Fung Institute End of Year ShowcaseMay 4, 2023
The annual Fung Institute End of Year Showcase marked a remarkable end to a successful school year for the MEng and Fung Fellowship programs. Guided by this year’s inspiring theme of ‘Reshaping the Future,’ the event witnessed 17 exceptional Fung Fellowship teams and 58 MEng teams proudly present their year-long projects to an audience of over 600 attendees, comprising of diverse campus communities and esteemed industry experts. The showcase served as a testament to the transformative power of collaboration and innovation for a better tomorrow.
End of Year Dinner CelebrationApril 27, 2023
To mark the end of a great school year and celebrate their journey and accomplishments together, Fung Fellows gathered for a joyous end-of-year dinner celebration, organized and led by the Student Leadership Board.
Spring Networking EventApril 13, 2023
Alumni, friends of Fung, and the cohort of 2023-24 gathered for an in-person Spring Networking Event that included a panel discussion skillfully led by our student facilitators, providing a unique opportunity for our alumni to share valuable insights, explore journey synergies and reflect on their professional experiences. The event extended into the evening with a lively open networking session, enabling alumni and current cohort of Fung Fellows to engage in open discussion, forge new connections and nurture existing relationships.
Ready, Design, GoMarch 7, 2023
To make the admissions and recruitment process more reflective of the Fung Fellowship experience, our student Recruitment Board revamped and redesigned the application process and piloted a new interview process and format – Ready, Design, Go. The fellowship is committed to co-design and adapting our processes as the program evolves and students needs and interests change.
Spring Retreat 2023February 11, 2023
The cohort of 2022-23 Fung Fellows came together to participate in the Spring Retreat, where fellows across both Health and Conservation tracks engaged in exciting design challenges, interactive hands-on workshops and fun teaming activities. Through a rotating workshop module, everyone had an opportunity to build Vibrotos and engage in a Figma workshop, which fostered cross-cohort engagement and a rich exchange of unique ideas. Additionally, Fung Fellows ventured into the great outdoors with Cal Adventures, where they learned more teaming skills through playful collaboration. This retreat truly exemplified the essence of the Fung Fellowship, nurturing collaboration, fostering innovation, and co-designing experiences.
Fung Fellowship x Hopelab Design ChallengeDecember 6, 2022
In the Fall of 2022 Fellows collaborated with Hopelab to answer, “How might we promote youth mental health and wellbeing in the next digital era?” Tasked with conducting user research interviews and developing a prototype to leverage the power of technology, Fung Fellows eagerly embraced the opportunity to innovate. Driven by their desire to create user-friendly technological solutions, and advance supportive and accessible care in the digital space, the teams demonstrated diverse skills and perspectives, enabling a rich and comprehensive exploration for impact in our changing digital landscape.
Tilden Park Field TripSeptember 28, 2022
Fellows in the Conservation + Innovation track took a field trip to set camera traps with Naturalists of the Tilden Nature Area, part of the East Bay Regional Park District. With their expert help, students hope to capture any number of wildlife species that roam the Tilden area, including the elusive mountain lion. In roughly three weeks’ time, the cameras will be retrieved and the images collected will be analyzed for a mini design challenge project.
Boot Camp 2022August 27, 2022
Our kick off to the fellowship experience was in person this year featuring human-design workshops, community building, leadership lightening talks, and sessions run by Honors Fellows including Hardware and Software basics as well as Notion. Our new teaching team was introduced and all were ready to start the semester!
Fung Institute End of Year ShowcaseMay 5, 2022
The Fung Institute hosted our first End of Year Showcase at Mudd Hall with both the Master of Engineering and Fung Fellowship programs showcasing their projects from the academic year. Fellow teams either shared a poster or interactive tabletop display with an audience of over 600 guests to share in innovation and community.
Exploratorium RetreatApril 9, 2022
Fung Fellows gathered together to adventure across the Bay to the Exploratorium in San Francisco to be inspired by creativity, interactive education, and play. With the goals of community building and learning more about prototyping, fellows from all tracks spent the day exploring and brainstorming how they would take what they learned and apply it to their own prototypes.
Recruitment Board Reviews ApplicationsFebruary 28, 2022
Driving the Fung Fellowship recruitment and admissions cycle are a group of dedicated current Fung Fellows from the Health, Conservation, and Honors tracks. Fellows review applications holistically, keep the values of the fellowship central, and make key decisions in the admissions process.
