Café Scientifique @ HanaHaus: Project Loon through the Eyes of a Mechanical Engineer

Café Scientifique @ HanaHaus: Project Loon through the Eyes of a Mechanical Engineer

Bringing Connectivity to the World: Project Loon through the Eyes of a Mechanical Engineer

This talk will give an insider's view on how Project Loon started, the journey it has taken, and where it is headed now after five years of working to bring connectivity to the world. Project Loon was founded as a moonshot at then-Google X, aiming to utilize stratospheric balloons to bring the internet to rural and remote parts of the world.

Operating in the stratosphere is no walk in the park, so come hear from one of the mechanical engineers who has worked to solve the hardware challenges facing the endeavor. From designing the system to launching balloons, navigating the winds, and recovering equipment after a flight, we'll cover the entire life of a Loon balloon and conclude with an open discussion and question/answer time.

Speaker

Kevin Anderson is a Mechanical Engineer at X, Inc (formerly Google X) who has worked on Project Loon for the past 4 1/2 years. He previously worked in battery engineering at Tesla after starting his career in the medical device industry. A Stanford graduate and mechanical generalist, he has a unique perspective on some of the spectacular challenges to operating in the stratosphere.

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café provides a forum for debating science issues outside a traditional academic context. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable - all spoken in plain English. There is no admission charge to attend our events. Building on its great success outside the United States, Café Scientifique Silicon Valley is the first such Café on the West Coast. We meet monthly to discuss a variety of science topics.

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German Accelerator - Captivate Silicon Valley

German Accelerator - Captivate Silicon Valley

Captivate Silicon Valley features best-in-class German tech startups that have recently completed German Accelerator’s acceleration and immersion program.

The evening will feature company pitches and feedback from a panel of industry experts and investors. Enjoy appetizers and drinks, and come prepared to network with members of the local and German startup and technology scenes. Audience members will vote to select the nest pitch of the evening.

Attendees will be given ample opportunities to network and exchange first-hand with startups from Germany’s thriving tech scene.

Agenda
6:00pm – 6:30pm        Registration & Networking
6:30pm – 6:45pm        Welcoming & Introduction
6:45pm – 8:10pm         Company Pitches
8:10pm – 8:15pm          Audience Voting
8:15pm – 8:35pm          Q&A with Companies
8:35pm – 9:00pm         Winner Announcement & Networking

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HanaHaus Design Bites Meetup

HanaHaus Design Bites Meetup

"It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting" - Jerry Sternin.
 
If design-thinking is all the rage, why are your skills not getting any better? Has your ability to brainstorm improved? Are you now sketching your ideas, rather than writing them? We sum up the current situation as: too much process, too little craft.
 
Our stance is: design should be learned skills-first. As you get better at applying your skills and reflect on your experience, you will naturally develop a better understanding of the process as well. Think design-doing instead of design-thinking.
 
Now, we know just how overwhelming it can be to decide where to start. That's why we created Design Bites. Each session of d.bites take one skill and teaches it with rigor. See examples from real projects, try it out a minimum of three times and learn from others in a fun lighthearted way.
 
As you get better at one skill, you will find yourself getting better at other skills, too. Learning how to interview better will dramatically improve your understanding of your product, and your validation skills, too! Like any good gym instructor, we will push you to do more reps as we push the envelope on design-doing skills ourselves.
 
You do not need any previous knowledge of design-thinking to join this series. Just a healthy curiosity on design-thinking and a willingness to be nudged to action. We will not be covering the design process but will refer to it. If this is your first time, we suggest taking a look at a short video here to understand the design process.
 
Join us at 1:00 pm on FMM: First Monday of every Month as we take on one design skill each time with friendly titles like: How to Map An Experience, How to Pick Colors Well, How to Get People to Open Up, How to Open the Flow of Ideas and much more. Group size is limited to 20, so hurry!

New: We have a Facebook page to stay in touch and keep the conversation going in between meetups. Join us now!

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