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Virtual 2020 Bootcamp

August 30, 2020
Virtual 2020 Bootcamp

This year, the Fung Fellowship Boot Camp was hosted entirely remotely for the very first time. This event is the first opportunity for Health + Tech and Conservation + Tech fellows to meet and work with each other. The boot camp served as an exciting look at how the fellowship will continue to develop as a program in an online format and kick off the largest fellowship class yet!

Summer Internship Highlight: Sonal Kapoor (FF ’20)

August 19, 2020
Summer Internship Highlight: Sonal Kapoor (FF ’20)

Sonal Kapoor, is spending her summer as a Kleiner Perkins (KP) Design Fellow, where she is interning at Nuna.

Nuna is a healthcare tech company that creates software tools to support low-cost and high-quality healthcare to people across the country. Sonal’s work consisted of researching, designing, and testing a dashboard to help track the return on investment (ROI) of a Nuna tool.

Most of Sonal’s academic work relates to her major, Economics, so she attributes the Fung Fellowship for introducing her to human-centered design in the public health/healthcare space. She says the program has helped build her confidence as a designer, especially in the area of public health and healthcare, making for a seamless transition to her work at Nuna.

Summer Research Highlight: Kamu Potharaju (FF ’20)

August 19, 2020
Summer Research Highlight: Kamu Potharaju (FF ’20)

With the support of the SURF Fellowship from UC Berkeley, Kamu Potharaju is working as a research assistant and on her public health honors thesis with Dr. Courtney Lyles from the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP). Her research will be a part of a larger effort, called MAVEN, to design a community-driven personal health library platform for individuals with diabetes in SF. Kamu plans to study how clinical providers can better integrate knowledge of social determinants of health into their treatment of patients with diabetes.   Kamu’s work incorporates skills she learned in the Fung Fellowship, including user-interviews, interactive prototyping, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

2020 Honors Team Makes and Delivers 300 DIY gowns to the Elder Care Alliance

June 1, 2020
2020 Honors Team Makes and Delivers 300 DIY gowns to the Elder Care Alliance

Our 2020 Honors Team Adapt began the academic year working with the Elder Care Alliance (ECA) to design adaptive apparel for caregivers dressing older adults with mobility challenges. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, it was clear that the ECA caregivers safety had to be revisited. Therefore, the team quickly pivoted to design personal protective equipment (PPE), specifically non-surgical gowns, that were in most critical need. After weeks of researching and prototyping they settled on a simple gown design, recruited over 50 volunteers, and delivered over 200 gowns. Read more about their work here!

Virtual Graduation For Inaugural Honors Cohort

May 10, 2020
Virtual Graduation For Inaugural Honors Cohort

It is with deep appreciation that we graduate our 2019-2020 Honors Fellows. We wished we could have been able to gather in person to celebrate them. Resorting to the next best thing, the Honors class was recognized with a letter sent to their homes to be opened together during a virtual graduation. The letter included homemade Fellow-themed BINGO board. After kind words were exchanged, the whole group played BINGO, while simultaneously reminiscing about their FF experience and celebrating each other.

Aging 360 – First Year Fellow Project Showcase

May 7, 2020
Aging 360 – First Year Fellow Project Showcase

SinceFebruary, our Fellows had been working with four project partners – CareMerge, OLLI@Berkeley, SF Tech Council, and Tin Can Associates – to create technologies for improving the lives of older adults.These challenges include intergenerational connections, employment, aging in place, and the role of caregivers. Nine Fellow teams presented their innovations and recommendations to their partners and our community.

Students Distantly Design

April 3, 2020
Students Distantly Design

Amidst a global pandemic the whole world adjusted to an intensified virtual life. With Fellows spread across the nation and globe due to COVID-19, students got creative when it came to customer engagement and teaming. Using tools such as Mural.io and instagram polls, the Fung Fellows persisted to push their projects forward and connect with team members.

Fellowship Hosts PIT Summit

March 12, 2020
Fellowship Hosts PIT Summit

The Fellowship, lead by Director Jennifer Mangold with assistance from 3 Fellows, hosts the first Public Interest Technology Summit on UC Berkeley’s campus. It was here that university program and division directors, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, along with local community and government organizations met with the shared purpose of collaborating on public interest technology (PIT) programming at UC Berkeley, outlining the campus’ landscape, and identifying areas of opportunity for curriculum development and cross-campus collaboration. Due to the COVID-19 crisis the team quickly pivoted to provide an in-person and remote experience.