Fall 2021 Final EventsDecember 8, 2021
Fung Fellows created prototypes, pitches, and videos for their final Design Challenge of the semester. Each track and the Honors cohort held in-person events to present their work to their peers, campus community, and project partners. Fellows in the Conservation track created ‘Engagement Stations’ to share more about their innovations with the audience.
Fungsgiving 2021November 24, 2021
Fung Fellows and Staff from all tracks gathered together in Shires Hall to celebrate the holiday season, share food, and practice gratitude together. We are grateful for the ability to hang together in person and to our extended community!
Honors Fellows Visit Hoopa Valley ReservationNovember 20, 2021
The EFC West Honors Team traveled to Northern California to the Hoopa Valley Reservation to meet with tribal leaders and the community as they partner together for the year-long design project. During the visit, Honors Fellows conducted interviews, learned more about and listened to the community, and pivoted their project.
Bill Wise from Pixar Guest LecturesNovember 3, 2021
Bill Wise, a veteran employee at Pixar, joined the Conservation + Innovation track to discuss his journey from teaching himself computer programs to becoming the character supervisor for the Incredibles. Fung Fellows learned about the risks it took to make seemingly impossible movies come to life and the value of storytelling.
DC 2: Integrated Health and Wellness for Aging PopulationsOctober 19, 2021
As a part of the project kickoff, Fung Fellows in the Health + Innovation track had the opportunity to hear from Dan Gillette from The Change Lab at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, our partner organization for the second Design Challenge. Fellows learned about the importance of “wrap-around” services in supporting the physical and social health of elderly individuals and of existing services, like the PACE program, that allow elders to age-in-place.
Health Misinformation Design ChallengeSeptember 14, 2021
The Health + Innovation track kicked off its first Design Challenge by exploring health misinformation. Two experts—Coye Cheshire from the School of Information and Jessica Durkin from Facebook—were invited into the classroom. Fellows explored the landscape of misinformation, disinformation, and the impacts on personal and community health decision-making.
Back in the Fung Fellowship ClassroomSeptember 9, 2021
Fung Fellows are back in lab sections each week deepening their learning from lectures and engaging in small group discussions. Tyus Williams, our Conservation track GSI, hangs with students post conversations exploring the differences between bioaccumulation and biomagnification.
Hybrid Boot Camp for Incoming FellowsAugust 28, 2021
With the Fall 2021 semester upon us, the Fung Fellowship kicked off the program experience in a hybrid boot camp event. Incoming Fung Fellows committed to a two-day event human-design workshops, community building, and preparing for the fall semester. Honors Fellows lead several sessions, setting the foundation for cross-cohort connections.
Health + Innovation: Midterm PresentationsMarch 16, 2021
Marking the half-way point in our semester-long design challenge, all of our project partners were invited into the virtual classroom to hear rapid fire presentations from multiple teams. Project partners and guests provided direct feedback, asked questions, and used Miro to capture key comments for propelling each project forward.
Patrick Gonzalez speaks with Conservation + Innovation fellowsFebruary 28, 2021
Conservation + Innovation fellows welcomed Patrick Gonzalez, Principal Climate Change Scientist for the National Park Service and Associate Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley focused on human-caused climate change through scientific research to reveal new insights on ecosystem impacts and carbon solutions.
Recruitment Board LaunchedJanuary 12, 2021
In a continued effort to co-design the fellowship experience, we launched a formal Fung Fellowship Recruitment Board to lead the recruitment and admissions cycle for incoming fellows. This board consists of ten members driving everything from our outreach strategy to our data collection methodology. This is one of many opportunities for fellows to grow their leadership and to leave a lasting impact on the program.
Design Challenge 2: Conservation Track Partners with Wildlife Conservation NetworkOctober 21, 2020
The Conservation + Innovation track launches a seven-week design challenge to answer the question: “How might we co-create sustainable income opportunities that: (a) decrease human-based pressures on wildlife species; and (b) mitigate biodiversity loss as well as threats to human health and livelihoods?” Eight teams of fellows worked with Wildlife Conservation Network partners to create innovations around the globe from addressing gillnet fishing in Belize to supporting cheetah conservation in Botswana.
