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The UIF Stanford Meet November 2017 Galgotias @ Stanford


Out of the many perks of being a Faculty Champion with the UIF, one was the opportunity to visit the at Stanford University and be part of a family of 350 fellows and faculty champions from 185 colleges and Universities across the planet

The UIF team had planned a Silicon Valley meet at the at Stanford University from November 16 till Nov 20. If the Bangalore meet in June was good, this was even better.

The meet saw 157 students alone from India with 5 faculty champions from various colleges and Universities across the length and breadth of the country like Ajay Kumar Garg Engg. College, Ghaziabad, JNUT, Kakinada, Siddharth Institute of Engineering and Technology, GIT - Belgaum, CMR Institute of Technology

US made its presence felt through participation of institutes like University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Michigan Tech, Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis, University of Oklahoma, Wichita State University, University of Delaware University of Tulsa, University of Portland, Colorado School of Mines, Dalhousie University, Grand Valley State University, Florida Institute of Technology , University of Minnesota, University of Alabama Others participating were University of Technology Sydney, colleges from Columbia, Chile, Germany etc.

The first day was planned at the Google HQ at Mountain View. The fellows and the faculty champions were hosted by Frederick G Pferdt, Chief Innovation Evangelist. We started with a session on 'Building a culture of innovation', and dived into moonshot thinking and prototyping to bring bold ideas to life. We also looked at what makes effective teams.

The next three days were planned at the, at the University and was inclusive of several experiential workshops, inspiration talks by fellows and faculty champions, the Inspiration Walk, reflections, unconferencing, a Prototype Challenge and various designing activities – designing for inclusion, engagement etc . The workshops were conducted by Aleta Hayes, Professor at Stanford and the other by Dan Klein, also a Professor at Stanford and a TEDx speaker.

On the last day of the meet the faculty champions got together to discuss the outcome of the meet. Most Universities are planning to start a credit based course on the UIF content. Some of the Universities offer credit in their Entrepreneur Scholars courses (3 course, 9 semester credits "honors" entrepreneurship program) for those who participate in UIF.  Essentially, UIF is one of several projects on a "menu" for which students can earn points.