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2016 schedule

Silicon Valley as an Innovation Ecosystem

July 11-20, 2016

Entrance to Google

Check out blog posts and photos by the seminar participants!

Monday, July 11 - Arrival in San Jose
    Blog post by Brian Williams, ACM

  • Introductory remarks and discussion

Tuesday, July 12 - Google and Computers
    Blog post by Timothy Reed, Ripon College

Tour of Stanford d-school

On a tour of the Stanford d-school, led by Terry Winograd.

Wednesday, July 13 - Stanford and Design
    Blog post by Sian Muir, St. Olaf College

  • Tour of the Stanford University campus
  • Talk by Thomas Baer, Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center, on "Science, Innovation, Stanford and Silicon Valley"
  • Discussion with Terry Winograd, professor of computer science and co-director of the Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Group
  • Workshop at the at Stanford

Thursday, July 14 - Mapping and Coffee
    Blog post by Ross Sowell, Cornell College

Will Meadows

Will Meadows leads a design thinking workshop.

Friday, July 15 - Apple and Entrepreneurs
   Blog post by Michelle Mouton, Cornell College

  • Visit: Helix in San Carlos and discussion with Knox College alumnus Akwasi Asabere
  • Lunch with John Gale, Lawrence University alumnus and former employee of Apple
  • Infinity Loop: key innovation sites
  • Workshop at Stanford, led by Lawrence University alumnus Will Meadows
  • Dinner hosted by Will Meadows
City Lights Booksellers

Saturday, July 16 - Innovation and the City
   Blog post by Paul Jackson, St. Olaf College

  • Exploring cultural themes in San Francisco, visiting sights including: Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Castro district, City Lights Booksellers, the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, and Golden State Park.

Sunday, July 17 - Mindfulness, Spirituality, Food
   Blog post by Mollie Oblinger, Ripon College

Visit to QB3

Monday, July 18 - Science in Silicon Valley
   Blog post by Henrik Schatzinger, Ripon College

  • Visit: QB3@953, a science innovation incubator that offers laboratory space, services, and other assistance to biotech start-ups
  • Visit: Presentation software company Prezi
  • Visit: Sprig, which delivers freshly-cooked meals in San Francisco within 15-20 minutes
Band of Angels

Tuesday, July 19 - Mechanics of Start-Ups
   Blog post by Emily Chan, Colorado College

  • Visit: Band of Angels, Silicon Valley's oldest seed funding organization
  • Conversation with Larry Kelly of Band of Angels

Wednesday, July 20 - Berkeley and the Hololens
   Blog post by Brian Williams, ACM

  • Ikhlaq Sidhu
    Visit and discussion with Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Founding Director of the University of California-Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
  • Discussion with technology and virtual reality visionary Jaron Lanier, including a demonstration of the Microsoft Hololens, a virtual reality headset