Design for Extreme Affordability Application 2017

Hello, welcome(!), and thanks for your interest in Design for Extreme Affordability (OIT333/334 - ME 206A/B).

Our goal is to train students to become successful, thoughtful social entrepreneurs. We aim to assemble superb multidisciplinary teams who will design elegant products or services that address important needs in the developing world with high impact and scale. We want every student to have an inspiring experience that instills the confidence to surmount daunting problems and equips them with a set of design and business skills that work. Students will generate robust solutions that may be pursued when the course concludes.

Your responses to these questions will be used to select class members and to compose teams with well-balanced skill sets. Prior experience in social entrepreneurship, design thinking, or international development is not a pre-requisite; we expect to have a diverse mix on this and other dimensions.

Extreme is a full six month commitment to a rigorous learning experience. So please be aware of what that means:

* Class is held every Monday and Wednesday 10:30am to 12:20pm and Thursday evenings 7:30-9:30pm throughout both winter and spring quarters.

* All students will be expected to participate in two Saturday events, this includes: Saturday, January 14th (All-day Retreat) AND Saturday, April 8th (All-day Retreat).

* In addition to class time, students spend many hours with their teams prototyping, brainstorming, interviewing, arguing, bonding, preparing, learning, and building. Working on projects individually, and with team members, requires large amounts of time, and an ability to be flexible in scheduling team time.

* During winter quarter exam week and spring break, representatives from each team (usually 2 of the 4 members) travel internationally to partner sites to do need finding and empathy building that will guide project development for Spring Quarter.

*Some of the Extreme projects may require work to be done in the Product Realization Lab (PRL). In order to gain access to the lab each student will be required to take a safety orientation and purchase a lab pass ($80 for 2 quarters).

In order to form 10 teams of 4 students each, enrollment is limited to 40 students. We are searching for students who come from a wide range of backgrounds and are willing to try something new. We want team players. We want collaborative, passionate souls who want an experience (not just a class). We want resourceful innovators with a driving desire to implement. We put together a document that lists in more detail the characteristics that we are looking for in our students. You can find it here: http://extreme.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/IdealExtremeStudent%20%283%29_0.pdf

- If you want to develop a new mindset/process to solve challenging problems, you should apply.
- If you have never done any design, don't worry, you should still apply.
- If you will be swamped with other courses and commitments in winter or spring quarter, you should NOT apply.

Please use this course application to tell us who you are and why you want to work with us. Applications are due on Wednesday, November 9th @ 11:59pm. If you have any questions about the Extreme application, you can reach us via email at: extreme@dschool.stanford.edu (don't wait until Nov. 7 or later to email us for the first time! Give us some time to respond).


STEP 1:
Fill out and submit this form (below).


STEP 2:
Email us a ONE PAGE pdf version of your CV (aka resume). Send it to extreme@dschool.stanford.edu with "Extreme applicant [First and Last Name]" as the subject line. We are looking for one page CVs, front only. Not a multi page version. Pare it down and give us an informative snap shot of your background in ONE page.


STEP 3:
After evaluating all written applications, the teaching team will select a group of semi-finalists to participate in an in-person, get-to-know-you event on the evenings of Tuesday, November 29 (7-9pm) or Wednesday, November 30 (7-9pm). Based on these in-person events, the teaching team will make the final student selections for the class. We will notify you of your eligibility for these in-person events by 5pm on Thursday, November 17. Until then, if you want to be a part of this course, we ask that you please keep at least one of these in-person event time slots open on your calendar.

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