Winter Quarter 2012

 Perspectives in Assistive Technology 

David L. Jaffe, MS and Professor Drew Nelson
Tuesdays & Thursdays   4:15pm - 5:30pm
Building 530 - Classroom 127

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Information and Instructions for Presenters of Candidate Team Projects

Project "Pitchers",

Thank you once again for your willingness to participate in the Stanford Course: Perspectives in Assistive Technology and pitch your project idea to the class on Thursday, January 12th.

Requirements for project ideas: Please review the requirements for project ideas.

Class location and parking: The class will be held in Building 530 - Classroom 127. Refer to the Classroom Location and Accessibility Information webpage for driving directions and parking instructions. Let me know if you would like me to mail you a printed map highlighting the classroom location and nearby parking areas.

Class time:

  • Please plan to arrive at the classroom by 4pm for setup. Give yourself extra time to negotiate traffic, navigate around campus, find a parking space, and make your way to the classroom.
  • The class session will begin promptly at 4:15pm and will end at approximately 5:30pm.
  • Please plan to stick around after all the project pitches for students to approach you with specific questions. This face-to-face interaction time will help the students fully understand your project suggestion and decide which project to pursue.
  • The order of presentation is listed here. Let me know if you will be unable to arrive at the beginning of class so I can re-order the schedule. Call me if you get lost or are unexpectedly running late. 650/892-4464

Presentation logistics:

  • You are welcome to compose a short slideshow if you think your pitch would benefit from the display of a video, a few images, or text. (It would be best to upload any videos to YouTube and include links to them in your slideset.) You can also distribute a short handout.
  • Email me your PowerPoint presentation and a soft copy of any handouts you wish to disseminate by January 9th so I can load it on my laptop and make copies for the students. (Having your presentation pre-loaded on my laptop minimizes turn-over time from one pitcher to the next, assures that the slides will display properly, and makes the material available before class to any students with visual impairments.)

  • An LCD projector and speakers are available.
  • I have a wireless device to advance the slides and a laser pointer for your use.
  • Access to the Internet is available only through my laptop, so it is ok to include weblinks in your slides.
  • You will be given a wireless microphone to wear on your lapel to record audio from your lecture. Do not handle the microphone as it generates noise.

Presentation suggestions:

  • Your pitch should be no longer than 3 minutes - this will be strictly enforced. Please present the most important information at the beginning of your pitch to prevent having that information cut off.
  • The objective of your pitch is to interest students in taking on your project.
  • Pitch checklist:
    • Introduce yourself
    • Name your facility or organization
    • State your role in the facility or organization
    • Give a very brief background of the population and/or impairment addressed by your project idea
    • Identify of the problem or unmet need for the project
    • Describe what the prototype device should do
    • List the prototype's operational features and specifications
    • Provide any additional information such as weblinks and design suggestions
    • Mention the skills that are needed to fabricate the prototype: mechanical, electronic, computer, programming - so the students will be able to judge if it is an appropriate project for them to undertake.
    • Specify what resources and expertise you will be able to provide
    • Bring along any prior prototypes you might have
    • Prepare to answer questions after all the projects have been pitched
  • Your pitch should not be a scientific presentation: avoid highly technical engineering, medical terms, and abbreviations.
  • Please do not overwhelm the students with technical details. One message to communicate is they can successfully pursue the assistive technology project that you have suggested.


  • The audience will include Stanford engineering students (mostly mechanical engineering) and individuals from the greater Stanford community (perhaps as many as 50 people total).
  • There may be several students who arrive late or have to leave early due to other class committments.

Video pitch:

  • If you are unable to present your project(s) in class, you can alternately create a short video pitch. Upload the video to YouTube and send me the url so I can play it in class.

Class website:

Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you again,

Dave Jaffe
650/892-4464 cell

Updated 12/07/2011

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