Category Archives: Social Events


Embrace Crowdfundathon! 3/1/14

Over the weekend, Stanford Design Initiative launched its first crowdfundathon in partnership with Indiegogo and Embrace!

The challenge: create an Indiegogo campaign for Embrace’s project to design, implement, and adapt a neonatal education program for healthcare workers and mothers in vulnerable communities around the world.

Two teams competed intensely through Saturday to put together a solid crowdfunding campaign. The result of our efforts is Embrace Life, One at a Time. Click the widget below to check out and contribute to our campaign!

Special thanks to Breanna DiGiamarino, Jaedra DiGiamarino, Alejandra Villabalos, and Linus Liang for helping put the event together.

About Embrace:

Launched by a group of Stanford grads out of the d.School’s Design for Extreme Affordability course, Embrace is a nonprofit organization that has developed an innovative, low-cost infant warmer for premature and low-birth-weight babies in developing countries. Learn more about Embrace and their inspirational cause here.

Mentorship Program Mixer!

On Monday, February 3, Stanford Design Initiative held a mixer for its mentorship program. The event started out with people getting to know each other while enjoying the provided snacks.



As more mentors and mentees showed up, an improv workshop started, by the Stanford Simps!Mentor/mentee pairs had a lot of fun acting out scenes, walking around the room trying to avoid an enemy, and creating wise proverbs (yesyesyesyesyes!).


In general, the improv workshop continued the lively, enthusiastic atmosphere that continued to fill the stanford atrium until the event ended. We hope mentors and mentees got a chance to meet, mingle, and network with other designers and design students here in the Bay Area!



We hope to see you all at our next mixer!

Stanford Design Initiative Presents: Scare School 101 An Evening with Pixar

Stanford Design Initiative is excited to present

Scare School 101: An Evening With Pixar
The filmmaking team from Pixar will guide the audience through the production process of the summer 2013 Disney Pixar film, “Monsters University”. Twelve years after the original film, see how creators rebuilt the Monster world; updated familiar characters into college-age versions of themselves; designed, built, and lit a campus fit for a monster; and populated the university with a student body of diverse, unique, and terrifying monster types.
Tickets are FREE. Grab them before they’re gone!

WIA + SDI Present: Pixar's Scare School 101
WIA + SDI Present: Pixar’s Scare School 101


Designathon w/ Indiegogo and Berkeley Innovation, November 17

On Saturday, November 17, Stanford Design Initiative hosted Indiegogo and Berkeley Innovation in our first designathon.

Students from Cal and Stanford competed and collaborated to solve a challenge posed by Indiegogo: design a campaign web-page template that optimizes for the needs and characteristics of a common type of campaign.

A team of Indiegogo designers led by Indiegogo’s Head of Design, Genevieve Conaty (class of 1997), was readily available throughout the duration of the competition for consultation and critiques.

Everybody had a lot of fun and gained invaluable experience in design.

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Stanford Design Initiative Mixer + SIMPS (Improv) Workshop

This past week, on October 3rd 2013, the Stanford Design Initiative had its first mixer of the year for undergrads & grads interested in design. With yummy food and talk, current SDI members mingled with students new to design and new to SDI. We talked about design, about classes that are interesting, cool professors to talk to, and upcoming events. After some mingling, attendees went to an interactive and fun improv workshop held by the Stanford Improvisers, known as SIMPS. We had a great time exploring our environments, our bodies and our perceptions. I know I learned about myself, and I’m sure others did too.

Yeahhh Design Thinking!
Yeahhh Design Thinking!

We hope to see everyone at our next event. :)