New Conservation + Technology track launched

February 15, 2020
New Conservation + Technology track launched

The program makes an exciting announcement that the 2020-21 class will include two tracks: Health + Tech and Conservation + Tech. The new Conservation + Track was launched in partnership with the Rausser College of Natural Resources. The announcement was met with celebration from current and prospective students alike.

Honors and Year 1 Fellows Retreat

February 1, 2020
Honors and Year 1 Fellows Retreat

To kick off the new semester, both cohorts participated in fellowship retreats. With the goal of getting to know each other better, improving teaming and leadership skills, and to simply unplug, the Honors Fellows went off to Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma and the Year One students flew through the redwoods at Strawberry Canyon. Both classes came back to campus with a little mud on their knees and a lot more understanding and appreciation for their classmates and team members.

Honors and Year 1 Fellows Fall Semester Showcase

December 11, 2019
Honors and Year 1 Fellows Fall Semester Showcase

Congratulations to our Year 1 Fellows and Honors Fellows for completing their fall semester presentations! Year 1 Fellows pitched their innovations addressing isolation and loneliness to our project partner, Hopelab, and Honors Fellows presented their mid-term deliverables on their progress in user research.

Year 1 Fellows Second Design Challenge with Hopelab

October 29, 2019
Year 1 Fellows Second Design Challenge with Hopelab

In partnership with Hopelab, Year 1 Fellows work in teams to tackle the question: “How might we reduce loneliness among college students?” In the following weeks, students engage in extensive customer engagement, understanding, and framing along with idea generation, prototyping, and user-testing.

Honors Lab Leaders

October 22, 2019
Honors Lab Leaders

To grow as leaders and professionals, Honors Fellows design and deliver lab sessions to the first year Fung Fellows throughout the year. Lab Leaders tackle topics ranging from how to win hackathons to design language and design language + implicit bias!

Honors Project Partner Presentations

September 11, 2019
Honors Project Partner Presentations

Honors Fellows launched their year long project experience through an evening of networking and partner pitches. The Fung Fellowship invited YMCA, Bitmark, Hopelab, Elder Care Alliance, and OLLI to pitch their project ideas and discuss how Fung Fellows can move the needle in their health + tech initiatives.

Class of 2021 Fung Fellowship Bootcamp

August 23, 2019
Class of 2021 Fung Fellowship Bootcamp

New cohort of Fung Fellows bond in teams as they tackle a design challenge on social connectedness with the Tang Center, engage in cohort and skill building, and design a final pitch video to kick off the Fellowship experience.

Reflection on a Fellow’s Journey

May 30, 2019
Reflection on a Fellow’s Journey

Fung Fellow, Sonia Salunke, shares her story on her transformative journey through the first year of the Fellowship. Watch Sonia’s video here and learn more through the eyes of a Fellow!

Journeys in Aging and Innovation

May 6, 2019
Journeys in Aging and Innovation

In the final event of the year, twelve Fung Fellow teams showcased their semester-long projects & innovations to reimagine the future of aging to an audience of over 200 guests. Teams worked directly with four project partners working on innovations ranging from gamification to incentivize community supported caregiving networks to designing engagement stations for patients with dementia. Read the recap!

Hopelab Site Visit

March 8, 2019
Hopelab Site Visit

Fung Fellows visited Hopelab to learn about how Hopelab is utilizing technology and human-centered design to combat loneliness and isolation in the student community. Fellows provided Hopelab professionals with feedback on their concepts, wireframes, branding, and moodboards.

Leadership Retreat

March 1, 2019
Leadership Retreat

Fung Fellows participated in a variety of activities and workshops aimed at building leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills. Through problem-solving and team collaboration, Fellows built trust, growing as individuals and as a cohort.

Fall Final Project Presentations

December 4, 2018
Fall Final Project Presentations

Fung Fellows presented their final project pitches to Fellows, Fellowship staff, and a panel of external judges, summarizing their work on the Purple Asparagus platform. Fellows used a multi-media approach while keeping the customer at the center of their innovations.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Workshop

December 1, 2018
Entrepreneurial Mindset Workshop

Sponsored by VentureWell, the Fung Fellowship hosted an impactful workshop focused on the entrepreneurial mindset. Not limited to entrepreneurs, the workshop focused on how to approach challenges, mistakes, and opportunities, while continuously improving your skill set throughout a career.

New Partnership with Purple Asparagus

October 8, 2018
New Partnership with Purple Asparagus

Purple Asparagus, an organization that educates children and communities about healthy eating for the body and environment, drives the second design challenge with the question: “How might we use technology and the Purple Asparagus program to improve childhood nutrition?”

