Getting Started

Do you have a project idea you want to get started on? We cannot wait to help you begin! But first, there are a few steps you will need to take before you can begin turning your project into reality.

The first thing you will need to do is fill out the Project Application Form. It will ask you about the goals of the project, the process, the timeline involved, and more. Though we don’t expect everything to be precisely planned out, the more detailed you can make it, the smoother your project process will be.

Once you have filled out the Project Application Form, email tesla@umn.edu the completed form with the subject “Project Proposal” and prepare yourself or your team to present the project idea at an Officers Meeting. This presentation gives the officers an opportunity to listen to your idea and ask questions about the process and goals, all to help ensure your project is a success.

After your presentation, your proposal officially becomes a project and you will be assigned a 1-on-1, typically an officer of Tesla Works. This person is your main point of contact within the Board of Officers, and they also serve to assist you and your project when a road block arises. While they may not always be able to help your project technically, they can provide you with the resources to get back on track, or at least show where to find them.

Having successfully navigated your first presentation, it’s time for your next one. Your next step is to present your project at a Tesla Works meeting. The object of this presentation is to generate excitement about your project and get members on your project team.

Now that you have a project team, you’re ready to get to work. For any materials you may need for your project, you can submit a Funding Request asking for those resources. Once your materials arrive, you are free to work at your own pace. Along the way, you can continue to submit Funding Requests, report on progress to the group, and recruit more team members as needed. If you get stuck, remember your 1-on-1 is always there to help!