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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Project X-ITE partners with faculty across academic units to create cross-disciplinary, experiential learning opportunities for students. These opportunities provide hands-on learning experiences for students to solve real-world problems in a collaborative, team-based setting. Students receive course credit and are able to make strong connections for future employment opportunities.


The Internet of Things will require every company to rethink its business strategies and operating structures in order to remain relevant in its industry. The structure of this course series is for teams of cross campus students to work on IoT projects that are scoped to meet the specific needs of industry clients. Each project work plan is designed to produce a management consultant style report with a heavy emphasis on innovative thinking and industry results. Teams consist of 4-6 students representing engineering, computer science, marketing, finance and liberal arts. Students interact directly with company functional leaders, which could result in employment opportunities with client companies.

In 2019, we held two programs with Arrow Electronics and DISH. The Arrow Electronics project brought students across finance, engineering, marketing and computer science backgrounds to develop, promote and scrutinize the value proposition for Arrow’s Internet of Things (IoT) data connectivity services. The project spanned two academic quarters and included eight students whose majors were in engineering, marketing, accounting, economics, international studies, integrated sciences and business analytics. Engineering students learned about the complexities of multi-tier channel pricing while business students learned about various wireless technologies.

Learn about past projects and cross-disciplinary course offerings below.


Kiwibot Commercialization Project

Kiwibot is a start-up company that provides residential communities with safe and affordable robotic food delivery service that reduces traffic congestion and maximizes carbon free mobility. The service is available now in Berkley, CA with Denver having been selected as their first expansion city. To learn more about the Kiwibot service, please visit

The primary objective of this project is for a cross-campus team of students to commercialize the Kiwibot food delivery service on the DU campus. Business development steps will include thorough up-front analysis and planning; extensive market, service and environment trials; and a controlled commercialization roll-out. The long-term goal is to expand the service to the greater Denver area operating it as a student run franchise.

This is your opportunity to be part of a real business. The project will started in fall quarter and runs through winter and spring quarters. As an operating franchise business, students will be paid $20/hour for up to 10 hours per week of their time. Even better is the chance to be part of a company that could revolutionize the food delivery industry.

Re/Max Innovation Project

As one of the leading global real estate franchisors, RE/MAX has over 125,000 agents in more than 110 countries and territories. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX, as measured by residential transaction sides. To learn more, please visit

Dedicated to innovation and change in the real estate industry, the objective of this project is to develop a strategic plan based on the expected consumer agency model 5 years from now. Key industry dynamics include advancing technologies, evolving sales transaction models, and shifting buyer and seller expectations. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of the buyer, seller and agent relationship and the underlying selection criteria.

This is a perfect opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of how the real estate market is changing while working with an industry leader that is clearly investing in the future. The project started in fall and runs through winter and spring quarters. Students will earn 2 credit hours/quarter in addition to getting valuable client exposure that could lead to a summer internship and/or full-time employment.

Hitachi IoT Project

Hitachi helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. They help enterprises store, enrich, activate and monetize their data to improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams and lower their business costs.  Over 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi for data solutions. To learn more, please visit

The project objective is to establish an IoT application development and proof of concept process to further monetize Hitachi’s Lumada Services Platform. A lead customer approach will be employed to ensure that application requirements are truly market driven with success being measured based on market scalability.

This is a perfect opportunity to gain first hand experience developing IoT applications on a world class service platform. The project started in fall and continues through winter and spring quarters. Students will earn 2 credit hours/quarter in addition to getting valuable client exposure that could lead to a summer internship and/or full-time employment.

Read the DU NewsRoom article about the Hitachi Innovation Project here.

H4D: Innovative Defense

Are you interested in developing tech solutions to solve important national security problems? Apply for the Hacking For Defense interdisciplinary course, offered jointly by the Colorado School of Mines and DU! Learn more about H4D here.

Are you an industry partner who is interested in partnering with DU?

If you are interested in partnering with DU and having students help you on a project – whether it is researching a problem, crafting an innovative solution, or troubleshooting systems issues, we want to hear from you. The possibilities for collaboration are vast!

“I didn’t know anything about the Internet of Things and now I can talk intelligently about it.”


Arrow Electronics Project

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