Among the goals of dciX* is to enable a broad range of opportunities for DCI Fellows/Partners and DCI Alumni to contribute to the DCI fellowship, Stanford University, our communities and society. It provides a way to harness the talents, expertise, and experiential and intellectual capital of the DCI Fellows Community as well as a way to stay engaged and contribute to DCI more than a year. At this point dciX* uses two mechanisms to assist in this effort: One is through Intergenerational Engagement, a unique feature of the DCI experience that provides many different opportunities for DCI Fellows and Alumni. In addition, dciX* also sponsors Special lnterest Groups (SIGs) which enable DCI Fellows and Alumni across cohorts to connect and work together to address important societal challenges and needs in a more focused way. Below is an update of these initiatives, in which we hope all DCI will find a way to stay connected and fulfill the mission of “more than a year…….”.
Over the past five years, the value of DCI Fellows to serve as advisors, mentors to students, participants in team class projects, and to startup teams across the university, has become increasingly recognized.In turn, DCI Fellows have benefited from intergenerational engagement and learning both in the classrooms, as well as in advisory and mentoring capacities. Increasingly, many Schools, Centers, Institutes, Programs and Faculty at Stanford and beyond, have expressed interest in forming affiliations with DCI.
These connections are now being managed by a Steering Committee, comprised of DCI Leadership and DCI Fellows who serve as mentoring project leaders.There are now a broad range of opportunities in which DCI fellows can participate.Some opportunities are “curated” by the requesting affiliate so as to best match a student’s needs with a specific type of background or skills a DCI Fellow/Alumni may have; while others are open to all Fellows and Alumni who are interested and have the availability.
It is anticipated that these opportunities will grow over time, and that the ability to communicate about them will become easier. If you are interested in participating in any of the ones currently listed or have ideas for additional initiatives, please contact Rebecca Trumbull, Associate Director DCI (email@example.com).Some examples of Intergenerational Engagement with which DCI Fellows have recently been involved are as follows:
Mixers with the GSB MsX Program
Panel Discussions with VPGE (since 2015)
1:1 Executive Chats with GSB
Design Challenge judges and mentors with SCL (since 2016)
Knight-Hennessy Scholars/DCI Fellows Get Together
Lean Launchpad ENGR 245 (since 2017)
NEW INTERGENERATIONAL ENGAGEMENT & MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES
TreeHacksis Stanford’s premier hackathon. Each year, we bring over 800 talented collegiate programmers, product designers, and innovators for a weekend on Stanford’s campus to realize their visions for solving problems in our three main verticals: health, safety, and awareness, as well as in coordination with our new open source initiative and capture the flag cybersecurity competition.
Apply to be a mentor: Mentors are essential to the hacking process. Hackers will be building projects that may be out of their comfort zone. This is where mentors come in. Mentors guide hackers in the areas of their expertise and help them build awesome projects. It is a rewarding experience for both the hacker and mentor. Our mentors will need to be at TreeHacks from around 6:30pm-8pm on Friday, February 15th for mentor orientation and although we do not have scheduled shifts, we ask that you commit at least four hours spread out over the weekend however you like to assist our hackers.
Stanford Women in Business (SWIB) was co-founded in the fall of 2005 by four Stanford undergraduate women. Today, members are supported with meaningful career direction, professional network development, and opportunities for growth. This is done by engaging with their members around three pillars: education, community, and networking. These core values form the basis of events throughout the year—from skill development workshops to leadership conferences, career exposes, mentorship programs, speaker series, and more.
We are seeking 10 DCI Fellows and Alumni who would be available to advise a SWIB member on career opportunities. Industry expertise in tech entrepreneurship, finance, consulting and investment banking are particularly valued. The estimated time commitment is approximately once per month for one to two hours or a one:one coffee chat with a SWIB member. If you are interested in participating in this new initiative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSB HEALTHCARE CLUB
A new intergenerational engagement initiative is being planned with DCI Fellows interested in Healthcare and Lifesciences with GSB students who are members of the GSB Healthcare Club. Mixers, and one:one coffee chats being planned, as well as DCI Fellows interested in presenting at their BBL. For more details, please contact Lisa Pieper, ’17 – email@example.com.
