Program Details

Silicon Valley: Innovation in Action!

Description

Learn about technology in one of the most prosperous and influential areas of the world, home of promising companies, shifting industries, and more: Silicon Valley, California! Travel to the cities of Silicon Valley including San Jose, Mountain View, and Palo Alto to experience this rich landscape of education and business firsthand. Students will meet and be inspired by engineers, designers and business experts hard at work on the latest developments in the tech industry! Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to listen up close and personal to successful entrepreneurs as they share their success stories from converting a nascent idea to successful product launch and resultant successful company exit. Gain insight on the products, ideas and services that will have an impact on the future and will change lives. Learn to develop innovation practices with hands-on workshops and fun roundtables that build knowledge and prompts collaborative exchange. Making innovation work whether as a product manager at a huge tech giant or an entrepreneur just starting out, takes more than an idea, it takes resources, support, tenacity and a bit of luck. Learn from the best about what it takes and how to get there. Our programs are designed to be well-balanced between education and recreation. Whale watching, exploring San Francisco and its iconic sights, visiting the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and hiking the Redwood Forests.

Itinerary (Sample Itinerary)

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Depart to San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco; Transfer to hotel; Orientation & Icebreakers; Local culture discussion; Re-emphasizing expectations; Preparation for workshops on Innovation and Creativity.
Fostering Innovation Workshop on Creativity and Divergent Thinking; Visiting Stanford University and Campus Tour; Dinner & Evening activities in Palo Alto (e.g., Live music etc.)
Fostering Innovation – Design Thinking Workshop; Visiting Clark BioX Building on Stanford Campus; Tour of an engineering laboratory; Guest speaker on Innovation from Industry (e.g., Google, Facebook, Intel etc.); Dinner & Evening activities.
Visit University of California Santa Cruz and interact with students and administrators; Lunch with a professor; Trekking in Santa Cruz mountains; Beach visit with Dinner & Evening activities
Visit University of California Berkeley, world’s #1 public university; Campus tour and lunch at Berkeley; Visit computer science / related engineering departments at the University; City tour of Berkeley with Dinner & Evening activities
Visit San Francisco – Tourist Day! Visit the Golden Gate Park and the world famous Golden Gate Bridge; Take a tour of the city including Union Square and Pier 39. Dinner in San Francisco including evening activities in San Francisco.
Visit Santa Clara University or San Jose State University in Silicon Valley; Workshop on US University Applications including “How to apply and build your best portfolio” for US university admissions; New college and career-oriented discussion with Industry speaker on next generation driverless cars and urban transportation.
Half day workshop on innovations in consumer devices including latest devices for personal healthcare; Lunch with a founder of a Silicon Valley Technology startup; Visit the Intel Museum and/or the Tech Museum. Free time to visit one of Bay Area’s largest shopping malls.
All Day – Stanford Social Enterprise Innovation Workshop with Stanford Professor @ Stanford including Lunch with Professor; Evening Farewell Dinner + Certificate Ceremony including a VC/Angel Investor dinner talk on Entrepreneurship and Leadership.
Transfer to San Francisco Airport for Flight Home

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