The fellows traveled to San Francisco to attend the StartUp Grind conference last week. The weather was very cooperative with the trip and we took advantage of the sunshine to tour Stanford’s Children’s hospital, campus and d.school as well as IDEO.
The first evening, after our flight landed we met up with Megan Caldwell, one of the fellows from last year’s class and took some time to see downtown SF. We saw the Golden Gate Bridge, street performers and the San Francisco piers.
Monday the fellows visited Stanford’s Children’s Hospital to meet with the Family Advisory Council. Another of the fellows from last year’s class, Nick Azpiroz, works at the Stanford Children’s hospital this year and was able to connect us and give us a tour of the campus. The Family Advisory Council advises the hospital in designing family-centric solutions, giving input on the new hospital’s overnight room layout, decision trees and communication. We were able to hear about the work they do to ensure that patients received the best care and were also able to talk them through some of the ideas and concepts that we have for diabetes care and get feedback.
Tuesday and Wednesday were the StartUp Grind conference. The conference focused on bringing some of the biggest names in venture capital as well as some of the hottest startup company CEOs from Silicon Valley. Some StartUps defended themselves in “StartUp Court”, companies that facilitated StartUp growth such as website building and prototype creation had booths and almost all of the speakers was generous with their time and spent the conference answering questions and providing insights. Overall the conference was enlightening and very fun. The atmosphere in Silicon Valley is very light-hearted and helpful and we had a great time meeting the StartUps that attended.
We skipped lunch at StartUpGrind on Wednesday to visit IDEO Palo Alto and meet their Health Team. Everyone at IDEO was incredibly generous with their time and we got to talk through ideas and concepts with them over lunch. The facilities they have are incredibly functional and creative. We were able to see some of their past projects and see the Human-Centered Design approach applied in many different ways.
On Thursday before we left we were able to shadow a class at the Stanford d.school. The class was Design for Healthy Behavior and was taught by Dennis Boyle, one of the founders of IDEO. The d.school has a very fluid layout with a lot of modular furniture, similar to IDEO.
Our San Francisco trip was very fun, we met a lot of interesting people and got to experience StartUp culture in Silicon Valley. IDEO and Stanford were very generous with their time and we were able to talk about our ideas with a diverse pool of stakeholders and professionals. Plus we spent the whole week in the famous California Sunshine.