and Instructions for Presenters of Candidate Projects
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 11th.
Requirements for project ideas:
Please review the requirements for project
Class location and parking: The
class will be held in the Thornton Center - Classroom 110. 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.
- Please plan to arrive at the
classroom by 4:15pm for setup. Give yourself extra time to negotiate
traffic, navigate around campus, find a parking space, and make your way to the
- The class session will begin
promptly at 4:30pm and will end at approximately
- 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
- 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
- Email me your PowerPoint
presentation and a soft copy of any handouts you wish to disseminate by
January 6th 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
- There is 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
- 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.
- Your pitch will be videotaped and
posted on YouTube.
- Your pitch must be no longer than three minutes - this will be strictly
enforced to give time for every project to be presented.
- Present the most important
information at the beginning of your pitch to prevent having that information
- Be short and concise.
- Practice your pitch for
- The objective of your pitch is to
interest students in taking on your project.
- Assume students have already read
your project description, so do not merely restate it
- Pitch checklist:
- Introduce yourself
- Name your facility or organization
- State your role in the facility or
- Give a very brief background of the population and/or
impairment addressed by your project suggestion
- Identify the problem or unmet need for the
- Illustrate examples of the problem in a
- Show images in slides as it is difficult for students
to see anything that you hold up
- List the prototype's desired operational features and
- Describe what the prototype device should do, but not
how it should be designed (the student team will come up with a creative
- Suggest design concepts / alternatives
- Provide any additional information such as
- 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
- Specify what resources and expertise you will be able
- Bring along any prior prototypes you might have to show
to students - after all the pitches have been presented - not during your
- Prepare to provide more project details and answer
questions at the end of the class - after all the pitches have been
presented - not during your pitch
- Your pitch should not be a
scientific presentation: avoid highly technical engineering, medical terms, and
- 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.
- If you are unable to present your
project(s) in class, you can alternately create a short video pitch (not longer
than three minutes). Upload the video to YouTube and send me the url so I can
play it in class.
Please contact me if you have any
questions. Thank you again,
- Dave Jaffe
- 650/892-4464 cell