New Cohort Redesigns Moffitt

August 15, 2018
New Cohort Redesigns Moffitt

A new Fung Fellow cohort of 55 students kicked off their Fellowship journey together in a three-day bootcamp, with a focus on creating innovations for Moffitt Library to ultimately improve student wellbeing. Read this design challenge here!

Fung Fellow Collection

May 1, 2018
Fung Fellow Collection

The inaugural class of Fung Fellows showcased their year-long, innovation lab projects at an exclusive event at BAMPFA. Harnessing meaningful customer engagement, their innovations leveraged emerging technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, connected devices, and more.

FI Winter Spotlight

December 5, 2017
FI Winter Spotlight

For the first time, the Fung Fellows and Masters of Engineering students presented their projects side by side. Nine Fellowship teams shared their health and wellness innovation to guests from across the Bay. Read more here!

CITRIS Award Recipients

November 15, 2017
CITRIS Award Recipients

Congratulations to Fung Fellow team, GAIT! GAIT won funding for their health + tech innovation that supports mobility in older adults from the CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program.

Kicking off Year-2

September 11, 2017
Kicking off Year-2

Fellows back at UC Berkeley exploring partner organizations and potential projects for the academic year. Fellows form their own teams and work directly with community and industry to bring a project from ideation to product development.

Fung Fellows in the Wild

August 15, 2017
Fung Fellows in the Wild

To kick off the second year of the Fellowship, Fellows met for an overnight retreat to reconnect as a cohort and get the design juices flowing for final projects.

Video-Storytelling Workshop

August 15, 2017
Video-Storytelling Workshop

Fung Fellows spend two days learning about videography and editing, compelling storytelling techniques, and the unique stories each Fellow holds.

Fellows at Kaiser Permanente

July 10, 2017
Fellows at Kaiser Permanente

Fellows brought their unique experience and knowledge to each internship site. Three Fellows interned in different departments at Kaiser Permanente. Read more about their work here

Summer Internships Near and Far

June 15, 2017

In the summer bridging the two years of the Fellowship, Fellows participated in internships across the globe. Check out interactive internship map

Fellows Present at YTH Conference

May 9, 2017
Fellows Present at YTH Conference

Three Fellows presented their innovations to improve sexual health education at the Youth + Tech + Health conference. Read more here

FF Spring Expo

May 1, 2017
FF Spring Expo

At the end of second semester, Fellows pitched their innovations to reduce social isolation for older adults and veterans to the wider FF community.

Inside the Classroom

April 17, 2017
Inside the Classroom

Trained in the Design Process, Fellows embrace the iterative process by seeking feedback from peers, experts, and customers throughout the product development.

FungMakes

April 7, 2017
FungMakes

Fellows participate in a workshop on rapid prototyping using a variety of lo-fi mediums. Here they reimagine a Bart Station designed to optimize the experience for older adults. Learn more here

Fellows Launch Venture

January 4, 2017
Fellows Launch Venture

Sparked from the final FF Design Challenge, two Fellows started their own start-up to build healthier sleeping habits for young children.

FF Fall Expo

December 5, 2016
FF Fall Expo

During the final event of first semester, Fellows showcased innovations sparked by the following question: ‘How might we use game play to enhance emotional development in kids who have experienced trauma?’

Collaboration in Action

November 15, 2016
Collaboration in Action

Fellows work closely in interdisciplinary teams in Lab sections each week, focusing on team dynamics, effective communication, and human-centered design.

Fellows Win Stanford MedX Competition

October 22, 2016
Fellows Win Stanford MedX Competition

Two Fung Fellows won the Stanford’s MedX Youth Changemakers Competition and are now developing their product to transform the transition from pediatric care to adult care. Read more details here

Community in the Classroom

October 17, 2016
Community in the Classroom

Our Community Judges Panel from Alameda County Public Health Department, Tiburcio Vasquez Clinic, and UC Berkeley Wallace Center give constructive feedback on sexual health education innovations as part of a design challenge on teen pregnancy.

5 Year Open House

October 7, 2016
5 Year Open House

Fung Fellows share about the new addition of the Fellowship to the Institute and demonstrate Blue Goji VR technology with guests.

First Design Challenge

September 6, 2016
First Design Challenge

Focusing on youth during semester one, fellows embarked on their first FF Design Challenge by talking with experts in person and virtually about socialization of babies.

Inaugural FF Bootcamp

August 15, 2016
Inaugural FF Bootcamp

Fung Fellows came together for the first time during a week of bootcamp to begin technical learning, storytelling practice, and cohort building.

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