UPDATES ON DCI SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
The following are updates on several of the Special Interest Groups. Please reach out directly to any of the SIG leaders if you want to become more involved.
The Impact Investing SIG co hosted a special Roundtable on Impact Investing in November 2018 at Stanford in partnership with the SCL Innovation Hub and Longevity Innovations SIG.One outgrowth of the SIG is that there has been strong interest in developing a new impact fund, that will be led by Mike and Charles. They will be reaching out to the DCI community to identify who may be interested in participating.
The Impact Investing SIG and the Energy and Sustainabilty SIG held a joint meeting on January 30thto hear from Antora Energy about their new company. The Impact Investing SIG and the Economic Inequality SIG will be holding a joint meeting on March 6th from 8am at GSB E333, to discuss the new ISPI initiative led by Professor Susan Athey of the GSB.
Upcoming Conferences of Interest:
Stanford GSB – Inaugural Climate Business and Innovation Conference
Wednesday February 13, 2019
Oberndorf Event Center, Knight Management Center
The Energy SIG co -hosted the January 30thmeeting with the Impact Investing SIG to hear from Antora Energy. This new startup in the energy storage space, was founded by Andrew Ponac, a Stanford graduate. Cheap, large scale energy storage is the critical goal of renewables. Following the discussion, a group of DCI Fellows went on a ‘field trip’ later that week to see Antora’s lab, and a working prototype of the process. There are plans to bring a “new nuclear” start up tp present to the SIG, and film events on Energy and Sustainability/Agriculture are being planned.
This is a new SIG that held its first meeting on January 8th, that was attended by over 20 DCI fellows and alumni. At this meeting, the SIG heard from two speakers: Lenny Mendonca and Zabrae Valentine, Co Founders, California Forward. Their initiative will be focused on Califonria, and has involved an Open Letter to the Governor as part of their Collaborative.
In addition, this SIG will become involved with The Initiative for Shared Prosperity and Innovation (ISPI), a new program within the GSB that serves as a hub for harnessing social science research, market design, and technology to address pressing social problems. SIG members have been invited to participate with the ISPI by serving as mentors and participants in the creation of White Papers, and identifying solutions to some of the following domain areas:Adult Literacy; Edtech for the poor; Worker Retraining; Financial Education and Literacy; Parolees and former prisoners. The Impact Investing SIG and the Economic Inequality SIG will be holding a joint meeting on March 6th at 8am at GSB E333, to discuss the new ISPI initiative led by Professor Susan Athey of the GSB.
On December 3rd, 2018, over 20 DCI fellows and students from the GSB attended a brainstorming workshop on how to market to an older demographic. Among the ideas that surfaced is the need for renaming the three stage life, to a multi stage life and lifestyle. Follow up is being planned for a Design Thinking workshop to create a new paradigm for marketing opportunities and needs. Future workshops will be held on How to Address the Housing Needs of our Aging Communities, and How to Address the Needs of Low Income Aging communities.
February 25th: 4:30-5:30 pm | SCL Distinguished Lecture with Jonathan Rauch
The Happiness Curve
Gunn Building; 366 Galvez Street
Why does happiness get harder in your 40s? Why do you feel in a slump when you’re successful? Where does this malaise come from? And, will it ever end? Learn more and register: https://longevity.stanford.edu/#conf-events
April 16th: 8 am- 4pm | SCL Design Challenge: “Designing For Intergenerational Impact
Paul Brest Hall
Over 7 DCI fellows are serving as Judges and Mentors
SCL Newsletter: To receive the Center on Longevity’s monthly Longevity Briefings, click here.
SCL Innovation Hub An outgrowth of the Longevity Innovations SIG, has been the creation of the SCL Innovation Hub. In conjunction with the SCL, we are applying to be designated as a NIH REACH Hub. If approved, this will enable the Hub to qualify for significant funding to identify promising research and technology that could become commercialized, provide seed funding for new projects, and provide opportunities for DCI fellows and alumni to serve as mentors to these new startup opportunities. We will keep you updated on the status of this program.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION RESOURCES
ME 301 Spring Quarter
Launchpad is a Spring accelerator run by d.school professors Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley. They are looking for Stanford grad students from all schools who are passionate and have an urge to start a business or launch a product or service.