the semester. Thereafter, the Harvard teaching staff are responsible for advising and mentoring the students. Students will provide regular reports to partners, but partners are not required to make additional time commitments, unless they wish to. Many of our partners in the past have enjoyed interacting with students and providing frequent feedback.