By: Sabrina Strauss, Office Manager
On July 26, 36 students from the Norwegian School of Economics’ Corporate Innovation program visited the Xylem - Digital Solutions’ San Francisco office to learn about innovation in the water industry. The 36 students are all enrolled at a summer business certificate program at UC Berkeley. CEO Christine Boyle and their professor Leah Edwards have been working together for several years to help students gain office experience and learn about innovation in Silicon Valley. For the past 3 summers (2017-2019), Valor / Xylem has hosted two summer interns from the program, with both Xylem and the interns learning a lot each year. Interns have helped with marketing material, product documentation, and user group event planning. We also host them to a baseball game each summer.
The 2019 program on Corporate Innovation focusses on startup methods utilized within bigger organizations, as well as the acquisition of startups as a way to kickstart innovation in big companies. The one-day visit aimed to provide students real -life examples of corporate innovation, with a focus on the water industry.
Christine Boyle started the session with an introduction of Xylem and their business mission, as well as the development of their relationship with Valor Water Analytics, which led to the company’s acquisition in 2018. Valor Water is now part of the Xylem - Digital Solutions group. Next, Xylem staff delivered sessions on product management, data science & AI, and software development practices at Xylem.
The students showed great interest in each presentation, and had great questions. It was a pleasure to have the group and their Professor stop by, and we are looking forward to the next batch in 2020.