Design Challenge 1: Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Waste-Sourced FertilizersOctober 14, 2020
There is perhaps no bigger driver of change to natural ecosystems than agriculture. One detrimental practice is the use of waste-sourced materials in fertilizers. Our Conservation + Innovation fellows thus tackled the question, “How might we use technology to help farmers better understand the environmental impacts of fertilizers, and make more eco-friendly fertilizer choices?” in partnership with Save Our Soil, an Earth Island Institute sponsored project. Their multifaceted innovations included mock websites and phone apps, and even one working app prototype aimed to teach the next generation of farmers about environmentally friendly farming practices through interactive games. Our design challenge partner Patricia Martin, Executive Director of Save Our Soil, was impressed, saying, “The work put in by the students was incredible. There are some real possibilities that could help farming practices become greener and our food supply and environment become cleaner!”
Design Challenge 1: Equity and Access in TelehealthOctober 13, 2020
Fung Fellows in the Health + Innovation track partnered with Kaiser Permanente and UCSF for their first Design Challenge of Fall 2020 to answer the question: How might we use telehealth to improve equity and access for patients and providers? As COVID-19 has expedited and expanded telehealth services, fellows first worked to synthesize what has already been tried and the lessons learned and then applied their insights for a more equitable future for healthcare, with increased access to quality care as the immediate crisis response to the pandemic subsides.
Q&A with Eric Daniel MetzgarSeptember 2, 2020
Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar joined the Conservation + Innovation fellows to discuss his film, The Chances of the World Changing, which exams one individual’s extraordinary attempts to save rare turtle and tortoise species from extinction. Fung Fellows had an exclusive Q&A session with Eric as they dove deeper into navigating complex societal and economic systems, cultural beliefs and values, individual responsibility, and the urgency to save our planet’s species.
Virtual 2020 BootcampAugust 30, 2020
This year, the Fung Fellowship Boot Camp was hosted entirely remotely for the very first time. This event is the first opportunity for Health + Innovation and Conservation + Innovation 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
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
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 AllianceJune 1, 2020
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 CohortMay 10, 2020
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 ShowcaseMay 7, 2020
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 DesignApril 3, 2020
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 SummitMarch 12, 2020
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 + Innovation track launchedFebruary 15, 2020
The program makes an exciting announcement that the 2020-21 class will include two tracks: Health + Innovation and Conservation + Innovation. 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 RetreatFebruary 1, 2020
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 ShowcaseDecember 11, 2019
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 HopelabOctober 29, 2019
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 LeadersOctober 22, 2019
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 PresentationsSeptember 11, 2019
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 + innovation initiatives.
Class of 2021 Fung Fellowship BootcampAugust 23, 2019
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 JourneyMay 30, 2019
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 InnovationMay 6, 2019
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 VisitMarch 8, 2019
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 RetreatMarch 1, 2019
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 PresentationsDecember 4, 2018
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 WorkshopDecember 1, 2018
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 AsparagusOctober 8, 2018
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 MoffittAugust 15, 2018
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 CollectionMay 1, 2018
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 SpotlightDecember 5, 2017
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 RecipientsNovember 15, 2017
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-2September 11, 2017
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 WildAugust 15, 2017
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 WorkshopAugust 15, 2017
Fung Fellows spend two days learning about videography and editing, compelling storytelling techniques, and the unique stories each Fellow holds.
Fellows at Kaiser PermanenteJuly 10, 2017
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 FarJune 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 ConferenceMay 9, 2017
Three Fellows presented their innovations to improve sexual health education at the Youth + Tech + Health conference. Read more here
FF Spring ExpoMay 1, 2017
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 ClassroomApril 17, 2017
Trained in the Design Process, Fellows embrace the iterative process by seeking feedback from peers, experts, and customers throughout the product development.
FungMakesApril 7, 2017
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 VentureJanuary 4, 2017
Sparked from the final FF Design Challenge, two Fellows started their own start-up to build healthier sleeping habits for young children.
FF Fall ExpoDecember 5, 2016
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 ActionNovember 15, 2016
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 CompetitionOctober 22, 2016
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 ClassroomOctober 17, 2016
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 HouseOctober 7, 2016
Fung Fellows share about the new addition of the Fellowship to the Institute and demonstrate Blue Goji VR technology with guests.
First Design ChallengeSeptember 6, 2016
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 BootcampAugust 15, 2016
Fung Fellows came together for the first time during a week of bootcamp to begin technical learning, storytelling practice, and cohort building.